Okay, I can't really teach you how to do this myself. I've been trying to learn to crochet (from a book), and so far have not been able to move past the Single Crochet Stitch. BUT, I found a page titled 'How to Make a Crocheted Edging' tucked inside a 1950s Alice Brooks Catalog that I thought some (hopefully) might find useful.
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This is a public domain document, you may use any way you wish.
So, what do you think? Of possible use to someone? I hope so ... it a shame some of these just languish away forever unseen.
This is a real cute sketch that I'm betting has potential to become a 'right pretty' crocheted doily.
The pattern, which appeared in the April, 1953 issue of The Workbasket is crocheted using a No 8 crochet hook, and cotton thread. The finished size is approx. 13 inches. I copy/pasted the pattern together (you know how The Workbasket is .... a little of the pattern on page 22, a lot more on 27 and the rest on 32) and it's ready for your stitching pleasure.
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Here's a fun booklet; entitled Hats Hats Hats. It was brought to us by Bernat; it is book number 165. It contains Hat patterns, as you might expect. But, what a collection of hats to choose from. There short and funky, tall and proud, stockings, berets, newsboys, tams. There are some frills, a few ties, a fair number of Pom-pons and a whole lot of fun.
Hats Hats Hats from Bernat
All fun, but 2170 (bottom right) is smart enough to give one attitude and it's neighbor, 2164 (on the bottom left) is begging for stylish adornment ... put those pins and flowers (crochet or otherwise) to some use.
The kids helmets here are so perfect for that cold weather wear (should warm all the mothers' hearts), and the looped fringe of 2162 and that long tail of 2158 should be on 'must have' lists.
Again I like all of these, but the floppy, with or without the pom-pom braid tie, and the close fitting stocking (2157) are stand-outs. Notice the bangle at the bottom right. This bangle, and the model as well, appears to be right off the Walbead Bangles Book, although that book bears to reference to Bernat and the pattern are not exactly the same.
When I was a girl, I'd have given anything, well, at least cleaned my room, for 2173 - top left. Now, I'd be incredible stylish, not to mention happy, with 2157.
Here's another view of that beloved floppy, along with some others that are equally splendid. Note, scarf cap is available as a Free Download in the Shop.
And the back page again recaps a couple already seen. The stocking cap on the little girl ... well, she almost gets lost in it. But, can't you just see her spending hours modeling that hat?
And that's it; Bernat 165. There are enough hat patterns, whether your knit or crochet, to stitch up most anything you'd need the rest of your life. Well, maybe not ... considering those marvelous 1940s and 1950s styles. But, these are up there. What's your favorite ?
I was paging through my copy of American Thread Book 177, Make it with Aunt Lydia's Rug Yarn and realized that I had scanned a slipper pattern to offer in my free section that, apparently, was never listed. So, better late than never, here's the pattern.
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This pattern looks to be a great beginners project, two colors, heavy rug yarn, and a large gauge. Not that more advanced stitchers' couldn't give it a whirl as well. If you'd like to see all the patterns in the book, I highlighted it back in March in this blog post.
I'm far (like really far) from being any kind of a crochet lace expert, but I do know that this pattern doesn't seem quite spider-y enough. Just to be sure, I did a quick look over at Google Images, and nope ... definitely not spider lace. But, The Workbasket, called it spider lace and so will I.
This pattern is tucked away in the April 1953 issue of The Workbasket. Tucked away literally ... a few lines on one page, a section 20 pages later and then the final clip way in the back. (Do you think they do this to make you search, and perhaps pay more attention to their advertisements along the way?) But, after scanning, I clipped it together in one document, which I hope you'll be able to use.
Although not spider ... it would certainly be attractive on almost anything you'd like to apply a wide handmade edging.
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Here's one that you might find fun ... a sugar and creamer set in potholders. What a perfectly no-calorie way to enjoy these fundamentals in the kitchen. Or, perfect gift for someone who collects these items, to hang on their wall. I came across the (public domain) pattern in the April, 1953 issue of The Workbasket, and immediate wrote it up to share with you on my 'while away on vacation' list.
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Now here is an old book, 1939 to be exact, that contains hats to knit and crochet. This particular book issued by Oregon Worsted Co., in obvious promotion to their line of yarns and threads. Remember that hats were a staple to the womans' wardrobe in the 1930s and Oregon Worsted certainly put together a great set of patterns here. And what was the mainstay for 1939, is remarkably fun fashion for today.
The front cover - Make the Headlines Hats with yarn - Jeannette Styles. Other than Jeanette's name on the right margin cover, she's not mentioned again. She was, the name of the times ... 20 into the 60's, for hat designs.
Sailor Beware - a crochet chapeau with variations (even the sailor variation is a bit of a stretch, I must say).
French Pastry - A semi-tall, small brimmed hat. Crochet and personalize it to make it your own.
Mesh Turban - Crocheted love knots to compliment, or hide, your hairstyle.
Daffodil- a pretty crocheted hat that you can either roll up and adorn, or roll down and wear as a beret.
Angel's Choice - Crocheted Snood, when you looking for something different !
Dutch Treat Hat - Brim folded up and ready for a plain jaunty look, or dress it up with braid .. let your imagination take hold. Why not crochet several ?
Riding Hat - Crocheted to wear for whenever, or whatever, you may ride ... or not.
Four Honors Hat- This crochet hat is a little jaunty, a little mysterious, a little sexy .. a little whatever one might want it to be (within reason, of course).
Neckband Blouse - Who ever knew that ribbing could be so attractive ! The tie collar and puffed sleeves are quite nice themselves. This is a knitting patterns - sized 12 to 20, that, interestingly enough, skips size 16.
Breton Bowler - With this crocheted hat, one would be ready to encounter Bogart on the street, or perhaps just the husband in the restaurant. Either way, you'd look fabulous.
Russe - This crocheted pillbox is just a bit taller than the norm.
Roll Brim- The sweetest of beanies with a thin rolled brim in contrast ... a bit knit (stocking needles) and a bit crochet.
Pillbox - It is a classic in crochet, with a touch of personality all its' own.
Tennis - This little cap is crochet mesh ... cool and fashionable at the same time.
Hanky Hat - A bit of a pillbox style and designed to perfectly hold a hanky of your choosing ... mix and match with your wardrobe with just the change of a hanky.
Summer Band - This unusual headband has returned me to speechless. I do have to admit though, the flowers do lighten it up a bit.
Skiing - This little cap has so much more potential than a ski cap !
And, last but not least ... a complete surprise. The back covers gives us a variety of little yarn ornaments designed to adorn hats ... or whatever needs adorned. There are, of course, instructions as well on the inside back cover.
Whew ... that was a lot of patterns to make it through ! I was beginning to think that detailing this book was becoming a career in itself. I've listed most of these patterns individually in my shop. That, of course, means scanning, converting, proofing, listing .... etc. etc. etc. But, if you've enjoyed looking through the pictures; it's all been worth it !
Here is an adorable little accessory set for baby. It's from a 1966 magazine and is sized for baby at 6 months. I love the lace stitch on these, and the little tie ribbons. The set is short the jacket to be considered a layette. It does make a nice set of accessories ... and particularly for the little girls; one can never have too many accessories.
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