elisabeth andrée

about crochet


old crochet patterns

perhaps recognizable to you, old patterns intrigue me.

with much pleasure i have tried some because they are good material to practice my skills.

next to that they are available for free and again, it’s fun to make them. 

see earlier post here: old patterns with new yarn

but today i saw something on freevintage.com that i could not estimate whether it was beautiful or not.

it sure doesn’t look very modern…

daisy chair set pattern – free vintage crochet pattern from star variety show, book no. 21.

next to me on my desk was a hook and some leftover yarn and …. voila, what do you think?

beautiful, isn’t it?! i think it is a nice motif to try with thicker yarn too.



you might also like to test patterns and have leftover yarn or yarn that you have used for other projects and which can be reused. tip for a rainy day!

here are the links to my pinterest boards for vintage patterns, i hope you find something to your liking.

have a lovely weekend!



the favorite patterns on my blog


after i had finished the list of my favorite patterns, i thought that maybe just maybe you like to know what tutorials are the most viewed on my blog. i have made an overview.

at the top:

the apricot bag

it is super convenient bag, i used mine for already the second summer.

see here for the tutorial 



the next five favorite tutorials are:


just click on the name to see the tutorial


the candy color scarf 



the doily-into-bag 



the festive blanket



how to make a mesh bag



the winter woolly white bag (scroll down the page for the tutorial) 


three rising stars 😉


the orange spider bag



the scarf-buttons-sleeves


the gerry flower


these patterns i like best

(may i actually say that about my own patterns?)



in this tutorial (divided in two parts) you can find how to crochet in circles and make a round and flat object, but also how to change colors and how to make a floor cushion or a pouf. 

see part 1

see part 2

happy sleeves


also in two parts a tutorial for a garmant that i like to wear.

  1. see part 1
  2. see part 2

this is the end of the list:)



favorite patterns


for the new week to start, no story today about how things are going with the blue diamonds blanket but something different.


short list

a few times i was asked whether i have favorite patterns but i always found – and still find – this question difficult to answer. but i thought i just make a short list of patterns i worked with and i love to publish on my blog and here they are in random order. 



sunny spread crochet pattern designed by ellen k. hormley

i think this is such a great pattern for a square, it is made by so many crocheters in a variety of colors and color combinations. it seems that with this pattern you can’t go wrong whether you are making a blanket, a bag, a pillow or coasters. i will surely make this square again in the future.

circle of friends square that is designed by priscilla hewitt © in 1999

for this pattern holds: go nuts because it will always be beautiful – at least i think so – whether you make it all white or combine a variety of colors.

  • the circle of friends is one of the patterns of my white blocks cushion cover with the embroidery stitches, you can see it here
  • the original pattern of this square you can find in the webarchive 
  • and if you like, you can take a look on ravelry for some inspiration



i have used old patterns that i found in the webarchive, especially the doilies are a source of pleasure. the center of an old doily is often a beautiful flower or a flowery motif and it gives a surprising effect when you use acrylic or wool instead of very thin yarn/thread. a small flower has suddenly a whopper size.

  • i’ve written about this before, see here
  • you can find the patterns in the webarchive, see here
  • also for celtwich patterns you can find much inspiration on ravelry
in the past i have sewn these motifs – among others – on bags and scarves, here are two examples:




filet crochet i also like but i have done this less frequently than other types of crocheting and i have – as far as i can remember – not used patterns for my projects. although the internet is loaded with patterns for filet crochet, no links here 😦  
if you do not have (much) experience with this type of crochet then these links might be useful. you will find them at the bottom of the blog post.


of course i also like ripples. below a few links for some patterns that i love.
years ago, i have combined two ripple stitch patterns of mypicot and made this bag. the quality of the picture is bad, sorry about that.
  • another pattern that i really like is that of lionbrand for lace ripples, see here  (log in required)
also a few years ago i made some blankets including this spring green example of acrylic yarn. alas i can not remember which stitch pattern i’ve used only that it was for a pullover or vest.
  • an internet search brought me to this pattern for the antigua throw of caron and don’t you think the blankets seem a bit alike?
last but not least:
the spider stitch pattern of mypicot.com
recently i made the spider blanket and before a spider bag with the same pattern. i love the gorgeous stitch patterns in diagram on mypicot.com, they are almost all equally beautiful. i am a fan and also a member of the mypicot club although i visit the site far too little.
  • the spider stitch pattern is number 2032 and you can find it via this link


the reason i so appreciate these patterns is because they are versatile. you can with you own creativity and the yarn of your choice do anything with it. versatility is something that i love.
my choices are maybe not a huge surprise and the patterns are probably familiar to you but i hope you love them too!
do you have a favorite pattern?
have a great and creative week!