elisabeth andrée

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renée’s sofa blanket

my cousin renée and i are the two girls in the family with the boy’s names (renée and andrée), well we are now adult women of course. she herself is a creative person and lately i noticed that she is interested in recycling jeans.

not so long ago, we were in a small shop in the hague and there was a large basket full of doilies, not vintage doilies but probably made by women who live in the nearby retirement home. i bought two to make bowls of, one for renée and one for me, but it did not happen. 

denim

about a week ago i remembered that there were 12 balls denim colored acrylic yarn in my closet, waiting for a good project and see: a sofa blanket for renée.

 

a doily with pizzazz

it is a narrow blanket made of double crochets only until the yarn was on with just the right size to fit on a couch, adorned with one of the doilies and a wool white edge. the doily i have sewn onto the blanket with pastel colored yarn and also some stitches in neon colors to give it a bit more pizzazz.

first i wanted to sew the doily onto the blanket with white thread, but i remembered the post on tiff’s dottie angel and i found the embroidery stitches with colored yarn a prettier option.

doily with embroidery stitches on renée’s sofa blanket. the blanket and the doily i washed separately, the doily i then ironed while it was still damp and only then sewn onto the blanket.

 

enjoy renée!

 

have a lovely weekend everyone and until next time!

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ps. i join these great parties:

 

sofa blanket adorned with a doily and embroidery stitches

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adjusted: doily vase cover

remember this vase cover? 
vase cover made of 3 colors mercerized cotton

vase cover made of 3 colors mercerized cotton

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i was not very happy with the result, too much structure i think while i like smoother
surfaces more and so i changed it.

now it looks like this. 

doily vase cover

doily vase cover – like a gigantic glass with large balls italian ice cream

only the doily part i left unchanged, then i crocheted two rows in yellow, first row: alternating 3dctog
and 5 dc, second row: 3dctog and 3 dc and then – back to the gray shade – only double crochets.
to finish it neatly, i made a border of 1 row 2hdctog and 2 rows slip stitches. 

with the adjustments the cover is more to my liking… but in the time that i crocheted
the cover, i should have done my administration…

 

i wish you a great week!

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vase cover with doily bottom

hello, nice to see you here:)

we have had a number of festive days and it’s finally spring in the netherlands, the sun shines!

friday i made a cover for a vase i received as a gift a few years ago. the limescale i did not get properly removed, not even with brutal methods. i have combined two types of mercerized cotton from my stash: phildar coton 3 (colors: ciel and perle) and scheepjes isis (color: no name).

 

for the bottom i used the first 8 rows of an old pattern and from row 9 i customized the cover.

 

honestly i’m not very happy with the result, i love smooth and sleek covers more like the ones for my other vases.
which do you prefer?

i do love the doily bottom, it is from: 3 piece “shells” set – crochet charm with famous dmc cottons – dmc corp. 1950 and you can find the pattern in the web archive.

wish you a great week!

 

 


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doily into bag – part 2

did you download and crochet the doily?

then you have now the bottom of your bag-to-be. if you want to have the larger version of the bag (blue) it is necessary to make the circle larger. how to do that i described in part 1 of the pattern, see note 3.

here is part two for the second half of the doily into bag.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

for blue and white bag

row 1. 2 ch, 1 dc in the next 2 st, 1 ch, *1 dc in de next 3 dc, 1 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, attach with ss in the 2nd ch at the beginning of the row.

repeat row 1. 20 times, that makes 21 rows.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

row 22. 2 ch, in de next 2 st crochet 2 dc together, 2 ch, *1 dc in next dc, in de next 2 st crochet 2 dc together, 2 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss in 2nd ch at the beginning of the row.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

row 23. ch 5 (is 1 dc and 3 ch), *crochet 2 dc in the next 2 dc together, 3 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, attach with ss to 2nd ch at the beginning of the row.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

 

row 24. 6 ch (is 1 dc and 4 ch), 1 dc in next dc, *4 ch, 1 dc in next dc*, repeat between * * till end of row, attach with ss to 2nd ch at the beginning of the row.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

 

for white bag only

row 25. repeat row 24 another 3 times, that makes 4 rows.

row 27,28,29,30. 6 ch (is 1 tr and 3 ch), *1 tr in next dc, 3 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss in 3rd ch at the beginning of the row.

row 31,32. 10 ch (is 1 tr and 7 ch), *1 tr in next tr, 7 ch, sk 1 tr, 1 tr in next tr, 7 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss in 3rd ch at the beginning of the row.

you have now 24 7ch spaces.

 

handles

row 33. make a number of chains to create the length you want for the handles and remember the number for the second handle. i did 45 ch, that is short.sk 5 tr and 6 spaces, sc into the 6th tr of the previous row, *6 sc in next space, 1 sc in tr* repeat between * * another 5 times, make your 2nd handle, sk 5 tr and 6 spaces, sc into the 6th tr of the previous row, *6 sc in next space, 1 sc in tr* repeat between * * another 5 times, ss to first stitch of the row.

row 34. *ss in the first ch and all the next ch of you handle, sc in all the sc between the two handles*, repeat between * * once more, ss to first stitch of the row.

row 35. ss in all stitches which are between beginning and end of your handles.

fasten of and weave in all ends. ***
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

 

for blue bag

row 25,26,27. repeat row 24.

row 28,29,30. repeat row 24 but 3 instead of 4 ch between the dc’s.

row 31,32,33. 5 ch (is 1 tr and 2 ch), *1 tr in next dc, 2 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss in 3rd ch at the beginning of the row.

row 34,35,36,37,38. 8 ch (is 1 dtr and 4 ch), *sk 1 tr, 1 dtr in next tr, 4 ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, ss in 4th ch at the beginning of the row.

you have now 48 spaces

 

handles

row 39. make a number of chains to create the length you want for the handles and remember the number for the second handle. i did 90 ch. sk 7 dtr and 8 spaces, sc into the 8th dtr of the previous row, *4 sc in next space, 1 sc in dtr* repeat between * * another 15 times, make your 2nd handle, sk 7 dtr and 8 spaces, sc into the 8th dtr of the previous row, *4 sc in next space, 1 sc in dtr* repeat between * * another 15 times, ss to first stitch of the row.

row 40. *ss in the first ch and all the next ch of you handle, sc in all the sc between the 2 handles*, repeat between * * once more, ss to first stitch of the row.

row 41. ss in all stitches which are between beginning and end of your handles.

fasten of and weave in all ends. ***
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
*** for both bags

if you want stronger and wider handles change row 34 (white) or 40 (blue) into this:
sc in all the stitches of the handles and all the stitches between the handles. repeat this row until you have the shape you like.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée

to tutorial- part 1 see:

doily-into-bag-part-1


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doily into bag – part 1

if you like to make shopping bags, then i have an idea and a tutorial for you.
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
for the bottom i used a pattern for a doily and the rest of the bag is my own design. the blue bag has a slightly different size than the white one.
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
materials

– white bag: cotton 8, 4 skeins, hook size 3 mm
– blue bag: phildar phil crochet, 4 skeins, hook size 2.5 mm

white and blue: the straps of my bags are thin but if you want to make them wider and stronger you need 5 skeins

stitches (american terms)

ch, ss, dc, tr, dtr

sizes

– white bag: bottom about 21 cm, height without the handles about 30 cm, handles height about 11 cm, width at its widest point about 42 cm
– blue bag: bottom about 28 cm, height without the handles about 30 cm, handles height about 18 cm, width at its widest point about 52 cm

download and notes

first thing you need to do is download the pattern for the doily to make the bottom of your bag, just click on the link for the pdf document.
http://www.gosyo.co.jp/img/acrobat/amikomo3/13.pdf

note 1. 

crochet the pattern without the edge, row 12 is your last row, you have 48 3 dc groups and 48 1 ch spaces.

note 2.

what you see in the green circle is how to begin and end each row. i’ve done it slightly different, each row i started with 2 ch instead of 3 and i attached the last stitch of a row to the 2nd dc of the previous row (just skip the beginning ch). then ss to the next 1 ch space. i think the result looks neater this way.

important is that you do attach the last stitch of row 12 with a ss in the top of the starting chain, because you need that stitch for the rest of the pattern.

doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
doily into bag by elisabeth andrée
note 3.

the blue bag is wider so therefore you need to increase the bottom by repeating row 7 and 8, row 9 – three times, row 11 and 12. you have 96 3 dc groups and 96 1 ch spaces.

it looks like a wobbly pancake, but don’t worry just continue with part 2 of the pattern.

how to make the rest of the shopping bag?

see the tutorial – part 2:

doily-into-bag-part-2