Making clutches, purses, totes or any other oval shaped bags can be confusing for beginners. Perhaps because the start of said items is always flat with chains, as opposed to making stitches in a magic ring. You can think of oval bases as a circle split in half, which each half at the end of a series of single/half double/double crochets. The width of the final item is highly dependent on how big that circle is. This is the simplest, narrowest type of oval, with a single round of increases at the end of the starting chain. I figured an image is worth a thousand words, so here you have the photo tutorial to make any clutch/tote/purse your heart desires.
We’ll start by chaining 22, or however many stitches you need for the width you would like.
After doing 1 dc in each stitch, we’ll increase in the last st.
Now we’ll continue on the other side of the chain
Now for Round 2
Eventually you will have this…
And as you continue to make 1 dc in each stitch…
Now you can continue working double crochet rounds until the purse reaches whatever height you desire. To make a flap, start a new round and work only half of the stitches, then turn and work those stitches again for several rounds.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll happily help! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial