Vintage crochet

When we moved into our new home, just over a month ago, the very first thing I wanted to do was to crochet something for the house. I have been collecting vintage crochet and knitting patterns from garage sales and thrift shops, along with crochet cotton so a doily seemed a good start.

This doily pattern book is dated 1945 and is full of beautiful, finely detailed doilies.

vintage doily crochet pattern book

Here is the pattern I chose, the cotton (this is what I had left) and the hook (old size 10 or 1.25mm).

vintage doily crochet pattern book

And here is the completed doily.

vintage crochet cotton doily

I didn’t want to play ‘yarn chicken’ on the last round so stopped one row before the end. The whole thing only took a few hours to make and was a fun project. Blocking took a while, trying to avoid any pointy bits.

vintage crochet cotton doily

Oops, I can see a pointy bit, ignore that part ūüėČ

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Another small crochet project

Yet again I have avoided making a decision about my next big project by making a small one.

Since starting my blog I have¬†been introduced to¬†some really lovely and very talented people and I¬†have been inspired by every one of them. One recently¬†referred to a crochet book ‘200 crochet blocks’ by Jan Eaton which I have owned for some time now but not used recently. Tanya at¬†Yarnya¬†has produced the most amazing blanket using some of the¬†patterns and who knows? I might have a go at something similar myself.

Anyway, back to my small project which, in case your wondering, uses part of a pattern from the aforementioned book.

small-crochet-project

A table decoration of sorts. I made it¬†for my¬†‘new’ cake stand to sit on¬†(a car boot purchase from the weekend).

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Here is a top down view.

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I made it using the centre of pattern 58 Peach Rose (from the book ‘200 crochet blocks’ by Jan Eaton) in Drops Muskat cotton using a 3.5mm hook. The cotton is lovely to work with and comes in some great colours. I didn’t need to block any of this either. I just sewed each flower to the other.¬†The flowers¬†would make nice bunting too or maybe a larger piece.

To bring you up to date,¬†the move has been put back and I am crocheting to¬†stay calm! Despite the frustration, today was a good day as my eldest son finished his A-levels (woohoo) but also a scary one as I went to my middle son’s parent induction evening (yikes).¬†Big changes for us all over the next few months.

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PS A special thank you as well to Bernadette at bernadettesvintagerose¬†for helping me with a technical glitch early on in my blog.¬†Another talented lady ūüôā