Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tatted Fringe for your Decorating Pleasure

I will just admit right up front, I don't know a thing about tatting.   But, anything that requires supplies called a ball and shuttle has to be interesting.   And, in the case of this design, creates a quite attractive piece of fringe.

Don't you think?   I could envision this fringe on clothing, curtains and tiebacks.   How about along the upper edge of the shower curtain, or perhaps a hula skirt for a doll?   I'm sure there are dozens of possibilities.  

I've listed the pattern in my shop in a FREE BASIS if you'd like to give it a try.    Just follow the link, put the pattern in your basket and checkout.   I'll then forward to you by email within 12 hours.  
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Monkey Yarn Dolls Pattern

Even though the picture is for from sharp and detailed, it is quite easy to see this pair of monkey dolls have a touch of whimsy.

The pattern, from the April 1960 issue of The Workbasket contains a write-up perfect with the times ... or what we know of them from the classic 'Father Knows Best' reruns - "These would make ideal gift or bazaar item.  The youngster, teenager or college girl will want a pair for her very own".     Now I'll agree with the youngster (as long as not too young as there are small facial bits here), I'd have reservations about the desire of the college aged young woman.

The dolls are made of yarn with facial features.  Although the yarn, January & Wood Kentucky Yarns are no longer available, any heavier weight or rug yarn should work just fine.  The girl monkey clothes are also made of yarn, the boy monkey clothes are crocheted.

I've listed this pattern on a FREE BASIS in my shop, should you be interested in making up a couple.  Just stop by,  place you order and I'll send to you by email.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

About those Jumbo Jet Knitting Needles

I've come across a number of patterns of the last few months that call for Reynolds Jumbo Jet Knitting Needles or Reynolds Junior Jumbo Jet Needles  These are apparently H U G E (as in extremely large) needles that produce a stitch so large that you can literally knit an entire dress or sweater in the matter of a couple hours.   Since I knew that sooner or later someone was going to ask me "WHAT SIZE ARE JUMBO JET NEEDLES?, I thought I'd be proactive and have an answer ready.  

 Although Reynolds Yarn Co is no longer in business (their copyrights expired in the late 70s), a couple brands have continued in the SUPER Big Needle Category.

Both Susan Bates and Lion make needles in this size.  I'd imagine there are a number of others as well.  And, how big is this stitch really?   Well ...

Should you care to take give one a try, I have several in my shop and will be entering more over the next couple of weeks.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Dress Patterns, Vintage 1962

It was the June 1962 issue of The Workbasket, which of course was delivered to homes in mid May, and starting it out right, they placed the pattern page right on the third page.   Mid to Late May, right as the weather is starting to get hot ... well everywhere but the NW of course.   And, just as one would expect, they are greeted with an array of Summer Dresses.  Semi-fitted bodices with interesting necklines and comfortable skirts.   Here, let me show you.

Mail Order 9071 - Smart dress with fitting darts square neckline and a short jacket, just in case you might need one.
Mail Order 4936 - A full of comfort six gore skirt to compliment the sleeves dress with the ultra cute collar and tie.
Mail Order 9187 - Sweetheart neckline and a pleated skirt, and jacket to boot.   How perfect could summer be!

Truthfully, I'd be happy to have all three, jackets included, in my closet.   But, if I had to choose just one, it would have to be Mail Order 4936; the collar with tab and bow would be too much to pass up.    I'm going to guess, that the orders were just pouring in.   Although, interestingly enough, I didn't find any references to them over at Vintage Wikia Patterns.

Hope you enjoyed the June 1962 fashion show.  
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Crochet Turtle Pattern Challenge

Here a crocheted turtle pattern I came across in the June 1962 issue of The Workbasket.    Cute, don't you think?
 This is one of those patterns that are in conflict.   The picture says 'Make Me, I'm easy', but the instructions are just vague enough to get you in trouble.

How so, you might ask.   Well, to begin with, the materials calls for one spool of Cordet and a Size 0 crochet hook.   Cordet?   This is a material to which I'm not familiar.   I did a few Google searches looking for an equivalency to whatever it is.   Nope.   I found some vague references to the product.  Apparently it was used in the 1945 Jack Frost Bag Book and gets mentioned out on forums once in awhile when someone is trying to figure out what Cordet is.    Some suggest nylon cording and a number 3 hook and I've also seen reference to Knitting Worsted and a Size 5 hook.

But, back to the turtle.   The pattern, above and beyond the Cordet issue, does not give a gauge nor does it give reference to the scale to cut the felt piece for the head, tail and feet.    Note that he is meant to be on the small side; the pattern suggest he be used for a pincushion or a toy.

The challenge here would be, crochet the turtle body, using whatever yarn and needle size that you think best, and then, lay it out (with some felt) and decide what size to cut the body pieces.    Who know, you might get it the first shot !

In case you to give the challenge a try, here's the pattern.
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Crochet Turtle Toy or Pincushion -

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Flower Doilies for Your Doily Addiction

Here is another great selection of vintage crochet doily patterns from Clarks O.N.T. and J&P Clarks.    It contains 11 patterns all with (as you might have guessed) flower designs.    A couple easy, a couple complex, but all delightful pieces of floral art.    The book, issued in 1949 has a couple photos which show the great social changes between then and now.   I'll have to say, though, I always enjoy the photos in these old books.    All of the patterns are crocheted.

From the official introduction : " Flowers so truly fragile in color, so realistic in form, that they seem to bloom right on your table ". For your viewing pleasure, here is the photo journal.

Floral Doilies, Books 258
Flower Doilies Crochet Book 258 from Coats & Clarks
D-214 Daffodil Doily measures 14 inches in diameter.  Individually, I'd think these daffodils would also be marvelous attached to purses, or as a pin (with a pinback).

Vintage Daisy and Mesh on Linen Placemat Pattern
D-206 White Daisy Doily couples up a mesh border with a spray of daises in opposing corners.   As with the above daffodils, these flowers have many other potentials.

Forget Me Knot Crochet Placemat Doily Pattern
D-208 Forget Me Not Doily is  11 x 16 inches of mesh with stands of delicate Forget Me Nots in corners and border edge.

Crochet Pink Clover Doily Pattern, Vintage 1940s
D-210 Pink Clover Doily - You have to employ your imagination here to appreciate the true beauty.  To start, the colors are Shaded Rose, Hunters Green and White or Ecru for the background.   It measures 14 inches in diameter.   I've been eyeing the little dish in the foreground of the picture.  I can't figure out what it is supposed to be.
Flower Doily Crochet Pattern with Black Eyed Susan Motif and Shells
D-207 Black Eyed Susan Doily is elegant in form - all 12 inches.

Apple Blossoms on Line Crochet Placemat Pattern is Vintage 1940s
D-209 Apple Blossom Place Mat features a branch of (you guessed it), Apple Blossoms crocheted and then attached to 12 x 18 inches piece of organdy to create elegant placemats.   Here again, these little flowers have potential for clothing and trim.

Vintage Crochet Pansy Doily Pattern in small and medium
D-205 Pansy Doily Luncheon Set includes the placemat as well as a matching medium and small mat for bread and butter dish and water glass (crystal of course).    All, of course, have a marvelous pansy motif around the edges giving off the colorful promise of Spring.

Vintage Blue White Doily Pattern of Blue Aster Flowers and Pineapples
D-215 Blue Aster Doily is on the medium side at 12 1/2 inches.   The are staggered with an acorn or pineapple (not sure which) design.

Crocheted Daisy Edging Pattern for Mats or Clothes
D-211 Daisy Luncheon Set is a simple daisy motif added as trim to linen placemats in three sizes.   This is available as a Free Download in my shop.

Vintage Crochet Wild Rose Doily Pattern
D-213 Wild Rose Doily in shaded pinks and greens is bound to become the highlight of the table.  It measures 13 inches.

Bluebell Doily Pattern is 15 inches and vintage 1949
D-212 Blue Bell Doily holds stage on the back cover.  I particularly love the fans over each individual blue bell.  The doily is on the large side at 15 inches.

So, what do you think?  Some classic beauties here?   I'd have to say the simple daisy motif is my favorite, simply as it is one of my favorite flowers.  The raised flowers, such as the daffodils and the Blue Bells as excellent in their texture and dimension.  I've listed these patterns in my shop, just follow the links below the pictures should you be interested.      There are, of course, more crochet doilies in my shop as well.  

Hope you enjoyed the photo journal.   Thanks for dropping by, 

Crocheted Daisies

Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. I like all the varieties ... Purple Coneflowers, Black Eyed Susans, and the simple white daisy.  There is just so clean and refreshing about the simple white daisy.   Perhaps it has to do with that plucking off the petals many of us did as little girls.  (You know ... he loves me, he loves me not).

Crocheted Daisy Edgings, Free Pattern
This pattern for a Daisy Luncheon Set comes from the 1949 Coats and Clarks Book 258 - Floral Doilies. Here they have highlighted the simplicity of the single daisy motif by encircling linen circles to create placemats, along with smaller mats for the saucer and water glass.

Here's another Daisy on Linen Design.  This one is from Lily Mills, 1943.   Here, the daisies are a little simpler on design and a tab bit smaller.   An extra touch is added by placing daisies on the linen itself.

Both these daisy design, of course, have other potentials as trim on clothing, household accessories, curtains, hair bands ... whatever you might like.

Perhaps you will give it a try ... they are both available as Free Downloads in the shop ... just follow the links under the picture.

Thanks for dropping by, Lorrie