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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crochet Hats Bags and Accessories

The year was 1943, World War II was underway and financially times were tight.   It was also a time of high fashion, and many a woman spent the evening hours knitting and crocheting both items to donate to the war effort, but items of fashion for themselves.

Spool Cotton Company, one of the major thread and pattern publishing companies, at this time, published their book 200 -

Book 200, Spool Cotton Company
 Hats, Bags and Accessories 
" Heady Stuff:  Hats to turn heads, and warm hearts ... Hats to bring a glow to your cheek, a sparkle in his eye ... Hats to make your personal history memorable.  There's nothing like a pretty hat to make a pretty girl prettier, to give her a head star on chic, to captivate the man in her life.  Here are 21 out and out flatterers designed to make the most of you at a fraction of expense.  Lofty ideas that deal softly with your purse, keep your feet on the ground ... but let your head soar in the clouds. "

Polka Dot Crochet Hat and Bag Pattern

Robin Hood Crocheted Hats Pattern
PC1317 - Mother Daughter Scotch Caps - Contrast the ribbon to compliment your outfits.

Vintage Calot Crochet Pattern
PC1340 Black Hat and Bag - The buttons certainly add intrigue to this bag.  The hat is a simple calot.

Vintage Pixie Hat Crochet Pattern
PC1323 Liberty Hat - This is an adorable highlight, with or without the flower.   

Bonnet with Brim Crochet Pattern
PC1336 - Square Brimmed Bonnet - This is certainly the 'glow to the cheeks' reference.

Crochet Beret Pattern with Ribbon Ties
PC1331 - Beret with a small bridge where a ribbon is threaded at the top. 

Crocheted Baby Cap Pattern with Tassels
PC1352 - Baby Cap is a close fitting affair with three small tassels at the left edge.

Vintage Mesh Crochet Hat Pattern
PC1251 - Pink and Maroon Hat and Bag Set.   Enticing and easy to boot.

Vintage 1940s Crocheted Flat Top Hat
PC1351 - Black Out Hat and Gloves

Floral Mittens Vintage Crochet Pattern
PC1346 Cherry Mittens - Easy to make mittens with a delightful raised cherry motif.

PC1312 High Hat with Tassels is a breezy affair that would add a touch of fun to almost any outfit.

Crochet Muff Hat Pattern with Paillettes
PC1329 Paillette Trimmed Hat and Muff.  The hat has just enough veiling to be romantic

Crochet Pompadour Hat Pattern with roll back brim
PC1329 Roll Back Pompadour hat finishes in the back with a large stylish bow.

1940s Style Crochet Hat Pattern
PC1326 Open Crown Hat and Bag Set.

Crocheted Sailor Hat Pattern is vintage 1940s
PC1316 Classic Sailor Hat is high, wide and handsome.

So, what do you think?    Did Spool Cotton nail the essence with the description ... hats to make a girl prettier and captivate the man in her life?   I am particularly fond of the square brimmed hat and the roll back pompadour.  These two would mesh well with my style.   

So many of the modern crochet hat patterns are similar, squashy and touting ears.   I think it would be marvelous to see a return to variety.  

I hope you enjoy the book preview.   I've listed most of the patterns in my shop; links are below the pictures. 

Thanks for dropping by, 


  1. I just found this booklet in a shop today and had to take it home. I think I may try to make the Liberty hat or the Square Brimmed this year. Thanks for the information at the beginning of your post.

  2. Thanks Lynn -- It's alway good to hear that someone
    actually reads these posts !


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