First up, December 1970. The pattern is called simple crochet coat with popcorn border. Described as, “Red, charming and beauteous is this distinctive design.” This is a lovely vintage look. It’s done is worsted weight yarn with a J hook. Finishing directions seem simple if your definition of simple is lacking in specific directions:
“Block and steam sections to measure. Sew or weave seams. Work reverse sc down right front, across lower edge, up other front. Work across each cuff and top of pockets. Line coat for best shape. Sew on buttons and pockets.”
It might be "simple" to crochet but I think you need some experience in garment construction to put it together.
Next we have the cover for December 1972. It's a Christmas Cape or Tree Skirt. That wasn't a question, it's both! The main part of this is knit but the edging and embellishments are crocheted. I love that this is a dual purpose pattern. Who hasn’t looked a tree skirt and thought, “I'm a little chilly, that tree skirt looks like it would make an excellent cape”?
December 1978 - The hooded Jacket. I kind of like this one except that it doesn't have any buttons or zippers to close it. This time there are three pages of directions including charts for the cross-stitching on the white bands.
And last for today, it's December 1979's lacy holiday blouse. I'm pretty sure this person doesn't live in Minnesota. It looks like it might be a bit chilly for December.
Next week - I'll have voting for January ready. January will take us back to a time before I was born. I'm pulling choices from one of the oldest Workbasket Magazines I have in my collection.
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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.