elisabeth andrée

about crochet


crochet cushion cover

hello, how are you? 

last week i spent almost all days in bed, but now i’m recovering. advantage of being ill is that my hands had to rest and therefore my fingers and wrists hurt less. of course this week i’ve been crocheting again:)

before i got sick i had started a new cushion cover and now it is finished. my living room is getting more cozy with some new plants and pots and several shades of green. i love green!

cushions on couch

the cover on the left and the green one i bought at H & M, the white cover with orange, blue and green stripes i made somewhere in the ’90th of 2 Habitat dishcloths.

stripy crochet cover

the cover i crocheted with a yarn that i bought a few weeks ago on the local market, katia new cancun in off-white and green, the stripes are catania cotton. the stitch pattern is number 28 on page 53 of this crochet stitch book, but it is very similar to the stitch pattern of this blanket, link to stitch pattern on this page.

after a few years with only a few plants in my apartment  i now have more (again). do you like to have plants in your home? also i am back at my favorite color combination of green, white, black with occasional a dab of a different color. are you changing (back) the colors in living space(s)? it makes me feel good to have the colors around me that i most love.



hope you will have a great weekend!


crochet stitches

happy monday, happy new week!!!

it is so sunny today, it makes me feel good:)

look what i bought!

most of the patterns i use i find on the internet, in the archives on my computer or in my head, so i rarely print (which is also better for the environment) or buy a book with patterns.

i saw enthusiastic responses to this book and i had a gift card …. since friday this is my copy with 500 stitch patterns in it. 

complete book of crochet stitch design


under the book you can see the beginning of a new blanket, yes another blanket.

i have unraveled the squares pattern of the green and dots blanket, but more about that in another post. 



you can find the pattern for the squares here


see you soon!
green and dots crochet blanket

green and dots crochet blanket




the health benefits of crochet

the book ‘crochet saved my life’ written by kathryn vercillo is a book that was and is very popular and widely read. it is about the mental and physical health benefits of crochet.
because i am experiencing the health benefits of crocheting every single day i would like to tell you about kathryn’s new project. 
she has launched the project called ‘hook to heal’, a multimedia project consisting of a new book, corresponding set of online classes and creative email support.

quality of life

kathryn: this project is designed to teach people to use crochet to improve their health, wellness, creativity levels and enhance their total quality of life, a natural follow-up to my work with crochet saved my life.


extensive information can be find on kathryn’s website via the link below, but here you already can read some details.
kathryn: hook to heal has three core products namely:
  • creativity exercises book which is a book of creativity exercises for crocheters. it will show how crochet can be used to achieve mindfulness, release artistic fear, push to the next level of creativity, celebrate life and more. many topics of creativity will be explored in this book that challenge you to find new ways to craft yourself to wellness.
  • 12 week online creativity classes beginning in the fall. these will be weekly classes with chat/ video components that offer detailed lessons and guidance exploring the core ideas presented in the hook to heal book. 
  • one-on-one email support for crochet creativity. i am going to take the lessons that i’ve learned about using crochet to get deeper into your creative self. i’ll be your personal creative crochet coach armed with hooks to help you get to the next stage of your personal growth.

all details

this all sounds very interesting, doesn’t it! you can read all the details about kathryn’s new project, just click on this link

photo: three makeup bags, still unfinished projects, for more info see here

until next time!


the benefits of crochet


as a crocheter i now kathryn vercillo from her website www.crochetconcupiscence.com where she tells the world anything you would want/like to know about crochet. she writes reviews about yarn and books, about exhibitions where crochet is involved, crochet blogs, crochet in art and crochet artists, the history of crochet, crochet in fashion, too much to list here. besides that she herself is a gifted crocheter.

now kathryn has written a book

crochet saved my life: the mental and physical health benefits of crochet

in which she tells about her story of depression and healing and the impact of crochet on the healing process. she also interviewed nearly two dozen women whose stories are shared in this book and they all hook to heal. 

crochet saved my life is a self-published book – the cover photo was done by julie michelle – and will be available for sale online starting the first of august.
thanks kathryn!
to everyone: have a beautiful week!