Can you guess what year this magazine is from based on the ad on the back of the magazine?
This Good Housekeeping Needlecraft magazine is full of fun patterns that fit right into the era it's from. It has patterns for knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, sewing and more. I'm going to highlight some of the knitting and crochet patterns.
I couldn't resist these two knitted sweaters. The first one is called The Windowpane Pullover and the description says the one "dot" is functional because it serves as a button. The second one is The Bold Patterned Coat and it looks super cozy.
Next up is the Gilded Pullover (also knitted) This entire outfit looks like it could be worn today and there is one tiny detail on it that's easy to miss. There's a little pocket at the waist!
The Glitter & Glow outfits are both crocheted. The suit is done in a velour yarn and the shawl has a silver metallic yarn mixed with the blue yarn.
The Laced Camisole (below, left side) is described as "crocheted in an exciting color combination." I think it might be better in something other than pink. Maybe some rainbow stripes? The Victorian Shawl (same photo), "is trimmed all around with a deep, glorious fringe". The Multistriped Tabard on the left is kind of fun for the 70s but looks a little messy.
The sweaters, the scarf and the eye-glass case (in blue on the right) below are knitted. The tiny purses are crocheted. I thought about doing one of the purses since they have them hanging around the neck but they're both completely open at the top which seems like it would be less useful for a purse.
These kids sweaters are all knit except the gold one with crewel embroidered flowers.
The vest in the photo on the left below is crocheted and then embroidered with cross-stitches. The tweed coverup on the right is also crocheted and it gives instructions on how to get the look they have below.
These bags and other decorative items are also very 1970s. The purses on the left side are all crocheted. The wall hanging that crosses the two photos is macramé and then gold chains are added. Most of the items on the right were sewn or glued. The one crocheted item on that page is the silver lighter holder in the lower right corner.
And last are these two pages. The photo on the left is showing a bunch of things they have patterns for including sewn potholders and cross-stitched canning lids. There are only three crocheted items in the photo. One is the pickled watermelon rind. The others are the motifs/doilies on the apron that say "Biscuit" and "Bread". When I first looked at that I assumed the word on the apron was her name and was a little surprised it was Biscuit. (Should I make that doily for the Horn family dog?)
The picture on the right also has some motifs and edging to add to tops that you sew. They give the Simplicity pattern name for the tops but you could add these to ready made tops too.
Did you figure out what year(s) this magazine is from?
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.