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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knitting Crochet Craft Pattern Collection American Thread Star Book 225

From American Thread, is their Star Book 225 - Collection.   I'd date this to perhaps 1970 and it's definitely a Collection of their over-the-top whimsy, dotted here and there with a couple lovely pieces.     It's worth a look through ... who knows what might tickle your fancy.     This was issued under the Aunt Lydia Rug Collection series .. promotion material for their yarns.  

Aunt Lydia's Rug Yarn COLLECTION
Rug Yarn Collection Knit Crochet Pattern Book
 This quite busy front cover is a great preview to the whimsy contained inside ....   And there's alot ...  I uploaded 28 pictures !   So, get your coffee, (or whatever you drink), have a comfortable seat and let's go visit their Collection!

Pompom trimmed shell crochet pattern, below hip
 A Belle's Shell' is an extra long shell, or tunic.  It has a scoop front neckline (giving it a jumper type look), and, in case you didn't notice .... check out the pom-poms at the bottom !   Now, this would be fun with a pair of todays leggins or skinny jeans.    This is a crochet pattern; sized Small, Medium and Large. 

Love Knitted Shell Pattern, Vintage American Thread
 'A Love Vest'.  This is a very loose fitting pullover vest.  There are vague (perhaps because I do not knit or crochet) instructions on how to create the L-O-V-E Buttons.   This vest is knitted and sized 12, 14 & 16.

Vintage Aran Afghan Knitting Pattern with Pillows
The 'Aran Afghan and Pillows' - what a beautiful classic!  They are knitted. The finished afghan measures 49" x 65" and the pillows are 18" x 18", 18" x 19" and 12" x 18".

Aran Pillows Knitting Pattern
An additional picture of the 'Aran Pillows' -- they definitely deserve a second look!

Crochet Ripple Poncho Pattern, Vintage 1960s
American Thread officially called this set of mens garments - 'By the He-Sea'.  Okay, so, I'll save the commentary for a "Ludicrous Picture" post and get right to the details.   Here we have two pullovers and a poncho.   The Slip-Over (brown & white) is knitted and sized small, medium and large.   The laced pullover is crocheted and also sized small, medium and large.   The Ripple Poncho is crocheted and 'one-size'.    Can you see your man wearing these !!   Or, perhaps they did in the 60's.

High Top Crochet Books Pattern
This cute boot is crocheted .   I really like the lace starting at the toe at ending with a tie at the ankles.

High Top Slippers Knitting Pattern, Vintage 1960s

This knitted boot also has contrast colors, and laces up the front.  This one ends in a deliciously fun pompom. 

Beginners Crochet Place Mats Pattern
This placemat is titled 'Lunch or Brunch', but I'm sure you could use it for Breakfast or dinner as well.   It's an attractive table piece with the dainty floral border.  It is crocheted and measures 14" x 18, with a matching 5 x 5 coaster.  This is an easy pattern, perfect for beginners.

Vintage Poodle Bottle Covers
Here, we have 'A Poodle Boodle' .  These sweethearts are crocheted.  You'll also need felt scraps for the eyes and bits of ribbon.   The come in Large, Medium and Small; although the pattern does not indicate the actual height.   The are a round cylinder, and if you put a bottom on them,  might make for an interesting container to stash things.   Definite cute ... definitely unusual. 

Knitting Pattern Snowman Doll Pattern, Rubber Ball Base
Meet the 'Showman Snowman'.   He is knitted around rubber balls  and then adorned with scrap felts, ribbon, and a tophat.   Based on the size of rubber balls called for, I'd say he is tall - around 15 inches.  
This pattern is offered as a Free Download in the shop.  

Crochet Pattern, Tennis Racket Cover
Here we have the 'LOVE Tennis Racket Cover'.  This is knitted, with single crochet letters and a little embroidery details at the handle.  It is sure to be the envy at the racket club. 

Pretty Crochet Bathroom Rug Pattern Set with Flowers

This is the 'Flower Bower Power' Bathroom set, consisting of toilet seat cover, tissue box cover, tissue cover and floor rug.   The rug measures 25.5" x 31.5".  Both knitting and crochet are part of this pattern.

Vintage 1960's Crochet Vest Pattern
The 'Excite in White' sleeveless cardigan is below hip length and quite comfortable looking.   It is knitted and sized small, medium and large. 

Beginner Crochet Pattern, Placemats
'The Simplest/Smartest of Them All' Luncheon Mats and perfect in their simplicity.  Make them up in a variety of mix and match colors for mealtime fun.  The measure 11" x 16" and are crocheted.   This pattern is available as a Free Download in the shop. 

striped tote bags knitting pattern
'What's Your Bag' pattern gives you instructions to create two totes, one large, one mini sized.  They are knitted. 

This piece is called the 'Going Sewing' Sewing Caddy.   This is a crocheted cylinder - store your measuring tape on the inside, the face becomes a pincushion, there is a pocket for scissors and a couple bands to hold threads.   It's definitely different, and cute as well.
This pattern is available as a Free Download in my shop. 

Crochet Mirror Cover with girls face
'Mirror Mirror on The Ball' is a mirror cover !   It is crochet with felt adornments.   And, I have no idea why one of the eyes is missing.
Crochet Pattern Round Mottled Place mats pattern

This is the 'Hit and Miss' placement.   I'm think it is titled this for the bullseye in the center.  It it quite nice and would make a good table centerpiece, measuring 26" in diameter, without the fringe.   It is crocheted.  

And, as is typical with American Thread Star Booklets, the back cover is exactly the same as the front cover.  I suppose the front is the introduction, the back is the recap.

There are a number of nice patterns in here, along with a couple that are quite fun, and a couple just downright funky.  I took the time and reworked each one to bright clean copy and listed them individually in my shop.   There are a couple free downloads there as well.   If you are interested, just follow the links below the picture to my shop.  

So, what do you think?   I'd love to hear your thoughts on this Star Book 225, COLLECTION.  
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