elisabeth andrée

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how to crochet a stretchy ribbing fabric

hello, welcome!

 

this week i actually wanted to finish these bags and cases and also wanted to post the promised explanations, but unfortunately i had to spend much time in bed and slept a lot.  i feel a little better, and i wanted to send you my best wishes for the weekend. 

 

at the same time, maybe you like to see what i’m crocheting at the moment? well, my current project is a blanket of variegated yarn in three shades. it is stylecraft special double knit in greengage, charcoal and atlantis. atlantis is my favorite, it is so beautiful but my photos don’t do the colors justice. for more info about the yarn see this link

 

3 shades of variegated yarn

 

the required hooksize for the yarn is 4.00 mm, but i work very loosely with size 5.5 mm and the result is a very stretchy and soft fabric, it would be fabulous for a shawl/scarf. 

 

crochet ribbing in 3 shades by elisabeth andrée

 

do like this idea and the look of the soft ribbing?

 

here is how to crochet it, it is the super simple!

 

used stitches in american english terms:

  • ch = chain or chains
  • ss = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc flo = half double crochet into the front loop only

 

crochet hdc flo = half double crochet front loop only

crochet hdc flo = half double crochet front loop only

 

  • start with crocheting as many chains as you need for the length, my blanket measures about 170 – 175 cm
  • row 1. make 1 hdc into the third chain from hook under 1 loop only and into all subsequent chains until end of row, 2 ch (the two chains don’t count as a stitch here or in any of of the following rows), turn
  • row 2. make 1 hdc flo into the first stitch and into all subsequent stitches until end of row but end with a hdc into the last stitch under two loops (the normal way), 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the size you like to have.

 

i still have to crochet many, many rows and stitches and therefore i don’t have a plan for the edge yet. the way the edge looks now is a little wavy, but that is because of the ribbing.

 

 

 

 

hope you like it!

 

if you have some time to spend i would like to ask you to take a look at this post and try the alternatives for beginning rows in a square motif and then let me know your opinion?!

 

anyway, i hope you will have a happy, healthy and creative weekend!

 

joining creative friday at natural suburbia

until next time!

stretchy crochet fabric by elisabeth andrée

 

 

 


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crochet work in progress: bags and cases

hello!!

we are already halfway through the week and it is time to show the projects i’m working on the last few days. hope you like to take a look at the photos :)

 

the yarn i crochet with is “scheepjes stonewashed XL”, a mix of 70% cotton with 30% acrylic. scheepjes is a dutch label and the yarn is beautiful. i’m using crochet hook 5.0 mm and work pretty tight because i want to make a firm fabric which will keep the bags in better shape while carry more weight.

 

 

projects in the works crochet bags and cases

 

 

 

different colors 

the black with yellow stripes, will be a fold-over bag, one of the two small cases i like to use as a makeup bag and/or to hold other smaller things i always carry around with me.  the mesh bag i want to keep pretty small, because i – also – want to put it in the fold-over bag for unexpected buys so i can avoid plastics.

 

 

the two cases that you see on the pictures are for a crocheter who has hooked before, easy to make. if you like to have some explanations how to make them please write me a comment. i am not talking about a pattern or tutorial, just the explanations. you can write a comment below until 45 days after today :)

 

 

 

this was it for today, i love to join ginny’s yarn along at small things !

 

until next time!

 

 

 

 

 


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gray and yellow crochet blanket finished

hurray! :)

 

 

the crochet blanket made of greige, grays and yellows is finished! despite the blanket largely is crocheted with a neutral color, it made my eyes a little ‘loopy’ and therefore i’m quite happy i may work on other projects now :)

for this blanket i have not bought 1 single centimeter of yarn, all the yarn is from my stash. that is the reason for the edge of simple bright pink stitches, i just didn’t have a sufficient amount of a bright color to create a real border.

the blanket looks quite unusual and i am not to sure about the result, but i think i already have a destination for the it, i will tell you about that another time.

 

small square crochet blanket on footstool by elisabeth andrée

 

question

if you haven’t been able to visit my previous blog post, i have a question there for crocheters, i hope you will take look.

crochet yellows and grays blocks blanket folded

 

that is all for this week, but below there are some more pictures to see!

wish you a very nice weekend and hopefully we will meet again soon!

 

joining creative friday at natural suburbia

 

until next time!


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wip gray and yellow crochet blanket and a question

 

the blanket with the yellow and gray blocks is almost finished and i hope to put the pictures online later this week.

 

 

have you already some experience with crocheting, i would like to ask you to do me a favor, no pressure of course :)

do you have the time to try something? during the making of this blanket, i have used two different ways to start a row. i like it but i’m wondering if you also find it useful? 

besides the three starting chains, there are multiple ways to start a row like the standing stitches, tutorials for these are easy to find with a search on the internet, but i did it in a different way.

 

for my blanket, i used this pattern for the square, but here you can also see a drawing (sorry, it’s ugly).

 

drawing crochet test square by elisabeth andrée

drawing crochet test square by elisabeth andrée

 

 

i thought it would be best not to copy and paste the pattern for the square and the other tutorial to this post, so therefore there are some links in de explanations below. hope you don’t mind? 

 

here we go

used stitches (american english terms)

  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet

 

A. method with color change

1. crocheting the squares starts with a magic loop and with row 1 the same way as described in the pattern, the technique i’m talking about concerns row 2 to 4

2. row 2 and further: attach the yarn with a new color with this method. you can use it for all stitches (sc, hdc, dc, tr), although it will be unhandy for the higher stitches, but making a treble this way should be fine. 

3. you can at the end of the row finish off with a slip stitch into the first stitch and then weave in the yarn at the back of your work or you can use this way. i did both and for sewing the squares together like i did, the way with the slip stitch gives a little neater result, i think.

 

 

B. method without color change

1. crocheting the squares starts with a magic loop and with row 1 the same way as described in the pattern

row 2: ss into first chain space and make 1 ch, 1 dc into same space, 2 ch, follow pattern until end of row, but end as follows: 2 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

row 3: ss into next 2 ch space, 1 ch, 2 dc into same space, follow pattern until end of row but end as follows: 3 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

row 4: ss into next dc, ss into next 2 ch space, 1 ch, 2 dc in same space, follow pattern until end of row but end as follows: 1 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

5. weave in yarn end.

 

 

optional

row 5 of only double crochets into all the stitches, also into the chains instead of into the chain-spaces, with in the corners 1 dc into the first chain, 1 ch, 1 dc into the second chain. also for this row you can use the methods as described above under A. and B.

 

 

hope you like to give it a try and tell in the comment section below this post about your experience? you can post a comment until 45 days after today.

love the hear from you!! :)

 

joiningginny’s yarn along at small things

 

until next time!!

 

 

 

 

 


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wip gray and yellow crochet squares – part two

how are you? 

here where i live, it is autumn with all the beautiful colors that go with it and it’s lovely weather to be outside.

the past week i crocheted a pile of squares and with a few balls of greige-colored yarn left, i only have a small stack of uni-colored squares to make.

i could not resist to play with the layout on the floor and i must say that it is a challenge to get it pretty. it isn’t looking good yet, but this is what i like to do, play with colors, which makes me forget time.


a cold look

can you see that despite the two yellow shades the whole has a cold appearance? therefore i have a contrasting color in mind to make a subtle edge around the blanket which hopefully will add some warmth. what color it is, i’ll tell you next time :)   by the way, this is my favorite one: wip yellow and greige crochet square by elisabeth andrée

 

today i will join:

 

thanks for visiting! hope to see you soon again?!
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