Dragon Scale Clutch | Free Crochet Pattern
This little Dragon Scale Clutch purse is my new favorite bag for a night out. It fits my phone, wallet, a few business cards, and the essentials. It goes with everything and is super fun. I get a ton of compliments running around town with it.
The Dragon Scale Clutch uses the Romanian Cord for the strap. It is sewn directly to the pouch for stability.
The front of the clutch is done in the Crocodile Stitch or Dragon Scale Stitch, depending on who you learn it from. Here is a Photo Tutorial for the Crocodile Stitch. A Video tutorial will be up soon.
This is a great stitch for adding texture and a fantasy flair to any item.
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Intermediate pattern. Need to have knowledge of single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr), half double crochet (hdc). An eagerness to learn new stitches is a bonus.
Red Heart Super Saver Stripes worsted weight yarn (5 oz/236 yds): 1 skein Favorite Stripe
Furls Odyssey US Size G/6 (4.00 mm)
Furls Odyssey US Size H (5.00 mm)
Stitch marker or straight pin for marking button attachment
One 10-12 mm button
Sewing needle to fit button
Finished pouch is 8 inches wide x5 inches tall.
9 dc and 6 rows of hdc/dc pattern = 2” x 2” square
V-st: (dc, ch 1, dc) in same st
Beg-Scale-st: Ch 3, 4 dc into 1st post of V-st, stacking stitches down the post. Rotate work slightly counter-clockwise. 5 dc into next post of V-st, stacking stitches back up the post.
Scale-st: 5 dc into 1st post of V-st, stacking stitches down the post. 5 dc into next post of V-st, stacking stitches back up the post.
Dragon Scale Clutch Purse
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Row 1 (WS): Dc in 5th ch from hook, *sk 2, ch 2, sc in next st, sk 2, ch 2, V-st in next st; repeat from * across. Turn.—7 V-sts, 6 sc.
Row 2: (RS): Beg-Scale-st, *sc in next sc, Scale-st; repeat from *across. Turn. —7 scales
Row 3: Ch 2, sc in top of scale, *ch 2, V-st in sc between scales, ch 2, sc in top of scale; repeat from * across. Turn. —7 V-sts, 7 sc.
Row 4: *Scale st, sc in next sc; repeat from * across. Turn. —6 scales.
Row 5: ch 4, dc in same st, ch 2, sc in top of scale, *ch 2, V-st in space between scales, ch 2, sc in top of scale; repeat from * to last scale, V-st in top of scale at end of row. Turn. —7 V-sts, 6 sc.
Row 6: Beg-Scale-st, *sc in next sc, Scale-st; repeat from *across. Turn. —7 scales
Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 3-6. (Five rows of scales completed.)
Row 11: Ch 2, V-st in top of scale, *V-st in sc between scales, V-st in top of scale; repeat from * across. Turn. —13 V-sts.
Row 12: Ch 2, hdc in every st and ch sp across. Turn. —39 sts.
Row 13: Ch 3, working in third loop (horizontal loop of hdc), dc evenly across. Turn. —39 sts.
Row 14: Ch 2, hdc evenly across. Turn. —39 sts.
Row 15- 34: Repeat Rows 13 -14 ten times.
Row 35: Ch 2, hdc evenly across. —39 sts. Bind off, weave in ends.
Using the Romanian Cord method, make a cord 24 inches long.
With H hook, ch 2, leaving long tail for sewing at the beginning.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in loop of chain behind sc. Turn.
Row 2: Sc in two loops below (perpendicular) the sc. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 until desired length.
Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.
Fold work right sides together, matching last hdc row to first hdc row. Sc through both layers of work, up each side to the fold. Bind off. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.
Lay dragon scale flap down. Mark where bottom center scale overlaps pouch. Open, then attach button on mark. Button through the hole in the center scale.
Using tails of straps, sew firmly to either side of the pouch, at the corners.
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.
I lined a purse that I crocheted, many years ago!! But, what I did was find a zippered small pillowcase. I made the purse to fit the liner, I made a pocket on either side and stitched to the crochet. It turned out fabulous!! You might want to try this method. Anchor at all corners.
Jamie M Ahn
Hi! I’m wondering if I wanted to make this purse deeper how would I go about doing that? I’m going to add one small pocket for things like chapstick and one long pocket for my phone to lay in on its side, and just curious if there’s a way to make the clutch itself deeper/wider in order to have a little more room. I loooove it as it is for a quick grab and go!
What a great idea! To make it deeper, you would add Rows after Row 35. Just keep repeating Rows 13 and 14 several more times until it is as deep as you would like. 🙂 Enjoy! And post pictures when you are done!
I don’t understand the beg-scale-st — what does “stacking the stitches” mean? Can you help?
I’m making this bag right now and for row 13, when making the bag, do I need to hdc in the front third loops or the back third loops?
Thanks! Your work is lovely!
Isla, you will do the sts in the horizontal bar of the hdc (the third loop) facing you as you hold the work.
Thank you so much! I just finished the bag and the stripes make it look so fun! Keep up with the amazing patterns ♥
I made this purse with the multi-colored yarn like you did. It turned out amazing and I get SO many compliments on it!! Thanks for sharing your awesome patterns!
That’s awesome!! I’m so glad it’s bringing smiles to you and those around you!