elisabeth andrée

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crochet container and baskets


there were some questions about how i hardened the container and larger basket. below you will find a little explanation, but i’m no expert, so please, please do not ask me for detailed information, because i really do not know much about it. 


if you like to shape and/or harden your crochet/knitting work there are textile hardeners available, but i have never worked with them mainly because i think they are expensive. and you can use spray starch, thanks lucie for the info 🙂

there are probably already many blog posts written about this subject and i also have previously made ​posts about creating a yarn bowl with yarn ends, see here and earrings, see here.

but here is the explanation about the container and a little more.



for the container i have a square glass jar used as a template, the bottom is a granny square and upwards it are simply single crochets without increasing. 


the hardener is water-soluble glue which i diluted with the same amount of water in which i have dissolved three sugar packets (3 was just a guess). with the mixture i made the container thoroughly wet. the glass jar – my template – i wrapped with cling film before i have drawn the wet crocheted container over it. i used the hairdryer for a while and i let it dry for 24 hours, then i took i of using a knife to loosen it from the cling film and jar. it took a few days before the container was hardened properly. the result feels firm, but it’s not super strong, so do not expect miracles. i think the shape is pretty but one or two times in the washing machine and the glue and sugar are probably completely washed out. 

larger basket

baskets and container

the larger basket (made of yarn leftovers) i have hardened in the same way as the container. if you like to make a large basket too, you can use this tutorial for the bottom and stop with increasing the number of stitches if you think the bottom is large enough. the two rows with an open structure you create with crocheting small groups of 2hdctog (two half double crochet together) with 1 chain between them.

crochet basket upside down edge

crochet basket upside down edge

small baskets/bowls


the small bowls – not hardened – are made as follows (this is a very brief description):  

crochet two chains, 8 single crochets into the second stitch from hook, join. first row two sc in each stitch and then multiply every row with eight stitches until you think the bottom is large enough, thereafter keep crocheting single crochets without increasing to create the bowl shape. if you like you can crochet 1 or 2 rows of slip stitches along the top edge which will give the bowl a somewhat rounder shape.

that is it, have fun with your yarn and glue;) !



basket, bowls and glue

hello and welcome!

the snowball made of yarn leftovers is now a basket with a neon edge. 

crochet basket with neon edge

sometimes i amaze myself with the fact that i forget to think. i had the basket when it was finished, washed and then i used fabric softener. it was nice and soft, including the side, which obviously remained lying flat. 


to solve this, i have a mixture made ​​of water-soluble glue/children’s glue and sugar water and applied it onto the basket. now the basket is firm enough to function as fruit bowl/basket and in december i can fill it with baubles. the material feels a bit like a straw basket.


variegated yarn

earlier this week, i admired the work of haafner and she asked whether or not you like variegated yarn. this is an ongoing subject on the ‘interwebs’ i have the impression and it seems a majority don’t love this kind of yarn. 


to my opinion variegated is nice as long as it is not ‘into your face’. a part of the melange blanket (photo below) is a scarf that i made years ago and then i did nothing with it, because it is too much for me.

melange blanket and variegated yarn

but over the years i have learned to appreciate variegated yarn and have used it for projects regularly.

for this pouf, for example, and for the small grannies i used variegated yarn but have the yarn cut into pieces and made small balls of it. that way i can keep control over the colors. 


sometimes variegated yarn consists of such soft tones they don’t really stand out like the yarn of this scarf. and if you work with multiple threads of different colors, you create your own variegated yarn as in this round rug.
i like to combine variegated yarn with single colored yarn, i can well appreciate the effect of it.


but sometimes things go a little wrong and then i am unable to imagine a project for the yarn i have. it was a small child who said to me that the yarn was beautiful and i thought then i like to make something for a little girl’s room. that became the storage bag and while i was crocheting it reminded ​​me a bit of a fish tank, hence the fish.


because i came yarn deficit for the melange (patchwork) blanket i bought some new, you guessed it, variegated yarn. you see it on the photo above, the smaller square. and also this time i cut it into pieces and made smaller balls​​. 


from another part of the yarn i made this container


and from the dark parts i hooked small bowls


and a cover for a tiny glass jar with plant cuttings. it’s on the windowsill in a cold place and if the temperature is going to drop i prevent with this ‘sweater’ the cuttings will get cold feet roots 😉



i wonder how you get inspired by your yarn, let me know in a comment if you like?

that is it for this week, hope you will celebrate your weekend and it would be great to see you next week!

thanks for visiting!