I finally finished the Popcorn Potholders from the 1975 issue of Woman's Day Granny Squares. The photo on the right is three of the patterns in this issue. The photo below on the right is from the magazine. I made the Hearty Holders (left) for the fair last year. The Popcorn Potholder is the one on the top.
This is a fun magazine with some cute tops. There are also afghans, dresses and doilies of course. I liked the pink top below but sewing all the squares together isn't my favorite thing to do.
Vintage ads are also fun. There were plenty of yarn and craft ads along with a cigarette ad or two. This one was my favorite for the wicker chair and duck, the long crocheted scarf and the woman's expression. I'm not sure why she's putting the hook in the middle of the scarf but maybe she's just working the ends in.
The pattern for the Popcorn Potholder uses Coats & Clark Speed-Cro-Sheen and a size 2 hook. I used Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread in three different colors and a size B hook (2.25mm). The pattern is easy to read and has directions for every row along with stitch counts. I made one major change to this patter and to the Hearty Holders I did last year. The pattern is only one layer and it seems thin and unfinished so I always make a back that is similar to the front without the fancy stitches and use the last row to crochet the two sides together. I skipped the loop hanger because I don't hang these up and it seems unnecessary.
Here's the finished Popcorn Potholders. My popcorn stitches pop less than theirs but I still like them.
And here are the Hearty Holders from last year.
I started working on the ripple baby blanket from a vintage pattern but I still have a few gifts to finish up in the next month. I'll post it when it's done though.
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.