Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Variations of the Rose Crochet Doily

As I have been mentioning, I have found very few instances where one of the mail order patterns (Alice Brooks or Laura Wheeler) are actual duplicates of each other.   So, not exactly the same, but closely related to each other; variations you might say.

Today I came across an example of a lovely Rose Design.

Mail Order Design 7327, Crocheted Rose Pattern
Alice Brooks 7327 -  Raised rose motif in an eight point star with diamond motifs between the points.   Made at 13 or 22 inches.

Laura Wheeler 603 Rose Star Crochet Doily Pattern
Laura Wheeler 603 - Raised rose motif in a 6 point star with wheel center, and shell scallops.  Make at 11 13, 18 or 21 inches.

Laura Wheeler 507, Oval Rose Runner Doily Pattern
Laura Wheeler 507 - Raised Rose in Pineapple Motif with scalloped edges.  Crochet this runner at 12 x 26, or 15 x 32 inches.

The commonality, of course, is the rose.  Exact same rose, with the petal and leaves, in all three patterns with the variations being the number of star points, or scallops, or round versus oval.   Although I have a lot of these Design patterns, there are hundreds more out there (waiting for me to find), and I have no doubt this exact rose will show up again, and again .... and perhaps, even again.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Long Plus Size Crocheted Vest Pattern

Here's another example where the mail order pattern appears the same, but ends up 'not quite'.

I saw a post this morning over at Crochet Talk that prompted a look through my ladies crocheted vest patterns.   I was scrolling, when that 'wait a minute' thought occurred .... are these two Mail Order Designs the same, just under different numbers?    A second look as immediately called for.   ( Apparently, I am easily sidetracked and this is an excellent example of why I get so little accomplished in a day).

Plus Size Vest Crochet Pattern Alice Brooks 7403
Let's see, Alice Brooks 7403, gives us a womans vest, generously sized for busts 38 to 48, worked in V-stitch, with big patch pockets in the front, slightly extended shoulders, below hip length and edging.

Crochet Pattern Extra Large Vest Pattern
Whereas, Alice Brooks 7569, also sized 38 to 48, with extended shoulders,  front patch pockets, edging and below hip length.  But, it's worked in shell stitch and open stitch.

I knew there was something else here different as well, but had to look a couple times to catch it.   It's the edging of course.   The edging on Design 7569 is scalloped (as all shell stitched garments should be), and is included at the bottom hem area.

As I go through more and more of these Design patterns, I'm frequently finding close similarities; just more frequently between the two major brands of Laura Wheeler and Alice Brooks - versus within the same brand.

Okay, that's it, back to work now.  Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Star Popcorn Crochet Bedspread Pattern

I'm spending another couple days working on the stack of individual pattern leaflets   The majority of the leaflets match up to pattern already listed in a book, so I double check them to make sure I don't already have them listed.  

Last night I was working on this 1938 leaflet from The Spool Cotton Company.

Crocheted Star Bedspread Pattern is Vintage 1930's
The design is a Popcorn Star Bedspread, vintage 1938 from The Spool Cotton Company.   Usually leaflets have an assigned leaflet number.  This one does not.  I was sure, however, that I already had the design.  So, I went on the hunt through the shop.    I thought I'd found the match .....  

Vintage Star Bedspread Pattern in Popcorn Motif
But, on closer look ... it's quite similar, but not the same.   This one is from Lily Mills, early 1940's, a Crocheted Swedish Spread ... but also stars in popcorn stitch.

So, I proceeded and entered the leaflet in the shop.   If I had to pick one over the other, I'd think that I'd go for the Lily Mills .... but that just might be the fringe calling me.   If you want to browse other crochet bedspreads, I've quite a few in the shop.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Vintage Crochet Bread Basket Doily

I would venture a guess that the standard bread basket has been around thousands of years.   Out of curiosity, I did a couple Google searches to see if there was any history out there ... and, not much.   I suppose it was such a basic concept (something to hold the sharing of bread), that no history was required.  Several slight references to the bread basket itself, and then the rest talking about midwestern United States being referred to as the bread basket of the country.   I'll  have to suffice that it was probably in use B.C.

In early stages of table decoration, the bread basket would have been adorned with a simply cloth.  Entering into the 1930's and beyond, with the growing interest in doilies and handwork designs continued to explode, a variety of crochet patterns entered our lives.    Here are four patterns that I've processed (so far) for my shop.

Bread Basket Doily Pattern worked in Filet Crochet
Service Frills - Filet Crochet Base with tall ruffled border from 1939

Crochet Pattern for Ruffled Bread Basket Doily
Ruffled Bread Doily - This one has a line base, with even taller ruffles - 1940s
Bread Basket Doily Pattern in Pineapple Motif
Pineapple Bread Basket - For those who just love the Pineapple motif. 

Ruffled Bread Basket Doily Crochet Pattern
Staff of Life - Another filet crochet selection with just the right amount of ruffle.

For apparent reasons, the designs have a tendency towards the large ruffles.  It's easy to picture the basket full of bread surrounded by these pretty ruffles.    

Now, I've yet to sell a single bread basket doily pattern, however, as I come across them, I'll continue to process and put in the shop.   Curiosity calls, you know ... just how many different vintage pattern designs are there?     

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Beautiful Afghans Pattern Book 82

I've been working quite steadily on mail order patterns and leaflets lately and felt like I needed a break ... something with pretty color pictures.   So, off to the stack of waiting pattern books, and out I came with Star Book No 82 - Beautiful, Beautiful Afghans.   It fits the bill perfectly ... pretty color pictures to look at.

This booklet is from American Thread, 15 pages in all, and takes us all the way back to 1951.  Do you remember 1951?   Top song of the year being Too Young by Nat King Cole and the top movie was Alice in Wonderland.   That year was before my time, but I certainly know the trivia and can admire the beauty of these vintage afghan patterns. 

Striped Panels of Flowers Afghan Crochet Pattern
The front cover features the Flower Afghan Pattern.  This afghan calls for 21 different colors for the 2-1/4" motifs .. what a wonderful way to use up your scraps. 

American Thread called the design on the left a Chevron Afghan.  My first thought would have been a Ripple, but either way, it's a nice three color piece that is easy enough for a beginner to take on. 

The Indian Stripe Afghan is crocheted in strips with the motif worked into the ends and finished with a lush fringe.
Square Crocheted Afghan with Colorful Stripes
They are calling this piece Square Dance Afghan and Shawl.   At 62 x 62 inches, I think this afghan would be a most perfect picnic blanket.  Create just half the afghan and you'll have a bright and colorful shawl to drape across your shoulders.
Crocheted Granny Square Afghan Pattern
I'm not sure I've seen a more colorful piece than this Crocheted Granny Afghan.  The pattern does not dictate how many colors .... as many as you might want.   Do you notice that even the fringe is multi-color?  Another tremendous way to use up those scraps.

Vintage Victorian Flower Afghan Crochet Pattern
This beauty, called Victorian Afghan,  has either a rose or a pansy motif cross-stitched onto each of the 14-1/2 inch square blocks.  A fair amount of work in the embroidery, but what a grand piece.

Blue Fan Afghan Crochet Pattern
The Fan Afghan is made up of 5-1/2 inch blocks with a fan motif in three shades of blue in raised popcorn stitch, giving it great dimension and appeal.

Beginners Crochet Pattern for Reversible Afghan
This Two Tone Reversible Afghan is so easy to make that you probably shouldn't need a pattern.   But, just in case you do .....   This one has a nice fringe all the way around.   I think I'd copy off the Granny pattern above and make the fringe in two colors as well.

Crochet Charleston Garden Afghan Pattern
Charleston Garden, another floral display in 7-1/2 inch block motif graces the back cover.  

And that is it.   Nine afghan patterns, along with one shawl, in all.   They are all crocheted, and will the exception of the two that require additional embroidery, or cross stitch work, they are quite easy.

I've added these patterns to my shop, should anything interest you; the links are under the respective picture.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Mink Stoles Knitted in Mohair

This afternoon I was working on Design Pattern 828, when I had another one of those 'I know that pattern' moment.   (Now, I've processed close to 2800 patterns for the shop, so, believe me, these moments are starting to happen more and more frequently).    The case at hand today is a knitted stole or capelet pattern.
A quick browse through the shop quickly identified the similiarities.

Now, each of these stole are the same knit / purl pattern stitch, knit in either knitting worsted or mohair, with the emphasis being on the mohair.  When knit in mohair, you are instructed to brush briskly to duplicate a mink look.   All are knit on big needles with two strands.

Easy Jiffy Knit Stole Pattern in Mohair Yarn
Laura Wheeler 584 - A simple stole wrap.

Soft Mohair Knitted Cape Pattern is Mail Order Design 828.
Laura Wheeler 828 - This capelet has the appearance of a loop closure - it's actually a hook and eye.

Mohair Stole Knitting Pattern, Mail Order Design 7112
Alice Brooks 7112 - This design has a lovely fold over shawl collar.

Laura Wheeler 902 (not in my collection) is more cape like with a small roll collar and button front.  

Now, this is quite a typical thing for designers to do.  Start with a base pattern and then make a change to the closure or the collar, or the length and there you go ... a new pattern.   And, remember that both Alice Brooks and Laura Wheeler are the same designers.  

Okay, my "I know that pattern" moment is over ... back to work.  

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ripling Harmony or Staggered Stripes

The minute I started working the pattern, I had one of those 'I know that pattern' moments.   A quick check to the shop, and I was almost 'absolutely' right.    It is the same pattern, just different dimensions, colors and material requirements.

Crochet Place Mat Runner set in Staggered Colorful Stripes
Here, the pattern is called Staggered Stripes and it is a runner and placemat pattern worked in mercerized crochet cotton in 7 colors.  The runner is 11-1/2 x 22 inches and the mats are 11-1/2 x 17 inches.

Rippling Stripes Crochet Rug Pattern
And here, the pattern is called Ripling Harmony and it is an area rug that measures 22 x 40 inches.  It is worked in Crochet Cotton Yarn and is also in 7 colors .... just different ones.

Both patterns are from Lily Mills, one from their book 1400 and the other 1600, both early 1940s.    It's easy to see how this type of situation would evolve .... designers needing to put out x number of patterns within certain deadlines.   I'm just surprised that I don't see it far more often.

I do have to say, it's a great design both as a table set and a rug.  Don't you think?

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