A step back in time – Crochet books from days gone by (1970s)

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I do love reading through old books, especially old crochet books. It gives us a peep into the past and can be a great source of inspiration.

A good friend of mine lent me this one from 1973 and it has some beautiful items in – some that would fit quite easily into our modern lives.

Here are a few of my favourites from this book.

This is a beautiful border for a table cloth, blanket, cushion? This flowery design is so pretty.

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These bright place settings and table runners look awesome! Maybe not in the 70’s yellow and green … but in a different colour I’d definitely use these.

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Table cloths aren’t used as much as they used to, but this picture shows that they most definitely should be.

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And finally this baby blanket – how gorgeous! It wouldn’t look out of place keeping a modern day baby warm. Who would have guessed the pattern came from the 70s.

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Do you enjoy reading old craft books? Any that I have to put on my ‘must read’ list? Let me know 🙂

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28 comments on “A step back in time – Crochet books from days gone by (1970s)
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  3. Maggienesium says:

    For the longest time, I thought patterns were beyond me so I’ve mostly ignored craft books last or present. I now see that it’s time to head to the library 🙂

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  4. I love my 70’s craft books even if some of the clothing patterns are a little dated!

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  5. Bekki Hill says:

    Beautiful work. That baby blanket is fab.

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I still use my books from that era!

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  7. Paardje says:

    I love vintage crochet books too. It definitely made my day when I found the Antique Pattern Library ❤

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  8. Always love to look at old craft books. I picked up a great second hand one in the holidays😊

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  9. Lovely patterns, they had so much patience to do all of that lace work! x

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  10. What wonderful patterns! They remind me so much of the kind of things my mother would make.

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