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Apr 15, 2013

The Calypso Clutch
by Brenda K. B. Anderson
I think I have about twenty handbags, or maybe more, but I always go back to my three or four favorites. When I was flipping through the new issue of Interweave Crochet, I found a new go-to bag! It's the Calypso Clutch by Brenda K. B. Anderson, shown at right. I love the chevron stitch body with the decorative buttons. The clutch stays closed with magnetic snaps and the lining is a gray polka dot fabric—darling!

Like many of you, I like to knit and crochet, and the new issue of Interweave Crochet is full of lovely patterns for warm-weather wear. Here's Interweave Crochet editor Marcy Smith to tell you more about what's in store in the summer 2013 issue:

A couple of months ago, I found myself in a chilly coastal town with no hat. (I know, right? How could I not have a hat?)

The Undefined Cowl by Janet Brani
The Tango Tunic by Doris Chan
As it happens, there was a crafts fair set up on the town's green. And there I found and purchased a crocheted hat. It's pretty great—a beret made with three strands of yarn held together and crocheted with a big hook. Three people promptly stopped me on the street and asked where I got it.

Here's the thing: I could have crocheted that hat in twenty minutes. But without yarn and a hook, I was just a person with a cold head.

A few weeks ago, I got to thinking about folks who, even if they had a yarn and hook, could not conjure up a hat. Some of these folks are people who will have a hat only if someone gives them a hat. So I set about turning a huge pile of yarn into beanies, berets, and slouches (you can get a peek at the project on the Back Page and read more about it at And while I was crocheting those hats, I was thinking about you all—and this great skill you have that allows you to crochet a long string of yarn into a functional beanie that you could give to someone with a cold head. Why am I writing about this now, when daffodils are poking their heads up out of the soil and the dogwood are putting out little buds?

Because, right now you're gathering up cotton thread to make the beautiful crochet jewelry in Chain, Bead, Picot; sassy non-plied yarn to make Doris Chan's Tango Tunic top, Lily Chin's fabulous Cancan Collar, or Janet Brani's Undefined Cowl; and all manner of lightweight fibers to make one of the terrific girls' dresses by Kathy Merrick, Cristina Mershon, and Laurinda Reddig. And you'll need space in your stash area to make way for the new yarn, right?

The Can Can Collar by Lily Chin
So you can gather up the wools of winter—all the stray fibers and partial balls—hold them together, and, using the biggest hook you have, crochet a beanie. Or two. Or as many as your stash allows. Each one will take you less than an hour. Then when cold weather returns, find homes for these beanies. All those cold heads will thank you.

Also in this issue, in a continued celebration of you, Kathryn Vercillo joins us with her new column: Everyday Crochet. She begins by talking with two Australian crocheters who teamed up to support each other through a sweater-making project. In future issues, she will talk with crocheters who, just like you, crochet from pure love of the craft.

Have a lovely spring. We'd love to see what you're crocheting! Stop by to show us. And subscribe to Interweave Crochet now to get these beautiful patterns delivered to your door!


P.S. What's your favorite thing to crochet? Share it with us in the comments!

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on Apr 20, 2013 9:38 AM

I love to crochet hats !  The past two weeks I have crochet 6 hats: three summer sun-hats for neices of friends, one beautiful beret and two beanies ( one with a flower detail and the other with a button detail) for a little girl returning to school after chemotherapy. Crochet hats are the best projects for fun and function !

JodiW wrote
on Apr 15, 2013 7:09 PM

Forgive me but I am a knitter. I don't have a pattern for crocheting a hat with large needles. But I like the idea. Can someone send me a pattern for a quick hat with large crochet hook? Send it to theway at mindpring dot com. Thanks!

NadineD wrote
on Apr 15, 2013 3:02 PM

In our valley knitters and crocheters make caps through the year, and then when winter starts "Caps for Kids" gathers them together and take them to the schools to be given out to kids who come to school without caps.  The kids get to chose their own caps.  

on Apr 15, 2013 9:12 AM

I love, love, love crocheting hats. I've been crocheting for a long time, but I was always thought hats would be hard or confusing. Once I took the plunge I loved it. Now that's my go-to project.

I agree with some of the other comments I've seen too - it never occurred to me to limit myself to just one craft. I love to crochet, knit, hand embroider, and sew. No reason to miss out on all the fiber-y goodness. :)