In early July I featured a pattern book called, "In Fashions for him for her" that has a section called flings and caps. One of the hats was so unique, I knew I had to make it.
There is no fancy title for this hat in the booklet which is kind of a shame. The violet hat in the photo deserves a good name. It uses worsted weight yarn and specifies American Thread "Dawn" Knitting Worsted. It tells you that you will need a J hook and 2 - 4 oz skeins for both the scarf and hat. I took a chance with a partial skein of Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling Yarn in the color Prism. I had a little over an ounce of it to use and hoped that because it was a pretty open looking hat it would be enough.
The hat starts at the top and works in rounds to the brim. When I started out I wondered if I was making a doily or a hat. In the photo on the right you can see the cluster stitches. Those are the ones that stand up in the photo above.
This wasn't a difficult pattern and it worked up quickly. There are a couple of rows where you're working around the back of stitches in the previous row that might be hard to understand if you've never done a doily or something that explains how to do those well. The finished hat seems pretty small when you look at it and I had doubts it would fit. Here's the finished hat next to my hand and a skein of yarn for scale. The weight of the finished hat is one ounce and I had just enough yarn to complete it.
It turns out the mesh is a little stretchy though so it does fit. The band around the bottom isn't stretchy and that feels a little tight but it does stay on. I think this falls into the "decorative" hat type and since it is a booklet called "Fashions" I guess it makes sense.
I'm going to give it 4 stars because the pattern directions were easy to understand if you've made doilies. It does fit but I'm not sure if it's actually useful or just fashion. Would you wear this? If you would wear it and you want it I will happily send this on to someone who would use it.
I'm still sticking with the 1970s. There are so many interesting patterns! This week I have a beret from the August 1973 issue of Workbasket Magazine. I was pretty skeptical it was going to look good. The pattern for seemed really simple though so I thought it was worth a try.
This pattern had three different sizes to choose from and used three different colors of worsted weight yarn and G Hook. They suggested copper as the main color and rust and deep rose as the two colors at the very top of the hat to create a gradient look. I used three shades of orange that were in my remnant pile.
The pattern included a gauge which was only sort of helpful. While I could get the row part of the gauge to match, the stitch gauge wouldn't match unless the row didn't. Since this had different sizes I decided I would do the medium one and it should still fit.
The directions were pretty good for the time frame. This means it tells you to increase evenly for a number of rounds instead of writing it all out. I typically end up writing a short-hand version on scratch paper to make sure I know where I am in the pattern.
This pattern is just a circle top, a slightly slower decrease after the top for a bit and then three rounds of no decreases for the headband part.
I made a two changes to the pattern as I went.
Change 1: As I was getting close to the end of the top part of the hat, I noticed that there wasn't anything included to give it the nice sharp bend you can see in the photo above so I did the row after the last increase in the back loops.
Change 2: I should have done the large version. With the gauge problem I was having, the medium version was pretty tight. I skipped a decrease around the headband part to size that part up to a large.
Here's the final result:
I think this would be cute in rainbow colors or other gradients and it turned out much better than I thought it would. I'll give this a 4.5 out of 5. I'm taking off the half point for the gauge issue. I probably should have gone up a hook size and let the hat be a little taller but I don't usually have a problem with just one part of the gauge on single crochet stitches.
I think this photo has an odd school-photo vibe but we have rain storms today so taking photos on the deck would have been very wet.
For this week I have another pattern from Columbia-Minerva's Teach Yourself to Crochet from 1972. This is perfect for a beginner, not so great for the heat we're expected to get in Minnesota this coming week.
This is just a long scarf that is folded in half with 8 inches sewn by the fold to make the hood. It uses worsted weight yarn and since I liked the color combination in the photo I tried to replicate that with yarn I had. I used vintage Columbia Minerva Performer in Brown, some Red Heart Super Saver in Buff and an unknown yarn in Magenta.
This a one row repeat that goes; sc, chain 2 across and repeats with the next row having the sc in the chain 2 space. This is really easy and works up very quickly with the I hook. I didn’t think the fringe was necessary and I really hate making fringe so I skipped that.
This one fit and it was super easy and fun. This gets a 5 out of 5 stars!
There's no date in this booklet but given that these are listed as "in fashions" I think they're safely in the vintage category.
The first photo patterns are called Make them Lacy and include the vest, hat, and poncho. The second is called Boldly Banded. The poncho seems more like an open vest but I guess it makes it easy to move your arms around.
Next we have Flings and Hats. I guess the word "scarf" was just to boring to use. The two sets on the ends are crocheted and might end up in a future blog post. I'm intrigued by the purple hat in particular. The second photo is The Edwardian Vest. I don't think this would be completely out of place today.
I like the idea of this dress but I'm not sure if I'm sold on the flowery border. I think that might weigh the dress down and stretch out the top part.
And last we have the Color Cascade poncho photographed in black and white. They suggest doing the main color in Olive Green with stripes in Burnt Orange and Lemon, or Tangerine and Amber.
Do you have a favorite in this booklet?
The next two or three weeks will be photos from vintage pattern magazines instead of finished hats. I've been working on getting my Dakota County Fair entries done and I'm traveling next week. This week I have the Afghan and Fashion Collection from Columbia-Minerva that was published in 1970. I am using one of these patterns to make an entry into the Dakota County Fair. Can you guess which one?
Here's the very green cover with their Sierra Vista Afghan and Sonora Vest and Headband.
Next up is the Estrella Peasant Dress that I think is adorable. The afghan is knitted and crocheted. I think the flowers in the background make this extra pretty.
I think these two dresses would be fashionable today. The first one is called Snowflake and the second one is Point Imperial. The photo sets are interesting. The Point Imperial dress looks very fancy with the hair done up but it's in front of what looks like a wagon.
These two are in very 1970s colors. I'm not sure what the statue in the background of the Marana jumper is. The Inspiration dress, beret and scarf is partially knitted and one way you can tell that this is an older photo is that the taped up thermostat is still in the photo. I think my photographer sister would find this pretty funny.
The red suit is called the Show Low Midi Suit. The gold outfit is called Old Basin Vest, Skirt and Cap. Both of these have some pretty awesome boots.
There are more photos than this but they are mostly afghans and less interesting than the clothing patterns.
Any guesses on which one of these I'm going to make for the Dakota County Fair?
This week I have another hat made with 100% viscose rayon straw type fiber. The book uses HiStraw made by Columbia-Minerva. I guess rayon raffia was popular in the early 70s.
Here is the front and the back of the booklet.
I went with the "Anne" hat (upper right in second photo) because I wanted something with more of a brim. This fiber isn't super scratchy but I don't think the granny square hats look very comfortable and I didn't have enough colors to make the other options.
The pattern asks for seven skeins of HiStraw in tan and three in brown. I had neither of those colors so I mixed up some different brands and went with two StrawTex white, five HiStraw natural, one HiStraw light blue and one Swistraw in a yellow-orange color. The Swistraw had this description on the label, "WONDERFUL, WASHABLE SWISTRAW Ribbon is a remarkably versatile viscose rayon strand - durable, soil and fade resistant, and it may be washed, dry cleaned, ironed and steamed (handle as synthetic textile). It is available in many dazzling colors in brilliant and matt finishes...ideal strand for many craft and needlework projects - freeform and loom flowers, crocheting, stitchery, weaving, lampshade wrap, macramé, gift packaging ties, embedding in resin."
This was a pretty easy pattern once I got past some odd instructions where they had you doing a row into the base of the previous row. It made the inside look like this and the only reason I could come up with for this was to give it a little more structure. This is done for three different rows in the head portion and in every row for the brim.
They suggest a G hook and give the same gauge as the previous hat but for some reason I needed to go up a hook size to get the gauge right. About halfway through the sides of the hat it still looked a little smaller than I thought it should so I upped the hook size again to an H. This hat has you crochet over some round elastic to make sure the hat will stay on and that worked pretty well.
I will say that this isn't the easiest stuff to work with but it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It takes a little more wrist twist to get the full strand in the hook sometimes and my hands get a little more tired than they do with regular yarn. The results are pretty good though and it makes a nice lightweight summer hat.
I'm happy with how it came out and it fits so I'll give this one a 5 star rating.
This week's hat is from a flyer I bought at Vintage Knits; "Bucilla's easy-to-crochet Bonnets and Bags".
When I got it I realized all of the patterns except one use a specific type of fiber to make them. It was something I'd never heard of called StrawTex. StrawTex is 100% viscose rayon, a fiber made from wood pulp. I managed to find some StrawTex and HiStraw (I'll use that for next week's hat) on eBay at about $1 per skein and it included the perfect color to make the purple sun hat on the bottom right of the cover. While some of the other hats would have used less Strawtex, I wasn't sure that some of those beanie type hats would be more than just decorative.
The pattern asked for eight skeins of StrawTex and each skein is only 24 yards. I had six of the lighter purple and added a darker purple and navy skein to get up to eight. It said to use an H hook or the hook to get the specified gauge. I used a G hook.
This starts out by using a plastic ring at the top and while I was skeptical at first it was much easier to do that than try other methods with this type of fiber. The rest of the pattern was very simple and I was surprised that this fiber wasn't that hard to work with. I've used polypropylene fiber from Spinnerin before and that was sticky and hard to work with but this wasn't that sticky. My hands did get tired faster than if it was yarn though. I used the navy where the cord trim would go and used the darker purple on the very last rows to give it an ombre effect. I did not have enough StrawTex to do the cord trim so I did that in cotton instead. It's hard to see in the photos because it's much smaller than their version but it works to make the hat a little tighter.
The finished hat had a very ruffly brim that I didn't love and since this was a natural fiber I thought it might block. The fiber label said it was washable in lukewarm water so it shouldn't damage it at least. I wet just the brim and the StrawTex got very soft and I was able to pin it in the brim width I wanted. This is not a hat you should wear in the rain though. You would have a soggy mess on your hands...or head.
I'm giving this a 5 out of 5 stars. The pattern was simple and I used a fiber that was new to me. Next week I'll have another hat using the same type of fiber from a different leaflet.
I tried to take a photo with Tayla for the hat. This is how that went:
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This week's hat was such a failure that I rewound the yarn after the second attempt and gave up. The hat is a vintage pattern for a Yellow Picture Hat and Bag and can be found here along with many other vintage patterns.
This pattern asks for rug yarn and size F hook. Rug yarn can be anything from worsted weight to super bulky. Since this used an F hook I thought it would be on the lighter side but after trying with two different weights and even a different hook I realized it must be something on the heavy side and I didn't have yarn that work. Plus I have a lot of really fun patterns waiting so I didn't want to try a third time. My photo shows the heavier worsted weight yarn using a G hook.
Instead of dwelling on that failed hat lets look at some fun crochet fashion from the summer of 1973. These are from a magazine that I hadn't even heard of but found at Vintage Knits. The magazine has knitting, crochet and one tapestry pattern.
Let's start out with what they say is a wedding dress and hat. They describe this as, "a "trad/mod" dress in a super openwork pattern; just the thing for a summer bride and can be sued as an afternoon dress later on." The shoes are definitely 1970s!
Next we have some sun dresses and swimsuit cover ups. These are all things I wouldn't be surprised to see at the beach now.
I love the chevron pattern of the first swimsuit here and am amused by the strategic flower placement on the second suit.
I love this maxi dress and it comes with a pattern for a shell stitch bottom. The description says, "Long dresses are becoming more and more popular; this one with it's open-work pattern and striped borders can be worn as a hostess dress or for an evening out."
And last, we have two vests that look like they'd fit right in today.
Do you have a favorite from this magazine?
Next week I'm working with Strawtex for a hat!
This is the only Workbasket hat pattern I have for June. I was surprised there weren't some sun hats or other options but there turned out to not be that many hats in June magazines. This was one of the few I found in my pattern stash and it's a baby hat.
This pattern uses 2 ounces of 3-ply baby yarn and a size F hook. I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn which is one of my least favorite baby yarns. It has a shine that I don't love and feels a little plasticky before you wash it. It's ok after washing but it doesn't feel nice on my hands as I use it. There was no gauge given so I hoped it would come out relatively baby sized.
It starts with making a medallion for the back of the head and then goes to rows for the sides and top. Add a tie and it's done. Seems pretty simple.
The pattern had a portion that was written in a way I haven't seen before.
"Rnd 7: Dc around.
Rnd 8; 10: Sc around.
Rnd 9: Sl st in first 6 sts, ch 2, dc around to within 6 sts from end, ch 1, turn."
A little unusual to have 8 and 10 together but I understand it right up until we get to the end of round 10. I think there's a mistake in the editing and round 9 shouldn't have the "turn". The pattern hasn't had turns until the rows so it seems odd to do it after round 9. Round 10 has no instructions to turn but that seems like the logical place to turn your work since we're changing to rows.
Row 1 of the top starts out saying "2 dc in same st as chain 2", yet there was no chain 2 at the end of round 10.
This probably should have read:
Round 7: Dc around, join to first dc, ch 1
Round 8: Sc around, join to first sc, ch 2
Round 9: Sl st in first 6 sts, ch 2, dc around to within 6 sts from end, ch 1
Round 10: Sc around, join to first sc, ch 2, turn
That's what I did and I think it worked out ok. Here's the finished hat and it looks like it would fit a small baby. I don't like doing poms so I skipped that part.
Next week it's a pattern from the Columbia Minerva "Teach Yourself to Crochet" again.
I bought a bunch of patterns from Vintage Knits so I'll have some really fun stuff to share for the last week in June and the first weeks in July. Vintage Knits is closing down and having an awesome sale so if you like to have the original vintage patterns, magazines or books now is the time to head over there and get some.
Here's a photo of about a fourth of the patterns and magazines I bought!
There aren't a lot of hat patterns in the magazines for June so I'm breaking some of my self-imposed rules, This week's pattern is earrings (technically worn on your head) from the 1990 (a few years past the year I was considering "vintage") issue of Crochet World Winter Special. Specifically, the rainbow earrings.
The pattern is rated as "easy" in the magazine. It asks for Knit-Cro-Sheen (a size 10 crochet thread), a size 10 steel crochet hook and a set of earring wires, posts or clip ons. I still have some jewelry making supplies and plenty of earring hooks. I also have a lot of thread and it turned out that I had the perfect color combo for these.
I used a 1.25mm hook for these and there was no gauge given. That shouldn't be an issue since they're earrings and fit is a personal choice.
These were a little fiddly with the thread and the tiny hook so I don't think it's super easy to do. I only did 8 rows of the pattern because I wanted to use 7 colors. The rows have stitch counts after them which is nice except when they're wrong and one row was wrong. Both row 3 and 4 had the same stitch count. Row 4 had increases and no decreases so that would be impossible. Aside from that issue this was fairly easy and the results are adorable. I'll give this pattern a 4 out 5.
Here are my 1990 Rainbow earrings:
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.