Walking around the Old Town Market, San Diego, I came across this display
outside the general store, and of course had to go inside to look for more.
I only came across two other crocheted items, but this is what really drew my attention, tucked in a corner, in a basket.
I flipped through the basket, which had a mix of these and some modern pattern books and magazines. I finally selected this issue and went to pay for it. The lady asked me if I knew how to crochet. I replied that I did, and that I hoped that there would be some good patterns inside. I also asked if this was a real magazine, and she replied that it was marked ‘vintage’ on the price tag, so it was real.
I’ve since researched on the internet, and yes, there was a Needlecraft magazine in print back then, which seems to have morphed into Needlecraft for Today in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I don’t know if it’s morphed into another version for today, or if it’s out of print, as I didn’t see anything else after June 1982. There are other sites, such as eBay and those for antiques, that sell these issues, and I did find one site selling this same issue No. 9 that I have. The page featuring the an article on the latest shirtwaists and skirts even made it to Pinterest several months ago. So there’s a few of these magazines still floating around out there.
Thankfully this issue had a lot of crochet-related items, since some issues I saw while researching had mostly sewing and tatting articles. I chose this issue because I thought I could give the project on the front page a try. I notice that there are a lot of trebles in the pattern, but maybe this is because the thread they used was so fine.
Other samples of projects in the magazine:
Doilies … (this is another one I’d like to try – at least it’s in No. 30 thread, so maybe I can start with this).
And I thought I had discovered a new type of crochet – the Maltese crochet! But, it was just another name for Hairpin Crochet – which I haven’t tried either, because I think it uses up too much yarn.
Here’s a glimpse on the other pages of the magazine.