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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Crochet Gifts, Coats Pattern Book 226

I've been looking through the Crocheted and Knitted Pattern Booklet No 226 for some time.  The official name is Gifts and it has a bunch of different ideas for (perhaps) quick and easy gifts to knit or crochet.   I've delayed processing the book, just because there are so many patterns in it to review.  But, as I'm not getting any younger, suppose I should just get on with it !

The Gifts book contains 24 projects;  all but two being crochet.  Grab up cup of whatever you drink, if you're going to preview with me.   Note - there are 26 pictures here; depending upon your internet speed, it might take a minute or two to load.

Gifts to Knit Crochet, Coats Clarks Pattern Book No 226
 Book No 226, Gifts Crocheted and Knitted was re-issued by Coats Clarks in 1945.   I have not yet discovered the first issue date, nor found evidence of a third.   The front and back cover are the same.  

Square Block Crocheted Hot Plate Mats Pattern
 No 4034 - Hot Plate Mats - The Large mat measures about 9 inches, the medium mat 7 inches and the small mat about 5 1/2 inches.

Small Star Doily Crochet Pattern, ruffled border
No 4036 - Frill Doily features a center six point star, surrounded by more than ample ruffles. 

Free Crochet Pattern, Edging and Insertion
No 4044 & No 4045 Crochet Insertions shown here on towels, but feel free to put them on anything you might like.
These insertions are available as a Free Download in my shop. 
Crocheted Potholders Pattern, Vintage 1950s
No 4028 Round & Square Potholder Set features fun daisy flower motif made with scraps of red and green felt. 
Scalloped Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
No 4024 Baby Blanket measures 36 x 50 inches and has a sweet scallop edging. 

Crocheted Dog Ball Pattern, Vintage 1950s
No 4026 Loopy Dog & Ball - Crochet one or the other; they are both adorable. 

Vintage Crocheted Trim for Pincushions
No 4042 & 4043 Pincusions:   The pattern is a bit misleading named as Pincushions.  The pattern gives directions to made the edging and insertion for purchased (or already made) pincushions.  They are, however, dainty pieces worthy of use.   
These insertions are available for free download in my shop, should you be interested. 

Free Crocheted Place Mats Pattern
No 4035 - Hot Place Mats - Bright and colorful pieces with chain edging measures 
approx. 6 x 8-1/2 inches.
This pattern is available for free download in my shop. 

Vintage Round Crochet Potholders Pattern
No 4027 - Potholders - Easy Beginner Potholders that are simple and attractive.
This pattern is available for free download in my shop. 

Vintage Basket Crochet Pattern
No 4032 - Flower Basket :  A nice accent piece with ribbon weaving, perfect for flowers, potpourri or whatever may suit you.
Crocheted Apron Pattern, Pockets
No 4030 - Crocheted Apron looks to be not just easy to make, but attractive to wear. 

Square Crochet Handbag Pattern
Diamond Crocheted Belt Pattern, Vintage 1950s
No 4040 - Belt and Matching Bag have an attractive diamond design which is stitched in accordance with the included chart. 


No 4051 - Scuffs are slip-on with a diagonal stripe design.  They require purchases soles.
This pattern is available as a Free Download in my shop.  

Flower Embroidered Crochet Slippers Pattern

No 4048 - Slippers with flower motif are ankle high with a tie closure to keep them in place. 

Crocheted Shell Handbag Pattern, Vintage 1950s
No 4049 - Crochet Handbag.  This pattern is featured on the cover.  Notice the attractive shell stitch.

Vintage Crochet Edging Pattern for Dickey
No 4029 - Dickey with Crocheted Edge.  Actually, the pattern is for the crochet edging only ... but what a spectacular dickey!  
This edging design is available in my shop as a Free Download.

Bed Socks Crochet Pattern with Ruffled Top
No 4046 - Bed Socks:  These may resemble baby booties, but they are actually a set of misses bed socks.

Lace Crocheted Bed Jacket Pattern
No 4047 - Bed Jacket:  This pretty garment is also made in Shell Stitch and features purchased lace collar, cuffs and ribbon ties.   It's a romantic piece.

Crochet Sachet Patterns
No 4033 - Hanger Covers & Sachet :  Here a closet accessory set - Covers for your wooden coat hangers, sachets as well as a mini hand stand.  

Three Crochet Pull Patterns

No 4050 - Curtain Pulls or Ornaments - lacy with scalloped edges.   These are quite pretty and useful for many decorative purposes.

Crocheted Mesh Placemat Runner Pattern Set
No 4041 Luncheon Set :  A simple, yet elegant design includes placemats that are 11 x 17 inches, as well as an 11 x 27 inch runner. 

Vintage Checked Crochet Glass Jackets Pattern
No 4036 & No 4037 :  Bright and colorful sets of Glass Jackets and Coasters.   Perhaps the coozies will need to move over for a resurregence.

Lacy Knit Mats Runner Pattern, Vintage 1950s
No 4025 Knit  Luncheon Set is made up in strips and connected together for 
the 11-1/2 x 16-1/2 place mats. 

No 4039 Knitted doily measures 16 inches in diameter. 

That's it !   Finally; it took me three days to process and get through all of these.   I wonder if anyone is actually going to make it to the end of the review.

The book mostly meets the expectations of the title theme - GIFTS.   Everything in the book would have made a good gift back in 1949, and a good number still would today.   The only criticism I could venture would be the ratio between the knit and crochet.  We had a whole total of 3 knitting patterns.

I've reformatted all of these patterns and put them in my shop; some for sale and others as a free download, as indicated below each photo, should you be interested.

I hope you enjoyed the photo journal.  Thanks for dropping by.

Lorrie

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crochet Fish Placemat Pattern

Here it is, right out of the 1950s, a fish placemat.  Technically, a 19 inches long by 14 inches tall crocheted fish placemat.
He's quite cute really.  Put him down on the table in front of any child and you would be a great success.  Now, the child probably would not eat dinner, but have a really great time playing with the fish.

BUT, let your imagination go.  This sweet little guy can be so much more than a placemat.    How about making six of them in assorted colors and turning into wall art.   (Yes, I know, my photoshop skills can use improvement).



Or, make it up in heavy rug yarn and a much larger needle to be small rug for a childs room.   Your imagination is the limit .... let it go.  This little fish has such great potential.

In case you'd like to make some of your own, the pattern is listed in my shop.

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lacy Crochet Box with Lid

Recently, I purchased a lot of knit/crochet patterns from an Ebay seller that  turned out to be absolutely delightful.   They were simple described as old 1940s patterns from magazines and newspapers.  This they were ... and so much more, that I'm sure  will result in dozens (and dozens and dozens) of blog posts over the next few months as I route through and organize them.

Let start with this pattern.  It is a clipping from an unidentified magazine.  Just one long narrow strip with tiny 2 x 3 inch pictures (thus the grainy look).

 It is titled - CROCHETED FANCY - A Dressing Table Delight.

The pattern stitch couldn't get much simpler and you decide how you would like to adorn the top.  It's built using a cigar box (or box of your choice) as a base, and shellacing it at the end to holds it's form.

What do you think?   A perfect touch of old fashioned whimsy to store your treasures?  A perfect gift for a young frilly girl?   Or, just so old fashioned it should fade away?

Should you decide you'd like to make one, I've listed the reformatted pattern (with the original pictures) in my shop as a Free Download.

UPDATE ... 6/23/2017 ... Would you believe that this has become the Most Popular Free Pattern in the shop.

Thanks for dropping by.
Lorrie

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kentucky Rug Yarns, Volume 5

This booklet, Kentucky Rug Yarns, Volume 5, has no copyright markings to represent age, however, appears to be from the 1950's.  The book was especially prepared for Kentucky Soft Spun Rug Yarn, however, you will need to substitute to yarns of your choice as this company is now defunct.  The book has a nice variety of (what I'm assuming are) beginner crochet patterns.   The patterns include rugs, hats, pillows, afghans, and more. 

Here, let me show you what's in the book ....
Kentucky Rug Yarns 
 This adorable young lady is modeling the beret and muff pattern !

Crochet Rug Pattern with Geometric Lines

 Balanced Rug measures approx. 22" x 35".   This design is worked in single crochet with a visual color chart.
Crocheted Drawstring Bag with Large Tassels
 Curler Bag .... YOU KNOW YOU NEED ONE OF THESE !   Okay, maybe not; but I'm sure you could find a variety of other uses.   This is an easy design in puff stitch.  

 Puppet Pot Holder

 Shell -- Make it in your favorite School colors !   There's a scarf, as well.

Crochet Striped Area Rug Pattern

 Shaded Rug has a double strand of yarn throughout.  
Fringed Crocheted Rug Pattern in three color stripes

Hexagon Block Afghan Crochet Pattern


Beginners Checkerboard Afghan Crochet Pattern


Modern Crocheted Rug Pattern


Crochet Rug Pattern with Circle Motif


 Rug with Border Design

 The Shell Stitch Cover, measuring 20.5 by 31"

Floor Pillow Crochet Pattern

 TV Stack Pillow, measuring 20" by 20" x 4".

 The End .... or better know as, The Back Cover

 There is actually more patterns in the book than the picture shows, such as a belt, dish clothes, bridge table cover, pillows, stocking hat, etc.    I've added a couple of the patterns, as designated by links under the pictures to the patterns that are available in my shop. 

This booklet is clearly marked Vol 5.   I did a few Google searches looking for earlier or later volumes and found absolutely nothing.   I did learn, however, in an interesting article, that they have gone out of business.   

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie