Filet Crochet Pattern for a 1940’s Glamour Bedspread

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The election is over here in the United States, no more TV advertisements and robocalls. It’s a privilege to vote and be part of the process, but I, as I’m sure others, are glad it’s over and looking forward to the holidays in the coming weeks.

I looked for a pattern to go along with the election theme and was surprised to find this Filet Crochet pattern. It’s a bedspread from an American Thread Co. Star Book titled Capitol Hill.

 

The bedspreads in this 1944 Star Book are exactly what you’d expect for the era of Hollywood glamour. This Capitol Hill bedspread is no exception. Just beautiful and as the pattern states, “Delicate filet crochet to lend “that” touch of splendor to a formal bedroom.”

Just imagine legendary actors from the 1940’s such as Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh or Katharine Hepburn on set in this beautiful bedroom displaying the Capitol Hill bedspread.

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This bedspread consists of 6½ inch square motifs sewn together with a scalloped edge. To make the motifs you need Mercerized Crochet Cotton Size 20, some examples are below and a size No. 10 or 11 crochet hook. For a single bed 105 squares are required, 7 x 15.

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Learn more about how to do Filet Crochet in this earlier blog post Exploring Filet Crochet.

This heirloom crocheted bedspread could be a treasure. It would look lovely over a deep solid color since you will see the color peek through.

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I’ve shared another pattern from this same crochet booklet. You can find it here, Nursery Filet Crochet Animal Baby Blanket.

Below you’ll find the one page file you can download for later:

Capitol Hill Bedspread Filet Crochet Pattern

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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Enjoy!

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A Shamrock Pattern in Irish Crochet Lace VTNS Fan Freebie Friday

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

I just love looking at Irish Crochet lace. The beautiful work is fascinating to me. I have the Priscilla Irish Crochet Book from 1909 and flipping through the pages there are photographs of a wonderful Irish Crochet dress and jacket.  In a blog post from last year I shared a couple of the pictures included in the book.

Today’s pattern came from a 1939 Spool Cotton Company (later know as Coats and Clark) Irish Crochet Lace booklet.  To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m sharing a Shamrock pattern done in Irish Crochet.

Vintage Crafts and More - Irish Crochet Shamrock Pattern

Vintage Crafts and More - Irish Crochet Shamrock Pattern

Irish crochet stitches should be uniform, close and compact. Most Irish Crochet is made up of cotton thread, but silk or linen thread can be used as well. The finer the thread the more delicate the piece of lace. Individual motifs are made and then joined together with a freeform crochet stitch.

Many Irish crochet patterns call for the use of No. 70 crochet cotton. For the Padding Cord a No. 10 crochet cotton is used and usually a fine crochet hook such as 1.0mm or 0.6mm.

Here is a video from lacefromireland (Lace From Ireland) on YouTube that demonstrates making an Irish Crochet Shamrock similar to the pattern today. No words, instructions are written on the screen through out and some pleasant music to listen to while you watch. Amazing crochet work! She uses a No. 80 thread, No. 10 cord and a 0.6mm hook.

Pattern in PDF file format to save for later:

Irish Crochet Shamrock 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 Pattern Lace Valentine Bedspread

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Welcome to the VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Facebook Fanpage Fan Freebie Friday. Today we are sharing a beautiful lacy bedspread vintage crochet pattern.  The design reminds me of the gingerbread lattice on a the porch of a Victorian Era home.

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A great pattern for lace lovers.  It’s called “Lace Valentine” and graces the cover of a publication from Lily Crochet Cotton called Crocheted Bedspreads. This pattern booklet is not dated but I’d guess it’s from the 1940s.

Each block measures about 5¼ inches square when blocked and requires 45 yards. Lily’s Skytone Mercerized Crochet Cotton is called for, but no longer available.  Mercerized thread undergoes a process to make it stronger and give it a luster.  There are many suitable crochet cottons for bedspreads available now that you could substitute.  Just make sure the mercerized cotton thread you choose matches the size of the motif when finished, 5¼ inches square.

The Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks chart below will help in finding a substitute for the Sky-Tone cotton thread.   You’ll notice that the same size crochet hooks are suggested for the Size 10 cotton and the Sky-Tone Size 1, but still check the finished motif’s measurements.

Chart of Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks for Different Sizes of Thread
Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern

 

Even though this is described as a bedspread pattern each of the pretty motifs are crocheted  individually and then joined together.  So you could make a pillow, tablecloth or any size bedspread out of this pattern.  It would just depend on the amount of lacy blocks you crocheted and how you join them together.

When you look at the pattern instructions you’ll notice that it requires you to crochet “Clusters” which are explained in the book:

 

 

 

CLUSTER – This consists of 2 or more dc, tr, dtr, or tr tr, gathered together at top into a tight group. Hold the last loop of each st on hook, then thread over and draw thru all loops on hook at once, pulling tight. Stitches can be made thru either both loops of stitches of previous row or thru the back loops only. If not specified, take up both loops.

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

Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern Terms

Looking at the design for this pattern, if you leave off the Clusters on each corner, I see a really pretty Snowflake Ornament. You could make several in white and stiffen them (find Crochet Snowflake Stiffeners and instructions in this post).

They would be a pretty decorations for your tree, as a tag on a package, or garland hung around your home.  This is really a versatile crochet pattern.

The PDF file for the pattern is below:

Lace Valentine Bedspread Design

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 below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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