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  1. Heather says:

    I really like the Gardening apron pattern, but can’t seem to be able to figure out how to put the 4 cut pieces from diagram 2 together to give you the apron and pocket for diagram 3.

    Have you made one of these?

    If so, could you make another one and take photos of the various stages so we can better see how it all fits together?

    Thank you!!

    • Debra says:

      Hi, Glad you like it. No, I haven’t made this, but I took a look at it, and have no idea how to fit diagram 2 with the pocket in to this apron. I would just follow diagram 3 to cut out your apron, make the darts, bind the edges leaving enough for a tie at the top, and sew the pockets.

      I will pull out the magazine I took this from and if I can find out any further information about it I’ll let you know.


      • Debra says:

        I took a look at the full article today and realized that diagram 2 was for the Garden Kneeling Pad and has nothing to do with the apron. I made the correction and included the full article. Hope that helps.


  2. May Olson says:

    I inherited crochet books from my darling little Italian Gran( I am 73 so guess how old they are ! )…I have shared some of them with a teacher on YouTube. If you would like a few I can send them to you……They are not of any use to my family. Believe me I have tried to get them to do something in the needle arts but alas no and not interested……

    • Debra says:

      Hi May,
      I would love them. How thoughtful of you to think of me. One can never have enough vintage needlework books as far as I’m concerned. My over crowded book shelves would attest to that!


  3. Jan says:

    Hi i have just started on fillet crochet i have a basic crochet book . It shows the stitch going in to the chain stitches and not in the space but some other show it in the chain space could you let me know if both are right or not thanks jan

    • Debra says:

      Hi Jan,
      I do crochet, but have never done filet crochet. Love it though and hope to try it some day. I found an interesting article on the site where a person took an antique pattern and wrote modern instructions. I thought it may be valuable to you since the vintage patterns I post are written years ago. It has a great little first pattern to try.

      She also has a good starter tutorial on the basic filet crochet stitches.

      It looks like in her instructions the stitch is going in to the chain stitches, but having looked in several old booklets of patterns, I think some are done in the chain space as well. So I think both may be right.

      I found this from the same author that may explain the use of both in a pattern:

      When you know how to do this, you can translate many charts into filet crochet, without needing to have written instructions for each new chart that you would like to crochet in filet.

      Here’s How:

      1. Assuming that you have already figured your starting chain (if not, see first link below). Crocheting first mesh: if the first square on the chart is a solid mesh, double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet in each of next 3 chains (first solid mesh made).
      2. Crocheting first mesh: if the first square on the chart is an open mesh, double crochet in the 9th chain from the hook (first open mesh made).
      3. For each square on the chart that is a solid mesh: double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches (when mesh in row below is an open mesh, you will work 2 double crochet in the chain-2 space of open mesh below, then double crochet in the next double crochet).
      4. For each square on the chart that is an open mesh: chain 2 (skip 2 double crochet if a solid mesh is below or skip the chain-2 if an open mesh is below), then double crochet in next double crochet.
      5. When you have finished a row, chain 3 to start the first solid mesh of the next row or chain 5 to start the first open mesh of the next row.
      6. Continue to follow chart, crocheting solid mesh or open mesh as outlined above.

      Sorry to be so long, but hope this helps with your question.
      Thanks for your interest.

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