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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Small Crochet Beaded Bag, Free Purse Pattern

I found this public domain pattern in a 1949 issue of McCalls Needleworks.    It's a cute little bag (even with the picture missing a small chunk).

Note - the circle at the top is a detail blow-up showing the pattern with the beads.   Anyway, it's a cute little shoulder bag, where you can crochet the shoulder strap to be whatever length you might wish.  A great little bag to carry just a couple things.  

Now, one thing about this pattern ... it calls for a lining kit that I have no doubt is no longer available.  But, I'm sure that it would not be that difficult to pick up some fabric and create your own lining.     If your looking for a little bag, you might want to give this one a try - it is available in my shop as a Free Download.    It would be a shame just to let these vintage goodies go to waste over a little lining !

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Crochet Stole with Sequin Flowers, Free Pattern

How is your imagination?  
This picture is a crocheted stole, 20 x 60 inches - or larger, should you choose.  It's made up of small little flower motifs that each have a bead or a sequin in the center of each.    And for this beautiful description, they (from the September 1953 issue of the Workbasket), give us this picture !

But, I've figured it out.   It is an imagination test.   Read the pattern and let your imagination take hold.  And then, just possibly, you'll see the vision and head out for your yarn and sequins.    Just maybe.

Crochet Stole with Sequin Trim -
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crocheted Piggy Bank, Free Pattern

Now, what could be more fun that a crocheted piggy bank?   Well, I could suggest that might be a crocheted piggy bank full of $100 dollar bills.  But, since that isn't realistic (in my life, anyway), I'd say a Free crochet piggy bank pattern!  

This public domain pattern is from a 1949 issue of McCalls Needlework.  Picture quality in this magazine were not great, but I think we get the general idea.   This  piece, 4 x 10 inches, has a crocheted body with a small cleanser can on the inside to hold the money.   Stuffing is added between the cannister and the inside of the pig to plump him up.   A fun piece to make, as well as hold your money, I'm sure.

Perhaps you'd like to give him a try ?   Just in case, the pattern is available for Free Download in my shop --- come on over.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Easy Crochet Stocking Cap, Free Pattern in New Format

My semi-career here in the pattern business has entailed alot of rework.  It goes like this.  

- Decide to do something
- Do It for Awhile
- Realize there is a better way to do.  
- Rework everything already done 

That's my case here with this pattern.    Previously I was scanning public domain knit/crochet patterns to PDF files and listing in my shop.   A straight scan of a PDF file is not necessarily attractive, so I played around with different formats, until I arrived at a document with a clean crisp look.   Worthy, in my opinion, of being sold in my shop.   So, in addition to all the new entries being in the new format, I'm reworking all of the patterns that are already there. 

And, that brings me to here ... over the last couple days, I've been reworking the Bernat 165, Hats Hats Hats book to the new format.  In the book, there is an attractive, yet simple, crocheted stocking hat.

It's perfect to those learning to crochet as well as fun for those with years of experience to knock off in an afternoon.   You could, perhaps make one for both yourself, as well as a friend!.    In case you'd like to give it a try, I've listed on a Free Basis with immediate download over in my shop.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

How to Make a Funky Yarn Lampshade

If you are a watcher of Home & Garden TV (HGTV), you'll note that it is loaded with shows about how to renovate your home, or shows on buying or flipping houses.    Well, that's relatively new over the last 6 years.   It used to be loaded with Do-It-Yourselves Home Decorating Shows.     The change must have been subtle because I didn't truly realize the change until I flipped the page in a 1949 McCalls Magazine and found this pattern picture.

Now, this would have been a perfect fit for one of those shows where, say, two neighbors got together to redecorate a room in each others house.  They always ended up with at least one quite funky, yet functional art type projects.    Here it is.   Take a lampshade, either new or one that has seen much better days.  Strip it down to the fame and wind it with yarn.   And, if that isn't decoration enough, add some pompons all the way around it.

I have no doubt this style may have been hot with the young folks in the 60's and perhaps, early 70s, just didn't know it went all the way back to 1949 !

But, all kidding aside, you know you'd love to give this one a try.   Get creative, instead of pompons, how about fringe, or beads or those irridescent disc thingies.

Go for it !

Funky Yarn Lampshades -
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Crochet Horns of Plenty Doily Hotpad, Free Pattern

This pattern, a Horns of Plenty is from the September 1953 issue of The Workbasket.

The design is wonderfully illustrated with the intended purpose; to be used as a decorative cover on a hotpad with -- the killer (literally) -- an Asbestos Pad.  Apparently, asbestos pads were a great heat diffuser and were used frequently as hotpads.   This design was created to fit these pads (sold in 8 or 9 inch sizes), folding over the sides to hold the crochet in place.     Well, we know what happened to asbestos pads !

But, it is still quite an attractive design that deserves not to be given up on due to discontinuation of Asbestos Pads.
The design could still be used for the intended purpose substituting to a cork pad - like those sold in the plant aisles for protective bases in the Home Box stores.  I think they would also be lovely, say in a group of five, applied to cork to colored cardstocks and put on the wall as wall art.   Like this ---

  I've didn't get these aligned too well, but hopefully enough for you to get the idea.

And, I think a row over top of a door would look great as well.  

Okay ... enough already ... I'll get on with the pattern.

Horns of Plenty Crochet Doily Pattern -

How will you use this little pretty?   Do let me know.    

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rose Crochet Curtain Pull, Free Pattern

I'm in the process of going through a 1950s Alice Brook Design Catalog.   With these little booklets, I like to pull out the individual pictures and captions and put them into the Mail Order - Knitting and Mail Order - Crochet sections here in the blog.     In the middle of this particular catalog, there are a couple (public domain) patterns that I'll be sharing here in the blog.    

The first pattern to share is nice Rose Crochet Pull.   Myself, I think this is a delightful little design.    Use it for curtain pulls, like Alice Brooks has marketed, use it with your ceiling fans, or make up several and use them as belt ties.   I'm sure there are many other ways to use them as well!  

Enjoy the pattern.  

To print, click to enlarge and then copy/save to a document on your computer.

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High Fashion Knitted Shells, Vintage 1960s

The year actually, is 1966.   Woman's Day puts out a supplement to their August 1966 issue.    Now, I don't (yet) have the August 1966 issue, so I don't know what all was included there, but I do know that this supplement has a nice collection of 7 Shells.    All of the patterns are knitted, several have crochet edges or trim and one includes embroidery stripes.  These fashions were obviously intended for the 'more mature' younger woman in that the styles and colors are all quite discreet --- keeping in mind the MOD selections of the younger set 'hippies' of this time.   Perhaps, it was not deemed the 'hippie' set were doing much knitting or crochet!

This is a small pamphlet, 8 pages in all.

The front page models the Garter Stitch Shell, with a 'quite nice' turtle fold over neck.  The pattern is knit only.

The Trellis Stitch Shell  is knitted with extended sleeves and trim around the edges.  
Don't miss the cute flip of her hair! 

This is called the Ribbon Knit Shell, and the reason is apparent - the pattern stitch does give the appearance of ribbon, although made with Fingering yarns. Knit with crochet edges.

Here, with the Seed Stitch Shell, we have a slight cowl look and extended shoulders. 
Knit with crochet edges.

This piece, the Stockinette Stitch Shell has an attractive bit of color block going on.  It is knit with crochet edges and a back neck snap.    

This top, the Diamond Lace Trellis has a light, summery feel.  
It is knitted with banded edges.

And, last but certainly not least, we have the Textured Stripe Shell.  
This top, knitted with crochet trim, has embroidered stripes. 

All of the patterns are Misses Sizes 10, 12, 14 and 16.  (I still have not learned why patterns were never sized for the smaller woman ???).  

Overall, it is a nice little supplement.   Other than, perhaps added rows and making the shells a little longer, they are as much in fashion today as they were back in the 1960s.   I've listed the individual patterns in my shop, links under each picture, should you be interested.   

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Crochet Reversible Baby Blanket, Shell Stitch Free Pattern

Looking for a pattern to create a relatively easy blanket for a baby gift?     This one, Vintage 1966 from McCalls is reversible and measures 36 x 50 inches, and best of all - it's (public domain) FREE.

  Not sure if the baby is a boy or a girl?  Make one side blue and the reverse pink.   Or any contrasts of your desire.   Although the picture isn't much (it was a tiny 2 x 2 clip), it looks like a nice easy crochet.    Perhaps you'll give it a try.
(To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your computer).

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Searching for a Vintage Pinwheel Doily Pattern

A few days back, I received a message from a visitor to my shop looking for a very specific Pinwheel Doily pattern.   Apparently, her friend had received these in unfinished condition.  They were believed to have come from a grandmother or great grandmother.   My Visitor, obviously a very good friend, was trying to find a pattern to match so you could finish them.    Now, that's nice ...

Now, I'll admit, I usually enjoy a mystery so I asked her to send me a couple pictures.

 The first doily picture is cropped to an individual motif and (I think) is around 6 inches.

The second picture is this motif as part of the cloth.  I'm guessing (great) grandma was making a table scarf.  Seems there would be too much open space for this to be a tablecloth or bedspread.

The third picture she sent, I quickly realized was a different pattern altogether.

I have only a couple pinwheel doilies in my shop.   I do have, however, about 20 different doily books from the 1940's, 50's and 60's that I've not yet got around to processing.    I pulled them out of their 'pending boxes' and, with a couple cups of coffee on the back porch browsed through them.

You know what I found .... Nada ... Nothing.   A couple similarities, but not near the real deal.   So, the mystery continues.   I've printed a copy and put on my work board so I don't forget to compare whenever I handle a new doily pattern.

So, I'm wondering, do these patterns ring any bells with any of you ?    If so, please let me know - Lorrie  @    When I learn the answer, I'll come back and post it here (as well as let the original requestor know, of course).

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Afghan Patterns, Columbia Minerva 742

Columbia Minerva have graced us with at least 7 or 8 different afghan books over the years.   This one, simply called Afghans by Columbia Minerva, contains 17 patterns.    The majority of the patterns are crochet, although there are 4 that are knitted.    The book has not dating or copyright references, however, I place it (public domain) in the early 1960's based on picture styles (props) and use of color.   Any later and it would have copyright references, and any older, it would not be in all color pictures.    Plus, the ultimate reference - the $1.25 original purchase price.    Several of the patterns are heavy on the embroidery, placing them right into that Heirloom quality.  

I'm pleased to share the book with your.

Taking center stage on the front page is the Rose Afghan - a crocheted afghan measures 47 x 69, made up of a center and side panels with a marvelous rose motif embroidered.  I particularly like the sparse use of the lush tassels on this one.

Flower and Fruit Afghan is crocheted in blocks and then embroidery of applies, grapes, pear, cherry,  pansy and black-eyed susan's are added.

 Officially, this is the Feather and Fan Afghan.   It is one of the classics, measuring 45 x 67 inches when completed.

This tri-color design is a gentle Crocheted Ripple, measuring approx. 49 x 54 inches.

Four motifs made a block; 7 3/4 inch squares make up this 49 x 64 inch  Crocheted Patchwork Afghan. 

This is an ongoing delight.  The Rosebud Afghan features Cables and small embroidery rosebuds along with triple knot fringe.   I'm surprised they did not name it an heirloom.  

This easy-to-crochet piece - The Daisy Afghan, is made with 305 motif flowers and blocks and put
together a 44 x 60 inch piece.  

The Red and White Afghan, made up of 7 strips, ends with triple knot fringe and measures 46 x 68 inches

This piece, the Blue and White Afghan, has a strong cable in a two toned striped and a nice finishing touch of fringe at the end of each cable.  

The Two-Toned Afghan is put together with 5 1/4 inch blocks of complimentary colors.  It measures 46 x 68 inches. 

The Black Afghan with Rose Motif has that lacy and flowery feel.  When finished, it is 54 x 72 and bound to become a 'couch' favorite.

This piece, Leaf Pattern Afghan, is made up of three panels with a raised leaf pattern running through and tufts of fringe to finish it off.

A brightly colored, yet masculine, Garter Stitch Afghan.  Note the tassels are of varying colors. 

Here is yet another stripe.   This piece, The Knitted Stripped Afghan, has a subtle blending of 5 shades.  It is a large piece - measuring approx. 57 x 72 inches.

Made up of 4 1/2 inch flower (my interpretation) motifs, surrounded with a border, the Crochet Loop Stitch Afghan measures 50 x 67 inches.

And, last but not least, bold selections.  First, on the right, a Crocheted Striped Afghan,   And, on the left, a Knitted Plaid Afghan with triple knot fringe.

Whew !   Now, that is at lot of afghan choices; 17 in all.  I spent two days working through this book and found my favorites changed as I went along.  At first, I was stuck on the Blue and White for it's simple elegance, then the Knitted Plaid (after all, how could you not love plaid), but, in the end, it was the Daisy Afghan that attracted me most.   How about you?

I've listed these patterns separately in my shop, noted by the links under the pictures,  should you be interested.  There are, of course, dozens of other knitted and crocheted afghan in the shop as well.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Lacy Crocheted Jabot, Free Pattern

According to the Free Dictionary, a jabot is a frill or ruffle on the breast or throat of a garment, originally to hide the closure of a shirt.   (Which, depending upon the level of your sewing skills, can be a downright good idea).    I'm generally not into a ruffled neckline, as it find it irritating, however, the jabot is an entire different story.  

I came across this particular jabot in the 1947 issue of Woman's Day Crochet Annual.

Now the picture is not great (it was one of those little 2 x 4" squares in a magazine), but it does show the delightful frilly prospects.  Finished it measures 6 inches long and would be ready to stitch onto whatever garment you desire.    Or ... perhaps you could branch totally out of the box, and put a row of three across the side of handbag, or create 2, fold over, place end to end and create an entirely different collar.

In case you are interested in giving it a geaux (I'm in Louisiana), I've listed the pattern as a Free Download in my shop.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Florentine Skull Cap, A Crochet Beanie Pattern

I was working my way through the 1947 Woman's Day Crochet Annual when this particular pattern caught my eye.   Well, actually, it was the name of the pattern - Florentine Skull Cap

These earlier (1930's - 1950's) magazines and pattern books frequently (I'm learning) often added historical, or romantic references to their official pattern names.    Such as this one - Florentine Skull Cap.  

At first glance, I clearly got the Cap part.   It a nice close fitting beanie.  There, however, it strays from the norm.   There is the little rounded swoop at the top (a nice variation from the standard pompon) and then the looped fringe (they are calling hairpin lace) down the back.   I think it has a fun look to it.

But, how about the Florentine Skull part.   Well, headed off to my new best friend - Google.    At a high level, historically, the skullcap is both protective an symbolic, going all the way back to Dante.   Variations spread between war armor to spiritual headgear worn by monks.  (If you are truly interested, there is an excellent history here).  AND, it was believe to have originated in Florentine.   That mane in the back might tie back to the back ornamentation of armor headgear.

But there is another possibility - there is a plant with a botonical name of Peregrina.   The common name for the plant is -- yep, you guessed it - Florentine Skull Cap.

So, what was Woman's Day thinking when they designed the mane on this hat?   Well, although I have no true knowledge, I do, apparently, have a couple ideas.

I've listed this pattern in my shop.   There are quite a few other hats, of many types, listed in the shop as well.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Make a Balloon Santa Clause with Crochet Thread

Here is another South Maid Crochet Craft Pattern that was tucked inside a Leisure Arts book.    This one is Leaflet 1157 and it was free with purchase of their yarn back in 1994.  I do not see a redistribution clause on the leaflet, so I'm sharing here with you.   

Here is how to make an adorable Santa decoration using balloons, crochet thread and crochet thread stiffiner (I'd think that a mixture of 1/2 white glue and water would work just as well), and felt, ribbons and pompoms.   
Leaflet Front:

Leaflet Back:
To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your harddrive.

 This would fall into a great activity to work with your school age children to get them involved in holiday activities.   Of course, there would be no reason that you couldn't improvise and create different characters as well ... round grandmas, snowmen, etc.  

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Crochet Pocket Purse Belt, Fanny Packs of the Past

In current times, we call them Fanny Packs and they come in a variety of styles and colors.    They gained great popularity in the 1990s with the widespread use of nylon fabrics.    They were equally used by men and women ... a unisex fanny pack, you might say.

I still have one in my closet.   I pull it out each year for Jazz Fest ... so great to carry a few dollars, some gum, chapstick .... you know .... stuff.    I understand the concept of 'fanny', but really, it is typically worn on the side or front.

But, the concept certainly did not originate with the cute name, like Fanny Pack.  I know they go back, at least to the 1940's, as I came across crochet patterns for two variations in the 1947 issue of Crochet Annual.
 This is referred to as a Purse Belt and attached to the waist with a button.   This design is adorned with beads all the way around the purse section.  

Whereas this one is a Pocket Belt.    It also attaches to the waist with a button.  

Neither of the patterns call for lining, but I'd think that would be a good addition.   I'd also venture that these designs of the past were primarily worn by women.   (I know I'd never get on on my husband!).   

Do they still have possibilities in current time .... although not quite Fanny Pack.    Made up in colorful yarns, I'd think perhaps.    If you'd like to experiment, I've listed the pattern (for both) in my shop.  

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