elisabeth andrée

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crochet burano houses

here i am again, hope it goes well with you!


i have not blogged for about two weeks and in the meantime someone else has worked very hard in my garden and then i’ve tried to make the garden a little more cozy again. of course i also crocheted, the storage bag with the fishes is ready, but it still needs to be lined and then i write the tutorial. also i’m working on a secret project but that is almost done, which means soon you will see the pictures.


recently i saw photos of burano island, venice, italy and i was very inspired. people who live there paint their homes in bright colors and many houses are square. if you have time i would definitely view some photos, they are really worth.

Burano houses, Venice, Italy – photo by Saffron Blaze

more info and photos:


my impression

i thought it would be nice to crochet a version of a street with burano style houses suitable for a child’s room and this is the result:

crochet burano houses

some info

the upper part (the ‘sky’) consists of all double crochets with one row containing 1-chain spaces for the rod: 4 dc, 1 ch, skip 1 stitch, 1 dc, ch 1, skip 1 stitch, 4 dc, etc. the lower and upper rows are single crochets. the metal rod i had saved from an old blind and the wooden knobs on the ends are old wooden drawer knobs from ikea, i only have the screws removed. the whole thing is not very firm but it is firm enough to hang the street onto a wall or in front of a window. 


i embroidered the doors with simple stitches, then sewn the houses together and to attach the ‘sky’ onto the houses i crocheted chains, attached a house with a sc and then with slip stitches along the chains back to the starting point. 



if you like to try, i have the pattern for a square house written down (afterwards, so I hope i made no mistakes). my houses all have the windows and doors in the same places, but you can improvise and make houses wider or narrower and make doors and windows where ever you like to have them. choose the yarn you want with the matching hook.

used stitches (american terms):

ch = chain

ss = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet



with the first color make 25 chains

row 1. first dc into 4th ch from hook and 1 dc in all the next chains until end, 2 ch, turn

row 2. 1 dc in next and in all subsequent stitches until end of row, 2 ch, turn

row 3. 1 dc in next and in all subsequent stitches until 9 stitches are left, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 ch, turn

row 4. 1 dc into next 4 stitches, make 4 ch, skip the 4 chains, 1 dc in next stitches until end of row, 2 ch, turn (window made)

row 5 and 6. repeat row 2

row 7. 1 dc into next 4 stitches, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, make 4 ch, skip 4 stitches, 1 dc in next 5 stitches, 2 ch, turn

row 8. repeat row 7 (2 windows made)

row 9 and 10. repeat row 2

finish off.


row a. for the roof attach second color at the right side and make 1 sc into first and into all other stitches till end of row, turn


from this point you start decreasing the number of stitches and do not make a (turning) chain at the beginning of a new row.

row b. skip 1 stitch, 1 slip stitch into the next 2 stitches, 1 sc in all the next stitches until end of row, turn

row c and further. repeat row b until there are 2 sc left, make 1 slip stitch in each sc.

finish off.

 that is it!

crochet burano houses


free to try: vintage and no vintage patterns

free crochet patterns for motifs

are you ready for some small projects?

i was and so between crocheting baby things and my everyday life, i tried a few patterns.

you can see the results, which one is your favorite? all six are free patterns, just click on the links:)

i used leftover yarn, catania and phildar crochet 3 with a crochet hook size 3.5 mm.


love this square!

crochet square by elisabeth andrée

i think i have done something wrong, because the square was going wavy and therefore i have slightly adjusted the outer row:
in the corners 2 dc, 1ch, 2dc and between the corners, 1 ch, 2dc. 

the original the homely blanket’ quest – square 16 looks great, so blocking might also have fixed the problem 😉


vintage 1

the square of the vintage pattern for a blanket is almost the same as the square that i used for the festive blanket.

only the outer row is slightly different.

take a look at this vintage pattern for the victorian lace afghan, it is very beautiful!

crochet vintage square by elisabeth andrée

vintage 2

this pretty doily i think is my favorite, it is actually referred to as a christmas coaster.

it is free vintage crochet pattern.


simple square

this is the square that i have used for my apricot bag, i just wanted to crochet it again.

this time with several rows of double crochets around it.

crochet square by elisabeth andrée


vintage 3

these are the first 4 rows of a pattern for a vintage table runner. i like the floral motif but the runner is a little too curly for me.

crochet floral motif


vintage 4

honestly, this hexagon is not my favorite, it looks like a job for years to make the vintage calico crochet bedspread.

if you like hexagons i think the pattern is worth to try.

crochet hexagon by elisabeth andrée

vintage 5

just finished this motif which is part of an edging pattern. i have only added a row of single crochets, 7 sc in each space of the outer row.

vintage crochet coaster by elisabeth andrée

don’t they look like siblings?
vintage crochet coasters by elisabeth andrée

hope you enjoy this small overview!

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have a lovely weekend!