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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crochet Afghan Patterns Coats Clarks Book 289

Are you getting tired of looking at Vintage Afghan Patterns yet?   I hope not, as I not only have this book that I'm about to show you, but a fair number more in a box out in the studio waiting to be scanned and all that jazz.

This one is Spool Cotton Book 289.    This book was a promotion for Coats and Clark's  Red Heart Knitting Worsted, as well as their Baby wool.   And, yep, you guessed it - All the patterns are made with these yarns    You may, of course, substitute to equivalents, as needed.    With the exception of 2 knitting patterns, they are all crochet. 

Here's a photo-journey of this Vintage 1952 book.

Coats Clarks Afghan Book 289
C-117 - Persian Print Afghan is Crocheted in 4-ply knitting worsted.  Made in two colors, the 4" square motifs, with flower center, creates. 42 x 62 inch afghan.  

C-119 - Television Afghan is a real nice ripple knit in three shades of one color.   It measures approx. 51 x 66 inches.  The edges are crocheted.   This pattern is offered as a Free Download.
C-120 - California Ranch Afghan in two colors is crocheted in panels.  It is not an actual ripple, however, has quite a ripple effect.

 C-121 - Autumn Chevron Afghan measures 48 x 60 inches and crocheted in 6 colors.  Interesting that this picture is blurry.   I scanned it 4 different times and something about the pattern and/or color combo ... this is as sharp (even with Photoshop assistance) that I can get it.   Now, how interesting is that!

Easy Block Afghan Pattern with medallion motif
C-122 - Siesta Afghan is an interesting name for this four shades of green beauty.  It is stitched with a Plastic Crochet Hook No 6.   The finished piece measures 47 x 62 inches. 

Granny Block Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
C-123 - Sugar N Spice Afghan is the only Baby Afghan in this book.   It's a sweet little piece, measuring 32 x 46 inches.  It is created with a plastic crochet hook No 5 and 7 shades of the Knitting Worsted. 

Vintage Americana Crochet Afghan Pattern
C-124 - American Afghan is made of of 4 inch motifs to create a lovely piece measuring approx. 38 x 62 inches.  It is created with 5 shades of  knitting worsted and a Plastic Crochet Hook No 5. 

Knitted Diamond Harlequin Afghan Pattern
 C-125 - Harlequin Afghan is large, measuring 62 x 70 inches.   This pattern is knitted with one pair of knitting pins.   The edges are finished in crochet with a Plastic Hook No 5.   

Vintage Tartan Plaid Afghan Crochet Pattern
C-126 - Highland Home Afghan is marvelously plaid.  This pattern is created in black, red  with yellow lines woven through.

Vintage Flower Block Motif Throw Pattern
C-127 - Flower Garden Afghan measures approx. 48 x 64 inches; made up with 266 small flower motifs in assorted colors.

C-118 - Colonial Charm Afghan adorns the back cover. It's a wonderful piece made of with 4 inch multiple color flower motifs.  

It's interesting that there is just one knitting pattern here.   Although most books are heavier on the crochet side, knitting usually gets at least a third of the attention.     My favorite of this set is the Highland Home plaid beauty.   It would look great on my couch in shades of brown and rust.   (hint, hint).    You, which are your favorites? 

These are listed individually in my shop in PDF format; just follow the link under each picture, should you be interested.    Either way, I hope you enjoyed looking through the book.

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Doreen Pattern Books by Nell Armstrong

On the back cover of Doreen Curtain Pulls, Volume 98, is this small advertisement referencing 5 of her previous books.

 I have four different books so far and each one are under the Doreen name with, by Nell Armstrong, always referenced, along with the volume number for the specific book.   Below this advertisement was a notation that if your local dealer (remember this was 1949), does not have the books, to write directly to the company - Doreen Knitting Books, Lowell, MA. 

So, who was Nell Armstrong of Doreen Knitting Books?     I spent a good hour searching Google, and all I came up with was she copyrighted several books between 1947 and 1952.   The books were copyrighted under her name, Nell Armstrong, not a company name with Doreen being part of the book title.    Searches for the company name itself netted nothing.    I have book 105, and these are in the 90's.    This number series would imply that it started at Number 1, however, I could find no reference in Google to any books before earlier than the 90 series shown above.  

So, who was Nell Armstrong of Doreen Pattern Books?    And how many pattern books did she issue?    I don't know.    Do you know anything about her or her company?  

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Crocheted Curtain Pulls Ornaments Pattern by Doreen

Looking for crocheted curtain pull ideas ... well, here you go.   Not just one or two designs, but 29 of them!   This is a Doreen Book by Nell Armstrong going all the way back to 1949. 
 
Volume 98 - Doreen Curtain Pulls
The front and back cover are the same, featuring three of the pulls. 

All of the pulls are crocheted.   They each require a bone ring, mercerized cotton and a steel crochet hook (all three of varying sizes).  I'd think that the name 'curtain pulls' probably related more to shade to curtains, but who knows?   Ready to see the pictures ?

Perhaps Christmas Tree Decorations,

 or, Luggage Tags, to identify which one is your. 

 They would like great as a zipper pull hanging from your purse and jacket. 

 You could string several together and create a mobile,

 or, hang from your rear view mirror (giving those mardi gras beads a break)

 Then, there also Pulls for Ceiling fans and closet light switches (in older homes), and, on really long strings, bookmarks.

Or, disguise a pinback and wear on your sweaters or blouses.   

I have no doubt there are dozens of other ways to use these gems.      Care to add to my list? 

If you are interested, this book is listed in my shop in PDF format. 

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Monday, August 29, 2011

Afghans Traditional Contemporary, Spinnerin 148

This vintage afghan pattern book by Spinner (Book 148) is titled Afghans, Traditional and Contemporary.    Now, hows that for a unique title !    But, just what did they mean.  

Traditional - characteristic of the older styles
Contemporary - Part of the Current Time Period 

This book was issued in 1959.   So, taken literally, the patterns here are typical designs for the 1950s and more.     Some of these, like the Granny's, are classics.   The book contains 18 patterns, 5 are knitting, two use a Knit-Wit and the rest are crochet.    The book was issued as promotion for Spinnerin Yarns; most specifically, Nylaine Knitting Worsted, Quick-Knit and Mothproofed Marvel Twist.  All of the patterns call for one of these yarns. (You may, of course, substitute to equivalent modern (um, I meant contemporary) brands.


Spinnerin, Afghans Traditional and Contemporary
504 - Quick-Knit Ripples -  As far as ripples go, this one is a long and lean three color 
beauty - 48 x 68 inches in all. 


505 - Checkerboard - This afghan measures approx. 50 x 68 inches.   It is knitted with 1 pair Knitting Needles No 11.   An aluminum crochet hook (Size J or 10) is also referenced in materials, however, I do not see any signs of its' use in the pattern. 

506 - Zig Zag Stripes:   A bit like a ripple, but not -- it's a zig zag.  
This one measures 50 x 68 inches. 

 503 - Signal Flags is made with 4 panels of one color, to which 5 color blocks are added -- a splash of unexpected color.   It's on the large side at 56 x 64 inches. 

516 - Cape Cod  afghan sports great texture in the form of the popcorn stitch.   It is created with 1 afghan hook No 1 and one bone crochet hook No 5 or 00.   It measures 54 x 68 inches.

515 - Regency - Here we have 10 strips of 6 different colors and the ever fun
popcorn stitch.   It measures 54 x 70 inches. 

500 - Dewdrop Afghan has a textural leaf element through four main panels, offset with narrow stripe panels of contrast colors and finished with a thick fringe.  The afghan measures approx. 48 x 60 inches. 

 517 - Granny Afghan is bright and colorful (trust me - 9 colors) and measures 44 x 58 inches.   It is crocheted with 1 bone crochet hook No 8 or H.

509 - Forever Yours, afghan is made up of one large and two small flowers and then adorned with motif flowers made on a Knit Wit tool and then embroidered with initials of your choice.  The finished afghan is 55 x 66 inches.

511 - Nantucket Afghan is stunning.   It measures approx. 44 x 70 inches, 66 blocks in all and a short ruffle to give the final touch. 

510 - Knit-Wit Colonial - This afghan required the Knit Wit Square Tool and Adapter.  It is made up by making 25 flower and square motif blocks that are stitched together.  The finished size is not stated. 

513 - Victorian Afghan calls of 140 - 5 inch square blocks, in four color.  The finished 
size is approx. 52 x 72 inches.

512 - Heiress Afghan not only has an intriguing design in rope stitch, but circular flowers and
 fabulous fringe.  It measures approx. 60 x 72 inches.

514 - Talisman features marvelous embroidered floral details on three panels afghan stitched.  It measures 56 x 72 inches.

508 - Oriental Afghan features a flower and a butterfly embroidered motif worked on 
afghan stitched blocks.  It measures 55 x 77 inches.

501 - Pinwheel - Now this is a classic!  It is crocheted with 1 steel crochet hook size 00 or 5 and 1 aluminum crochet hook size J.  Finished, it measures approx. 48 x 68 inches. 

 502 - Window Pane Afghan is approx. 48 x 66 inches. It is worked in 4 colors making 56 blocks of two colors and 57 blocks of two others.   Is a bright and colorful geometric puzzle.  

507 - Modern Granny closes off the book on the back cover.  Another Classic for sure. Motifs are 6 inches each and put together to form the 50 x 68 piece. 

I have to say that 512 - Heiress is my favorite - only in that it is more my style.  But, I cannot deny that Nantucket is remarkable.  I had to wonder about 508 - Oriental.   The afghan features flowers and butterflies; not what I'd typically think of as oriental.   Overall, some really great patterns featured here on the 38 pages.    What are your thoughts on the traditional and contemporary patterns?  

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crocheted Mini Bear Toy, Free Pattern

The picture is not so great, as is frequently the case with the older vintage patterns, however, if you look closely, your going to see that he has definite hints of adorable.

 According to the directions, he's a little guy; just 5.5 inches tall.   You'll need some knitting worsted, a little fabric, some ribbon and size G and E crochet hooks.   Well, here, let me just give you the pattern.


Perhaps you should give him a try ... really, what do you have to loose, the pattern is free !

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Knit or Crochet with Coats Clarks 205

This is one of those pattern books that have a little of this and a little of that.    A little crochet.   A Little Knit.   A few patterns for accessories, a few that are home decor.   Yes, this and that. 

The book is officially called Old and New Favorites and is Coats and Clark's Book No 205.  They issued it in 1970.   All of the patterns are created with Mercerized Cotton Threads.
Knit or Crochet 
 The front cover sporting a cap and long scarf.

 A-839 - Knit Lace Doily measures 14 inches in diameter.   It is knitted with 5 Double Pointed Needles, No 0, 10-inch length.  You also need a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No 8.

A-840 - Crochet Lace Stole - This lovely shawl is 30 x 80 inches, excluding fringe.  It is crocheted with a Milwards Steel Crochet Hooks, Nos 8 and 10. 

A-841 - Crochet Dress is sized 10, 12, 14 and 16.  Directions are given in size 10 with changes in parenthesis.  It is crocheted with Milwards Steel Crochet Hooks No 4 and No 1/0 (zero). 
A-842 - Knit Lace Mat measures approx. 12.5 x 19 inches.  It is creaited with one pair of No 5 knitting needles.
The 'kini' is sized Small, Medium and Large (Bust 30 - 36; Hips 32.5 - 38).  It is crocheted with a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No. 7.    The Tote bag measures 11 x 15 inches and is made with a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook, No 1/0 (zero). 

A-845 - Pineapple Tablecloth - WOW !   This cloth measures 72 inches in diameter.  It is made with a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No 7.

A-846 - Crochet Vest and Clothe - Directions are given for Small Size.  Changes for medium and Larges sizes are in parentheses.  (Bust 32.5 - 38).  This is created with a Crochet Hook, Size H. 

A-847 - Pineapple Centerpiece or Doily - The doily measures 13.5 inches in diameter.  A larger centerpiece measures 18.5 inches.   It is crocheted with a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook, No 10.

A-848 - Knit Tunic - Directions are given for Small Size.  Changes for Medium and Large Sizes are in parentheses.  This is created using 1 pair No 4 knitting needles.   You will also need a neck opening zipper, 7 inches long.
 
The back cover sports an attractive fringed bedspread.  

Now, are you ready for the most interesting trivia about this book?    The cap and scarf pattern AND the bedspread on the back cover are not included in the patterns.   I went through this book at least a half dozen times searching ... and, NOPE ... not in here.   I think this may be the first time I've seen this.   (Or better said ... not seen ... lol).     Oh, and don't forget to check out the bowl on the Pineapple Centerpiece or Doily.   Are those fish in the bowl?

My favorite is the tunic.   I'd knit one of these, if I possessed the talent.   I think the 'kini' is also quite intriguing ... just not on my body.     How about you.  Anything of these you like?

I've listed the book, in PDF format, in my shop.   A couple of the patterns are available individually; with links below their respective pictures.  

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie