Happy Tuesday, y'all! This week's free vintage pattern sure is super cute! I can't tell you about the book it is from because I do not have the sleeve but it is identical to 2 other books I have that are both from the 1940's. I am certain this pattern is as well. One book is from Chadwick's Red Heart Wools called Woolies for Babies No. 224 printed in 1945. The other book is simply called Baby Book / Star Book No. 43. Again, this pattern I am sharing is not from either these books, but it's just to give you an idea of how old the actual pattern is if you decide to look them up.
I know everyone reads patterns differently. And reading vintage patterns is very difficult for me because I am a Step 1, 2, 3 kind of girl. However, I have discovered using a bright Ruler does help me keep stay on track of the Rows. Who knew?! heehee. Just a little tip!
Before I get into this incredible stitch, you need to know that I used US G/4.00MM hook and Bernat Softee Baby yarn, which are the full requirements in making this pattern, but I did stick with one color. It is very basic and simple to understand. If you make beanies, you'll know once you get started. However, this stitch really through me for a loop at first, but by the 2nd round.. I made up a little tune in my head to keep me going. If you don't do this, it really does help. It is a gorgeous stitch! These photos do not give it justice! :(
To start a fresh row of this Stitch, you will chain 2, bring up your loop and single crochet in the same stitch then inserting hook into the next 3 stitches (the pattern states "next 2" in the beginning) then yarning over to pull yarn through all 4 loops. (pictured below)
And here's where my little song comes into play! As you can see, the first image is after you've pulled your yarn through the 4 loops from the previous photos. You will chain 1 then very carefully insert your hook into that ch 1 space known as the "eyelet" (photo 2). Again carefully bring your hook down and to the side of the stitch and insert it into the last SC on the side. (Photo 3). From there, you insert your hook into the "base" of the stitch which is the same last stitch you are working in. You will have 4 loops on your hook and here is where you will insert your hook into the next 2 stitches. Once you've yarned over, you will have a total of 6 loops on your hook... take a deep breath and pull the yarn through all 6 very carefully. And you just repeat this step throughout the row. As you can see, it is just beautiful! I don't know what this stitch is called (there's no name in the pattern) and have never seen it before, but it's very unique and I love it!
You can even sing my little tune.. "in the eyelet, on the side, to the base, in the next 2, YO and just pull through (the 6)..." hehehe
Alas, you can download the Pattern! Please remember it's in 2 parts here and here!
It sure turned out a lot more gorgeous than I expected it would! I just need to decide if I want to add ribbon and/or draw string with the poms. (I LOVE the poms just a bit too much right now.) And I am working on the booties next.
I do hope you've enjoyed this one! It was a bit different and a tad more difficult, but this is how we get better. I'm practicing what I still preach to my grown babies. When you want to get better at something, you need to work harder so you can keep learning-whatever you want to do in life!
If you have any questions about this pattern, just drop me an email email@example.com and/or find me somewhere on the web and I'll get back to you!
Until next time!
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