elisabeth andrée

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finished bag and blanket


welcome! did you have a lovely weekend?

good to see you again and many thanks for all the get well wishes, i had a few painful weeks, but it’s better now. 


i was going to finish a some projects, but it all went a little slower than i had hoped for. below are the pictures of the blanket made of strips and a little bag, but first i want to tell you about this issue that has touched me in a negative way. 

about a week ago, or maybe a little longer, i received an email from peta about angora, as you know, that comes from rabbits. i love rabbits/bunnies, very much. in the mail there was an explanation with a picture of a rabbit after stripping it’s hair and also a link to a video. they asked me if i wanted to take the pledge not to buy angora clothes or products anymore. i did sign, but it was a bit easy because i do not use or wear any wool. later that week the news and the video of the angora rabbits were everywhere on dutch television, in newspapers, websites, facebook and more. i have not even watched the video, because the information and one photo was enough for me to get upset and it’s hard to get it out of my head. i have read that people had a sleepless night after watching and heard the screams of the rabbit whole the time. 

if you do not know what i’m talking about, here’s a link to a dutch newspaper, if you wish to read the article google translate might help you, but with the article you can find the video if you scroll down the page. the images are shocking and if you have (small) children, please make sure they won’t see or hear it.  


shall we now talk about hooks and yarn?


small bag

some time ago i had started several bags and i have finished the simplest of them, it was a matter of weaving in the yarn ends. it is a simple and small thing, but – believe me – not before i had a project that i have so often pulled out and started over again. it just didn’t look good, but i think it is ok now and it is small enough to keep in my handbag. it is made of yarn leftovers i had lying around. 




also finished is the blanket made ​​of strips. i had some concerns about the quality of the acrylic yarn i had bought a few years ago in a sale. the green was nice and soft but the white felt like cardboard, the coral and the blue were ok. thankfully after washing the blanket feels soft, firm, yet soft. 


the info on the blanket in a row

if you like to make a similar blanket, i have made no notes during crocheting, so i can not give you a lot of details. 

hopefully this helps:


  • except the blue the label of the yarn is beijer popular fin, 100 % acrylic, suitable for crochet hook size 3 mm.
  • the blue yarn is roma from scheepjes, 100% acrylic, suitable for crochet hook size 3/3.5 mm. 
  • i worked with double yarn with crochet hook size 6 mm.
  • used stitches:
    chain (ch), slip stitch (ss), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (h dc), double crochet (dc) – american terms
  • the stitch pattern is from a japanese diagram for a ‘stole with sleeves’ by gosyo, you can download the pattern here.
  • i have left out the picots to get a plain effect. 
  • the strips have different widths and are sewn together.
  • white: the edge consists of 1 row of half double crochets, and then the next rows are double crochets, only 1 row is (in coral) made of 1 sc, 3 chains, skip 2 stitches, 1 sc, etc. (but at the corners i sometimes had to slightly adjust the number of the stitches to be skipped), of the next row the double crochets are worked into every stitch of the previous row, the subsequent rows are all double crochets made in the normal manner. 
  • for the outer edge i used this pattern as my inspiration, but have slightly modified it. it is: 5 h dc, 5 ch, skip 2 stitches, 5 h dc, 5 ch, skip 2 stitches, etc. and 2 h dc into the corner space instead of 5. the last row consists of slip stitches in every stitch of the previous row, into the backloops only.

the edge of blanket made of strips


now i move on to other projects and other activities. 

i wish you a wonderful week! thanks for visiting!


8 thoughts on “finished bag and blanket

  1. Hallo Andrée,
    Fijn dat je weer een beetje opgeknapt bent!
    Je deken is met die rand mooi afgewerkt.
    En het boodschappennet vind ik ook heel mooi in al z’n eenvoud.
    Ja, soms moet je lang zoeken voordat je uitkomt bij iets wat je echt wilt.

  2. Your blanket is absolutely gorgeous. So fresh.
    I read an blog post about angora last week (I couldn’t watch a video). I had absolutely no idea under what horrific circumstances those bunnies are kept and how they are treated. I have never bought angora but it has made me check what I am buying from now on.

    • Thanks for your compliment and response Lucie!
      Maybe that is something good that comes out of this misery, that we pay a little more attention to what we buy and use.
      Thanks again.

  3. Im happy to say that I never bought angora yarn!
    Your blanket is beautiful and thank you for all your notes!!!
    I love the bag, too, but I really hate to crochet filet…….!!!!! :oD
    xxxxx Ale

  4. Thank you for the article, and I was able to watch about 30 seconds of the video, like you, I couldn’t take it any longer. Its sad, and it makes me glad I buy acrylic and/or cotton yarn. I love your blanket, it is gorgeous! I would love to have one just like the one you made. Right now, I am trying a granny stripe blanket, and I had planned on shipping it to my sister in time for Christmas, but it is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. Luckily, her birthday is in February!

    • Hello Patty,
      Thanks for your response, you sure are brave watching a part of that video. Thanks also for your compliment and good luck with your granny stripe blanket, I’m sure it’s gonna be very nice!

  5. You have made a beautiful blanket.