Happy Friday! Here's another great crochet baby pattern called "Aunt-ticipating?" which can be found in the American Thread Company, Star Book No. 186 "I Love You Baby", it does not have the year it was published inside, but it is a true gem! I have to tell you, this was not the first time I picked up this pattern... I don't remember what was going on with me at the time, but I just could not understand it and I would crochet, start over, crochet again... only to find myself so frustrated that I finally put it away. Am I the only one who does this?
First up, you can find the pattern HERE. Second, this pattern calls for a 3.75mm/F hook size, but I used a 3.5mm/E hook with my favorite yarn Cascade Yarn in Lavender. As you can see in the photos 1-3, once you get done crocheting the first 9 Rows of Shells, you simply slip your draw string through the top of the mitten with a whip stitch needle to pull it/close it and continue to whip stitch down the seam. Also, I would suggest only chaining 1 at the end of each row. I chained 3 which created an uneven seam. Afterwards, you will simply begin the last row which is the border where you will place your ribbon, but in the pattern is referred to as the "Next Row". When adding the border, you will need to skip one stitch in order to achieve the 12 meshes counted at the end of the pattern. (pictures 4-5). So then you are ready to make the second one! Yay!
This pattern is easy and a super cute quick little project you can probably finish within 45 minutes. Remember, if you would like a Preemie and/or Newborn size, I would suggest using a smaller hook. This set would comfortably fit a 3-6 month old infant. Although, I'm not big on having ribbon, bows and buttons on anything for a baby over 3 months old, but the ribbon does add a cute touch.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I did... even though, it took me the second time around! I would LOVE to know if you complete any of these patterns on your Instagram by tagging me in your photo so I can Repost your photo.
Until next time... keep croch-yaying!!
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has been having a great week so far and are nose deep in crochet orders, creating new crochet projects and busy crocheting gifts! So if you haven't figured out the purpose this blog yet, it's to keep you inspired on learning how to read crochet vintage patterns and how easy it can be. I am nowhere near of being an expert crocheter even though I've been crocheting since 2002 and I am still learning. Every time I pick up one of these old crochet patterns, I just never know how it is going to turn out. And I've got a huge stack of them all planned out, but this week I went back to my Star Book No.43 Baby Book. This Pattern download is called "Crocheted Soaker" and it's truly the cutest Diaper Covers I think I've ever seen!
If you download the pattern, you will see a couple of things (in red) I did change in order for to it to be Newborn size-up to 7 lbs (in order to use my yarn of choice.) :
1. I used a 3.25mm crochet hook along with Baby Bee Sweet Delight Yarn.
*Note : Remember, you can always use a bigger hook to create a bigger Soaker.
2. I made the waistband approximately 12.5" long (*not noted on the pattern download-pic2)
3. I crocheted in the Back Loop Only every row of the waistband (to create the ribbing).
4. I whip stitched with my hook and not a whip stitch needle. (pic 3)
Once the waistband is complete, I single crocheted around the waistband on the right side of the crochet piece before starting the simple Griddle Stitch. Once you've created the edged border, you will keep crocheting/decreasing each row until you are left with 2 stitches on your hook (pictures 1 & 2 photos below). Before whip stitching together, I single crocheted all around the bottom piece (pictured 1 & 2 photos below). Turning the crochet piece inside out, I whip stitched the soaker together-I measured 1.5" instead of the 5.5" per Pattern instructions. I simply measured/counted the stitches which is 6 and just stitched it up to the tip, whip stitched down the other side-counting 6 stitches again then once more all across the top. (pictures 3-5 in the photos below).
Last change, I crocheted a cord 30" instead of 20" and of course added my poms!
As I stated in my IG post regarding this pattern... how sweet would it be to give a few of these as a gift with a few boxes of pampers to the new mom in your life? I really love that idea so much, I really want to do this for someone. Until I am able to do that, I am considering adding a set or two to my Etsy with some matching mittens. This pattern really inspired me to create my own pattern, but we will see how that goes!
I really hope y'all enjoy this one! In my never-ending quest to find the perfect Diaper Cover, I've never stumbled upon anything quite like this one! Unfortunately, my photos do not give this little crochet piece the justice it deserves and I do apologize. You should make it and see what I mean though.. super cute, adorable and not hard at all!
Until next time-Keep Croch-yayin'!!!
Happy Thursday, er'body! Sorry I missed last week, not that anyone is waiting on the edge of their seat for the next pattern, but it was bound to happen sooner or later. I'm happy to be here now to share this next pattern with yall! This pattern is called Pink Daisy Set and can be found in the Summer Issue 1983 of Crochet Magazine. This Bonnet Pattern is in FOUR PARTS all posted on my Flybii, so I will link each part with my explanations of the pattern, starting with the Bonnet. You will find complete pattern at the end of this blog entry. First, you must know I used Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby series yarn with 3.50mm Size E hook because I did not have the 3.25mm Size D hook that the pattern calls for.
You will first crochet all the Motifs. Once you get all your squares crocheted like in Picture 1, you will whip stitch them together-as you can see in Picture 2 so you can crochet the body part of Sacque until this part of the bonnet measures 4.5", which are simple crochets of alternating rows of double crochets with one row skipping one stitch, chaining one and double crocheting into the next stitch-all the way across-shown in Picture 3. So easy!
Once your bonnet measures 4.5"-as seen in Picture 3 from first group of photos, you will then fold bonnet in half and whip stitch along the back, so you can crochet the edging, as you can see starting Picot Stitch all around in Picture 1 in this second group of photos. After it's all sewn up, it explains how to crochet a draw string to be fed around the base of the bonnet-as shown in Picture 2 here of this group of photos. If you're not sure how to feed your draw string through your work, I usually take a larger hook, grab the draw string and feed it through every other double chain space.
As you can see in the last picture, the final product is just precious. It is light and airy yet still so very soft and cozy- super perfect for Spring!
I am not the best at explaining but you can find the full pattern here with a few helpful reminders/hints as you begin to create this little gem. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me-I'd be happy to help! firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next week... or the next.. I do hope you have a wonderful Croch-day!
Happy Wednesday! Well, I almost didn't make it to this week's VFP - vintage free pattern, but here I am. Since I really loved how the Crochet Set No. 205 Bonnet turned out, I thought it would be a good idea to make the matching booties. I'm so glad I did because I love them!
I think what I love most about this pattern is it's somewhat beginner friendly, quick and has the same instructions as the last set of baby booties I shared. Then of course, there's that incredible stitch! You really can't see it in this photo, but it is really pretty and really nice around the cuffs. Also, the poms... I'm so in love with the Poms! They really do add that little vintage touch. Just darling. If you don't have a Pom Maker, oh dear - GET ONE! They are so wonderful!!! They really keep your hands from hurting!
If you would like to make this pattern, you can download it here! Just remember to refer back to the previous posts linked for more information.
As always, if you do decide to make these adorable booties, I would love to see what you create by using the #sewsorose hashtag. :)
Until next time, y'all be blessed!
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!
Happy Tuesday! I'm a day late, but I finally made it here! I know y'all aren't waiting on the edge of your seat or anything, but I'm still just as happy. ;)
I've spent the last couple of weekends picking out a vintage crochet pattern to make and share. I had planned to share more flowers, but I was just thumbing through books, magazines and actual patterns... when I came across this baby bootie pattern. I couldn't believe how short it was!? I was so intrigued! I love making baby booties! I love learning different styles of making them because that was the first thing I learned to make from an actual pattern. This Pattern is definitely Beginner Friendly! I used Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby and a Sally Bates 3.5 US4 Crochet Hook.
I did make 1 pair then made a second pair with a few changes.
Here's what I did on the second go around:
1) After the 8 Rows of 8 single crochets (the square), I chained 26 loosely. I also made a slip stitch in the first and last stitches of the last Row of chain 8 (the square). Before you "join to the beginning of the last row" of 8 single crochets (the square). Be careful not to twist the yarn so you can start the sides. This should create 50 stitches all around. (as pictured below.)
2) On the 5th Row of the single crochets around the sides, I sctog2 starting on the 9th stitch which should be the first point of the square, plus 4 more times across the top of the square. (I continued this for the next 3 Rows, as there are 8 Rounds for the sides and sole of each bootie.)
3) On the 6th Row, sctog2 on the 8th stitch, 3 more times at the top of the square. sctog2 on the 16th stitch to decrease at the heel.
4) On the 7th Row, sctog2 on the 10th stitch just one time, as your hook should be in the middle of the tip toe then one more sctog2 on the 16th stitch at the base of the heel.
5) On the 8th Row, the last row, sctog2 all around. Then Whip Stitch on the inside of the bootie to close. If your Stitches are off by a number, that's okay.. just remember you are working in the middles of the top of the toes and base of the heels. Also, you don't have follow my instructions! I've just found the decreasing works much better.
(Whip Stitching pictured below)
The pattern calls for the draw string to be 14 inches long, which I crocheted 90 chains. I also used Sally Bates Pom Maker for the poms, which I love because you can make a bunch with no fuss!
You can download this Pattern here! It does call for the Solid Shell Stitch, which the instructions are not included in the pattern, but it's so very easy-you could do it with your eyes closed, I promise!
1) *5 Double Crochets in one stitch, skip the next 2 stitches, Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip the next 2 stitches. *Repeat.
2) Single Crochet in the middle stitch of the 5 Double Crochets (3rd DC of the 5DC), skip next 2 (of the 5 DCs), 5 DCs in the Single Crochet (which is in between each Shell Stitch). Here's a Moogly tutorial here just in case you need a visual and better explanation.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did! It's so perfect, cute, easy and a great quick project for any day of the week! If you decide to make it, please let me know by sharing your post with the #sewsorose hashtag on Instagram. I would love to see what you share!
Take care and until next time,
Every time I make a crochet rose, I always tell myself, "there has to be something better out there" usually as I am rolling up my work to create the rose. Don't get me wrong, the coiled concept of roses is beautiful thing and I love it because it is super easy. But to be honest, I am just not that good at making them look pleasing to my eye. So what do I do? I do what every crocheter does... hit Pinterest, of course! I've only been able to found one... here. However, I just can not get my rose to look as beautiful as the one in the video. It's frustrating to me because I know, as someone who has crocheted for many years, this is a GREAT video! So what's my next plan? I start pulling out every vintage crochet book I have in my library! And there ya go... I found one! So I closed my eyes for a minute, cleared my mind, asked The Lord to work through my hands... (I know this sounds silly to some, but it works for me because reading vintage patterns does not come natural to me.) ... and just started crocheting as I read the pattern. I was able to do it! I did it!
I would really like to share this pattern with y'all, too! It's so easy! There's no rolling, just a simple re-arranging of the petals and they all just naturally lay perfectly once you're done with the 3 Rounds. Only 3 Rounds!? How much do I LOVE THIS?!!
I only made a couple of changes.
Here's what I did :
1) Instead of chaining 7, I chained 10.. because I got flustered trying to squeeze 20 loops of 14 chains into a 7 chain ring.) Just being honest!😬
2) Instead of making 20 loops, I made 14. It looks like a big glob, but that's okay! It will fold out once you're done.
3) In Round 3, instead of slip stitching in the Top of the first Triple crochet, I slipped stitched in between at the bottom of the petals.
Here is the Rose, all complete with a little bling. The pattern does call for Stamens, but I did not have any spare ones. You can find the PATTERN HERE!
Make sure you come back for more Free Vintage Patterns every Monday! If you happen to try any of these patterns, please tag me in your Instagram photos and/or use the hashtag #sewsorose. I'd LOVE to see what you've created!
Until next time, Rose
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Growing up with a love for sewing, I enjoy crocheting and all around crafting. I will be sharing recipes, past/current projects, my favorite patterns, tutorials on crochet/knit patterns I use, Free Patterns from my collection of Vintage Patterns given to me from my Mother and Giveaways. It's my prayer, my readers will be blessed my blog entries.