elisabeth andrée

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lacy sleeves

among all the other projects i wanted to crochet something that i can wear over a sleeveless shirt, something airy. in other words i liked to have new sleeves.

i think i’ve tried about 20 stitch patterns but i found nothing to my liking and by that time i was fairly grumpy, at least not me but my hormones;)

i thought of these sleeves i have never worn because it is too tight under my arms.


then i thought of the shawl that i made a few years ago for a friend (sorry for the pour quality of the photos).



then i saw this picture of a beautiful dress

and eventually i made this



the yarn is phil coton 3 – 01 rosee which i used for the first time and it works wonderfully.


what do you think of my new sleeves?




scarf – buttons – sleeves

for a long time i wanted something made of black and pink yarn, for some reason an exciting combination. now proved to be too exciting for me because i have combined it with a very light and a dark shade of gray. the sleeves are fitting great and because they are a bit too long, i can hide my hands in the cuffs when i am cold.

i found it very difficult to properly describe how i crocheted it. hopefully the pattern is clearly enough.



scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée


scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée


scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée

used materials

softfun – scheepjes -ca. 140m/50gr – 60% cotton/40% acrylic

  • pink – 3 balls
  • dark gray – 4 balls
  • very light gray – 1 ball
  • black – 1 ball
  • 30 transparant plastic buttons with 4 holes
  • crochet hook size 3.5 mm
  • needle with a blunt point

for this pattern you can use any yarn you like, if it is thicker or thinner than my yarn, only adjust the number of stitches.

used stithes (american terms)
  • ch – chain
  • ss – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • bpdc – back post double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet

pattern & notes

this is how i have made it. 

the basis is 21 stitches (16 + 5 chain) with a multiple of two. i started with 79 chain and made the first dc in the seventh chain from hook. from here you can follow the diagram, but first some pattern notes.

  • from row 2, i replaced the first dc not by 3 but 2 chains
  • rows 1, 3, 5 and further (the odd rows) are on the wrong side, these are the rows of dc’s and chains
  • rows 2, 4, 6 and further (the even rows) are on the right side, these are the rows with the post stitches – bpdc and fpdc – and chains. these rows always begin with a fpdc right after the turning chains
  • i suggest you mark the right side with a piece of contrasting color yarn
  • you can choose to use one or several colors to work with, like i did. i first made ​​one half until it was long enough, measured from my spine to my hand. when that part is long enough finish with a row with post stitches and weave in all ends
  • attach the yarn to the beginning chains on the right side and crochet a row with post stitches
  • make the second part the same way as the first part, end with a row of post stitches and chains.
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the edge

attach the yarn on the wrong side at a long side of your scarf and start with 3 ch, then you crochet 1 dc in the space of the first dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in the space of the next dc, repeat this until you reach the end of this side, 3 ch and turn. crochet a row of post stitches and chains till end of row. fasten off.

repeat these 2 rows on the other long side of your scarf.

note to row 1: the spaces between 2 dc’s serve as buttonholes.

finishing touches

weave in all ends of yarn and sew buttons down one long side and then you’re done.

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options to wear

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scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée
scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée

hope you like the concept of this scarf-button-sleeves!
have fun with it!

scarf-buttons-sleeves by elisabeth andrée


more about bpdc and fpdc:


happy sleeves – tutorial – part 2

happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée

let’s continue with the happy sleeves. you missed part 1? 


fold the two sleeves in half lengthwise and with the right side up and the last row on the top, it looks like this.

happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée
you can now see and mark where you going to make the cuffs.

cuff first sleeve

attach yarn to the wrong side of the sleeve in the first space (= tr)
row 1. 2 ch (= sc and 1 ch), 1 sc in first space (same space), *1 ch, 1 sc in cluster stitch, 1 ch, 1 sc in space*, repeat between * * till end of row end with 1 sc in cluster stitch, 2 ch, turn


row 2. is the same as row 2 of the pattern for the sleeves (the cluster stitches), ch 3, turn

row 3. 1 h dc between first and next cluster stitches, *1 ch, 1 h dc between next cluster stitches*, repeat between * * till end of row, end with 1 h dc in last cluster stitch

repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the desired width end with row 2

cuff second sleeve

repeat this for the other cuff only you start row 1 in the first cluster stitch

the back part

the back you make in two parts
  • attach your yarn the same way as you did for your cuffs, but on the other side of the sleeves.
  • row 1. is simular to row 1 for the cuffs
  • row 2 and further rows are the same as the pattern for the sleeves.
  • crochet both sides halfway you back
  • pin sleeves and back to see if it all fits well and adjust if necessary
  • finish and fasten off
the seams of the sleeves and back side
  • fold the sleeves in half lengthwise with wrong side up
  • crochet the corresponding stitches together with a sc and make 1 chain between them
  • make sure you close your sleeves not too far up because that will be uncomfortably under your arms
  • occasionally put on the sleeves to see you still should continue seaming. crocheting the edge makes the sleeves tighter also
  • seam the back also on the wrong side


the edge all around you make by crocheting sc evenly spread. sometimes you make two stitches in a space, sometimes one. 
and in the part under your armpit you crochet together three stitches.
i have crocheted three rows and the last two rows, i worked in the back loops only.
i hope the tutorial is clear enough and that you now have a garment that you like to wear.
happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée
see also:


happy sleeves – tutorial – part 1

hello here i am again.
happy-sleeves by elisabeth andrée
this tutorial is much and much larger than i previously had thought, so again you have to do with a pattern in several parts. hopefully it’s not a too big problem for you?

last winter i often worn two things especially against the cold, whether i was working at my computer or i was reading in bed. i call them my happy sleeves.

​these almost clownish sleeves i most often worn.

the other sleeves i made ​​of squares with a collar and a border all around it and with wide cuffs. because the type of yarn you can not clearly see that it is made of squares.

a summer version of the happy sleeves

i decided to create new sleeves to crochet and to write the pattern down for you. i hope you like it but please do not expect haute couture;)

  • first decide whether you want long or short sleeves. with long sleeves you measure from wrist to wrist (this is your total length of your back, shoulders and both arms), i wanted three-quarter sleeves, but you can also make yours shorter. 
  • i’ve written this pattern for three-quarter sleeves but you can customize it yourself.
  • decide the width you want, the width must leave you enough space for your armpits and upper arms (it must be wearing comfortable, you don’t want it to be stuck under your armpits and it’s nice when you just can move your arms).
  • you crochet the sleeves in the length and not the width. first you make both sleeves and then the back in two parts.
used materials

5 balls softfun – scheepjeswol – 140 m – 50 g 
my color is a pale olive green 
hook size 3,5 – 4 mm (i used 4)

used stitches (american terms)

ch, ss, sc, dc, tr
and a stitch which i do not know whether that has a name, i describe it later in the pattern and you can see pictures of it.

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this is the scheme for the first row and it is your guideline to calculate how much chains you need for your size. you increase the number of chains per 2. 

my sizes
  • length sleeve without cuff: about 35 cm
  • length sleeve with cuff: about 41 cm
  • width sleeve, sewn: about 16 cm
  • back from shoulder to shoulder: about 41 cm
  • back height with edge: about 33 cm


first sleeve

84 chain + 3 ch for beginning tr (for the beginning tr you should start with 4 ch but i like to crochet 1 chain less, please feel free to do what you normally do).

row 1. 1 tr in 7th ch from hook, *1 ch, sk 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch*, repeat between * * till end of row, 2 ch, turn

row 2. please use the photo’s as your guideline, they are more likely clearer than my text. 
insert your hook in the first tr of the previous row and draw up a loop, insert your hook in ch 1 space and draw up a loop, insert your hook in the next tr and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, ch 1, *insert your hook in next tr and draw up a loop, insert your hook in next ch 1 space and draw up a loop, insert your hook in next tr and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, ch 1*, repeat between * * until end of row, the last loop you draw up through the beginning ch (see photo), 3 ch, turn.

row 3. 4 ch (= first tr and 1 ch), 1 tr in next tr, *1 ch, 1 tr in next tr*, repeat between * * until end of row, ch 2, turn.

repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the size you need, end with row 2. 

fasten off.

photo’s row 2
photo’s and notes row 3

on the photo’s you can see how the wrong side looks like. you have several threads, the pins show you where to insert your hook to make the next treble.

second sleeve

just repeat the pattern to make your other sleeve.

part 2

in the next post we continue with the cuff, the back and how to put together the sleeves. see you then!

have a very good week!

part 2 of the tutorial is available via this link