Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Old, really old, patterns

For the crocheted part of my Daddy Bloom entry, I riffled through my stash of old crochet patterns. The best ones were really old.

And somewhat sparing in their descriptions.

Or else almost gleefully intimidating.

I used modern patterns as well, but the old ones were the most pleasing to work. Partly because I was combining the crocheted flowers with ones made from old doilies, and there was a lovely sense of rightness in using patterns that were probably as old as the doilies themselves.

And partly because they seemed easier to follow. At first glance the patterns looking confusing, especially compared to modern charted patterns. But they made much more sense much more quickly. It's almost as if they were written to be easily memorised. More modern patterns call for hooks that you can actually see (not something the size of a sewing needle) and the really modern ones presume that you'll be making maybe 2 flowers to sew onto a hat, not 50 for a chemise yoke.

The adverts are great, too.

This must be one of the 'comforts for men at sea'.

Knitting more 'comforts'.
And this must be what accounts for her posture.


Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I love the sleeping helmet. (Sounds so serious!)

Gina said...

And I LOVE the old patterns. I have stacks and stack of them. If only I had the time to make them all.

june at noon said...

Ha! What great patterns! You've made me think I out to scout around and see if my mom still has my great-grandmother's old patterns.

L'Atelier said...

great patterns, but the ads! unbeatable. the helmet seriously, its so odd that its ueber cool!

Brittany at Home Ground said...

Old ads are the best! I love all of these things. Those are some intense crochet patterns, but I think I get what you're saying about them being easier to catch on to.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jezze

I stubmled on your blog and am interested in the Men's sleeping helmet crochet pattern. I'd like to get a copy of it, if its alright with you. My email address is Regards Carol