Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crocheted Knitting Bags

It seems that I've updated a couple different patterns lately that are Crocheted Knitting Bags.   Each time I find myself thinking - isn't that an oxy-moron.  You know, a crocheted knitting bag.   Okay, I know that is a stretch, but one can't help what they think.      They are, trully, great bags, perfect for hauling around a whole variety of smaller stuff.  
Crocheted Utility Bag Pattern with Stripes
This striped bag has a bit of a zig zag pattern going on.   I particularly like the knitting pins - how the ends making that clacking sound. 

Small Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
This crocheted bag looks on the smaller side.  I'd think a younger girl would love this for hauling Barbies. 

Crocheted Utility Bag Pattern
Going back into the 1940s, they called this a Utility Bag.  And, you guessed it, 
there are knitting needles in the picture.  Nice pattern stitch here. 

Vintage Crochet Bag Pattern
Here's another striped bag with the wood handles. 

Crocheted Diamond Bag Pattern
And, to be just a bit different, this one is diamond shaped with round handles. 

The bags with the knitting pin handles are my favorite.  And, when I learn how to crochet, I'm just might make one to hold my knitting materials. 

Why do you think they don't have Knitted Crochet Bags ?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aran Knitting Patterns

One of the most viewed items in my shop is an Aran Knitting Pattern.   Interestingly enough, it is also a pattern that does not often sell.  I can absolutely understand why on both counts. 

This is indeed a fabulous design,  Patterns containing the 'Aran' name will contain any number of different stitches - cables, moss, honeycomb, braid, diamonds, etc.   It is made in panels that are stitched together.  They do not bear fringe or pompoms as they would just be too much.   But, what does this mean ... well ... it's a fair amount of detail work with an over changing pattern stitch.    I have heard some say that it is a good beginner to intermediate pattern though, in that is gives one practice on may different stitches.  

This lovely Aran is on the 'simpler' side - featuring diamonds and seed stitch.  The entire design concept is reported to date back to the early 1900s in Ireland with the knitting of sweaters.

And this Mother / Daughter Dress is a beauty.  

And hundreds of variations of socks, I'm sure.  

The complexity of design, texture, dimension will continue to be a draw for knitters forever, I'm sure.   I have only a small collection of Aran patterns listed in the shop.   I'm sure there will be many more in the three dresser drawers I've yet to get completed.  

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Butterflies in Crochet

There probably has never been a time that butterflies were not a favored motif for crochet.  They are bright and colorful and just the sight, be it the real thing, or portrayed in art, gives us that feel of long summer days and pretty flowers.    No wonder that butterflies have also remained a popular motif in crochet.

Way back in 1951 - 62 years ago - Coats & Clark put out a book celebrating Butterflies in Crochet.    Now, there were certainly no groundbreaking design ideas, but each of their butterflies are attractive motifs' with plenty uses.  Let me show you.

Book 272 - Butterflies in Crochet 
The front cover gives real life examples of some of the butterflies portrayed in the pattern book 

Hat and Gloves S-36 :  Here we have big butterflies stitched to a fabric cloche and the matching 
motif built into a pair of crochet mesh gloves.   This set is pure fun.  

Butterfly Handkercheifs S-44 :  Three pretty butterflies and edgings to stitch to handkerchiefs,
 or items of your choice. 

Butterfly Blouse S-34 :  Just a bit misleading, this pattern includes instructions for one butterfly that can be made to a variety of items and stitched to a blouse, as they suggest, or to anything you might like. 
This pattern is available in my shop as a Free Download. 

S-37 Butterfly Runner.  The pattern includes both a large and a small butterfly motif 
for stitching to runners (or items of your choice). 

S-65 Butterfly Luncheon Cloth:  Another attractive motif for stitch to cloths - in this case a 
pretty pink luncheon cloth. 

S-43 Butterfly Luncheon Set :  A loose butterfly design is attached as edging to place, 
bread and butter and glass mats.  

Night Table Doily S-55 :  This 15 inch square Night Table Doily is mesh with 
a raised butterfly motif. 

Bedspread Ensemble S-66 :  This is an inspiration pattern picture.  Make up the different butterfly motifs in the book and attach bedspreads, curtains, lamp shades in a colorful array. 

Luncheon Set S-61 :  In three sizes, using this mesh mats with butterfly edge
as luncheon mats or doilies. 

Butterfly Shade Pulls S-52 :  One pattern but looks so different in the color sets.  Use on shades, ceiling fans, purse zippers and so much more. 

And, there you go.  These 9 patterns constitute the book.   I think there is a nice assortment in here.  Although I'm not sure about putting these on blouses, I would image there would be many a person, especially young girls, that would love the butterfly gloves and hat, and I certainly wouldn't mind the runner cloth myself.   You - do you have a favorite ?  

I reworked this book into sharp clean individual patterns, which I have listed in my shop, should you be interested.  The links are below the pictures.     I hope you enjoyed the book review. 

Thanks for dropping by, 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Knit Sweater Patterns for Handsome Men

This particular pattern book, Columbia Minerva - Volume 734, is one of those rare pieces that was issued with patterns for men only.   It contains solely knitted sweaters being modeled by an assortment of men that range from quite cute to downright handsome.    In case you are interested in seeing a range of mens' sweater patterns, or viewing handsome men, let me show you both.

Mens Book - Columbia Minerva - Volume 734
features three of the patterns in the book.   I was unable to rescue the patterns for two of the sweaters (the same person who drew on their facial hair scribbled all over those pages), but the third pattern - 

734-1:  A nicely ribbed sweater featuring three color bands across the chest and raglan sleeves.  

These two, apparently distracted, dapper young men have chosen for todays' wardrobe: 
734-3 (on right) a round neck vest with cables.
734-4 (on left) a v-neck with light ribbing at openings has that soft, you know you want to touch it, look. 

Two more pullover vests and two more handsome young men. 
734-5 (on left) with v-neck and cables down the front sides. 
734-6 (on right) with wide ribbing and a winter motif on the chest. 

This dignified gentlemen is modeling 734-7 - a buttoned down sweater vest with a rather unique half 
diamond band along the bottom. 

Here we have a smiling pair of gents, obviously in the throws of celebration. 
Our trophy holder, is wearing 734-8 - a sleeveless buttoned vest with short v-neck and one patch pocket, whereas our friend on the left has a buttoned cardigan sweater with dual pockets and waffled pattern stitch.  

Hello Handsome.  You are looking great in the Minerva 734-10 Allover Ribbed Cardigan, with front banding and pockets. 

And, equally as great, is Mr. Handsome's possible brother, sporting a deeply zipper cardigan sweater  (734-11) with a front zipper versus the usual buttons.  

The only pattern in the book that features a woman, who not only is in the accompany of a charming young man, but sporting matching (734-12&13) His and Her Pullover Sweaters

No 734-14, a sporty long sleeved sweater is sporty and light spirited.  

I turned the page to this smiling young man, and was immediately charmed.   How Tom Hanks in Big!  The shirt (734-15) is also nice - elbow length sleeves, front button closure and small diagonal pattern stitch. 

No 734-16 is an aristocratic choice with it's ribbing, long sleeves and color bands.  Perfect for the young, and no-so-young.  

Here is the adorable Smiling Man from above, this time wearing a straight forward cable sweater (No 734-17)  with just a bit of color contrast at the neck and cuffs. 

This sharp and intriguing young man is wearing an equally so sweater, (734-18) a knit raglan with a two tone half diamond motif at the hemline and sleeve ends. 

Here we have a studious clean-cut chap in 734-20, a mans raglan sweater with a checked tweed on the front and contrast solids on the back and sleeves.  

This sweetheart is wearing 734-21, a sweater design a bit different that has crossed bands that run across the shoulders and down the sides and arms.  

These rugged sportsman each have sweater No 734-22.  A solid, loose fitting design with bands down the front and contrast ribbing.  It also gives the wearer the choice of collar in or out.  

And, as usual, the front page is the same as the back page. 

Again, these designs are vintage 1960s.   Most would make perfect choices for todays wear.  The only issue, that the 50 years has going is the length.  Most styles of the 2010's, at least currently, are longer in design.  Which means, the talented knit artist would need to add rows of length. 

So, what do you think.   Charming men -- yes ???   Interesting patterns -- some, I'd say.   These patterns are listed separately in my shop, just following the respective links below the pictures, should you be interested.

Thanks for dropping by for my picture show, 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It is a Victorian Shoe Applique

And, it is a Free Pattern .  Okay, technically, it's a Shoe Applique Tote Bag.   But, the bag, although perfectly functional, is just a so-so felt rudimentary felt bag, whereas the applique placed on it deserves to shine.

To be even more precise, it is a Victorian Shoe.  (Very much like the boots popular today).  This set is cutely adorned with a little rick rack, sequins and seed beads.   They are an absolutely perfect adornment for a tote bag - even if you are not hauling shoes.  They would also be cute on a number of other things, I'm sure.

This pattern comes to us from a 1958 issue of McCalls Needlecraft.   I love these old magazines.  They are such reminders of where we came from.     For Example, this bag has a chart to follow for the applique.

The instructions have us grid a piece of paper to 1/2 inch squares and trace to arrive at the pattern.   Thank you technology - where we can just pop in our personal home copier/scanner and print just to the size wanted.

I'm planning on making a pair of these shoes on Friday.   Perhaps you would like to as well.    Just in case, I've listed in my shop as a Free Download.  

Thanks for dropping by,

Crochet a Pineapple Jacket

I recently purchased a whole lot of Design Mail Order patterns and had a great time going through them.  They came from an estate and although I did not know the owner, I quickly learned one thing about her -- she loved to crochet, and in particular, items with the Pineapple motif.    There are doilies and cloths, of course, but there are also some more unusual finds.   Like these two - pineapple jacket motifs.

Design 538 - Here we have hip length, gently scalloped edges, single button/loop closure at the neck and then .... lovely pineapples sloping all the way across the raglan shoulders, down the sleeves to the wrists.  

Design 974 - This one gives us a stand-up collar, the button/loop neck closure, the gentle scallops at the sleeve ends and bottom, again raglan sleeves, and then .... dual panels of pineapples down the front, across the shoulders and around the bottom of the sleeves. 

These are design patterns, which were mail ordered through newspapers and magazines (companies such as Anne Adams, Laura Wheeler) from the 1930s into the 1970s.   One of the selling features of the design patterns were their range of sizes.   Both of these patterns are misses / womens sized from a bust of 32 to 46.  

Both of these patterns are intermediate to advanced; but, if you have the skills, and the love of pineapples, they are designs that you'd wear for years.   

I'm hoping to get one of two of these Design patterns done each day, and will be sharing more with you soon. 

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crochet Afghan Patterns for Teens

As I've mentioned before, I can see some of the original strings that folks put into Google that landed them on a specific item in my shop.   Sometimes the reason they arrived is obvious, and sometimes it is a complete mystery.   Ahhh ... the mystery of Google.      Like this one.

Search :  Vintage afghan for teenager.

And this is what they received.
Vintage Crochet Afghan Pattern in Ripple Motif and Pointed Edges

Now, this is a very ripple indeed; and a teenager just might like it, but I'd think this would be more in line for the guys.
Granny Block Motif Crochet Afghan Pattern
Strawberry Patch Ripple - in another color of course. 

Crocheted Plaid Afghan Crochet Pattern is Two Toned and Fringed
Or, how about the Plaid Tartan

And for our girls ... well, let's frill it up a bit !!!

Vintage Granny Square Crocheted Afghan Pattern in Flower Motif
Perhaps this colorful floral piece ? 

Crocheted Tassel Starfish Afghan Pattern
Or one with big tassels to play with while on the phone? 

I suppose I should get creative and start tagging the patterns with all the possibilities to help Google out, but, the possibilities are endless !     The mystery shopper did not select the ripple pattern.   I do hope that he/she doesn't just leave it up to Google to find what they are looking for !

Thanks for dropping by. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Linen Doilies, Two Free Patterns

Tucked into the 1947 issue of The Womans Day Annual, are two doily patterns that feature a linen center.      These type of doilies were especially popular to place heavier items; better protecting the surface of fine wood tables.  

These two doily patterns both start out with cutting out and stitching the linen center.  Of all these patterns I've seen, they is never any suggestions on what to use for cutting of the center.  I always picture the person standing at the cupboard with a ruler looking for a plate or saucer that meets the dimension requirements.    I recall, in the 1960s, you could buy the linen centers in sewing shops, however, do not know if that was available in the 1940s.

Both of these are simple as well as attractive.  

The Knot Edge Linen Doily starts with a 7 inch linen center to which
 2 1/2 inches of knot stitches are added. 

The Linen Center Doily starts on a 5 1/4 inch linen base surrounded with a sun motif
 and lacy inserts taking it to 8 1/2 inches. 

These old patterns still have a lot of life in them in todays' home.   Perhaps you would like to give them a try !
Just in case, I've listed both in my shop as Free Downloads.   Just click the links to go to the item.

Thanks for dropping by,

Monday, January 7, 2013

Crocheted Neckwear Vintage 1930s Style

Crocheted Neckwear, Book 55 from The Spool Cotton Company goes all the way back to 1935.   I'm going to make a bet that is older than any of my readers.     I came across this book recently and it is so luscious that I moved it to the top of my 'TO DO' stack, versus putting it on the bottom of the hundreds of patterns in waiting.

And, TO DO it, I did.   It took a couple days to get the patterns and pictures scanned, reformatted and into PDF format.  And another day to get them listed and now ... last but not least, I'm going to do a photo journal in my blog.   Why?  Well, this one is both lovely contains some fun and creative patterns that I just must share with you.     All of the patterns call from Clarks O.N.T. Mercerized Crochet Cottons and varying sizes of Milwards Steel Crochet Hooks.

Whereas I frequently say "get a cup of coffee or tea" to sip and enjoy, for this book, you might like to add a small snack as well.    Here we go.

On the front cover ...
Lace Frill Jabot - No 2027 : A full ruffled beauty of a jabot!

Cameo Collar - No 292 :  Columns of lace supported on a round neckline base and snap closure. 

V Neck Double Frill - No 259 :  Mesh band drops to a low V and ties at breast level; then edges with a double row of lace.  

A Handsome Net Collar - No 294 : Band closes at the front of the neck with small covered buttons and the attached netting sweeps gracefully across the shoulders. 

The Kerchief - No 2033 :  Attractive two tone scarf to tie, whichever way you may choose, around your neck or head.  

Striped Collar with Ties - No 273 :  The first row at the neck continues to become the bow tie.  I would think one could put a button/loop on the collar instead of the ties and wear it in the reverse. 

Sectional Collar and Cuff Set - No 2017 :  Crocheted in sections that are whipped together.  I particularly like the high flared neck, which is matched across the wrists on the cuffs. 

Ribbed Collar - No 253 :  Fine detailed ribbing, that at a distance, almost looks like baby pleats.  

Double-V Collar - No 2031 :  Full double layer V in the front, extending below breasts and ties to another double V ties in the back.  

Bib Collar - No 258 : I would imagine this unusual design is termed a bib versus a jabot due to the lack of frill.  It is still eye catching (and potential useful at mealtimes!). 

Scalloped Collar - No 290 :  This lovely pieces brings us to the point to saying ... truly, can there ever be too many scallops?

Shell Mesh Collar - No 2018 :  Fold one scarf double and wear it around the neck like a collar. Pull the other scarf through this and wear as a bow as illustrated. 

Knot Stitch Collar - No 51 :  A knot stitch ruffle around the neck, followed by two more partial ruffles to form a jabot, of sorts.  
Triangular Chain Mesh Scarf - No 214 : This scarf, loose and airy, has a cowl effect under the chin. 

Frill Collar and Jabot - No 244 : Band collar with long double edge ruffle is attached.  The small pearl buttons down the front add the additional 'just right' touch. 

Jabot in Knot Stitch - No 296 : Soft and romantic.  This is the only one that could not be worn as detachable. 

Empire Collar No 2030 :  A clerical type design with a tiered jabot.  This is quite an unusual piece
 that just keeps going. 

Irish Crochet Collar and Cuffs : This collar is a square neck beauty with scalloped edges.  
The cuffs nicely correspond. 

Tailored Collar and Cuff Set - No 293 : Simple piece, created in downward ribbed like rows with a changing pattern stitch and tightly scalloped edges. 

Irish Rose Collar and Cuffs - No 2032 :  Delicate Irish mesh lace with a small rose motif the combines bows outward to create a double bow illusion.  Note the fold over band at the wrists on the cuffs.

Eton Collar Set - No 52 :  Technically, an eton is a broad white collar worn over the lapels of a jacket.  And, this would certainly work.  Again a bit of frill, button loop front neck closure and scalloped edges. 

French Scarf - No 2020 :  Long decorative scarf that you can either tie or pin. 

Dentelle Collar and Cuffs - No 266 :  Round lacy collar with semi-pointed ends that criss-cross in the front.  Lacy edge is nicely repeated on the delicate cuffs. 

Tailored Bow - No 297 is made of four triangles and a strip knot.  The Irish Mesh Bow - No 2001 is a delicate lacy delight. 

Butterfly Bow - No 2000:  Knot stitched bow with rounded edges and a diamond motif. 

Jabot - No 2026 : Front jabot that extends of the shoulder to a split jabot, of sorts.  Worked in a stitch that gives it a checkerboard effect. 

The inside cover of the back page gives us the only promotion shot in the booklet - Clarks O.N.T. threads and a lacy collar in progress.

And, on the back cover ....
West Point Collar - No 2015 : - a jabot of sorts, with a most interesting faux buttons at the shoulders.

So, there we go - 28 patterns in all.  It appears that 1935 may have been the year of the jabot considering how well they are represented.  Some interesting styles, nice variations, frilly laces, and a couple just a bit over the top conversation starters.     The models all perfectly reflect middle upper class females, as portrayed by their hair, clothing and jewelry styles, which would lead me to assume that was their desired market.   

It is a lovely pattern book, indeed.    I have restored the patterns and pictures and they are available individually in my shop, as indicated by the links under the pictures.  

I hope you enjoyed the photo journal.  Thanks for dropping by.