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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Doreen Crocheted Knitted Mittens Gloves Socks, Vol 96

I've now added a 5th Doreen (by Nell Armstrong) book to my collection.    This one, Doreen Two Needle Argyles - Easy to Make Crocheted Mittens and Gloves.   So, five down; about 100 to go --- unless the series did not start at 001.   I've performed quite a few Google searches looking for information and have found very little.

The book cover says 'Crocheted Mittens and Gloves'.   But, there is a whole lot more going on here.   As many of the patterns are knitting as crochet, and there are sock and a scarf as well.       The pictures in the book are quite explanatory, so I'm giving here just a photo-journal .....     Enjoy the book.

Along with a variety of old-style, albeit fun and funky mittens are some very elegant socks and gloves.   Something here for everyone.   Of Nell's books, that I've seen so far, this one is straight-forward, not many cute drawings and, well ... strictly business.   But, what nice business. 

One day, I'll process this book for  the shop ... if something here is a 'must have', let me know and I'll see what I can do. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fluffy Ruffles Crochet Patterns, Coats Book 275

If you love crocheted ruffles, you are going to love this one!   How do I know?  Well, I just do.   This pattern book is from JP Coats Clarks and is Ruffles Book 275.   It contains a delightful assortment of ruffles for your clothing and home decor ... ruffles at their best.   I have to say that this book contains one of the most unique (ruffled, of course) window treatments I've seen.   And, as typical with these 1950 era books, the photography is lovely.    

So, get another cup of tea and enjoy the photo-log.

Fluffy Ruffles Crochet Book - Coats & Clark's No 275
 Coats Clarks Ruffles Book 275
 The cover features the crocheted window ruffle, along with plant jacket ruffles. 

Crocheted Ruffle Collar Pattern S-97
S- 97 Roses and Ruffles - a detachable Collar that will make a stage with any dress,
 be it high or v-neck.
Ruffled Edging Crochet Pattern
 S-105 Pinafore Frills - Crocheted neck and hemline ruffles, shown here on a girls dress, but adaptable for any size.   This pattern is available as a free download in my shop. 

Peter Pan Crochet Collar Pattern, Girls
S-104 Crocheted Peter Pan collar, a delightful addition for a young girls dress or top. 

Buffet Ruffled Crochet Doily pattern Set
 S-106 Buffet Frills : Ruffled Doilies in sizes to meet all of your hostess needs for the buffet. 

Crocheted Ruffled Placemats Pattern
S-103  Place mats with a ruffled edge for a soft feminine touch.

S-93 Window Ruffle - A soft and frilly touch as a window treatment.
S-95 Floral Ruffles :  This is a multi-ruffle opportunity in doily making for the dining table. The water glass doily has a single ruffle; the saucer a double ruffle; the plate a triple ruffle and the centerpiece goes to quadruple!  The flower motif is also quite nice. 

S-101 Ruffled Doily with Rose Applique  -  This design is an applique center of your choice surrounded with three rows of ruffles.  No applique, a linen center would equally as lovely. 

 S-99 Frilly Aprons for Mother Daughter and Doll grace the back cover.  

The directions list 8 different threads, Mercerized Crochet, Tatting Crochet, Knit-Cro-Sheen, etc. with a variety of hooks.    Each pattern will specific a hook, you can vary the threads to arrive at different sizes and textures.   Experiment just for the fun of the ruffles.

I have restored and reformatted these patterns to PDF format and they are available (just follow the links) in my shop.  I particularly think the window, kitchen and pinafore patterns have other great potential uses for the edgings all by themselves.    

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

Friday, September 23, 2011

Crochet for Christmas, Star Book 94 by American Thread

This book, Star Christmas Book No 94, from American Thread doesn't contain that many patterns.   The ones it does have, however,  are fun an whimsical.     This book goes back to 1952.    The patterns are all crochet (just like the title suggests), and worked using crochet cotton.

Crochet for Christmas
Santa and small cornucopia ornaments to aide your holiday decorating.  
The front and back cover are the same 

Mr Snowman

and the Christmas Angel

Christmas Ornaments, 3 variety of Snowflakes, a Wreath, Bells, Santa and Lapel Pins.   Hang the Ornaments on your tree, use them as a brooch, adorn packages ... whatever you might desire.  

A festive Bun Warmer, a Glass Jacket and a fun Pot Holder / Hot Mat.

 Santa and Mary Christmas - Holiday Dolls
Both dolls are approx. 11 inches

And, last but not least, A Fairy Princess - Doll
Mary Christmas and Santa dolls are the only patterns that actually state the approximate size.  We can assume the rest are ... well ... small ornament sized.       Use these patterns to create some holiday memories; whether they be stitching, displaying or giving.   Oh, don't let me forget to add the playing part .... we all know even big girls play with the dolls!

I've not processed this book for the shop, but if there is something you 'must create', let me know and I'll pull it back out.   Or, an Ebay search may locate a copy. 

Thanks for dropping by,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Striped Crochet Afghan, Free Pattern

Here is a wonderful, all purpose kind of afghan.   It calls for three colors, and when you think of all the colors yarn available, that is a whole lot of choices.   I think I'd make one up in Purple, Gold and White for my (huge LSU fan) husband.    Or, perhaps in shades on one color for a subtle understatement, or jazz it up in shades of pink for the girly girl.   Yep, endless choices.  

Crocheted Stripe Afghan pattern

It looks simple enough, as well.

So, don't hesitate.  Click to enlarge and copy/paste to a word document so you can print out a copy.   Then, TOMORROW, stop by where you buy your yarn and pick out those colors !

Thanks for dropping by,

Small Toy Bear Crochet Pattern

Okay, all I really know is this is a small toy bear crochet pattern.    In their earlier years, The Workbasket were not known for their high quality photos, and this is yet another example.   But, if you look real close, you'll notice he does have a cute little face.   The pattern does not state size, but I'd guess we be in the 8 to 10 inches category based on the picture.     But, if you are looking for a little toy bear to make up, why not try this one? 

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Lets Crochet Beginner Star Book from American Thread

This book, Let's Crochet, is American Thread 175.   It's a simple 'Learn-How' type of book that covers the basic steps and then follows them up with some easy to follow patterns for items that you might actually want to wear or use.   I couldn't find any dates in the book, but based on the cover art, it has 1960s written all over it ... perhaps late 60's with the cute little flip hairdo on the front.

American Thread Company, Star Book 175

The book was issued as promotion  to their Dawn Series of Yarns, and all of the patterns, will call for this brand.  To use now, substitute based on yarn weight and gauge.    Pages 5 to 14 cover the basic stitches with both written instructions and useful pictures. 

 Afghan and Pillows are made up using 9 inch squares.    Here you'll work towards perfecting the square and incorporating the Popcorn Stitch.   They are worked with Knitting Worsted and a Size J Crochet Hook. 

The Slipover (on left) is sized 9, 11, 13 and 15.   Work with with Knitting Worsted and a Size J Plastic Hook and a Wooden Crochet Hook No 13. 
The Popover (on right) is sized 12, 14 and 16.  Crochet this comfy top with Fingering Yarn and a Plastic Crochet Hook Size J.  You'll also need Mercerized Crochet cotton for the fringe. 

Bangle Crochet Sweater or Vest is sized Small, Medium and Large.   The pattern does not state what these sizes are, but typically that would be 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18.   Look close, just like the pattern name, bangles are attached.  Pattern calls for Knitting Worsted and a Wooden Crochet Hook No 10.

Shift, Striped Dress, Tunic is sized Small, Medium and Large.   This one has - make it your way - type options ... a shift, a dress, a tunic; with fringe, without fringe.  Well, you get the idea.    Crochet this easy pattern with Knitting Worsted and a Wooden Crochet Hook Size 13.  

Crocheted Poncho sports a drawstring neck with pom-pom ties.   It is sized small and medium and is worked with a Wooden Crochet Hook No 15 and Knitting Worsted. 

Stole with end Tassels is an ample 60 inches long by 20 wide.    Work this easy pattern with a Wooden Crochet Hook No 13 and Knitting Worsted. 
Crocheted Muff uses Knitting Worsted and a Wooden Crochet Hook Size 13. 
Slippers are sized Small, Medium and Large and are created with a Plastic Crochet Hook Size J

And, last, but not least, Potholders.  All 5 designs are worked in Heavy Rug Yarn using an Aluminum Crochet Hook Size H. 

The back cover features a whimsical sketch of the striped dress.   This is slightly unusual, usually on books in this time period, the front and back covers were the same.  

Overall, this is a good beginners book.    Good instructions and a few good patterns.    I don't want one, but I think the muff pattern is quite fun.   It's not cold enough here in Southeast Louisiana to ever need such a piece, however, it looks like it might be equally marvelous as a dusting mitt.

This pattern book is not in public domain and is not processed for the shop, however, I'm sure you'd be able to locate a copy on Ebay. 

Hope you enjoyed the photo journal.    Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Flower Doilies Pattern Book 64 American Thread

This book is in the Classic Category.   It is from American Thread Company, back to 1949 and it contains just 9 doily crochet patterns.    But ....  What wonderful doily patterns they are!  These patterns are worked with crochet or knitting cottons.  Some patterns reference a variety of types/brands, with their corresponding needle size.   Enjoy the patterns !
Star Book No 64 / Flower Doilies
The front cover gives us a preview of four of the patterns ... in color.   The front and back cover are the same, as was consistent for early American Thread pattern books. 

Rose Hot Plate Mat Cover Pattern No 6401
No 6401 - Rose Hot Plate Mat Cover.  This pretty doily crocheted in White, Green and Shaded Pink is designed to fit over a hot plate mat that measures 8-1/2 inches.

Daisy Border Crocheted Doily Pattern, Vintage 1940s
No 6402 - Daisy Doily is such a pretty crocheted doily with white flower petals and the rest in yellow.  Of course, you could reverse if desired.  Substitute materials to make in sizes between 6-1/2 to 10-1/2 inches.

Crochet Forget Me Not Pinwheel Doily Pattern
No 6403 - Forget Me Not Doily.  Tiny blue flowers with yellow flowers in a double row surround the center motif of twirling leaves.  It can measure between 7 and 11 inches.

Crocheted Passion Flower Place Mats Pattern
No 6404 - Passion Flower Luncheon Set.   Such a delicate piece of fiber art, this luncheon mat measures 12 x 17 inches. 

Mesh Crochet Mats Pattern, Wild Rose Flowers
No 6504 - Wild Rose Luncheon Set.   Crocheted Wild Roses in pink with green leaves added to the corners of a heavy mesh background.

Vintage Irish Rose Crochet Doily Pattern No 6406
No 6406 - Irish Rose Doily is such an elegant piece that can be made between 5-3/4 and 9-3/4 inches.

Crocheted Pond Lily Doily Pattern
No 6407 - Pond Lily Doily with extra long petals can be crocheted at either 8, 9 or 10
 inches in diameter. 

Crochet Ruffled African Violet Doily Pattern
No 6408 - African Violet Ruffle Doily with dainty African Violets in central motif and at the bottom edges of each of the tall ruffles.  

Crocheted New Pansy Doily pattern
No 6409 - New Pansy Doily is crocheted in white, yellows, lavenders and green.

Wouldn't you agree that there are some marvelous selections here ?   I think the Passion Flower Luncheon set is (as my sister would say), Stupendous.  I'd like to have a few dozen of those individual flowers to add to clothing.  I am also quite on the Pond Lily Doily.  It's not lacy or spectacular, but a solid piece of fiber art that would nicely offset almost every vase I own.

I've restored patterns to bright and crisp PDF files, with the original pictures.   They are available in my shop (links under pictures) should you be interested.  

Thanks for dropping by,