Bunches of outstanding crochet patterns, and complete pattern books, became available during the 1900s. In regards to women’s clothing trends, this was an important transitional decade; women’s clothing, dresses in particular, became less elaborate (although still much more elaborate than what they would later become in the 1910s, 20s, 30s and after. )
Let’s take a look at a few of the crochet patterns and publications that were available at this time. This is not a comprehensive pattern list, but the list includes some lovely patterns.
In the September 1903 issue of Modern Priscilla magazine, there is an unusual pattern for a knitted shawl with a crocheted border.
The July 1905 issue of Modern Priscilla magazine includes an unusual pattern for a seven-pointed star design that they call a table mat. Otherwise, crochet is not the main focus of the issue.
The June 1906 issue of Modern Priscilla magazine includes some outstanding crochet patterns. One project in particular is a crocheted baby jacket, which the author of the pattern refers to as a “baby sack.”
The baby jacket looks like it would be a fascinating project. You would crochet a chevron-stitch yoke, plus a lovely textured crochet stitch for the main body of the jacket. A fancy, elaborate edging completes the look.
This isn’t the only baby pattern present in the June 1906 Modern Priscilla. There is also a pattern for a baby cap included as well. If I were writing the pattern description for this design, I would probably have used the word “bonnet” instead of “cap.” It’s so dainty and pretty that it’s hard for me to think of it as being a cap.
It’s interesting to see how baby patterns have evolved and changed over the years, isn’t it? Many of today’s trendy babies are wearing cute little animal-themed hats with ears, which don’t at all resemble the baby hats of yesteryear.
Quite a bit of this issue’s contents focus on crochet. The magazine also includes some intricate textured Irish crochet patterns, including a square (pictured,) a band and a couple of medallions (not pictured).
All of these pieces are typical of crochet work you’d expect to see in this era. They are detailed and beautiful, with eye-catching accents that make each piece extra special.