A step back in time – Crochet books from days gone by (1920s – 1940s)

A step back in time - Crochet books from days gone by (1920s - 1940s) www.yarnya.co.ukI’ve said before that I really love looking through old books, especially old craft books. They can be a great source of inspiration and a small look into what we used to do and wear.

Just over a month ago I shared with you a book that a friend lent me from the 1970s and simply called ‘Crochet’ and today I’m sharing with you a library find also published in the 1970s called ‘A Stitch In Time’.

‘A Stitch In Time’ was edited by Jane Waller and published in 1972. It is full of knitting and crochet patterns from the 20s, 30s and 40s. There are loads of gorgeous patterns in this huge book! There are a few crocheted clothing items, but most of the crochet is used to decorate such as edgings, trimmings and motifs. As I’ve not fully learned how to knit yet I’ve focused on the crochet patterns from this book. However, I should definitely re-look at this book with a knitters head on as I’m sure there are tonnes of beauties.

Anyways, here are some of my crochet favuorites …

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2D wow this is old – it was the equivalent of a penny when decimalisation happened but with inflation is probably a lot more now. The pattern from 1925 also boasts that it can be “made in a day” … challenge accepted!

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This crochet swimsuit from 1935-37 would be a little too itchy for me, but I love the open side detail on the shorts (a close up look show that it’s meshed at the sides) and that low back – very smart 🙂

A step back in time - Crochet books from days gone by (1920s - 1940s) www.yarnya.co.uk

These crochet accessories ate dated between 1935-37, but I don’t think they’d look out of place now, especially with a metallic thread running through them.

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This 1920-32 scarf (sorry – cravat) and hat set have a definite touch of the military about them. I love the chevrons 🙂

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These “wool lace party pretties” are from 1932-35 and made entirely from crochet motifs. They are a”specially designed to end those agonising decision between silk ‘beneaths’ and a consequent cold the next day and warm, but bulgy and uninspiring woollens.”

A step back in time - Crochet books from days gone by (1920s - 1940s) www.yarnya.co.uk

Wow I love this crochet cobweb collar over a knitted jumper – what a beautiful way to combine the crafts.

As well as the patterns above there are crochet hats, berets, bags and buckles. Plenty of ideas to incorporate into modern patterns.

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9 comments on “A step back in time – Crochet books from days gone by (1920s – 1940s)
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  2. There is certainly something lovely about vintage patterns. The books so often feel used and loved too. x

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  3. Have you seen freevintagecrochet.com? I love looking at old patterns but have never taken the plunge and followed one…yet!

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