Crochet Month Designer Interview Series: Get to know Drew Emborsky!

Drew's the youngest of eight kids and come from a very crafty family. His daddy, the ex-marine WWII veteran was an amazing artist and crocheter. His mom crocheted too! Each of his siblings do crafty activities in some combination of crochet, knit, quilt, woodwork, cake decorating, cross-stitch, just to name a few.

About five years ago he started a little blog because all his friends were starting blogs of their own. He wanted his to be about his favorite hobby which happened to be crochet. He called it The Crochet Dude and used it to show pics of the projects he was working on.

One thing led to another and before he knew it he was designing knit and crochet patterns full-time. Drew has nine books published to date, appeared in four seasons of the PBS TV show Knit & Crochet Now as the crochet expert, and has a line of his own signature hooks and tools available nationwide.

Want to get Drew's crochet tips and tricks? Check out our Q&A session with him below!

BY (Bernat Yarns): What's your favorite type of crocheted item to design and why?

DE: Without a doubt my favorite things to design are purses. I love the challenge of designing the structure and functionality with the end result still being cute! 

BY: What's your favorite piece of crochet advice?

DE: Always use yarn that you love. If you aren't in love with the yarn then it makes it harder to be in love with your project! There are no happy endings to unhappy journeys.

BY: What's your favorite Bernat yarn?

DE: I've used Bernat in many of my books and I'd have to say that my personal fave continues to be Bernat Bamboo. I just love how it drapes and feels as I'm crocheting with it. And the colors are just amazing; very natural and relaxing!

Feeling inspired to get working on your next crochet project? One lucky reader will win a set of The Crochet Dude Ergonomic Hooks! Just comment on this blog post and tell us what your favorite crochet technique is, and you'll be entered to win! Entries are open until Friday March 22nd, and we'll be announcing our randomly selected winner on March 25th.

Want to see Drew's crochet mastery in action? Check out his Beaded Clutch, crocheted in Bernat Satin!

Beaded Clutch Purse with Bow
©2013 Drew Emborsky aka The Crochet Dude®

Finished Size: Approx 4” x 7.5” [10 x 19 cm]

Bernat Satin (100 g/3.5 oz; 182 m/200 yds)
Forest Mist Heather (04239)  1 ball
Size 4 mm (U.S. G/6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
95 – size 6-9mm Pony Beads in coordinating color.
Set of snap fasteners.

Bead = Where indicated, slide bead tight to hook, ch 1, sc in next indicated stitch.
-Where indicated in next row, sc in bead stitch.
-From WS, bead row will look like “sc, missed st, sc”.
BL = Back loop
Ch = Chain(s)
FL = Front loop
Rep = Repeat(s)
RS = Right side
Sc = Single crochet
Sc2tog = Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook.
Sl st = Slip stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
Yoh = Yarn over hook

15 sc and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm].


Back of Clutch
Ch 30.

Row 1: (WS) sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across, turn (29 sc).
Rows 2-15: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off.

Front of Clutch
Note: Pre-string all beads onto yarn prior to beginning Front piece.
Ch 30.

Row 1: (WS) sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across, turn (29 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *bead, sc; rep from * across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc and next sc, *bead, sc; rep from * across ending with sc in last st, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Rows 7-13: Rep Rows 2-5 twice.
Rows 14-15: Rep Rows 2-3.
Fasten off.

Optional: (not shown in picure) In place of ‘bead’ you can ‘bobble’ by inserting hook in st indicated, yoh and pull up loop, ch 3, yoh and pull through both loops on hook.

With RS of Front facing, rotate so that the right short side is up, and attach yarn with sl st at end of Row 1.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same sp as last sl st, *ch 2, sc in end st of next row; rep from * across, turn (15 sc).
Rows 2-17: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, sc in next sc; rep from * across, turn.
Row 18: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, sc2tog; rep from * across, turn (8 sts).
Rows 19-26: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, sc in next sc2tog; rep from * across, turn (8 sc).
Rows 27-28: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sc in next sc; rep from * across, turn.
Row 29: Ch 1, (sc2tog) 4 times, turn (4 sts).

Attach smaller end of bow to Front piece: count 4 rows up from bottom of opposite short side of Purse.

Row 30: Ch 1, sc through each st and through last st of corresponding row across. Fasten off.

Ch 7.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across, turn (6 sc).
Rows 2-9: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in BL of each sc across, turn.
Rows 11-22: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 23: Ch 1, sc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn.
Row 24: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc across, turn.
Rows 25-26: Rep Rows 23-24 (2 sts).
Row 27: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 st rem).
Fasten off.

Return to Row 9 and working in unworked FL attach yarn with sl st. Ch 1 and sc in each st across, turn.
Rep Rows 11-27.
Fasten off. Wrap Tie around Bow and secure.

With RS facing whipstitch Front and Back together leaving Row 15 open at top. Sew set of snap fasteners to inside at center top of Clasp.


I enjoy cables.

I have recently learned Intarsia, Oh my gosh it took me months to finally get to where I was satisfied how it looked, the pattern was from and called Desert Oasis. I was ready to jump off the roof with the difficulty level. There are tutorials for tiny pics to incorporate but this was a challenge! I have a couple of your hooks with arthritis and fibromayalgia it makes it so much easier to hang on to. I get one on holidays from friends I am on #3! Good for you, keep up the great work. Congratulations on new interview, nice to be appreciated. Sincerely Marion

I love making cowl or infinity scarfs...especially with Bernat Satin...I love the sheen and drape. Thanks so much Drew for your wonderful tutorial videos.

I just started learning to tunisian crochet. I love it. It gives such a different experience, and is making my variegated yarns look extra lovely.

I like making crochet lace.

I love to do felted hats and handbags using either crochet or knitting techniques.

I love to find a pattern with enough repetition that I can get into a "zone" while crocheting it!

I love to crochet amigurumi, so my favorite technique is the magic ring!

I love to make knee covers and leg warmers for our area senior care centers. I like to do granny square combinations

I am really enjoying crocheting an old-fashioned ripple afghan, but with new fresh colors!

I love the BEADED BAG (just not wild about the color) and can't wait to try it! Maybe in blue or purple...

I love the beaded bag......maybe in a royal blue ?

I just discovered crochet bobbles - fabulous!

I love the crochet pineapple lace pattern and broomstick lace.

I started a round tablecloth with that pineapple lace pattern. It is the second one I an doing. It took me a full year for finishing the first one, Let's hope i will be doing # 2 faster since I am now at my retreat time.

I love any pattern that incorporates post stitches (including cables). I didn't even start doing post stitch till I had been crocheting for years! But now I love the textured look it gives to any project, and it's so easy. I also want to say that I am in love with Drew's Artesia Zigzag afghan pattern and can't wait to try that one.

I am learning Tunisian crochet and want to learn interlocking crochet next.

I like to do double-end hook crochet. I crochet a lot of blankets for Project Linus.

Drew, I love your beaded clutch, and am looking forward to making it. I've an avid crocheter, and love patterns that I can complete in a few days. This pattern will make beautiful gifts for my daughters! Thanks so much for sharing!

I love crochet of any kind but mostly do kids and baby sweaters that use cables as well as just ordinarly sc and hdc stitches.. I have learned a trick to keep edges neat when you turn and crochet 2 for a hdc or 3 for a dc. When I about to make a turn I simply ch 1 and turn and then hdc or dc in the first stitch. It makes a nice straight edge and a nicer finish. Give it a try.

I like working with the shell stitches.

I'm still learning crochet and my favourite technique is the magic ring to start a project in the round - but pretty much because my tension for starting with a row of stitches isn't perfected yet. :) Those ergonomic hooks look amazing! (If you need contact info, my email is: ennadoolf AT gmail DOT com )

I love to make granny squares out of left over yarn. I've been doing this off and on since college and I have almost enough to make a coverlet for our king size bed! It's fun to look through them and remember all the special projects that I've make for friends, family, children and grandchildren.

I love free form type granny squares. It lets me mix up different types of yars to come up with some very unique looking finished products.

My favorite item to crochet are baby blankets, hats and layettes.

My crochet skills are very limited, but I would love to learn to crochet lace - especially for edgings and collars!

i enjoy using the afghan/tunisian stitch and am delighted when i find new variations on the stitch. Over the years i have made a few afghans using the stitch....

I love it all but especially enjoy afghans and edgings around washcloths and towels. Crocheted edgings can take a plain towel and develop its personality, And afghans are the perfect gift for a loved one.

The half double crochet stitch in all its simplicity!

I love post stitches in all forms.

I'm a newbie so my favorite is anything that I finish correctly!

Not sure I have a favorite, but really like doing anything with pineapples! BTW, have used Drew's hooks and they are AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for inventing them!

I love learning new stitches what ever they may be.

I love the afghan stitch. It is now called something else. I also enjoy cable stitch.

I will try just about any crochet technique. I am trying out Tunisian crochet right now.

I'm currently crocheting beds and toys for the cats at my local animal shelter. I'm enjoying crocheting in the round, learning how to increase and decrease, and learning how to add fun embellishments onto the toys, such as mice ears and tails!

I just learned how to Foundation SC, HDC, DC and I so love it for starting projects. No more thin little chains to try to work with. But I must confess that my favourite stitch is the crocodile stitch, I loved making little trees with it for christmas

I like to put a fancy finished edge on simple things like a scarf to totally change the look.

I have been crocheting since I was 9 and I taught myself how, so I have been crocheting for over 50 years. I have several crochet buddies at work. We share different techniques and types of yarn. My favorite stiche is a "shell stitch". I love tunisian crochet.

I like to try lots of different techniques, but amigurumi is still my favorite :-) You can create something cute in a really short time, and they make fun gifts.

I am wanting to learn the afghan stitch. Need to study the tutorial on You Tube.

I'm using a Tunisian crochet technique for a ruffly scarf and it works great. Looking forward to trying other Tunisian crochet items.

I am experienced with crochet but I am branching out into knitting. Just finished my first hat with a circular needle and it looks good!

I've started playing with Crocodile Stitches and am having some fun with it! Nest is Bavarian Crochet if I can wait that long. Might have to work with both at the same time...

I have not done whole lot of different crochet stitches yet, but I have started experimenting with tunisian crochet. I also like single crochet... a lot!

I like using crochet borders to finish any crocheted or knitted project.

I love the fact that men take to crochet too, and make a name for themselves. One feels happy that crocheting has become so versatile and wonderful with all those beautiful yarns to choose from. i love crocheting granny squares.There are virtually hundreds of designs in granny squares and more yet to be added. What a wonderful world it is with so much crocheting to do!

I have just recently become interested in Entrelac and Bovarian crochet. Do you plan to use either technique in any of your future patterns? I really wanted to download the pattern of your afghan using the mulitcolored yarn but found no link to download it. Love your patterns.

I am experienced with crochet but I am branching out into knitting. Just finished my first hat with a circular needle and it looks good! My favorite crochet pattern is an afghan for babies made with a shell stitch.

My favorite crochet technique is JAYGO - I would love me some of those hooks:)