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.
Disclaimer: You may sell products made by this pattern, but please do not copy this pattern for distribution or sale. That’s not nice (and slightly illegal).
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
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.