A couple of months ago or so I stumbled upon a photo and instruction of a crochet Frida Kahlo brooch on my Instagram. Ever since then I would find photos of crocheted Frida Kahlo in some kind or other. Inspired by that, I came up with my own Frida Kahlo clutch!
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- 8ply cotton yarn in black, cream and 1 – 4 other colours for flower(s).
- 4mm crochet hook (optional: 4.5mm and 3.5mm)
- Fabric for lining
- Needle and thread (sewing machine optional)
- Embroidery needle
- Stitch marker
- Blush and small blending brush (optional)
- Pattern written in US term
- Pattern written to make a clutch that can fit a 5.5inch phone
- Ch 3 will always count as a DC
- We are working in Rows instead of Rounds for the head/main, so do not join at the end, turn instead
- While we are working in Rounds for the eyes, we will not join. So it’s a good idea to mark the last stitch. We will be working in a continuous round instead. Move your stitch marker to the last stitch of each round.
Head/Main Pattern (make 2 with cream):
Row 1: Magic circle, ch 3, 5 dc, pull shut, turn (6dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, 1dc in same dc, 2dc in each dc across, turn (12dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (18dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (24dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (30dc)
Row 6: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 4 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (36dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 5 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (42dc)
Row 8: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 6 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (48dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 7 dc, 2dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (54dc)
Row 10: Ch 3, *1 dc in the next 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from * to * across, turn (60dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, 1 dc in nect dc and in each dc across. (60dc)
With black yarn, attach to the right edge of the head/main, and crochet 45 sc evenly across the straight edge of the the head/main.
By now, you should have this:
Eyes Pattern (make 2 with black):
Round 1: Magic circle, 5sc, pull shut (5sc)
Round 2: 2sc in eah sc around (10sc)
Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (15sc)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
This is what you should have now:
Sew the eyes on like the picture below:
To create Frida Kahlo’s trademark unibrow, thread a long piece of black yarn into an embroidery needle. Insert the needle from the inside, above the left edge of the left eye. Pull it up, then keeping the piece laying as straight as you can, insert it again above the right edge of the right eye. You are creating one long stitch. Do this another 4 to 5 times. To secure the brow, whip stitch across the brow to keep it in place.
Your piece should look like this now:
Hair Pattern (make 2 with black):
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as dc), dc in each ch across, turn (12dc)
Row 2: Ch 1, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of the next 8 dc, dc2tog, turn (10dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 9 dc, turn (10dc)
Row 4: Ch 1, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc, dc2tog, turn (8dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, turn (8dc)
Row 6: Ch 1, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc2tog, turn (6dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, turn (6dc)
Row 8: Ch 1, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc2tog, turn, (4dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, turn (4dc)
Row 10: Ch 1, dc2tog, dc2tog, turn (2dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next dc (2dc)
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
By now, you should have these pieces:
Match one of the long straight edge of the hair to the straight edge of the head/body. Match the short edge of the hair to the curved edge of the head/body. Sew in place. Do the same to the other hair piece on the other side of the head/body. The 2 points of the hair should meet in the middle like this:
Now sew curved edge of the 2 head/main pieces together. You can sew this anyway you want, but I like to use the mattress stitch. I learnt this stitch from 1dogwoof and the video can be found here (you’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the video).
To make the lining, take a piece of fabric and fold it in half, then fold it in half again. Fold your crochet piece in half. Place your folded crochet piece on top of the folded fabric. Make sure the folded edges meet on the right and that the other folded edge of the fabric are at the bottom.
Cut your fabric around the crochet piece, leaving a 1.5cm allowance. When you open your piece it should look like this:
Fold in half again and pin and sew the curved edge. I just hand sew the piece together but you can use a sewing machine, if you like (my sewing machine is packed away since we’ll be moving soon-ish).
Once the 2 curved edges are sewn, attach your zipper to the straight edge at the top. I like to unzip my zipper, and put the zipper and fabric right side together. Then I pin and sew all around with the zipper still unzipped.
Match the top straight edge of the lining and the main/head piece together, pin and sew all around.
Once that’s done, we’ll create some flowers! I made 4 roses in different sizes and colours. You can make it in any colour and size and in any amount. It doesn’t even have to be a rose! I used Skip To My Lou’s pattern to create the roses. The red rose was the biggest and created using a 4.5mm crochet hook and 51 beginning chains. The pink roses were the next biggest and were created using a 4mm crochet hook and 41 beginning chains. While the orange and yellow roses were the smallest and were created using a 3.5mm crochet hook and 31 beginning chains.
Arrange your flowers however you like before sewing it down. I settled on this:
Here they are all sewn up:
This step is optional, but it does complete the look more. To create a blush for Frida, I took my blush and a small blending brush and apply and blend the blush slightly below and to the sides of the eyes.
And you’re pretty much done!!!
Go on and fill up your Frida clutch!
I absolutely adore my Frida clutch! Of course you can add straps to your clutch, if you want. I’m still undecided whether I want to add a strap or not, so for now it’s a clutch!
Please share your Frida bag/clutch by tagging me on my Instagram (@abigailjudd)!
Enjoy and thanks!