Vintage Projects

My mother was working in a community center last year, and in one of her conversations with others, she mentioned that I crocheted and knitted.  One day, a patron came up to her and handed her a box, full of yarn.  It was all mixed up together, with full and partial skeins, odd ends and scraps.

I went through the box and came up with a big shopping bag full of various shades of blue yarn.  I figure I can put a lapghan together with that.

Opening another bag in the box, I discovered this.  I don’t know how long ago this was started, but it had started to yellow with age.

This looks like an unfinished doily.

Taking out the rest of the contents, more treasures came to light.


A join-as-you-go neckline? necklace?  The thread used for this is very fine, though.


The beginning of a … top? Or maybe a border.  Does anybody recognize what it might be?


Another join-as-you-go … looks like a runner or tablecloth

Don’t know yet what I’m going to do with this.  There is extra thread, and it looks like it’s the same one used for all, but there’s not enough to finish all the pieces.  Maybe I can find the same thread and size – DMC 40 – and continue this windmill-looking pattern.

And it looks like WIPs also existed back then!

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Vintage Crochet

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:

Tatting ….

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.

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