Discovering Vintage Crochet
Vintage crochet patterns fascinate me. There isn't a great deal of written history about crochet, but I love to read the amazing personal stories and tales passed down through families, and see the few items that have survived both time and use. My favorite method of learning about the history of crochet is through the historic patterns, and my favorite source for vintage patterns is Weldon's.
Weldon's patterns look a bit like old cooking recipes. You know, the ones that call for a pinch of salt, a dash of sugar, and flour to consistency, In Weldon's the crochet terms are in the original British English-so an English single crochet is an American slip stitch and so forth. But once you jump in with a hook and yarn, they are quite simple.
And where else would you find a pattern for a child's frock, a gentleman's waistcoat, chemise trimmings, a variety of caps and slippers, and so much more? I know several people who would love the period lace shawls and hats. I am thoroughly fascinated with the stitch patterns. I spent several hours researching Russian crochet after studying Weldon's patterns. Russian crochet, another name for ribbed stitch, is worked through the back loop only. This technique seems to have been a particular favorite during the late 1800s.
As I study the patterns popular among crocheters who came before me and work the same stitches that were worked by fellow crocheters over a century ago, I feel a special connection. Despite our time and cultural differences, we still both find meaning in the beauty and elegance of crochet and are constantly trying to improve our crochet skills and learn new techniques.
If you have been looking for vintage crochet pattern or just want to learn more about crochet in the late 1800s, download Weldon's Practical Crochet. Then share with us your thoughts on crocheting from the same patterns used by crocheters over a hundred years ago.