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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chevron Strip Afghan, Free Knitting Pattern

If, 1) you have a good imagination, and 2) you are looking for a Chevron Afghan Knitting Pattern, have I got a deal for you.      Here is the imagination part.

1)  This afghan, a vintage 1960s Coats & Clark pattern, is knitted with big needles in two colors.   This pattern is calling for Tangerine and Baby Yellow.   Go ahead, skint your eyes.    Can you see it? A mix of bold and mellow, casually tossed over the arm of your couch, or perhaps the end of your bed.   Now, of course, you could imagine it in any color combination you like.   

2)  And, if you are looking for an knitted chevron afghan pattern, this one is free !   And, it's super easy as well, knit on big needles, with just a bit of crochet detail.

If you'd like to give it a try, I've listed it as a FREE DOWNLOAD in MY SHOP.

Want to see more Crochet Afghan patterns?    I have bunches of them in my shop.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dog & Bird, Felt Wall Hanging Craft Project

I came across the cute craft project in a 1953 issue of The Workbasket.  AND, as the pattern is in the public domain, I'm going to share it with you here.   Perhaps you'll see some potential.

Now, a little color would certainly perk these up a bit.  But, again, the year was 1953 !   These sweet little wall hangings are 6 3/4 inches.   They are created using scarps of felt, some glue, some embroidery thread and a little stitching.   I'd think they would be a great project to work with your grade-school aged children.   Or, forget the wall hanging part, cut the bird and the dog from brightly colored fabrics and use them as appliques on clothes, totes, pillows, etc.    (I'm going to do the bird as an applique once we get moved ... right now the sewing area is already packed for painting).

Anyway, I transferred the pattern to a PDF document and loaded in my DocStop account, should you be interested in giving it a try.

Bird & Dog Picture In Felt, A Craft Project -
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Round Tatted Doily Patterns

I was processing an old Workbasket tatting pattern for my shop, which can be quite an ordeal.   First I scan the old patterns to Word Documents, carefully proofread (because scan technology doesn't translate numbers or symbols well), add back in any pictures and charts, and then convert to clean crisp PDF documents.   Some patterns take awhile and other, like TATTING patterns, can take a really long while.     I was just proof reading a pattern entitled Round Doily in Tatting .... like 45 minutes worth of proof reading.  Now, I don't know how to Tat ... but really !!!  One must spend as much time marking out each sentence, in tiny parts, to make it through the pattern.   I can't imagine the patience it must take to create this beautiful work.  

And then I got to thinking, I've seen this pattern before.   (Which is not really that uncommon in The Workbasket issues).

So, I went on the hunt in my shop, thinking I'd just spent a big chunk of time proofing a pattern that I'd already done.   And, I found it.

I was wrong.  Although they are similarities, they are distinctly different.    And, may I say ... WOW.  Tatting definitely produces some incredible lacy art.   I suppose that's it.   This is Art.

These two, as I've mentioned, are in my shop.    I have a few other tatting selections as well, should you be interested.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Crocheted Tablecloths with a Round Motif

A neighbor, going through boxes that had belonged to her grandmother, came across a couple crochet patterns, which she was kind enough to pass on to me.   She said she found nothing else that was crochet pattern related and had no knowledge that her grandmother was creative in any form.   Yet, she had held on to these patterns for a Very Long time.   All three patterns are free leaflets and all are dated 1939.   Although folded, they are in Very Good condition.

Officially called Lucky Star No 7144.  It was issued as Fre Leaflet No 1555 and has an encircled star motif.      Variations of this pattern have circulated several times.  I know I've seen it in a late 50's American Thread book as a table runner.

This is Continental No 7159, issued in Free Leaflet 1466L.   A semi spider web type design and measuring 60 x 81 inches.  The large motifs are 4 inches and and small are 2 1/2.   With a little heavier thread, this would make a wonderful bedspread as well.

This is the Worlds Fair Cloth Pattern.   It is another that has recycled.   I browsed around and apparently the motif is the same as that of the World Fair and was reissued to commemorate the different events.   This particular pattern does not state a size.  Just keep creating the motifs until you reach your desired size.

So, I know several things about the original owner of the patterns.    Her name was Martha, she lived to be 92, she had a granddaughter named Linda and she collected three crochet patterns all with a circular motif.

I've reformatted the patterns to clear clean copy, maintaining the original cover art and have listed in my shop, through the above links, should you be interested.   I have several other cloths as well, should you be interested in browsing.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

God Bless Our Home, Crochet Sampler, Free Pattern

Here is another pattern that comes from the January 1953 issue of The Workbasket.    It's a wall sampler or cloth with the ever popular saying - God Bless Our Home.

Now, early issue of The Workbasket can be known for their really poor image quality.   And, I have to say, that they really outdid themselves with this one.

If you look real close there is a floral motif and the lettering, all worked from a chart using mercerized threads.  The finished piece measures 18 x 36 inches.   I'm just learning how to crochet (and it is not going too well), and it amazes that something as detailed and lovely as this piece, is such a small pattern.

This pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD in my Todays Treasure Shop, should you like make one for yourself, or gift to a friend.  

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Butterfly Doily on Linen Center, Free Pattern

Here is a simply, yet quite attractive doily made up with a linen center.   Start with linen piece, whatever size you wish, crochet on the lacy edge and then make whatever number of little flower and butterfly motifs that you might wish to scatter around the cloth center.     Or, just make of the edging and the little motifs and add them to anything that you might like.  

This (public domain) pattern is from the January, 1953 issue of The Workbasket.    I've added this pattern to my shop as a FREE DOWNLOAD.   If you'd like to have this edging and motifs, shop on by.   Let's not let these older patterns fade away !

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quick Knit Patterns Columbia Minerva 732, Jackets Slipovers Coats

It's been awhile since I've previewed one of the vintage pattern books, so I took a gander though my box and came out with an early 1960's selection from Columbia Minerva.   This is book number 732 and contains a variety of patterns for sweaters, jackets, cardigans and a three coats.    A couple of the patterns are standard fair, but most have something special going on; either in design or pattern stitch.   Most of the patterns are knitted, most with some crochet detail included, and just two of the patterns are all crochet.     There are 32 patterns in all.

The front cover features two cardigans and a slipover (732-1, 2 and 3).   All three knitted, with crochet. 

732-4 Cardigan - A cabled cardigan reminiscent of Jackie O style .. just below waist.    Sized 12 to 18, knit with crochet

 732-5 (on left) and 732-6 (on right).   Both have great pattern stitches; both are knitted; 732-6 has a touch of crochet.  

732-7 Cardigan has an attractive mix of diamonds with a moss stitch carried across front, back and down the sleeves.  It is knitted, with crochet details. 

732-8 Cardigan has a sweet pattern stitch and quite a feminine collar.  It is on the short side (a definite 1960s style), just below waist length and three quarter sleeves.   

732-9 Jacket (on left) and 732-10 Cardigan (on right).   Both these pieces are knitted, with crochet detail.  Both are attractive fair, but 732-9, with those elbow length bell sleeves and big collar are just a notch above.  

732-11 Cardigan - I don't know the name of this pattern stitch, but what a delight it is.  I particularly like how the pattern is pulled onto the collar, versus a ribbed effect.   It is knitted and sized 12 to 18. 

732-12 - Fair Isle Cardigan is worked by directed yarn color changes, not a chart.  It is knitted with crochet detail with solid contrast for fold-over collar, sleeves and button band.  

732-13 Cardigan (on left) and 732-14 Cardigan Jacket (on right) - Two great wardrobe choices; both knitted, with crochet detail.  

732-15 Cardigan - Here we have a knitted double breasted beauty with a fold over, wrap across collar.   It is sized 14 to 20.  

732-16 Cardigan Jacket - How do you take a cardigan jacket even more delightful?  Well, here they 
have added a double breasted inset panel - fashion and flair.  It is knitted, with crochet edging and sized 12 to 18.  

732-17 Jacket - The collar on this jacket is so wonderful that CM nailed it by making the rest of the design straight forward and simple.  It is knitted and sized 12 to 18.  

732-18 - Jacket - This piece just builds on itself ... first the pattern design, then the big buttons, the 3/4 sleeves and then, that collar.  It is knitted, with crochet edging.  

732-19 Jacket - Short and sweet with the potential of making just the right statement.   It is knitted.  

732-20 Slipover - A high neck pullover with raglan 3/4 sleeves and waist length.  Oh, and that delightful diamond geometric edged design!

732-21 Poncho with Slipover - This is a two-fer pattern.  First is a standard ribbed turtleneck slipover sweater, and then a motif designed tabbard with side ties.  (CM are referring to it as a poncho).   Both are knitted, the poncho has crochet ties.

732-22 Slipover - A nice sweater with banded V-neckline, three quarter sleeves and patch pockets.  It has an outdoorsy flair.  

732-23 Slipover (on right) and 732-24 Slipover (on left)  - Two great slipovers; one with an incredible cowl neck and one with a panel inset.  Both are knitted; pattern on right with crochet edges. 

732-25 Slipover.  This out-of-the-ordinary has a raised diamond motif, edge ribbing and an attached tie scarf collar.   It is knitted and sized 10 to 16.

732-26 Slipover, Hood and Mittens - a three pattern set.  The sweater features a strong cable pattern, which is matched on the gloves and detachable hood.   It's knitted with crochet ties and edges.  Mix and match all the way.  

732-27 Slipover - The is a design of understated elegance, featuring a honeycomb stitch - dress it up, or dress it down.   It is knitted.  

732-28 Cardigan Jacket (on left) and 732-29 Jacket (on right).  Columbia Minerva offer up these two exclusively crochet patterns - both loose fitting and comfortable in appearance, with great collars and sleeve variations.   

732-30 Coat - This coat has that WOW factor.  Simple and elegant, with the strong cable highlights.  It is knitted, with crochet edges and sized 10 to 20.  

732-31 Hooded Coat - This design is bold and fun; hip length with the checked pattern, hood and contrast bands.   It is knitted, crochet detail.  

732-33 Coat - And, last but not least, another long knitted coat - simple like a long sweater.   it is knitted with crochet detail and sized 10 to 20.

As typical with the earlier pattern books, the back cover is the same as the front shown above.   Now, as I work through the book, I process the patterns that I put in my shop.  This takes several days.  Which means, I've been looking at these designs quite a bit.   I have to say, there isn't a single one that I don't like.   And, the photography ... well, soft, romantic and sweet.   The pictures are a delight to look at.   

Well done Columbia Minerva !     The titles with highlighted links are available in my shop, should you be interested.   

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