Have you ever found yourself searching for a practical
Toilet Tidy or Night Cap Antimacassar? No? Me neither, but I love to read the
vintage patterns, peruse the project images, and learn about the popular
crochet fashions of the late 1800s. I have crocheted from a few of these antique
patterns, and I recommend the adventure for every crocheter.
The patterns are like old cooking recipes. You know, the
ones that call for a pinch of salt, a dash of sugar, and flour to consistency,
sparse on the detailed instructions but great exercises in the flexibility of
crochet stitches. My favorite source for vintage patterns is Weldon's.
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.
Don't forget this little bit of trivia or your projects will turn out a different
size or shape than originally intended. But once you jump in with a hook and
yarn, they are quite fun.
While both English and American patterns use the same
terminology when referring to crochet stitches, stitch names actually refer to
different stitches. So, if a vintage Weldon's pattern tells you to double
crochet (dc) across the next row, they are really referring to what modern American
patterns would call a single crochet (sc).
An English single crochet (sc) would
translate as a slip stitch (sl st) in American patterns. A treble crochet (tr)
in a vintage pattern, such as those found in Weldon's, would translate to a
double crochet (dc) in current American patterns.
But don't let translation stop you. 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. Personally, 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.
|Tulip Stitch pattern
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