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by elisabeth andrée


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how to crochet a planthanger

weekend almost starts!
yesterday i bought some new plants for the garden, but also a few house plants. this sanseveria i wanted for a long time, and the green pot was already waiting for it.

sanseveria

sanseveria

i like to hang plants and plant cuttings next to my front door, the little baskets i’ve crocheted in december, but i also made ​​a new planthanger.

 

 it is possible to hang it in different ways and eventually it ended up on the wall next to the couch close to the window. 

 

here is how you can make a similar one
green crochet planthanger with black and white beads

green crochet planthanger with black and white beads

 

material:

catania cotton, approximately half a ball, optional an extra color for the cord
crochet hook size 3.5 mm and 5.5 mm 
and also optional: beads
a glass jar

 

stitches (american english terms): 

ch = chains
ss = slip stitches
sc = single crochets
hdc = half double crochets
dc = double crochets
fp hdc – front post half double crochet (more info here)
2sctog = 2 single crochets together 
notes:
  • all the rows start with 1 ch (does not count as stitch), first stitch or first 2 stitches of a row into same stitch as ss, except when i describe otherwise.
  • all rows end with a ss into the first stitch of the row.
  • start with a magic loop and leave a long piece of yarn for stringing the beads and fasten off.
  • row 1. 8 hdc into loop
  • row 2. 2 hdc into each stitch
  • row 3. 2 hdc into first stitch, 1 hdc into next, *2 hdc into next stitch, 1 hdc into next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row
  • row 4. 2 hdc into first stitch, 1 hdc into next 2 stitches, *2 hdc into next stitch, 1 hdc into next 2 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row
  • row 5. 2 hdc into first stitch, 1 hdc into next 3 stitches, *2 hdc into next stitch, 1 hdc into next 3 stitches*repeat between * and * until end of row
  • row 6. 2 hdc into first stitch, 1 hdc into next 4 stitches, *2 hdc into next stitch, 1 hdc into next 4 stitches* repeat between * and * until end of row
  • row 7. 2 hdc into first stitch, 1 hdc into next 5 stitches, *2 hdc into next stitch, 1 hdc into next 5 stitches* repeat between * and * until end of row

depending on the size of the glass jar, you make more or less rows in which you increase the number of stitches.

  • row 8. 1 sc into each stitch
  • row 9. 1 hdc into each stitch
  • repeat row 8 and 9 to the required height
  • and finish with two rows of sc.
edge and cord
  • row a. make 4 ch, *sk next sc, 1 dc into next stitch, 1 ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss into third ch of beginning chains
  • row b. 1 ch, 1 hdc into first 1 ch-space, *1 fp hdc around next dc, 1 hdc into first 1 ch-space*, repeat between * and * until end of row, end with 1 fp hdc around beginning chains of previous row, ss into first hdc
  • row c. make 1 ch, insert hook into same stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook, first 2sctog made, *insert hook in same stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loops on hook*, repeat between * and * until end op row, end with insert hook in last stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook into the same stitch as first stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loop on hook, ss into first 2sctog
  • cut yarn, finish off.
use the yarn end at the middle of the bottom to string the beads, skip the last bead and pull needle and yarn back through beads and to the wrong side of the planthanger, weave in end. 

beads bottom planthanger

beads bottom planthanger

with double strand and larger size hook, make a number of chains to create enough length to hang the planthanger.
pull cord through 1 chain spaces, knot yarn ends firmly and the planthanger is ready. 

cord planthanger

cord planthanger

 

happy friday, happy weekend, happy time!

 

yellow tulip in glass tube with crochet work

yellow tulip in glass tube with crochet work


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WIP and something finished

hello, welcome!
last days/weeks i have been (too) busy crocheting and my shoulders, arms and hands hurt. it became worse this week because i had to remove furniture when the radiators in bedroom and livingroom gave problems (including a leak in de bedroom which spoiled my wallpaper).  the mechanic has solved the problem and i put everything back in place. 

 

today i can show you a mix of projects, hopefully you like to look at them? 

 

a little basket for my mother in bright colors: orange, three shades of pink, that i want to fill with small soaps. i bought her a cushion cover, 2 guest towels and a dish cloth with the image of a pink cockatoo. i hope it brightens her day a little, it is almost two years ago my eldest brother past away and my mother said that for her it feels like it happened yesterday. he was her first child. 

 

the tutorial for the spring bag is finished, you can find it here and i have been working on a birthday present, a blue bag of which the strap is long enough to carry it cross-body. i need to line the bag and to make some decorations, then i can wrap it in some pretty paper. more photos after the birthday.

bags by elisabeth andrée

bags by elisabeth andrée

i didn’t have time to work on my own bag, but i am sewing together the lacy with dot squares and that is a relaxed thing do.

 

next to these project i have made a small planthanger, which i will show you another time and i have been trying some stitch patterns from my book

 

while i am writing this post i realize it isn’t surprising my hands are sore :(

 

joining here, hope you will take a look: 
thanks for visiting!

 


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spring bag tutorial

hello, good to see you again:)

hope you are still interested in the tutorial for the spring bag or – if you like to rename it – summer/autumn/winter bag.

here we go, success with crocheting!

 

 

material and stitches

 

yarn

 

for making this bag i didn’t buy new yarn but used yarn from my stash:

 

1. for the body of the bag

this yarn is the same type of yarn that i used for this yellow bag.

it has the name phildar vacances and it is suitable for crochet hook size 4.5-5.0 mm, i used 4 balls and hook size 4.5 mm. see the photos for detailed info about the yarn. i bought it a few years ago at the local market, it is no longer available, but perhaps your yarn supplier can recommend a replacement for the yarn. 

 

i sent an email to phildar with a request for an advice about which yarn from their current range gives a similar effect. this is the response i have received: 

“Bonjour Madame Andrée,

In answer to your demand(request), you can replace the quality VACANCES by the quality PHIL THALASSA which has the same criterion of knitting. 

He(It) is certain that you will not obtain any more the depiction of origin. 

Do not forget that the sample remains essential to obtain a knitting in the good dimensions(size).”

 

merci beaucoup sophie!

this is the link to phildar’s website, in french

in the netherlands it is possible to buy phildar yarn in several webshops and on local markets. you don’t have to use this label, please just use the yarn you like.

 

2. for the top part and the handles

cotton 8 – about 1.5 balls:

  • in a dark unbleached cotton shade, also from my stash and i used crochet hook size 3.5 mm
  • for the cross stitches and to sew the fold and the handles a somewhat lighter shade
  • for this you need a needle with a blunt tip.

3. other materials

  • i did not provide my bag with a lining, but i have made an inside pocket, explanation at the bottom of this post
  • a button for the closure and optional a second button for the inside pocket (my wooden ones are second hand)
  • optional 2 snap buttons to be able to close the bag at both sides.

    snap buttons

    snap buttons

 

the bag i made is quite small, the dimensions are: 

  • the bottom: a diameter of about 29-30 cm
  • the body: about 23-24 cm, after the top is fold
  • the handles from end to end: about 35 cm length.

however, it is easy to make the bag in a larger size, it might not be necessary, but i will indicate below in orange where it is best to increase the sizes.

 

stitches

 

used stitches in american english terms:

  • ch = chain 
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • 2sctog = 2 single crochets together
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet

 

 

instructions

 

the pattern for the bottom of the bag is similar as the rows for the doggie toy (also named cuddle cushions), it is only larger.

 

 

for the bottom you start with a magic loop.

row:

  1. 1 ch, 12 sc in ring, ss in first sc
  2. 1 ch, 1 dc into same stitch as ss, 1 dc into next 11 sc, ss into first dc
  3. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 2 sc in each of next 11 dc, ss into first sc
  4. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next stitch, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  5. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  6. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 3 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  7. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  8. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch 
  9. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 5 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 5 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  10. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  11. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 6 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch 
  12. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 7 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 7 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  13. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  14. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 8 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch 
  15. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 9 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 9 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  16. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch 
  17. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 10 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch 
  18. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 11 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 11 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  19. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  20. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 11 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next 12 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  21. 1 ch, 2 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in next 13 stitches, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 13 stitches*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  22. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  23. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch.

if you want your bag to have a larger bottom, keep repeating this way until you work has the size you like.

 

body of the bag
  • row a. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  • row b. 1 ch, 1 hdc in same stitch as ss, 1 hdc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  • repeat rows a. and b. until you have 10 rows of each, the last row is a row b.
  • if you prefer to increase the height of your bag, keep repeating these two rows
  • row c. 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch as ss, 1 sc in all next stitches until end of row, ss in in first stitch
  • repeat row c. until you have 10 rows
  • cut yarn and weave in ends.

 

top and handles

 

  • row 1. attach second yarn and make 1 ch, insert hook into same stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook, first 2sctog made, *insert hook in same stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loops on hook*, repeat between * and * until end op row, end with insert hook in last stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook into the same stitch as first stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loop on hook, ss into first 2sctog, 1 ch
  • row 2 – 10.   insert hook into same stitch as ss, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through 3 loops on hook, first 2sctog made, *insert hook in same stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loops on hook*, repeat between * and * until end op row, end with insert hook in last stitch, draw up a loop, insert hook into the same stitch as first stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through loop on hook, ss into first 2sctog, 1 ch
  • take hook from loop
  • measure where you like to have your handles and mark with a paperclip or a yarn end in another color. take for the startingpoint of the first handle two stitches from the first stitch of the row. it is best to measure between begin and end points of the handles but also the parts at the sides between both handles. correct if necessary
  • insert hook back into loop
  • row 11. make 1 ch, 1 h dc into the same stitch as ss and 1 hdc into the next stitch, crochet the number of chains to create the desired length for your handle and remember the number for the second handle. i didn’t want very long handles, therefore i crocheted 70 chains
  • crochet 1 hdc into the stitch you marked for the end point of the first handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the next stitches until you reach the point you marked for the beginning of the second handle, make the handle the same way as you did the first handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the next stitches until you reach the first stitch of the row and ss into first stitch
  • row 12. 1 ch, 1 hdc into same stitch as ss, 1 hdc into all the next stitches and into all the chains of both handles until end of row, ss into first stitch
  • row 13 – 19. 1 ch, 1 hdc into same stitch as ss, 1 hdc into all the next stitches until end of row, ss into first stitch
  • cut yarn and weave in ends.

 

finishing and decorating top of the bag

A. fold top of bag and handles in half, pin and sew neatly with same color yarn. see photos for reference.

 

 

B. fold the top part of the handles (the part of the handles you hold in your hand) flat with the seam in the middle and sew with yarn in lighter shade basting stitches on both sides of the handles. see photos for reference.

 

C. attach yarn to first stitch between begin and end point of a handle, ss in same stitch, in next and all subsequent stitches, until end of row, cut yarn, weave in ends. repeat on other side of the bag.

D. and if you like you can also make cross stitches for decoration. on the part of the 2sctog it is easy to do because it looks like embroidery canvas.

 

closure

mark the place where you like to have the button. also mark on the other side of the bag the 2 stitches in the middle between begin and end points of the handle right beneath the row with the slip stitches. attach yarn with a ss into the right of the 2 marked stitches and crochet the number of chains needed to fit around the button, attach with a ss into the other of the 2 marked stitches. make 1 ch and crochet 1 sc into all the chains, cut yarn and weave in ends. attach button onto the bag. 

inside pocket

for the inside pocket i crocheted a lacy with dot square with a row of hdc and 1 row of sc around it, including a button hole and attached it with another smaller size wooden button to the inside of the bag with little stitches on the same side as the loop voor the closure of the bag. this inside pocket acts a bit like a tiny mesh bag.

when your square has the desired size, make the edge with the buttonhole as follows:
  • row 1. 1 ch, turn, measure and crochet the number of chains you need for the buttonhole, skip the correct number of 1 ch spaces and stitches, 1 hdc in next dc, *1 hdc in 1 ch space, 1 hdc in next dc*, repeat between * and * all around square, except in the treble in the corners, there you make 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, at the end of row, 1 ch, turn
  • row 2. 1 sc into every stitch, except in the dc in the corners, there you make 1 sc, 1 ch, 1 sc.
  • cut yarn, leaving a long piece to sew the pocket with invisible stitches into the bag.

 

finally weave in the remaining yarn ends and sew buttons onto the bag (snap buttons on left and right sides of the handles on the inside of the bag).

success with making your own spring bag!


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WIP is still in progress

hello all, thanks for dropping by!

to those i have promised the tutorial for the spring bag, i have to slide the publication to next week. i have to do some boring but important administrative things and therefore i can not spend enough time and attention to writing the tutorial. i am sorry but i hope you will understand. 

 

my work in progress is still in progress. of the 7 lacy with dot squares that i had to make last week i now have to do 11. earlier this week i got an idea that is why l have to crochet some extra squares. the required yarn i already have, so i can keep crocheting the squares in the evenings in front of te tv. more about the extra squares in a future post.

a growing pile of lacy with dot squares

a growing pile of lacy with dot squares

 

 

one bag, two bags

the last few days it has been pleasantly warm weather and working on the blanket with acrylic yarn would not be ideal. i looked at my stash of cotton yarn and have chosen three colors of which i started to crochet a summer bag for myself. my wish: something with more than one color, but halfway it was too colorful for me and now i think the color combination is beautiful again. there is no pattern, i design the bag during the creative process. not everything i had/have in mind is successful and for those things i need to think of an alternative. to be continued….

 

 

how is/are your project(s)? 

 

this week i will again join:

 

see you!

 


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how to make the citron grocery bag

how nice to see you here:)

i received some questions about the grocery bag and i thought i’d write a brief explanation. it has become more extensive than was intended, although the instructions are about crocheting the bag and not about how you can make the stitches. 
hope you will make your a grocery bag too, i wish you success!

 

 

used materials and stitches

the size of my bag is: width and height without the handles circa 29 cm, length of handles measured from end to end circa 31 cm.

2 balls of phil coton 3 citron and crochet hook size 3.00 mm

citron colored yarn

citron colored yarn

 

stitches in american english terms: 

  • ch = chains
  • ss = slip stitch
  • 2sctog = 2 single crochets together
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • tr = treble

 

how to make

 

first half of the bag

make as many chains until you have the desired width. you can unravel the unworked chains later in the proces.

  • row 1. make first tr into the 10th chain from hook, *2 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 tr into next ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 2. skip first 2 ch-space, 1 tr into next tr, *2 ch, skip 2 ch-space, tr into next tr*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the desired height, cut off yarn, weave in ends.

 

second half of the bag
working into beginning chains

working into beginning chains

  • row 1. attach yarn onto the first ch of the beginning chains at the front side of your work and crochet 6 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 tr into next ch, *2 ch, skip 2 ch, tr into next ch*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 2. skip first 2 ch-space, 1 tr into next tr, *2 ch, skip 2 ch-space, tr into next tr*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 6 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the desired height, don’t cut off the yarn because you now continue working along the side of the bag.

 

rows along the side

1. crochet 6 ch, skip the corner space, 1 tr into same stitch as last tr, *2 ch, 1 tr into top of next tr, 3 ch, 1 tr into top of next tr*, repeat until end of row. (crocheting alternately 2 and 3 ch is only meant to match the length of he edge of the bag.)

working along the side of the bag

working along the side of the bag

2. fold the halves of the bag together with the right sides out, hold it with the ‘wrong’ sides facing each other and with the corresponding stitches together.
take hook from loop and insert hook in third ch of corner space of the half which lies on top, insert hook in loop again  and pull it trough the ch on hook, make 1 ch, 2 sc in first corresponding 2 ch-spaces, 1 sc in corresponding trebles, *2 sc in next corresponding 2 ch-spaces, 1 sc in next corresponding trebles*, repeat between * and * until end of row, cut off yarn, weave in ends.

repeat this procedure (1 and 2) at the other side of the bag.
don’t cut off the yarn because you now continue working along the top of the bag.

 

top of the bag and handles
  • row a. 1 ch, 2 sc in first 2 ch-space, *1 sc in tr, 2 sc in next 2 ch-space*, repeat between * and * until you reach the seam, insert hook in last space of this side of the bag, pull up a loop, insert hook in first space of second side of the bag, pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through loops on hook (2sctog made), 2 sc in first 2 ch-space of second side of the bag, *1 sc in tr, 2 sc in next 2 ch-space*, repeat between * and * until you reach the second seam, make a 2sctog in next two spaces, ss into first sc, 1ch
  • row b. this row you crochet the single crochet over the single crochet of the previous row. 1 sc in same stitch as first sc and 1 sc in all the next stitches until you reach the sc in the treble between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces, here you start the first handle. make the number of chains to create the length you like, i did 70, sc into the sc of the previous row between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces counted from the seam at your left hand, continue crocheting sc in all the next stitches the same way until you reach the sc in the treble between the 7th and 8th 2 ch-spaces, repeat procedure for second handle, continue crocheting sc in all the next stitches until end of row, ss into first sc, 1 ch
  • row c. ss into next sc and into all subsequent stitches until you reach the first chain of the first handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the chains of the handle, ss into next sc and in all subsequent stitches until you reach the first chain of the second handle, crochet 1 hdc into all the chains of the handle, ss into next sc and in all subsequent stitches until you reach the end of row, ss into first stitch, 1 ch
  • row d. make 1 ss into next ss and into all subsequent stitches until you reach the end of row, ss into first stitch, cut off yarn and weave in ends.
  • finally make a row of ss along the edges between beginning and ending points of the handles.
  • citron grocery bag handles

    citron grocery bag handles

you are done!

 

until next time, and i hope you will have a lovely weekend!

 

 

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creative friday at natural suburbia

 

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