Friday, February 15, 2013

Crocheted Hat using a Pillbox Frame

Everyday I learn something new.   And, each day, as I grow older, I realize how little I actually know - versus when I was much younger and thought I knew everything.    What did I learn today .... you might ask.    

Well, I was proofing this really sweet pattern from National Needlecraft, vintage 1940s war era and one of the materials jumped out at me.    It said "Pillbox Hat Frame with Indented Crown".

Hat Frame?   In the couple thousand  patterns I've reviewed, I have never seen reference to a hat frame.   So, off to Google I went with a pillbox hat frame search request.   What did I find .... you might ask.

 Some from felt (although this certainly isn't a pillbox)

There are also many different blog type sites giving directions on how to make your own hat frame.  

And that is what I learned new today.   (If you didn't know this, now you do as well!).   

My crochet skills are almost non-existent so this will not help me make the particular hat I started this post with (although I'll keep it in mind for other projects).   

But, should you like to give it a try, I've listed the set - hat, peter pan collar and clutch handbag, in my shop. 

Thanks for dropping by, 

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.

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

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.   As close to any acknowledgement I could find is they are one of the Yarns marketed by Ice Yarns in, I believe in Instanbul, Turkey.  

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.   There are, of course, quite a few other stole patterns as well, should you are to browse.

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.   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 this leaflet into individual PDF files and listed in my shop, 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 my 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.    

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

And cute cap with neckties for our girls. 

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, 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wyco Knit Stole Patterns

For tonights review, let's talk a little bit about Wyco Yarns.  Some of you may remember this brand.

The yarn first made its appearance in 1947.   The brand was part of the Wissahickon Yarn Company, which I believe desolved back in 1992.   I've only one of their pattern books -- Volume No 2, which was put out in 1953.   This being volume 2 implies there was a volume 1, but I've searched internet land, and find no record.     I'v come across a number of patterns in vintage magazines that call for Wyco Yarns.

Here's a recap of Wyco - Volume 2 - Stoles by Wyco:

Flipping through the pages, I immediately noticed that each stole is numbered and followed by a name of the pattern creator.   There are several.   This is just a bit before my time, however, I've Google'd several of the names and they appear to be individuals that were located in various parts of the country.  I don't know this for a fact, but this leads me to think that perhaps Wyco put together their pattern books as a promotional contest.   Enter your patterns in a contest and maybe .... just maybe ... you'll make our book, thus gaining your moment of fame.    Of course, this is just my guess.  
  A good one for beginners and a breeze for all knitters. (Knit)

Stole 110 - An original by Sylvia Naiman - Nothing complicated here ... this glamorous stole will fairly fly through your fingers!   (Knit)

 Stole 125 - Created by Amelia Faylo. A gold striped stole for simple, speedy, knitting

Stole 261 - an Ona D Bloom creation.  Trim, tailored n tidy ... toasty warm too! 
(Knit with metallic thread as CC)

Stole 128 A Selma Eagle Original - adds sophisticated charm to formal or casual wear (Knit)

Stole 129 styled by Amelia Fayko - Airy and Light. (Crochet)
This pattern is available as a Free Download

Stole 130 styled by Amelia Fayko For day and Night (Crochet)

Stole 131 fashioned by Selma Eagle.  Delicately styled ... distinctively different. (Knit)

Stole 132 - created by Helen Genther - a versatile stole with an unusual pattern. (Knit)

Stole 133 by Rose Quigley - a glamorous eye-catcher for those special 
evening occasions .. (Knit/Crochet)

Stole 134 fashioned by Nellie Mull. At home with evening gown, street dress or
 summer cottons (Knit)

Stole 135, an original by Helen Hanna. A graceful fashion gem for most any occasion (Knit)

Stole 136 designed by Amelia Fayko. An easy block pattern all dressed up 
with glittering gold. (Knit)

Stole 137 a Helen Townsend creation. Pretty .. and easier to make than you would think (Knit) 

Stoles 138 styled by Renee of Bethlehem. Popular and graceful, this pattern lends glamour anytime. (Knit)

Stole 139 Designed by Pauline Epstein. A really special stole made on a hairpin lace loom. Ever used one?  Easy as pie? (Crochet)

Style 140 - by Renee of Bethlehem. A cozy shoulderette for TV watching, reading in bed ... or your leisure hours. 

And, gracing the back cover ....
Stole 127 designed by Theresa J Shauger - you'll like this delightfully gay
 pattern ... it's so easy to make !

And, that's it.  Although not something I typically wear, I really like a couple of the shawls, and even more than that, I love the styles overall.   I love their hairstyles and how the head must the somewhat tipped in every photographs.  And especially, I kept saying to myself .. Ms. Stole 134, you really shouldn't be sitting on the floor in that lovely dress.   What do you think?   You like the ladies of Wyco and their stoles.  

Now, I was also intrigued with the pattern creators. I looked up their names and found reference to most of them in the form of obits.  I've included their names here, and will add to the search strings.  Who knows, perhaps one day someone doing geneaology will do a search and land here and learn the person they were searching were also a published fashion designer !

I've reworked all these patterns to clean crisp documents and they are available in my shop - just follow the links.  A couple of them are available as free download.   

Thanks for dropping by. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knit Geometric Afghan Pattern Variations

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

  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.  

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.     There are, of course, a number of other knit afghan patterns, as well. 

Thanks for dropping by,