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.
To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your hard drive.
This is a public domain document, you may use any way you wish.
So, what do you think? Of possible use to someone? I've added this page to my free pattern section. There might be others there you'd be interested in as well.
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.
To print this public domain pattern, click to enlarge and copy/paste
Here's a fun booklet; entitled Hats Hats Hats. It was brought to us in 1969 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: The stocking cap shown in green is available as a Free Pattern here in my blog.
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.
(To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your hard drive)
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 (public domain) 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 handmade edging.
To print - click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a work document on your computer hard drive.
Thanks for dropping by,
P.S. brought to you while on vacation by pre-scheduling. Isn't technology great !
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.
To print = click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your computer hard drive.
Here'a an interesting use for vintage, or unwanted doilies ... turn them into hats. This craft, as well as crochet pattern, is from the February 1953 issue of The Workbasket. The first half of the pattern involves taking existing doilies, dipping them in starch and then shaping them over a head form and attaching to a firm base.
Liquid starch is a good adhesive, but, since this pattern was developed, Stiffy has hit the market, which would be an excellent alternative ... and, unless you soaked your hard would hold up nicely with a just a lightweight felt or medium weight fabric backing. Stiff would also give you great versatality in using a slightly larger doily and shaping the edges different ways. And, hope about a button or small PomPom on the top, or some beads stitched here and there. I think this idea has a lot of potential.
I've made a copy and set in my stack of things to experiment with. Perhaps you'd like to give it a try as well.
Or, don't have an extra doily to experiment with ... they included a pattern for the simple cobweb design in the above picture.
To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your hard-drive.
If you do try this, please stop back by and let me know how it goes.
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.
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. I've included this page and the instructions with patterns above that could possible benefit with a little adorning.
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.
To print, click to enlarge and then copy / paste to a word document on your harddrive.
The pattern itself is mostly instructions on tearing strips of fabric, attaching them to each other to make long lengths and then braiding them together.
And there came the memory. When I was in grade school I lived with my Mother in Pendleton, OR; just down the road from the Pendleton Woolen Mills. At that time (they still might), they sold bags of their scrap wool fabrics very cheaply. My mother would buy the bags, as money was available, and then at night, she'd sew those strips together and spend hours carefully braiding them together. I'll always remember her sitting there for hours at the machine stitching pieces together, and then getting down on the floor, and turn by turn, putting together the rugs that eventually covered our floors. When we left there, the rugs were left in the little rental house. I wonder if they are now someones treasured collectible (that would have been the late 60's) or if they were just thrown away.
Tucked inside the envelope was a flyer to order these fabric folders.
I've never seen Fabric Folders before. My mother would have loved these. She not only tied scrap to scrap, but also stitched the edges under. I was wondering if these were still in use, and a Google search shows yes, but what appears to be heavier pieces for rug making ... versus this smaller addition for cotton fabrics.
Just for fun, here's the back of the envelope where the technique is illustrated.
I'd moved on several patterns and was still reminiscing about Mom's rugs, when the thought struck me. If the pattern is about tearing and braiding together cotton fabrics, what were those uncut, factory folded tissues for? Back to Simplicity 7419.
Do you know ?
Fabric Flowers ... the ones shown above on the pattern cover. If you look closely at the pattern cover, you'll also note that these little flowers are also turned into napkin holders. There are, most likely, lots of other creative uses as well.
Over the last couple months of handling crochet patterns, I've learned a lot, however, in a lot of instances official names still allude me. I'm sure that each of these designs and stitches, around for generations, all have official names ... like the pinwheel, granny square, etc. Give me some time; I'll get them.
Like this one; it is lovely. It has nice wide strips in three shades of single crochet. But, the official design name ... well, I don't know. Perhaps you can help me with this?
Bernat issued their Golden Treasury, Book 64, Afghans to Knit and Crochet in 1958. The book contains 24 patterns. There are a fair sprinkling for different experience levels. The majority of the patterns are crocheted or afghan stitch; there are two or three that are knit And, there are a couple exceptional beauties that require medium to extensive embroidery.
I particularly like part of their opening statement, and I quote "What makes an afghan masterpiece? To begin with, an Afghan is much more than a patterned robe or comforter. An Afghan is a work of art - a work of home-making art that can light up an entire room with its particular beauty. Lake a painting, an Afghan can create a mood. Like a statue, it adds grace and form. Like sunlight through stained glas, it softly glows with color. An Afghan stands out as something special in an age of standardized decoration; an Afghan is always the unmistakable personal touch of the woman who made it".
Since 28 pictures is takes a lot of load, I've consolidated most of them in a two afghan per slide type format without cropping down the original pictures ... they are a delightful display of late 1950s fashion that I think you might enjoy.
The front cover previews 4 of the afghans in the book. This book is during that cost era where only the front and back covers are in color; everything within the pages are in pure classic black and white.
3985-64 (on right) - Crochet Afghan, floral piece featuring the puff stitch has rounded edges. Approx. 48 x 63 inches.
3797-64 (on left) - Crochet afghan measuring 50 x 72 inches. It's a fun starfish pattern, 7 inch squares, placed diagonally. There is a matching 11 inch pillow.
3922-64 (on right) - This leaf embroidered beauty is first worked in Afghan Stitch. It measures 57 x 70 inches.
3982-64 (on left) - This afghan has a flower motif (a daisy perhaps?) that is added to certain blocks before connecting it all together. It measures 50 x 65 inches.
3835-64 (on right) - Here's an attractive wheel pattern that you can match up with a larger wheel for throw pillows. The finished afghan is 54 x 72 inches and the pillow is 14 inches in diameter.
3813-64 (on left) - a large geometric design on blocks and stripes set on a diagonal, creating diamond shaped ends. This afghan is crocheted and measures 54 x 70 inches.
3043-64 (on right) - Here we have a crocheted afghan made up of hexagon blocks with a lovely rose motif cross stitched onto specific blocks. There are also small tufts of fringe at the side points. This afghan is 56 x 84 inches.
3183-43 (on left) - This piece is one of those, that when completed, should become a family heirloom. It is crocheted in afghan stitch and then has rose floral motifs sauntering down the panel rows. The finished afghan measures 52 x 86
3191-64 (on right) - Here's is another afghan this tops the scale of heirloom quality. The piece is worked in afghan stitch and then extensive embroidery work is done. There is so much embroidery work, that the charts were not printed with the pattern. If this one becomes a must have, I found a link that you can get the charts through, and then, if you'd let me know, I could work the pattern up.
3059-64 (on left) - This manly piece is subtle and wonderful. It is worked with an afghan stitch and the plaid striping is embroidered. The finished piece is 58 x 72.
3323-64 (on right) - Here a bold and proud cable, that alternates rows. It will present both a sense of style and elegance to any room. It is knitted, with crochet edges. The finished piece is 66 x 72
3921-64 (on left) - A marvelous panel, afghan stitched, made up of thin solid and patterned panels as well as the large tulip motif panel int he middle and a small scallop border. There is a fair amount of embroidery work here on this 46 x 58 inch piece. 3812-64 (on right) - Here's a classic Popcorn Stitch Block Motif Afghan. Simple and lovely; it measures 42 x 68 inches.
3979-64 (On left) - Wide color panels with lush fringe make up the 50 x 65 inch beauty. It'savailable in my free pattern section, if you are interested. 3984-64 (On right)- A bold motif (wagon wheel, helm?) makes up this afghan. It takes 95 - 6 inch motifs to create the 48 x 66 inch masterpiece.
3983-64 (on left) - Horizontal and vertical panels, in multi-colors make up the pleasing design in this knit / crochet afghan. The finished piece measures 50 x 70 inches. And, there is a matching pillow as well.
3981-64 (on right) - A crochet afghan with in a solid color with thin colorful stripes running through.
3811-64 (on left) - It's a block checkerboard afghan; one set of blocks solid and the other set patterned. It's a nice effect for this 56 x 80 inch afghan. 3803-64 (on right) - 9 crocheted panels in 4 shades with a faux cable look going on. The finished piece is 50 x 62 inches.
3802-64 (on left)- Geometric flags make up this crochet afghan, measuring 54 x 76 3804-64 (on right)- This Cluster crochet afghan almost resembles a braided rug. It employs 4 colors and measures 50 x 72 inches.
And, then, the back cover.
I process these books very carefully, which is an absolute must when creating PDF files. But, still, I see that I've skipped two of the patterns, which I've made note of and will come back and add.
Did you enjoy the show; or were there just too many? Did you take the opportunity to enjoy the late 1950's furniture styles, as well as the afghans. My personal favorite has to be the leaf embroidered afghan, 3922-64. It is on my dream list to make one.
Most of these are listed in my shop (links under the pictures) should you be interested.