elisabeth andrée

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crochet burano houses


here i am again, hope it goes well with you!


i have not blogged for about two weeks and in the meantime someone else has worked very hard in my garden and then i’ve tried to make the garden a little more cozy again. of course i also crocheted, the storage bag with the fishes is ready, but it still needs to be lined and then i write the tutorial. also i’m working on a secret project but that is almost done, which means soon you will see the pictures.


recently i saw photos of burano island, venice, italy and i was very inspired. people who live there paint their homes in bright colors and many houses are square. if you have time i would definitely view some photos, they are really worth.

Burano houses, Venice, Italy – photo by Saffron Blaze

more info and photos:


my impression

i thought it would be nice to crochet a version of a street with burano style houses suitable for a child’s room and this is the result:

crochet burano houses

some info

the upper part (the ‘sky’) consists of all double crochets with one row containing 1-chain spaces for the rod: 4 dc, 1 ch, skip 1 stitch, 1 dc, ch 1, skip 1 stitch, 4 dc, etc. the lower and upper rows are single crochets. the metal rod i had saved from an old blind and the wooden knobs on the ends are old wooden drawer knobs from ikea, i only have the screws removed. the whole thing is not very firm but it is firm enough to hang the street onto a wall or in front of a window. 


i embroidered the doors with simple stitches, then sewn the houses together and to attach the ‘sky’ onto the houses i crocheted chains, attached a house with a sc and then with slip stitches along the chains back to the starting point. 



if you like to try, i have the pattern for a square house written down (afterwards, so I hope i made no mistakes). my houses all have the windows and doors in the same places, but you can improvise and make houses wider or narrower and make doors and windows where ever you like to have them. choose the yarn you want with the matching hook.

used stitches (american terms):

ch = chain

ss = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet



with the first color make 25 chains

row 1. first dc into 4th ch from hook and 1 dc in all the next chains until end, 2 ch, turn

row 2. 1 dc in next and in all subsequent stitches until end of row, 2 ch, turn

row 3. 1 dc in next and in all subsequent stitches until 9 stitches are left, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 ch, turn

row 4. 1 dc into next 4 stitches, make 4 ch, skip the 4 chains, 1 dc in next stitches until end of row, 2 ch, turn (window made)

row 5 and 6. repeat row 2

row 7. 1 dc into next 4 stitches, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 ch, turn

row 8. repeat row 7 (2 windows made)

row 9 and 10. repeat row 2

finish off.


row a. for the roof attach second color at the right side and make 1 sc into first and into all other stitches till end of row, turn


from this point you start decreasing the number of stitches and do not make a (turning) chain at the beginning of a new row.

row b. skip 1 stitch, 1 slip stitch into the next 2 stitches, 1 sc in all the next stitches until end of row, turn

row c and further. repeat row b until there are 2 sc left, make 1 slip stitch in each sc.

finish off.

 that is it!

crochet burano houses

24 thoughts on “crochet burano houses

  1. Lovely! Let’s go to Italy.

  2. ooooo thank you so much for the pattern, this is awesome!

  3. It’s a very nice idea. So cute !

  4. super cool … awesome imagination /inspiration … home does hold a special place in our hearts …

  5. That is a wonderful idea, I love how you have taken inspiration from a photograph! I love those colours 😀

  6. Completely unique and perfect. I’m in awe of how you can see crochet inspiration in everything.

  7. This is adorable! Never mind for a child’s room, I want one!!!

  8. Wow…that is so clever! You’re so creative. TFS!

  9. Oh those little houses are so cute Elisabeth! What a great idea! We have lots of colourful houses up here in Cairns – nice to have the variety, they look so pretty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Beautiful idea! 🙂

  11. Love the little houses! Wah!

  12. I love the housese! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ohhhhh…. wat leuk! how cute! 🙂 thanks for sharing

  14. Hi Andrée,
    I think your crocheted houses are very nice!
    (For some reason they make me think of christmas… 😉 )
    A great idea: first the cars, now the houses… What next? Trees? Cows?
    Have a good week!

  15. Very nice idea!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  16. Wow! I love the inspiration and the final result. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!

  17. Dear Andrée,
    oh, I love, love, love these houses! What a great idea! Beautyful. I want to link it with my blog.
    Have a beautyful week! Greetings from Germany. Sabine.

  18. Can you believe that I have never been to Burano? It is on my wish list, next time I will be in Venice no excuses! In the mean time I enjoy your little Burano.

  19. Elisabeth you are so amazing I adore your little houses I can’t wait
    to try to make them. I hope your garden is lovely Sue x

  20. what may I say???? Burano for inspiration!!! the result is gorgeous!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE !!!!!!
    You did a great work my dear : congratulations!!!!!
    I have to try it , while looking at the pictures of Venezia……;oD
    xxxxxx Ale

  21. Oh my gosh – I love your little neighborhood – it’s so cute and such a great idea. Thank you for sharing your pattern with us. 🙂

  22. This is such a beautiful idea.

  23. Your houses are so lovely, thank you for sharing your pattern.

  24. I’m loving this neighbourhood –its concept and palette! Well done Elisabeth 🙂