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Begining to Crochet the Lace Clutch from Totes & Bags

I'm crocheting the Lace Clutch pattern from Totes & Bags. I love it!

Ordinarily, some muscle behind my right eye begins twitching whenever I see a pattern call for working with two strands of yarn held together (there are plenty of yarns in any weight you could ever need!  Come on!), but this looked so cute!

And I like the idea of a small summery clutch that will hold keys and a wallet for quick trips out. Plus, I had just the lightweight yarn just for this project!

I received four skeins Louisa Harding Lanthe for my birthday a few months ago and was saving them for just the right project. The yarn is half cotton and half extra fine merino, and light and oddly stretchy.  This makes it surprisingly easy to crochet these fairly tight single crochet stitches.  The pattern calls for approximately 300 yards, and I have 400.  I'm all set!  This is a perfect project for the perfect yarn.

This also feels like a perfect project for summer.  You know one when you see it.  Bags and purses are perfect summer projects because they don't take up too much space on your lap and make your legs hot.  They're usually fairly small and quick as well, which is perfect for when it's too hot to concentrate.  Plus, wit all the extra time you (I) spend outside, it's always nice to have something new to carry your things.  This is also a fairly simple little project.

 

The bag's body is made up of single crochet stitches worked flat.  The flap will be a fun change of pace when I switch to some lovely double crochet shells.  I'm note sure if I'll line this.  On one hand, I think I have some cute fabric to go with this yarn.  On the other hand, I think the crocheted fabric will be dense enough on its own for the bag to hold its shape--and my stuff!

This is already turn out to be a great little summer project, and I can't wait for it to turn into a great summer bag!

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