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home » issue 4 » Patterns » Cleo Clutch

Cleo Clutch

by Chrissy Gardiner

Cleo Clutch

I am always looking for cute little clutch-sized bags to slip inside my knitting bag so I donít have to dig to the bottom for my keys. This little felted cabled clutch is just the right size for keys, cell phone, ID and Knit Check and is pretty enough to carry alone for an afternoon of shopping or an evening about town.

I started playing around with the felting of cables after taking a class from Alterknits author Leigh Radford. She has a wonderful felted bag that she made out of a recycled cabled sweater. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to start felting cables and found myself incubating the pattern that ultimately became Cleo.

Errata for this pattern marked in orange.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


Possible Yarn Substitute

This pattern would look great in any feltable yarn. Budget suggestion Ė Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. Be sure to felt a swatch prior to knitting so you know if your yarn felts differently than the Cascade 200.


one size

Finished Measurements

9.5 inches wide and 5.25 inches tall with flap closed, after felting.


16 sts/22 rows = 4" in st st (before felting)


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Cleo Clutch Detail

Cable Pattern

(worked over 50 sts and 12 rows)

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With size 10/6.0 mm needles and a single strand of yarn, CO 50 sts.

If working using the chart Ė follow chart as written to row 28.

Rep chart rows 17-28 7 more times (these rows will be worked 8 times total) before working rem rows. BO all sts kwise.

If working from the written patt instructions Ė beg by working four rows garter st (k all sts).


Fold approx one-third (three patt reps) of the finished piece over with wrong sides facing. Pin side seams and loosely whip-stitch tog.

Weave in all ends.

Cleo Clutch Pre-felted


Fill your washing machine with water at the hottest setting and lowest water level. Add a small amount of detergent (I use Eucalan Wool Wash so I donít need to rinse) and a couple of towels or pairs of old jeans to the washer while it is filling. Place the bag into a zippered pillowcase or fine mesh bag to catch excess lint.

When the washer is full and the wash cycle begins, put the pillowcase into the water. Let the washer agitate for about 10 minutes and then pull out your bag to check it. In my washing machine, one ten minute cycle felted the bag to my liking, but you may need or want to felt longer. Be aware that the cables may affect the felting time and shape a bit. If you do felt longer, be sure to pull the bag out every five minutes to avoid over-felting.


Once you are happy with the amount your bag has felted, pull it out of the pillowcase, rinse in warm water if needed, and roll in a dry towel Ė do not wring! Squeeze out excess water. Block the body of the bag using an appropriately-sized book. Pin the flap of the bag out on a dry towel, stretching it so it is nicely shaped and matches the width of the body of the bag. Felted objects sometimes come out of the washer a bit funky, so donít be afraid to stretch it and mold it into shape. Let dry (this may take a couple of days).


If you would like too add a closure to your bag, use a sewing needle and thread to sew a large snap or magnetic clasp to the bag body and underside of the flap.

About the author: Chrissy Gardiner lives in Portland, OR, where she is employed full-time by her children. She has been knitting since grade school, and hopes to avoid going back to an office job by someday making a little money from it. Read about her adventures in knitting and mommying at her blog,

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