Vintage Rainbow Afghan and Pillow Crochet Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Here’s a crochet pattern for a pretty Rainbow Afghan.

“Nothing lovelier can be imagined than a rainbow flung across the sky after a summer shower. Equally charming in a room is this “Rainbow” Afghan in coral, green and amber.”

Rainbow Afghan Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern is from a Virginia Snow Studios Afghan booklet. If you’d like to read about the history of Collingbourne Mills and Virginia Snow Studios in Elgin, Illinois, the Illinois Quilt History website has a detailed story about them.

You may have also heard of the Grandma Dexter booklets. When the Collingbourne Mills expanded to include Dexter Yarn Company, Grandma Dexter was used as a fictional character featured on catalogs and instruction booklets in the 1930’s.

Reading through the history of Virginia Snow Studios, I believe this pattern is probably from the late 1920’s.

The afghan and bolster pillow use Collingbourne’s “Lustrous” Wool Rayon yarn. Looking for something similar, I found these Knit Picks Chroma Worsted Yarn 5-packs that are a 70% Wool and 30% Nylon blend. They also come in a fingerling weight and 21 different blended colors. The colors are amazing. You could probably use these variegated yarns and end up with a beautiful rainbow afghan without changing colors.

You can see the wonderful colors the Collingbourne’s yarn came in with this chart that was included in the booklet.

Collingbourne Yarn Lustrous Wool Rayon Chart - Vintage Crafts and More

Seven colors of this yarn are used in the Rainbow Afghan pattern below. Each of the balls of yarn weighed a half an ounce.

 

Virginia Snow Afghans Rainbow Crochet Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

Here’s more information about the yarns used for this afghan, giving you a better idea of what you might use for a substitute.

 

Collingbourne Yarns Information - Vintage Crafts and More

Below you’ll find the link for the instructions in PDF format:

Rainbow Afghan Crochet Pattern

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Knitted Neck Roll Bolster Pillow Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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The pattern today is from a 1916 Bear Brand Blue Book of Worsted Work the Fourteenth Volume. The knitting pattern texture is great and it has tassels at both ends.

Knitted Neck Roll Pillow Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Bear Brand Shetland Floss is used in blue and sand. Since this yarn is no longer available, the best I can figure is it was a 100% wool, lightweight two-ply yarn, like a lace or baby/fingering weight that’s used to make summer sweaters, women’s dresses, scarfs and children’s knit wear. Since it’s a pillow, if it’s going to be used and not just as decoration, you might want to use an acrylic, washable yarn.

This neck pillow uses a bolster pillow form that is 22 inches by 8 inches. I found one that is 20 inches by 8 inches you may be able to use that costs less. As with many antique knitting patterns, no gauge is given so you’re kind of on your own figuring out the best size.

Knitted Neck Roll Pillow Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

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