I’ve just had a surprise parcel delivered, it’s incredible and I wanted to share my haul with you.
A friend who sent me sewing magazines, patterns and books recently has now sent me a whole bundle of crochet patterns. She’s having a major clear-out before decorating and has been giving piles of these away, I think they belonged to her Mother.
The term vintage is currently used so often that it’s becoming an almost meaningless term. Dictionary.com offers these definitions:
[vin-tij] Show noun, adjective, verb, vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
1.the wine from a particular harvest or crop
2.the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained
3.an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year
4.the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking
5.the act or process of producing wine; winemaking
6.the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year’s vintage
7.of or pertaining to wines or winemaking
8.being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines
9.representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies
10.old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes
11.being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O’Neill.
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint ( er ) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn ( um ) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away ( dēm ( ere ) to take from ( see redeem) + -ia -y3 )
non·vin·tage, adjective, noun
In my surprise haul I believe I truly have a collection of vintage crochet patterns, but you can see a few of them and judge for yourself. This only a selection, including a few adverts I thought might make you smile:
Wow – I’m sooooo jealous. I collect vintage patterns – knitting and crochet (much to my husband’s annoyance!!!). If there’s any you don’t want – you can fling them my way. Have fun with them. I’m sorry I didn’t reply about the hot water bottle – my pc was playing up and was struggling with some programmes including twitter. I don’t have a pattern at the ready but I’ll look out for one xx
Wow, aren’t they great! I love those pretty wavy hairstyles from, what would it be, the 1940s or 1950s?
Great collection! The earlier patterns are about the same ‘vintage’ as the ones I have inherited from my mum. My house is full of lacy mats she made so I don’t really need any but I want to try fine cotton crochet one day.
Those are fantastic! I love the second pattern pictured: the filet geometric piece. Those ads are so interesting, too!
The lady in the charming dress accessories picture is thinking (in her best posh Queens English) “I must get some Rendells Products and some Stratnoid Knitting Pins”. I can tell by the look in her eye ;)
Fabulous find – lucky girl, there’s nothing better than a proper vintage pattern, my fave are vintage dress patterns, I can’t resist picking them up if I come across them in a thrift store … the only prob is that I’m hopeless with a sewing machine!
Love these! Did you know you can still buy Tintex dyes? They have a website … I use them a lot. And I love the crochet necklace for using up scraps! =D
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Absolutely Vintage, are you going to share :-))
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Those are great, I love the collars! Are you inspired to make anything? Hopefully you can still get suitable yarn …
Very nice! I have a few books and pamphlets that I think used to belong to my Gramma Lucy. Treasures indeed! Now, you have given me an idea. I ought to share as well. I need to go through them again, Have you tried reading the patterns?
such a great collection~
Those advertisements are hilarious! Thanks for sharing them along with the patterns.
Oh to have such a friend!
Saw some patterns for sale on Ebay that were marked as “vintage” – – they were only from 1986! If they are vintage, I wonder what that makes me :)
Oh I love this post – those patterns are wonderful and I’m sure many of them are truly ‘vintage’. The ads are most entertaining and some bring back strong memories for me. Thank you Rachell. Joy
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