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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!


spider blanket

some years ago i made the orange spider bag

orange spider bag by elisabeth andrée

see here for the tutorial 

and now …
… is here …

the spider blanket

spider blanket by elisabeth andrée

it is the same stitch pattern but now i’ve crocheted blocks with off-white edges. around the blanket i made a simple crocheted edge with the same off-white yarn.

the yarn i used is phildar coton 3 with crochet hook size 3.5. of each color i needed one ball and of the off-white yarn 4.5 balls.

spider blanket by elisabeth andrée

the pattern works quickly, in about two weeks i had this little blanket ready. the only problem was to weave in the ends on the edges around the blocks, which i like to secure extra by sewing them with plain white sewing thread.

spider blanket by elisabeth andrée

i am satisfied with the look of these cheerful girly spiders:)

spider blanket by elisabeth andréespider blanket by elisabeth andrée
hope you enjoy your weekend!


on request i made a list of numbers of the colors i used. not every color is still available, i chose number 069 as a reasonable substitute for the 3rd color seen from the top of the blanket.

please please note that i do not work for/at phildar and i therefore can not help you with questions about the yarn or where to buy it.

spider blanket by elisabeth andrée

049 craie (off white)


038 violet

061 clematite

069 lavande

057 guimauve

001 rosee

062 poudre

033 corail

006 vitamine

034 oeillet

036 fuchsia