elisabeth andrée

about crochet


crochet projects: 5 done and 3 in the works

welcome and thanks for stopping by!

below may be an overload of photos, but i hope you like to take a look 🙂

do you remember this picture of my post of the 6th of may?

side tables and inspiration board elisabeth andrée

a small and simple sidetable that i found in my mother’s house and this is how it looks with it’s new cover.

the yarn is softfun of scheepjes. on the floor you see a vase which was also my mother’s and although i think it is very ugly i know my mother has it for years and years, so i took it home with me. 

for an empty glass jar i made a ‘dress’ in the same style as the (super)market bags i have made lately. to make the rope i crochet foundation half double crochets and attached it to the cover with two large keyrings. with some led lights in it, the shadows look wonderful in the evening. used yarn is a combination of catania and phil coton 3.

for no reason i tried a vintage pattern. it is a large motif of the irish crochet doily number 7635 which you can find here

used yarn is phil coton 3.

crochet motif of an irish crochet doily free vintage pattern

just because i love this yarn – which is better for knitting – but it is so beautiful and it is the best yellow i have seen for a while. two balls of katia creta, crochet hook size 5.00 mm and very loosely made double crochets, some slip stitches along the short sides and four wooden buttons. voila, a simple and super soft cowl for my sister in law. 

crochet cowl with button closure by elisabeth andrée

finished too is my lilac shawl, more photos and notes how i crocheted it you can find here. the bright green bag is made with the same stitch pattern (years ago) and it has a complete other character because off the yarn and color. 

three wips

a cushion cover in citrus hues (free hand, no pattern)….

in the works crochet cushion cover in citrus hues
….. and these rectangular grannies.

for quite some time i was looking for a pattern and although there are many great patterns available, when i saw the diagram i thought yes, that is the rectangle i like to crochet. the pattern is written but it also has great diagrams. a small adjustment, i make 2 chain spaces in the corners instead of 1 chain spaces. i don’t like to squeeze 6 stitches in such a small space. direct link to the pdf is here.


last but not least, 42 ‘another squares’ are all blocked and ready to be sewed together. pattern for the squares here.

will be continued….

joining ginny’s yarn along at small things 

well that is all i have to show you today. if you have time, leave a small note with what you think is your favorite project.

have a wonderful day, rest of the week and until next time!


christmas decoration 2014 – crochet and paper

december is a month when many of us love to see glittery things, do you too? 🙂


i made some decoration to hang onto my wall next to couch, but it would also be nice in front of a window. the lamp is close by so in the evening the light let the decoration sparkle a little extra. it looks cute!

in case you like to do something similar too, you will find the info how to make below and also the links to the pages with patterns or links to patterns and downloadable prints, all free!



what you need is some not to thick yarn from your stash. i used cotton 8 and catania mercerized cotton and for both crochet hook size 3.00 mm and of course you need scissors and a needle with a blunt tip.



for the crafting part i used 2 tiny bottles of glitter and green glitter tape which i bought for just a few euros. 

you need something for your decorations to hang, like a rotan/rattan stick, or pretty clothes hangers. i used an old thin metal rod. next to that you need transparent water-soluble glue, a bowl, water, scissors, a bowl, a brush and a cup or small vase and cling film, funny paperclips, sewing thread.


it will be messy 🙂



you can use any crochet motif you like, patterns can be found for example on pinterest, ravelry or mypicot (scroll down for the christmas theme).

i used motifs i made in the past and kept in a box and motifs i made for christmas two years ago. you can the info about these and links to patterns on my christmas blogpost here.


some other info which might be useful
  • if you like to make a yarn bowl in a glittery way, use all the info you can find in this blogpost but sprinkle glitter over it while your bowl is still wet.
  • if you like to harden your crochet (or knit) motifs, you can find the information here.
  • last but not least, if you like you can print your own copy of the faux crochet stars here and the holiday balls here



oops that are many links, but how to make the christmas decoration of this year?


here we go

1. hang your rod, hangers or other onto a wall or in front of a window

2. print and cut – if wanted – the faux stars and the holiday ball. cut the faux crochet stars and glue – with undiluted glue – two similar ones with the wrong sides together with sewing thread between them, repeat this until your garland has the length you have, cut thread and attach the garland with a piece of glittery tape onto the rod. you can use the same method for the holiday balls.

3. crochet the motifs you like.

4. mix the glue in a bowl with about the same amount of water. 

5. brush the glue on the motifs and sprinkle some glitters over them, pin and let dry. when they are dry use some yarn to hang them onto the rod. 

6. if you like you can also crochet some garlands. i used my pattern for the spring garland, numbers 3, 5 and 10. after you crochet them, brush to the glue on them, sprinkle the glitters and let them dry. except garland number 5, you do as follows : put your finger into a. the glue, b. one of the cups, c. the glitters, d. in the same cup and repeat this procedure until you did all the cups. let dry.

7.attach the garlands with some glittery tape onto the rod.

8. to make the glittery curl, put some cling film around a cup or small vase, put glue on it, wrap yarn around and sprinkle glitters, let dry completely. use a knife to loosen the cling film. hang curl onto the rod.

9. if you have some nice paperclips, make a nice garland of them, i have birds and i love them (you can see them on the fourth picture in the gallery above).


this is the result, pictures taken in the evening with artificial light.



by the way, not everything went well. it is better to use undiluted glue when working with paper. i didn’t at first and the result was bumpy paper and glitters that are not spread equally. thankfully wrapping a gift for my mother went well. i used bright pink paper, some glittery tape and a holiday ball. 



enjoy making your own glittery thingies! 🙂 


until next time!





pink and anthracite crochet

hello, how are you? 

last weekend i made it very easy for myself, only a few household chores and some shopping at the supermarket, and of course i watched football (that was not very relaxed…) and of course i crocheted. 

​like this lacy summer scarf for which i’ve used this stitch pattern and anthracite colored cotton viscose of yarnstudio.




i found a ball of yarn (label unknown) that has escaped the trip to england, see here for more info on that. the yarn  i have turned into a few small items: a glass jar cover, a floral motif and a flowery garland.


if you are interested the pattern for the garland can be found via this link and then look for number 8. the only difference with the original pattern and this pink one is 10 chains between de flowers in stead of 20.

the pattern for the flower motif you can find via this link.


that was it for today. hope your monday was a good one, my best wishes for the new week!!




crocheted orange drape

the orange drape is finished!


it has a double edge and therefore ​​it became a little curly. the edge i also made ​​a little different than is written in the pattern and instead of three rows, i have made four rows of medallions​​. 

the shawl drapes beautifully and i think it will be quite chic in a natural color. it’s an easy pattern to follow with good charts, but i did not really have fun making it and so i was glad i was done with it, not sure why. the pattern is from the 2012 vogue knitting crochet special, which i have on my ipad.

as usual, i have too many pictures a serie of pictures for you to see, i’m curious to your opinion about the drape.

if you like, just click on the photos to see them in a larger size.


joining the wonderful creative friday at natural suburbia


hope you will have a lovely and sunny weekend!


orange drape on a hanger
orange drape details
orange drape on the couch


another crochet square

UPDATE 23 MARCH 2015: the recipe for a variation on the another square is available, just scroll down this blogpost !

maybe you like to try my explanations on how to make a round motif into a square? 

in a previous post i showed a round motif that i really like and i regular use for round projects like a cover for a glass jar. i wanted to make a square of it and the pink ones where my try outs. unfortunately i could not remember where i found the pattern but i came across a similar one. 

 original pattern 
  1. the pattern for the motif is a diagram, you can click on the picture to go to the pin on my pinterest board or
  2. click on this link to the post on rakuten.co.jp/gosyo or
  3. click on this link to directly download the pdf.

crochet coaster/round motif by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd)

how to make

yesterday i made these two, the green one of acrylic yarn with crochet hook size 4.0 mm and the yellow one of cotton yarn with crochet hook size 3.0 mm.

used stitches in american english terms:
ch = chain 
ss = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
2dctog = 2 double crochet together
3dctog = 3 double crochet together
tr = treble 


in row 4 of the round motif i have made 3 minor changes:
– 2 chains and not 3 at the beginning of the row
– groups of 3dctog instead of 4dctog
– end with 2 ch, 1 dc into first ch of first 5 ch space.
next rows:
  • row a. 1 ch, 1 dc over dc (of last space), 2dctog (of which 1 dc into same space and 1 dc into next space, see photo below), *3 dc, 2dctog (of which 1 dc into the same space and 1 dc into the next space)*, repeat between * and * until end of row, end with 2 dc into last space and ss into first dc. 

    2dctog (you make the double crochets into two different spaces

  • row b. 1ch, 1 hdc in same stitch as ss, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches, 1 dc in next two stitches, *5 ch, skip 2dctog, 1 dc in next 2 stitches, 1 hdc in next 7 stitches, 1 dc in next two stitches, repeat between * and * until you have 4 corners made, end the row at the last side with 1 hdc in the next 4 stitches, ss into first hdc.
  • row c. 1 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next 4 stitches, *1 dc, 3 tr, 1 dc all into the next 5 ch space (corner), 1 dc in the all the 11 next stitches until you reach the next corner*, repeat between * and * another 3 times, end the last side of the square with 1 dc in the remaining stitches, ss in first and second dc.

and then you can cut the yarn and weave in the ends. 

hope you wil have a great weekend!


UPDATE 23 MARCH 2015: a variation on the another square

if you like, here is a different version of the another square. in this variation the flower motif remains slightly higher than the edge.

extra used stitches for this variation in american english terms:

  • hdc = half double crochet
  • 2hdctog = 2 half double crochet together

used materials:

scheepjes softfun, colors 2426 (off white) and 2497 (light green) with crochet hook size 4.00 mm. more info about the yarn you can find here.

row a.

to make it a little complicated you have to scroll up to the instructions for row a. the method remains the same, but you need to replace the double crochets for half double crochets and the 2dctog for 2hdctog. 

white border
row 1. 

attach the yarn to any hdc right behind a 2hdctog and make 1 hdc in the same stitch, 1ch, skip 1 stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 ch, skip 1 stitch, * 1 dc in next stitch, 1 ch, in next stitch make 1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc (= corner), 1 ch, 1 dc in next stitch, 1 ch, [skip 1 stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch] 4 times, 1 ch, skip 1 stitch *, repeat between * and * two times (= 3 corners), 1 dc in next stitch, 1 ch, in next stitch make 1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc (= 4th corner), 1 ch, 1 dc in next stitch, 1 ch, [skip 1 stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch] 2 times, 1 ch, join in first hdc. 

  • the attachment you can remove later when weaving in the yarn ends.
  • an other option is to start this row with making a standing stitch, for that you can find tutorials on the internet.
  • if you don’t start the border with a different color yarn, you can start this row with 3 chains. 
row 2.

make 3 ch, skip 1 ch space, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 ch, * 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in next dc, make in corner space 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, and 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, skip next 1 ch space, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, [skip next 1 ch space, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 ch],  4 times *, repeat between * and * 2 times, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in next dc, make in corner space 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, and 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, skip next 1 ch space, 1 dc in next dc, 1 ch, [skip next 1 ch space, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 ch], 2 times, join in 2nd of beginning chains. 

weave in yarn ends and you are done.

hope you enjoy to make this square!
until next time!

variation on the another square by elisabeth andrée