The Sage Clutch

Sage Bag

A step-by-step guide to crocheting the super-stylish Sage Clutch Bag.

Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋‍♀️

That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the crocheting process. 

Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to crochet hero in no time 🦸‍♀️

When it comes to learning to crochet, practice makes perfect.

Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your bag. 

The Sage Crochet Clutch will take you from day to night and back again. She's made in half double crochet so you'll want to be confident with this stitch before you start 🧶 You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project.

You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice these stitches. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch! 

Total beginner? 👩‍🏫 

For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn How To Crochet page. 

Onto the bag 👜🕺

The sage bag

⚡️What you'll need

Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;

  • 3.5mm hook
  • 2 balls of Cardigang Raffia
  • Bag clasp
  • A darning needle
  • Made by me tag

You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy. 

⚡️Test your tension

Before you start your project, make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your crocheting is) is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by making a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big. 

Gauge: If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 18 stitches wide x 16-17 rows high when made in half double crochet on your 3.5mm hook.

To test this, chain 20 + 2 (the +2 makes your turning chain), then work in half double crochet for 19 rows. Then measure a 10x10cm square and count your stitches and rows within that space to make sure you're crocheting at the correct tension. 

If you've got more stitches or rows than the instructions say you should have, your work is a little too tight, and if you've got less your work is too loose. Adjust your tension by holding the yarn a little more tightly/loosely as you crochet.

Half Double Crochet Gauge Swatch Raffia

💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 

The sage bag

🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!

Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your drool-worthy bag!

You’ll make your bag in one piece from the bottom up. We’ll be crocheting in loops (we call them rounds) and then at the end, we will sew our clasp into the top of our bag using our darning needle.



Let's start with our foundation chain. 

💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row.

Chain 101: Make sure all the ‘V’s line up and are roughly the same size. 

Chain with raffia


In our first row we're working into the chain, so you're going to insert your hook into the 3rd chain from the hook. We only skip some stitches like this when we're working into the chain. So this is the only time in this pattern that you'll go into the 3rd chain. 

When you get to the last chain you're going to do 3 half double crochets into the one space.

🎬 Watch how to increase stitches

🫣 Good news, this is the hardest row to complete because working into the chain isn't as easy as working into a row. So persist and things will get easier! 


In this step, we're going to work our stitches into the other side of the chain. You'll do 3 HDC's in the last stitch. This will give you an increase at both ends of your chain. 

Chain with raffia


You're going to work back down the first side of your work again.

💭 Make sure your hook is going in under both bars of the stitch. Your stitches will look like ‘V’s when looking at your work from the top down.

Chain with raffia

STEP 5 - 7

Now you're going to continue working up the base of the bag. We're going to create and then build out the 4 corners of the base by working 2 HDC's and a chain stitch in each corner.

This is what the base of your bag will look like once it's completed. 


Well done! That's the base done. 

Now we're going to work up the sides of the bag. Just make sure you're keeping track of the rounds you've completed. 

The finish line is in sight! 🕺


Time to sew in the clasp of our bag. You'll use your darning needle and some lengths of raffia for this part. 


Open your clasp up and line up the ends of your bag with the open clasp. Sew your bag around the clasp, bunching up the edges as you go.


Once you’ve attached the first side of the clasp, repeat with the second side. Using your darning needle, weave in any loose ends.

D.O.N.E! You've finished your bag, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast. Don't forget to share your masterpiece with us on Instagram and TikTok @cardigang_knits 💥❤️

In a bind and need a little more help?

Email us at and we'll be able to help! Whether you're just starting out, or you've got a specific question or problem (dropped a stitch, no stress!), we're here to get you out of a bind.