Handbag Crochet Pattern – 1940s Jack Frost Straw Bag

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For today’s Freebie I’m thinking about Mother’s Day coming up soon. This is a 1940’s handbag crochet pattern from a Jack Frost Handbags booklet. The purses were made using Straw, Cordet, Soutache or Kordette, all were interchangeable and all are no longer available.

1940s Straw Bag 4814 Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern I’m sharing uses the Straw (3) 2-oz tubes and a size 4 crochet hook. In my research I’ve found that the yarns used for these patterns are cotton/rayon, strong and smooth. I found some Soutache, but I’m not sure if it is dense enough for the bag. I think some of this Premier Yarn Raffia may work for a replacement of the Straw required for this pattern.


This beautiful multi-color nylon crochet thread says it’s perfect for crocheting purses, totes, placemats and such, so it may work as well.

 

 

If you’re interested in using vintage patterns versus modern day patterns, this article on the KnittingGuru blog gives an excellent comparison and tips. The blogger, Veena Burry even uses one of the handbag patterns in the same booklet as an example. She points out that not only is some of the yarn required no longer available, the instructions themselves are much more vague than today’s instructions.

Many times I’ve done research to find a substitute (see above) for a vintage yarn that’s no longer available, only to find several different types that may work. Point is, using vintage patterns can be a lot of trial and error.

This article by Kristina Olson Designs, Makers, Vintage Patterns and Anonymous Designers besides talking about early women designers not receiving credit for their work, took a couple of vintage handbag patterns and made them her own, and even though they may not look exactly like the picture, it was her version of a wonderful vintage pattern.

Here’s the pattern straight from the booklet, I’ve rewritten it below:

1940s Straw Handbag Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More
CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS
ch . . . chain
sc . . . Single Crochet
st . . . Stitch
sts . . Stitches

STRAW BAG No. 4814
Jack Frost Straw – 3 2-oz. Tubes

Interchangeable with Cordet, Soutache or Kordette
Size 4 White Crochet Hook

Shell = (3 d c, ch 1, 3 d c) in next st

Ch 61. Skip first ch. Work 1 s c in each of the next 60 ch sts. Repeat for 12 rows, then work in pattern as follows:
Row 1: * Skip 2 s c; (3 d c, ch 1, 3 d c) in next st, skip 2 s c, 1 s c in next st; repeat from * across row (10 shell sts).
Row 2: Work a shell st in the s c of row below and 1 s c in the ch 1 of shell st below (11 shells).
Repeat above 2 rows for 18 rows.
Work a corresponding piece.
GUSSET: Ch 7, turn. Work 6 s c on ch. Work back and forth in s c for 29 inches. Join around 3 sides of bag with a row of s c. Fold in gusset at top. Sew the s c rows together at both sides. Fold down cuff. Insert zipper.

A note on the GUSSET, it says to work back and forth for 29 inches, but the number of inches may vary depending on the thickness of the thread or yarn you are using. The best thing to do is as you’re making the gusset, hold it against the length of the handbag’s sides and bottom to gauge the length needed.

The zipper can be inserted by sewing machine or by hand. It’s probably easiest to do it by hand. A fabric lining can be made for the inside of the purse by tracing around the bag on paper as a guideline, allowing for seams. Cut two fabric pieces for the front and back. Right sides together, sew around three sides, leave the top open. Fold the top edge over a quarter of an inch toward the wrong side, fold over again, then sew the edge down. Once your purse is assembled, insert the fabric liner and sew it in place.

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Enjoy!

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Irish Crochet Lace Edgings Pattern

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Irish Crochet Lace Edging Patterns

 

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated here in the US on March 17th, that’s coming up soon, so I thought I’d share some Irish Crochet Edgings. These patterns are from a Clark’s (Spool Cotton Company) crochet booklet of EDGINGS printed in 1942.

 

 

Irish crochet is one of my favorites. I love how dainty, delicate and lacy it turns out. I’ve written and shared Irish crochet patterns on a couple other blog posts, check them out here.

 

Irish Crochet Lace Edging Patterns

Click on the pattern page and it will open in another window where you can save or print it from your computer’s browser. If you’d like to save the file for later in PDF format, find it below:

Irish Crochet Lace Edging Patterns PDF

The pattern is in PDF format so to read 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.

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Vintage Cat Crochet Potholder Pattern with a Hanger

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Cat on the kitchen table

 

Today’s freebie is for cat lovers or even if you don’t love cats, you may know someone who does that would like these cat potholders for a gift.

 

 

 

This pattern comes from Spool Cotton Company booklet number 243  called Pot Holders. Only 10 cents when it was published in 1948. The booklet says, these pot holders are “ready for kitchen duty.”

“No more burnt fingers if you take time out to whip up a few of these unusual pot holders. You’ll love the carnival atmosphere they give to your kitchen!”

Cat Potholder Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Cat Potholder Crochet Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

If you’d like to save this pattern for later, the PDF file is below:

Cat Potholder Crochet Pattern PDF File

The 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. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

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.

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Vintage Crochet Pattern Butterfly Bows Bedspread Design

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Butterfly Bows Bedspread Crochet Motif Design Pattern Sample

I’ve found another beautiful crochet motif design for a bedspread called Butterfly Bows. It’s light and airy and sure to be a favorite.

 

Butterfly Bows Bedspread Diagram

 

Each block measures 3⅝ inches square when finished and blocked.

Six Cord Mercerized Crochet Cotton Size 10 and a Size 9 Steel Crochet Hook are used.

A diagram is provided of the block lay out for the bedspread.

 

 

I’ve also included the complete Terms and Explanation of Stitches page from the booklet.

The blog post for the Lace Valentine Bedspread is from the same book.

Here’s the PDF file to save for later:

Butterfly Bows Bedspread Crochet Motif Design Pattern

To download the PDF file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using.

Please share your favorite needlework hints, tips and projects in the comments below or with us on Facebook.

Enjoy!

Slippers for Him Crochet Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Today’s Freebie is slippers for him. I’ve done plenty of posts for slippers for her, but as June and Father’s Day approaches, I thought I’d share a vintage pattern for him.

Slippers for Him Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Now Dad could go slip sliding around on hard wood floors with these slippers unless you add some type of grips to the bottom, but they will keep his feet warm while sitting on the couch or bed. They may even be a nice project to make for people that are confined to a wheelchair or bed in rehab or assisted living facilities.

These are made with heavy rug yarn and a crochet hook size No. 00 or bulky yarn and a crochet hook size G. Gauge is 4 stitches (sts) = 1 inch.

Instructions are given for a Medium size (8 to 9) 10 inches long or a Large size (9 to 10) 11 inches long.

Slippers for Him Crochet Pattern pg 1 - Vintage Crafts and MoreSlippers for Him Crochet Pattern pg 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

I’ve also included a PDF file you can download for later:

Slippers for Him Crochet Pattern

To download the file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

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.

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Enjoy!

Good Luck Four Leaf Clover Coasters Free Crochet Pattern

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Free Crochet Pattern Good Luck Four Leaf Clover Super Absorbent Coasters

What’s better than a lucky four leaf clover to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? The 4-leaf clover is a variation of the 3-leaved clover or Shamrock (see this post for a Shamrock dish cloth knitting pattern), bringing good luck to anyone who finds one, especially if found accidentally.

Did you know there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover? Even so, collectors are not deterred and have even found clover with many more than four leaves.

These coasters are super absorbent and ready to keep those wet glass rings off your table. Today’s crochet pattern is from a 1940’s Enterprise Yarn booklet.

Enterprise yarn is discontinued but you can use Aunt Lydia’s Cotton Crochet #3 as a substitute. A crochet needle size is not listed but based on the other patterns in the booklet, a Steel Crochet Hook No. 1 is used.

Free Crochet Pattern Good Luck Four Leaf Clover Coasters

Another coaster crochet pattern from this booklet can be found in this post, Star Coaster Patterns.

Here’s the PDF file from today to download for later:

Crochet Pattern – Good Luck Four Leaf Clover Coasters

To download the file you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

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.

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Enjoy!

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Bell Potholders Vintage Crochet Pattern for Christmas

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Decorate your kitchen for the holidays with these bell potholders.  The pattern is from a vintage Lily Design Book.

Bells Potholder Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Pocket Potholders

These become pocket potholders by sewing the two halves together. These bell potholders use red, tea rose and green. The material they’re made of is Lily Cotton Yarn and crochet hooks in size No. 0 (zero) and 5.

PDF file for download

Jingle Bells Potholder Crochet Pattern PDF

The 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.

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Free Vintage Crochet Pattern Beautiful Star of Hope Doily

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

I hope all of your shopping is done and the packages are wrapped so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday season. Wishful thinking for me!

Vintage Crafts and More - Star of Hope Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern

Although this vintage doily pattern is ambitious I just had to share it. The title of this crochet doily pattern is Star of Hope which I felt was perfect for this time of year. It may not be done in time for this year’s festivities but save it for next year.

I saw several other vintage crochet patterns named Star of Hope, but I didn’t see one exactly like this.

This doily is an impressive 14½ inches in diameter with a wonderful star shape made with crochet clusters and chain-loops.

Mercerized Crochet Cotton in Size 30 is used with a No. 10 crochet hook. The pattern is done in white or off-white, but any color you choose would do.

Star of Hope Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern

The 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.

Enjoy!

Vintage Crochet Ruffled Doily Pattern Poinsettia Posy

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Welcome to VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie Friday where we share all types of vintage needlework patterns.

Ruffled doilies were populst back in the 1950s when this pattern was published. The booklet by Coats & Clark’s is nothing but Ruffled Doily patterns.

Vintage Crafts and More Crochet Doily Pattern Ruffled Poinsettia Posy

They are compared to lace, “Frills of frothy lace for the delicate decoration of your occasional tables.” Oh my, what is an occasional table? Every table in my house is used more than occasionally.

Funny aside, this 17¼ inch ruffled lace doily would compliment any table, no problem.

Made using Mercerized Crochet Cotton and a No. 9 Steel Crochet Hook the pretty poinsettia in the middle makes it perfect for the holidays.

Here’s the 2 page PDF file:

Ruffled Doily Crochet Pattern ~ Poinsettia Posy

The 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.

If you make this pattern or any others you’d like to share, please be sure to visit our VTNS Fanpage and post a photo, we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy!

Basic Hairpin Lace Instructions with Lamp Shade Cover Crochet Patterns

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Have you ever tried Hairpin Lace? Today’s freebie shows you the basic steps on how to make it, plus a pattern for a lamp shade cover.

Vintage Crafts and More How To Make Hairpin Lace

These Light ‘n’ Bright lamp shade patterns in delicate crochet will cover your lamps and cast a charming lacy shadow.

Vintage Crafts and More Hairpin Lace Lamp Shade Pattern

 

 

 

Learn the basic steps of doing Hairpin Lace, easy as 1-2-3, then you are ready to make a Light ‘n’ Bright Hairpin Lace Lamp Shade cover.

 

 

 

Vintage Crafts and More Hairpin Lace Lamp Shades Pattern

 

 

Also included with the PDF file for a Hairpin Lace lamp shade are two more patterns for crocheted lamp shade covers.

 

 

 

 

 

Crocheted and Hairpin Lace Lamp Shade Patterns PDF

The patterns are in PDF format so to download them 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.

Enjoy!