Welcome to VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie Friday!
We are sharing an amazing Irish Crochet pattern today from a 1926 Needlecraft Magazine that was awarded first prize in a crochet contest.
Take a look…….
Now if you get one of these done before St. Patrick’s Day, please be sure share! I believe the ladies of the 1920s had a lot more time to do needlework than we do.
The article and pattern starts out by saying, “It is simplicity itself; and no crocheter need hesitate to undertake it, even though she has had little or no previous experience in Irish crochet.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m an “oh, that scarf looks nice” crocheter and to even think that I can attempt this Irish crochet with little or no experience makes me wonder.
There are simple stitches: Double Crochet (dc), Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), and the instructions to make the flower seem easy enough to follow, but there are several Trebles, Triple Trebles (t tr) and even a Quintuple Treble (quintuple tr) in the pattern. Never heard of that one before.
I found out what it was and how to do it on this How To Crochet the Basic Stitches site that has nice large illustrations demonstrating the stitches.
They explain what a Quintuple Treble stitch is:
Longer basic stitches – usually called Quadruple Treble (quad tr), Quintuple Treble (quin tr), Sextuple Treble (sext tr), etc – are made by wrapping the yarn 4, 5, 6, etc, times over the hook at the beginning and by wrapping and drawing through 2 loops more times to complete the stitch.
The pattern is a long one, five pages in all with the pictures. I had to re-write it because it was several pages in the magazine, continued in snippets from one page to another. Plus this magazine is large, almost 11 x 14 inches making it impossible for me to scan as is. I proofread it several times to make sure it was exactly as written, but if you find any errors, please let me know.
Don’t let me scare you off from trying this wonderful pattern. I’m sure there are many who crochet that understand and can whip up a beautiful Irish Crochet motif with no problem at all, wish I was one of them.
This pattern is in pdf format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.
Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.