Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crochet Old and New

Antique Crochet

Several weeks ago I came across a wonderful old crochet booklet and purchased it to frame for my workroom.  While look through the frail old booklet I found, and what seemed to be a simple lace edging.  Decide that I would like to try this sweet design  and make the edging for a set of queen sized pillow cases that I have wanted to hand embroidery as well.

Bought the thread in white and hauled out the crochet hooks and along with a pair of cheater glasses as the print is quite small.  The first thought was to start right in and make the whole edging.  This little voice within me kept say you need to make a sample of the design first.  Oh my gosh I am so glad I listen to that little voice as I tried to recreate that lace edging from the old antique instruction there were several very different abbreviations and one was this capital "D" and thought about it for a while then decide to research old crochet abbreviations and terms at a locale used book store.  I lucked out as I came across a book and bought it and it turned out to be the neatest old book on crochet I have ever bought.  There in that book were the old abbreviation and terms and ladies I might say they are a little different then how they are written today.  Also a lot of the instruction are very brief and it does take a bit of guess work to understand the old antique patterns.  Click on the Crochet tab and you will find this pattern and another one you might also enjoy all are free unless stated.

At the end of this post are those abbreviation and terms from that old booklet.
The big project is to reproduce this edging for a set of pillow cases. I thought perhaps you might like to try to make this edging too.
You can find the pattern and terms in the crochet section.
Have a magical day.

Key to Terms Used in This Book.

Stitch (st).

Chain (ch)—Tie a slip knot, insert hook, thread over hook,
draw through. Repeat as many stitches as are required.’

 Slip Stitch (sl-st)—Put hook through a stitch of the foundation,
draw thread through that and the loop on the needle
without throwing thread over.

 Double (D or d )—With stitch on needle, put needle through the
work, draw a stitch through, making two on needle.
Throw thread over hook again and draw it through both
these stitches.

 Treble (tr)—With a stitch on the needle, take up thread as
f for a stitch, put the needle through the work, draw a
stitch through, making three on needle. Throw the
thread over, draw through two stitches, then over again,
and draw through the two remaining stitches.

 Double Treble (dtr)—Thread over the hook twice—cast off
three times—two and two and two.

 Triple Treble (ttr)—Thread over hook three times. Cast off
two—cast off two—cast off two—cast off two.

 Popcorn (pc)—5 treble in same stitch, withdraw hook; insert
in top of first treble and fifth treble, throw thread over
hook, draw through both stitches, chain one to tighten it.

 Picot (p)—Chain either 3, 4 or 5, as you like. Insert hook in
first stitch, throw thread over hook and draw through
chain stitch and stitch on hook.

 Triple Picot (triple p)—Three picots in succession.
Cluster (cl)—Stitch on hook, thread over hook, hook through
work, thread over hook, draw through, thread over, draw
through only 2 loops. Repeat 1 treble, drawing thread
through only 2 loops. Make 3rd treble, having 4 stitches
on hook, thread over, draw through all 4 stitches. Chain
1 to draw cluster into shape.
Note—Where star is found, do not repeat except as per directions
given farther on in work.
Illustrations and working directions for the new opera
or breakfast cap will be sent to any address in the United
States for five cents and a two-cent stamp.
Prices for any of the designs shown in this hook will be furnished
pon receipt of request and self addressed stamped envelope.


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