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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Knitted Stole Pattern from Zelta Yarns

Awhile back, I got in a whole stack of war era knitting and crochet patterns.   About 200 in all, it was great fun sorting through them.   There were the usual companies that one would expect, Spool Cotton, American Thread, Lily Mills, and a couple that I have never heard of.     Like this one  - Zelta - a stole pattern.
Vintage Knitted Shawl Pattern, Tassel Trim

It's an easy two row pattern stitch, repeated for some 72 inches and then finished off in nice tufts of fringe.
Beginners Knitted Lace Stole Pattern

The yarns called for are Zelta Nylon Pompadour, Zelta Baby Yarn, Zelta Nylon or Zelta Baby Pompadour.

Never having heard of Zelta, my curiosity took me straight to a Google search, where I learned ... almost .... absolutely nothing.  No referenced to Zelta Corp, New York U.S.A.   The yarn types here, however, are fairly common across brands.   Just select any one that meets the gauge of  your individual pattern.

I'll now be on the lookout .... that's how collections start ... for additional patterns and/or information from Zelta.    Perhaps you know something you'd be willing to share !

I've listed this particular pattern in my shop.   

Thanks for dropping by,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Smart Little Toppers - Crocheted Hats

Up next in my collection came a leaflet from Lily Mills, called Smart Little Toppers For Wear All Around the Clock that was issued as a promotion to their brand of Rug Yarn.   This is one of those fold out pamphlets that give us 6 patterns to choose from.  There are no markings to signify dates, however, my best guess is going to place these pattern into the late 1930s.   That is based on the language and some of the references.   Let me show you this delightful lot.

First, the leaflet is Lily L241, which I learned is associated with the release of the Lily Art 241 brand of yarn.
Hi-Flier Pillbox style hat, flat top and a cute ornament on the front.

Celebration Beanie Hat.  Did you notice the little folds on both sides of the pompoms ....kinda like ears. 

Red Wing is made in sections and folds up to a small bow tie at the top of the head. 

Springtime Hat : This little hat sits on the back of the head.  It has a spattering of  popcorns and a cute little tie on the top. 

Crocheted Cap and Bag Set has Round Sides that converge around a flat top with decorative ties in the back. There is a matching clutch bag.  Both have a nice zig-zag type stripe design.

Polka Dots - has a 'just right' spattering of the dots and a sweet flower type ruffle 
across the top.  

I think this little leaflet is designs out of the ordinary.   It's sad that these came from a time when the women (assuming most patterns were designed by women), were not given the acknowledgement of their original designs.  

I like every single one of these hats, but if I should have to choose just one, it would definitely the the popcorn.    You?   

I restored the leaflet into individual which are listed in the shop ... just follow the links below the pictures, should you be interested in making one for yourself.  

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.   Thanks for dropping by. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Six Crocheted Beau Catchers

Historically the words Beau Catchers mean "A small flat curl worn on the temple by women".   But, back in the early 1940s, this word morphed into a garment or accessory meant to catch the eye of a potential Beau ... i.e., boyfriend.    This is the exact timing, 1943, of the Lily Mills Leaflet 112-B.

The leaflet has patterns to create 6 really nice Beau Catchers. 

A gaggle of "Dangles" hang off a hair comb

Three crocheted flowers on a ribbon backdrop.

A small bouquet of flowers

Look close - Ostrich feather tips !

A lovely Filagree comb

And, last but not least, a lovely bandeau to hold back your locks. 

With the exception of hair clips and barrettes being more common in today' fashion accessory, these designs themselves are apparently timeless.   

I've converted the pattern into a PDF file and listed it in my shop should you be interested in making one or all.  

one note :   Now, I don't know if these would necessarily catch the attention of  a Beau, but highlight an outfit and add a touch of fun and fashion - definitely.     My DH is named Beau, and I caught him with my incredible personality and cooking ability.  

Thanks for dropping by, 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Knit a Hat for your Boy Girl and Baby Too !

I've been working on a couple patterns for the shop from Bernat 127, Learn to Knit.   It's one of those basic learn-to-knit (like ya ... that's why they named it that).   Half of the book is how-to instructions and the other half are fairly simple patterns designed to give us beginners some experience on something we'll hopefully be able to wear.  

Among these patterns, are a couple hat selections that are a good start.  Something a beginner might like to may for their children ... be that child a boy, a girl, or a baby.    

Pompom Childs Beanie Cap Knitting Pattern

Beanie Cap with a nice foldover band and a pompom for our boys. 

Vintage Knitted Childs Cap Pattern

And cute cap with neckties for our girls. 

Baby Knitted Dopey Pixie Cap Knitting Pattern

And, this little Dopey Hat for the babies; be they boys or girls.  

I've put these three knitting patterns in my shop as Free Downloads.  Just click the links and follow through checkout and they will be sent to your email almost instantly.  

So, what do you think.  Are you going to give one of them a try ? 

Thanks for dropping by, 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knit Geometric Afghan Pattern, Alice Brooks 6542

This one is special - it is a mail order delight - Alice Brooks 6542, Vintage 1939.

When I obtained possession of this pattern, it had this advertising page clipped to it.   I love that.  
The knitted afghans are made of 5 inch squares that are overcast together.  The changing directions gives it that greater degree of contrast. 

Mail Order 6542, Knitting Geometric Afghan Pattern

  The squares can then be arranged to form four different afghans.  
The first two are in two color combinations and the second two are four color designs.  That's the shame of black and white photos; but what do I want from 1939.  

Geometric Knitted Afghan Pattern, Alice Brooks 6542

The paper was fragile and yellowed, but I was able to restore it to a clean crisp PDF document.   If you'd like to give it a try, it is available in my shop.      

Thanks for dropping by,