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favorite patterns



for the new week to start, no story today about how things are going with the blue diamonds blanket but something different.


short list

a few times i was asked whether i have favorite patterns but i always found – and still find – this question difficult to answer. but i thought i just make a short list of patterns i worked with and i love to publish on my blog and here they are in random order. 



sunny spread crochet pattern designed by ellen k. hormley

i think this is such a great pattern for a square, it is made by so many crocheters in a variety of colors and color combinations. it seems that with this pattern you can’t go wrong whether you are making a blanket, a bag, a pillow or coasters. i will surely make this square again in the future.

circle of friends square that is designed by priscilla hewitt © in 1999

for this pattern holds: go nuts because it will always be beautiful – at least i think so – whether you make it all white or combine a variety of colors.

  • the circle of friends is one of the patterns of my white blocks cushion cover with the embroidery stitches, you can see it here
  • the original pattern of this square you can find in the webarchive 
  • and if you like, you can take a look on ravelry for some inspiration



i have used old patterns that i found in the webarchive, especially the doilies are a source of pleasure. the center of an old doily is often a beautiful flower or a flowery motif and it gives a surprising effect when you use acrylic or wool instead of very thin yarn/thread. a small flower has suddenly a whopper size.

  • i’ve written about this before, see here
  • you can find the patterns in the webarchive, see here
  • also for celtwich patterns you can find much inspiration on ravelry
in the past i have sewn these motifs – among others – on bags and scarves, here are two examples:




filet crochet i also like but i have done this less frequently than other types of crocheting and i have – as far as i can remember – not used patterns for my projects. although the internet is loaded with patterns for filet crochet, no links here 😦  
if you do not have (much) experience with this type of crochet then these links might be useful. you will find them at the bottom of the blog post.


of course i also like ripples. below a few links for some patterns that i love.
years ago, i have combined two ripple stitch patterns of mypicot and made this bag. the quality of the picture is bad, sorry about that.
  • another pattern that i really like is that of lionbrand for lace ripples, see here  (log in required)
also a few years ago i made some blankets including this spring green example of acrylic yarn. alas i can not remember which stitch pattern i’ve used only that it was for a pullover or vest.
  • an internet search brought me to this pattern for the antigua throw of caron and don’t you think the blankets seem a bit alike?
last but not least:
the spider stitch pattern of mypicot.com
recently i made the spider blanket and before a spider bag with the same pattern. i love the gorgeous stitch patterns in diagram on mypicot.com, they are almost all equally beautiful. i am a fan and also a member of the mypicot club although i visit the site far too little.
  • the spider stitch pattern is number 2032 and you can find it via this link


the reason i so appreciate these patterns is because they are versatile. you can with you own creativity and the yarn of your choice do anything with it. versatility is something that i love.
my choices are maybe not a huge surprise and the patterns are probably familiar to you but i hope you love them too!
do you have a favorite pattern?
have a great and creative week!

5 thoughts on “favorite patterns

  1. What a pretty bag, who wouldn???t love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

  2. A great selection of patterns there Elisabeth!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a fabulous week!Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  3. oh Elisabeth… they are all fantastic… !!!

  4. Hey Barbara!How nice that we hava a similar taste for patterns, I think many crocheters have the top two on their list.Regarding freevintagecrochet.com, I love that site and have patterns of their pinned on my vintage crochet pinboard, if you like see here: http://pinterest.com/elisabethandree/crochet-vintage-patterns/You do the same thing as I do, if you see something interesting you imagine how something will look in different colors and yarn. Lovely creative thoughts:)Thank you for writing your comment!

  5. Hey Elisabeth!That’s interesting: Lots of the patterns you’ve mentioned are those that I know and love, too – in fact, the "circle of friends" square ist my alltime favorite square. And I love visiting MyPicot, too!Have you ever visited freevintagecrochet.com? I love browsing the different categories and imagining the vintage patterns in my favorite colors.