Vintage Crochet Kimonos

Apr 22, 2013

Editors' Note: Even sitting by myself on my couch with a cup of hot chocolate and my crochet, I know I am not alone. I am joining crocheters across time and across the world, finding comfort and joy in the same stitches and sometimes the same patterns. Here is Interweave Crochet's project editor Sarah Read to tell us about some of those patterns. — Toni

Vintage Crochet Kimonos

When mind and body both need a bit of comfort, I find there’s nothing better than to crochet a simple garment. Long swaths of basic crochet stitches—nothing too taxing on the mind, just letting the yarn do its thing, pulling the troubles out of your head and tying them up in knots. All the better if, at the end, you can wrap yourself up in those stitches and settle in to the warm thing you’ve made and have a cuppa.

The seven designs in this eBook serve that purpose perfectly, in addition to being cute enough that I can wear most of them out-and-about when my cuppa’s done and I’m feeling ready to conquer the world again.

There’s also something enriching about working from vintage patterns, knowing that you’re following the path of crocheters a century ago. These women sat and stitched their garments from the same words on these pages for the same reasons we do today. There’s something that binds us all together in this continuity of craft and gives us a sense that we’re preserving a heritage. For me, that makes a garment crocheted from a vintage pattern more than just a garment—it’s an heirloom made new again. These flowing kimonos no doubt comforted the women of 1918 as they stitched their way through the climax and close of World War I, maybe pulling their troubles out of their minds and tying them up in these long, soft rows of stitches.

So put the kettle on and settle in for some comfort-crochet and download PieceWork Presents 7 Captivating Kimonos from 1918 to Crochet. I’ll be a space away on the map, doing the same, finding comfort in knowing we’re all a part of this heritage.


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PieceWork presents this unique eBook that features 7 crochet patterns for kimonos from 1918. Enjoy the historical context of these crochet garments from Fleisher's Knitting & Crochet Manual.


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on Apr 23, 2013 3:06 AM

Dear Sarah,  I have crocheted from heirloom patterns.  Once you get past the "translation" of the terms it goes easily and swiftly.  Mostly I have crocheted baby clothes because of the neat construction.  I would love it if some genius could recapture the pictures and give them size and clarity.  When you crochet sometimes the words don't compute, but seeing a close up clear picture gives the push to overcoming and understanding.  There are times when I have 4 or 5 books sprawled over a big table trying to figure out a stich pattern but it is worth it.  The journey and adventure of figuring it out make the "victory" sweeter.  Happy crocheting!  Love, Sarah from Revò, Trento, Italy

SusanH@17 wrote
on Apr 25, 2013 12:28 PM

Can't decide which one to try first. Amazing that with very few changes the styles will work for today.(the rosettes gotta go) Would love to work in cotton for the summer, but I think some used something with more drape. Looks like a sport weight yarn.  Lots to think about!