elisabeth andrée

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crochet opaline blanket in the works

so glad you come again for a visit, thank you!

the opaline blanket now has nearly five rows of faux blocks and i started with the eleventh ball of yarn.


i have buttons and beads gathered together, crocheted a few motifs and bought some yarn that all fit the theme seaglass. i do not know if i will use every single thing, but i like to decorate the blanket with the various items that you can see on the pictures.


the crochet flower motifs i made some years ago and i don’t have instructions for them. the small squares and the cups are made with katia jaipur and the patterns can be found here and here


the evenings are pretty cold, but fortunately the opaline blanket is now large enough to keep me warm while sitting on the couch and working on it.

later today i like to join ginny’s yarn along at small things

this is all for today, wish you an enjoyable rest of the week and hopefully see you soon!


crochet projects done and work in progress

welcome! hopefully all goes well with you!

it’s been about three weeks since i last wrote a blog post. 

in recent weeks i finished the yellow vest and a new version of the orange spider bag.  

this time it has become the lilac spider bag with a different type of top and handles, but the stitch pattern is the same. at first the shape of the bag has not become what i had in mind, i put it in the closet and have not looked at it for a few days and now i actually think the bag looks fine. i still have some improvements to make and after that i will post a couple of new photos.

collage lilac spider bag by elisabeth andrée

the yellow shrug is also finished and as you can see it is not haute couture, but it wears very comfortable and feels so soft. i love the thing!collage yellow shrug by elisabeth andrée


a few years ago i worked on the blue diamonds blanket and although it is not quite done i want to do something similar.

diamonds blanket crochet and embroidery by elisabeth andrée

and maybe you can remember the baby blanket? see here for the pictures and pattern. i had made some variations on the stitch pattern of that blanket, please see here for the photos. the large dark gray blocks i like the most and that is the pattern i chose to make a blanket of only those fake squares.

collage blankets by elisabeth andrée

the new blanket will be a combination of the ideas of these three blankets.

the yarn is called opaline and it is phildar impact 6 and i crochet with hook size 6.5 mm. the color reminds me of sea glass and therefore i want to decorate the rug with colors that you can see on pictures of sea glass, see here or here

i still have a long way to go before the blanket is finished, but i find it quite fun to work on while imagine how i’m going to decorate it.

opaline blanket in the works by elisabeth andrée

that is it for today, the ‘how to’ for the foldover bag is coming, please be patient for a little while?

joining ginny’s yarn along at small things

thank you for visiting my blog and hopefully soon!


WIP: more squares

hello, nice to see you!


since last week the first part of the floor cushion or doggie bed, because that is what it will be, is finished. i am working on the edge of the second part. 



the other project i am working on is the ‘million’ 3-rows-mini-squares. on the photo you see 95 mini squares with an off white outer row…

95 mini squares with an off white edge

95 mini squares with an off white edge

… and i am busy with the ones with a black outer row.

mini squares with a black edge

mini squares with a black edge



next to off white and black, i have brown, dark blue and gray.



because it is quite warm at the moment this acrylic yarn is not ideal to work with and that is why i am looking for another project. that is an easy choice because someone liked my anthracite summer scarf and i gave it to her. a good excuse to make another one for myself, don’t you think:)


that is it for today, but first i will join: ginny’s yarn along at small things


hope you feel fine! 
see you another time!




WIP large and small squares


a small update about the variegated squares, since last week i have all 48 per four sewn together and each large block provided with an edge in different shades of blue. next step is sewing the blocks together, hope to show you the progress of this project next week.

variegated blocks with blue around

variegated blocks with blue around



i was working on another project but i stopped that because i did not like it. 


3 rows squares

with two new balls of variegated yarn in pinkish and lilac-like shades and off white and brown yarn from my stash i make small 3 rows squares. just because i like to:) the variegated yarn i turn into small balls that i sort by color.



info about both projects will be continued, so i hope you will come back sometime for another visit!


joining here, please come over to take a look: 


until next time!




tutorial picnic blanket part 1

picnic blanket by elisabeth andrée

a few dear blog friends i promised to write a tutorial for the yellow picnic blanket.

so i started, writing and taking pictures, but after so many weeks, it is still not finished.

this morning i thought i already publish the first part and here it is.

hopefully it is clearly written.

used materials:

before you start: the type of yarn and the colors do not matter. if you choose a thin yarn, you just make more rows to get the squares larger, you can choose different colors from your stash, for example for every square another color and one color for the edges.

i have taken fresh yellow as the main color, an acrylic yarn that is suitable for hook 3.5 – 4 mm, but i have worked with hook size 5.5 mm.

for the edges of the squares i have chosen two shades of gray and white acrylic yarn for the outer edge of the blanket, which colors i have from my stash.

used stitches (american english):
  • ch: chain
  • ss: slipstitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet

pattern for a square

the squares are a variation on the basic granny square, they are slightly different. 

anyway, have fun with your hook!

  • first make a magic ring
  • row 1. 1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc, 2 ch, close the magic ring, make a slip stitch into the first sc
  • row 2. slip stitch into the first 2 ch space and make 2 ch, 1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into the same space (is corner),
    1 ch, (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into the next space, 1 ch) 3 times, skip the 2 ch at the beginning of the row and
    make a slip stitch into the dc (see photos)

photo 1. square picnic blanket end of row 2photo 2. square picnic blanket end of row 2

  • row 3. slip stitch into the first 2 ch space (corner) and make 2 ch, 1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into the same space, 1 ch,
    2 dc into the first 1 ch space, 1 ch, (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into the next space, 1 ch, 2 dc into the next 1 ch space, 1 ch)
    3 times and end the row in the same manner as row 1


  • row 4 – 14 or further: the square is getting larger but basically each row you do the same, you’re just making more stitches. that means every row you: 
  1. slip stitch into the first 2 ch space and make 2 ch, 1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc into the same space, 1 ch (first corner)
  2. make in all the 1 ch spaces: 2 dc, 1 ch
  3. make in the other three corners: 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc , 1 ch
  4. end every row with: skip the 2 ch at the beginning of the row and make a slip stitch into the first dc of the row
  5. make in this way 14 rows in the main color
  6. note: the last row you don’t end with a slip stitch but after the last chain you cut the yarn, then you weave in the yarn end.
    how to do that neatly you can see via this link


  • row 15. attach the second color to any the first space just after a corner and make 2 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, and from here you follow the pattern until the end of row.
    finish this row the same way as row 14.


this way you crochet 16 squares.


end of part 1 of the tutorial, i’ll let you know when part 2 is ready.