Linen Tube Clutch by Ruthie Nussbaum

Linen Tube Clutch

September 2007
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with single strand on smaller needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.75 mm (F)
810 yards (741 m)
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Pattern description from Bag Style: “On a recent trip to the Bahamas, Ruthie Nussbaum was fascinated by the intricately woven straw baskets, bags, and placemats in the Straw Market of downtown Nassau. She translated these shapes, textures, and colors into this unusual linen clutch. Ruthie knitted the bag in two layers - a stockinette-stitch inner layer and a textured outer layer - and sandwiched flexible plastic needlepoint canvas between the two. She sewed the layers to knitted circles to give the bag its distinctive shape, then finished it with a few rows of crochet with built-in handles.”

Finished Size: About 10.75” (27.5 cm) wide, 5” (12.5. cm) tall, and 5” (12.5 cm) deep, excluding handles.

Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle; size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; 1 sheet 10.5” (26.5 cm) by 13.5” (34.5 cm) and two 5” (12.5 cm) circles of plastic needlepoint canvas.

Additional Gauge:

  • 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with yarn doubled on larger needles
  • 23 stitches and 18 rows = 4” (10 cm) in herringbone pattern with yarn doubled on larger needles