elisabeth andrée

about crochet


contest planning


only slightly longer than one week and then it is the deadline for publishing the designs. two participants have already finished their crochet work. i’m really looking forward to what all participants have designed and made! you are also curious, i think?!


the calendar 2012 i have printed on normal 80 grams office paper and then written january’s schedule for my blog on it, though not complete (yet).


if you like to use the calendar this way too, here is the link to it so you can print the pages.


more info about the crochet contest

hope to see you again next week!


crochet contest: the participants

this is the list with names and blog addresses of my crocheting heroines. you might want to visit their blogs to wish them a lot of creativity.

in order of sign up:

paula Castro – portuguese


jill Stockton – british

donatella Mestriner – italian

kathryn Vercillo – american

jennifer Jayne – american

cassandra Bruce – american

laurinda Reddig – american

lindy Kaden – american

emily – american

rachel Petersen – american

kara – american

jennifer – australian

rene – american

felicia – american

dani – french

sarah – american

ashlee – american

lindsay – american

to the participants

naturally i hope that it will not happen, but if you have second thoughts and can not participate on this contest, please let me know.

the dates on a row:

– no later than saturday, january 14, 2012, we can see your design on your own blog 
– in the week after i will pay attention to the creations here on my blog
– saturday, january 21, 2012, i publish the name of the winner!

for info:

go here for everything you need to know about the stitchpatterns
and go here for the major and minor rules of the contest

ladies, i wish you and your hook every success!!!


crochet contest – part 2

hello again!

if you’ve read my post yesterday, you know that i am looking for crocheters who want to take part of my crochet contest. everyone can participate. this contest is a meeting between crocheters who show each other what they can make with a simple stitch pattern, within a time frame.




this is an invitation but it has also a very bossy part, i am sorry for that:) 
if you like to participate, here are the rules:

you design and crochet
  1. a scarf or shawl for an adult or
  2. a pair of fingerless gloves/mittens for an adult or
  3. a cushion cover, size 40 x 40 cm/70×30 cm (=about 15×15 inch/12×27 inch) 
    or similar measurements.
  • you may only use one of the three stitch pattern or a combination of them, no other stitches are allowed. (see here the three stitch patterns)
  • exceptions are the stitches you use for shaping (e.g. a point) or an edge.
  • the creation that you participate with must be your own design and you must have crocheted it yourself. 
  • important besides talent and crocheting skills, is a sense of color and materials.
  • to be able to participate it is necessary that you are a crocheter and have your own blog where you will publish your design and agree with publication of your words and photo’s on my blog (regarding the contest).
  • no later than saturday january 14, 2012 you publish your design onto your own blog.
  • your publication is written in english and includes:  
  1. an explanation of how you created your design,
  2. what yarn and what size hook you used
  3. and which of the three stitch patterns or combination
  4. and an indication of the size or measurements.
  5. feel free to describe the complete pattern of your design. 
  6. in addition your publication contains clear pictures of which at least one shows your design completely and at least one shows a close up of the stitch pattern. (tip: dark colored yarn and blended yarn show less clear on photo’s.) 

how to enter?

you are a participant by posting a comment on this page, in which you write: yes, i join the crochet contest, your name and the full address of your blog (copy and past the link to your homepage).

you can sign up to saturday december 10 or until there are twenty participants. if there are 20 participants before december 10, then you can still place your name on the reserve list.
if you are on the list of 20 contesters, but for a reason can not participate, please let me know as soon as possible. someone on the reserve list can take your place.
soon after december 10, i will publish the complete list of participants (names and links). 
it is about crochet
in this contest i want the rest of the world to see your talent and crocheting skills, but it’s not a commercial event. please keep that in mind when you enter the contest. do not use the contest to promote brands, labels, etsy shops or stores but only the craft and us, the crocheters. it is about crochet.
what can you win?

as a reward you receive free publicity. in the second half of january i give full attention in a post here on my blog on the winning design, but also on pinterest and facebook. you will not get rich but it does give you the pleasant feeling of a self-designed plan and its execution and, not unimportant: recognition of your talent.

so, please please come on, join the contest and sign up!


if you have a question about the stitch patterns or the contest, please post them on yesterday’s post or contact me at aboutcrochet@gmail.com. please use the comments on this page only to enter the contest. thank you!


just to illustrate, i made a simple scarf, sizes 16 cm x 232 cm, with stitch pattern 2. i have used two sorts of acrylic yarn: bravo (orangy yellow and light gray) and annell rapido (gray lilac) and a 4.5 mm hook. i have woven in the ends and then attached buttons on them, next i tied the ends together and cut them to length.

that’s it!


crochet contest – part 1


i would like to invite you to participate in a crochet contest. now it may be a busy time for you, but do not worry, the presentation of your design will be in january 2012. tomorrow you can apply as a participant, today you can read and see what it is about.


for the donatella cowl i partly used chain single crochet stitches. these stitches give a beautiful flat fabric with a clear structure which is also stretchy.

stitch pattern crochet contest


the stitch

this is how you crochet the stitch (descriptions taken from: mypicot.com):

“chain-single crochet (ch.sc)

Insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over hook and draw through a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook and draw through a first loop on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook and draw through 2 loops on hook (1 loop remains on hook).

ch.sc is the american term, in british english it is chain-double crochet (ch.dc). i use the american term.



there are several variations with chain-singles (ch.sc) to consider, but i only explain three. you can make the patterns smaller or wider by crocheting more or less stitches.
variation 1

the basic pattern is 15 ch, 

multiply with 2, + 2 ch for turning

  • make 17 ch 
  • row 1. 1 ch.sc in the 3rd ch from hook, 1 ch, *sk 1 ch, 1 ch.sc in the next ch, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc in the last ch, make 2 ch, turn
  • row 2. 1 ch.sc into the first 1 ch space, 1 ch, *1 ch.sc in the next 1 ch space, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc into the top of turning ch, 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2.


variation 2

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the basic pattern is 15, multiply with 2, + 2 ch for turning
  • make 17 ch
  • row 1. 1 ch.sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 ch, *sk 1 ch, 1 ch.sc into next ch, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc in the last ch, make 2 ch, turn
  • row 2. 1 ch.sc into the loop of the first ch, skip ch.sc, 1 ch, *1 ch.sc into the loop of the next ch, skip ch.sc, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc in the top of the turning ch, 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2.


variation 3

the basic pattern is 16,

 multiply with 2, + 2 ch for turning

  • make 18 ch
  • row 1. 1 ch.sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 ch, *sk 1 ch, 1 ch.sc into next ch, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc in the last 2 chains, make 2 ch, turn
  • row 2. 1 ch.sc in the front loop only of the 2nd ch.sc, 1 ch, *1 ch.sc in the front loop only of the next ch.sc, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 ch.sc into the front loop only of the second last stitch and in the top of the turning ch, make 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2.


the contest

the intention is that with one of these 3 stitch patterns or a combination of them you design your own creation. the number of participants is restricted because i am the only judge. tomorrow you can read more about this and the rules – the bossy part – and dates and how you can participate (i would love you to!). and what’s in it for you? particularly recognition of your crocheting skills and talent but more about that tomorrow. hope to see you then!

crochet contest – part 2

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