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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / More Free Stuff. on: August 22, 2004 11:45:55 AM
Not quite as fancy as the last ones I set up. If you go to my site there's 30 pages of patterns.

No pictures, these are from a textbook used by women at the time, first published in 1893. The patterns run from basic to complex, as you'd expect in a textbook of the time.

The patterns included are: A Woman's Knitted Vest, A Child's Knitted Petticoat, a Penelope or Knitted Sleeveless Bodice, Infant's Knitted Jacket, Baby's Hood, Another Baby's Hood, Boy's Fisher Cap, Comforter, Comforter in Raised Stitch, Comforter (Imitation Network), Muffatees, Shawl in Garter stitch, Shawl in Fancy stitch, A Small Shawl, A Simple Shawl, Shawl in Star stitch, A Pair of Mittens, Knitted Lace Edging, Knitted Edgings including Van Dyke and One Hole, Child's Knitted Muffs, Quilts, Couvrettes and Bassinet Covers, Knitted Bead Frilling. Also instructions on several stitch types, including Brioche, Herring-bone, Rug stitch and Shell patterns.

There are several pages - roughly 50 - of knitting instruction as well. Would you want me to put that up as well? I'm not sure if there's any point to adding instruction pages. As you'd expect, the instructions go from the basics to the more complex knitting.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Vintage Knitting on: December 05, 2003 05:19:38 PM
I would take your vintage pattern to the local wool store and see what they say. The people that work in those stores tend to have a lot of knowledge.

I have a needle conversion chart from the 50s. In Canada there was a shift from British to American instructions during that time, so when I look at a vintage pattern I always have to see where it was published so I can follow the crochet instructions properly!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Pattern for knitted/crocheted dress? on: December 05, 2003 05:15:38 PM
I'd hit the local library and see what they have. Crochet was big in the 60s and 70s and I have magazines from that era with a lot of dress patterns, some very open. Most I hope to make at some point, if I start now I might have one by summer!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Marie Claire Idees on: November 29, 2003 05:23:40 PM
Family Circle HomeCrafts carries a lot of the Marie Claire Idees pieces and the instructions are in English. I buy Marie Claire Idees at the local magazine shop (in Canada it's easier to get French magazines) but if you can't find it, look for that Family Circle magazine.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Christmas Wrapping Guide from Hallmark on: November 26, 2003 10:28:55 PM
Hallmark's ideas on how to play with wrapping paper. This was found in a pile of magazines at a used bookstore. I scanned in a bunch of pages, looks like it would have been published in the 50s/60s.

It's a *BIG* file, 21 pages, 6.5mb. I kept the scans big enough so the instructions were readable.

So if you download it, prepare to wait a bit. And hopefully you won't all kill my bandwidth. Wink

6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: November 22, 2003 07:16:37 PM
Ok, here you are. The cluny crochet links go to a yoke pattern, but there are instructions for how to make the leaves and flowers separately. There are 2 pattern ideas for crocheted applique patterns and monogramming using crochet. There is a tunisian bag, coat and afghan pattern. The afghan is to be embroidered, but the embroidery pattern was sold separately and since I got the pattern at a used bookstore, I don't have access to the embroidery order. You can make something else work, the "afghan stitch tips" shows how to cross-stitch onto Tunisian stitching.

The files are all around 500k or so. I kept them big enough to be readable.


All of these patterns are from older books and magazines. I also have found that these are the best sources for things like Tambour work, surface crochet, basically any other uses. I know that knitting is all the rage right now, and that's why there isn't a lot of exploration with crochet. I keep an eye on the books that come out and so far I have found them universally uninspiring for crocheters.

I'd go to the library to try to find info on the various Tunisian stitches available, if you don't have a reader's digest guide or some other stitch manual. There are also other forms of crochet, such as Irish and Maltese. Good luck!
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: November 21, 2003 10:51:11 PM
I'm new to this site, I think it's great. I'll certainly be looking at that book!

comfits, I agree with plainmabel, I think you'll find Tunisian crochet (afghan crochet) fun to learn while you work your way up to knitting. The pros are: a great look for blankets and jackets that work up quickly and can be embroidered. The cons: takes up more wool than either knitting or regular crochet, so it can be expensive. I like to crochet, but I'm still crap at knitting. I lack patience.

Another neat use for those used to crochet is tambour work. If you google for it you'll find lots of links. It is used in India and so could be used to create a more exotic look. This shows you how cool Tambour work can look - http://www.emsheart.com/merchandise/items/S02203%20Antique%20linen%20sheet%20top%20with%20triple%20tambour%20monogram.htm

I have a crapload of old magazines and books from the 60s and 70s when crochet was popular, including some patterns using Tunisian crochet. I should have a book back by Tuesday that has a couple of Tambour work ideas. Let me know if you're interested and I could scan something in to send to you.
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