My pattern collection consists mostly of vintage crochet patterns. However, I enjoy crochet patterns from every era, and there are many up-to-date, contemporary crochet pattern books that I own and recommend. I bring this up because right now, the folks at Interweave Press are having a massive book sale. I noticed that some of my favorite titles are being offered at really attractive prices.
Anyone who appreciates fine crochet work and has the patience for working vintage crochet patterns is likely to also enjoy working the lovely patterns in Kristin Omdahl’s book, Crochet So Fine.
Seamless Crochet is another captivating crochet book by Kristin Omdahl that I highly recommend to vintage crochet enthusiasts — but only those of you who are willing to wander out of your comfort zones.
You’ve probably crocheted zillions of motifs, and woven in a least twice as many ends. If you’re willing to try a new approach — one with a whole lot less end-weaving, but with some additional mind-bending along the way, then this book is for you.
I’m bummed out to see that one of my favorite crochet books, The Beaded Edge, is out of stock. BOOO! But there is a sequel! YAY! I just found out about the Beaded Edge 2. It looks like a beautiful book.
These are just a couple of noteworthy sale items that caught my eye. I own the Kristin Omdahl books already, and I thought they were worth the money at their full prices. My opinion: you really can’t go wrong by buying them at these deeply discounted prices. There are so many other amazing books that look like good buys at these ultra-low prices that I scarcely know where to start. I hope you’ll check ’em out.
Would you like to learn how to crochet flowers? If so, you’ll probably appreciate these free crochet flower patterns. There are a variety of different flower patterns listed; some of them are sunflowers, some are daisies, and some are abstract flowers that could be layered together, used separately or interpreted in different ways. Enjoy!
This list of free knit and crochet edging patterns includes 77+ different choices — some for contemporary edgings, and some for vintage edgings. Some of the edgings are simple and some are fancy; some are easy and some are challenging. There’s a fantastic mix of trims, borders and edgings — a little something for everyone.
If you’re looking for blanket edgings, that page isn’t the most helpful possibility, just because you’d also have to wade through all the patterns that don’t have corners. If you need a pattern with a corner, check out this page of crochet borders for blankets. The page features links to free patterns for different blanket edgings that have corners, plus insights to help you crochet blanket borders more easily.
That issue has several patterns for original flapper-era knitted bags with beads, plus lots of other fun contents. You can click here to see many photos, plus links to the ebay auctions — they are linked at the very bottom of the page.
I am once again writing with an apology about the appearance of this web site. I just installed a new WordPress plugin that will hopefully help me to make the site more “international-friendly”. (For those who don’t know, wordpress is blog software, in case you were wondering.) Unfortunately, the plugin also seems to have caused all the formatting on the web site to have disappeared. Honestly, I do know how to use line breaks, but you wouldn’t know it to look at this web site right now…
Sorry about that! It will take me some time to fix the problem. Sorry if you are inconvenienced by pages that look like a mess.
Updated June 9, ’08: The auction that I posted about has ended. The final price was $505.98.
Now THAT’S an ebay auction! Does the word “WOW” mean anything to you??! OK, the auction lot does actually have a tiny bit of antique crochet lace included in it…somewhere. Honestly, it does, that’s how I found the auction in the first place. I was doing a search for antique crochet. 😀 The crochet work seems largely irrelevant to all the other amazing baubles and beauties included in the auction, but I still thought you’d probably enjoy taking a look at the auction. I’m telling you, this is window shopping at its finest. I soooo envy the winner of this one.
UPDATE! Wow, it gets even better! When I originally posted about this auction it had a buy it now price on it. I can’t remember exactly what the price originally was, but it was over $1,000 (US.) Now it appears that the auction was restarted with a 99 cent opening bid. Insane! I am feeling kind of anxious for the seller at this point, because that kind of auction is such a gamble. You never know where the bidding will end up. On the other hand I am also feeling thrilled for whoever the winner ends up being.
This ebay seller is selling sold some lovely antique crochet and needlework pattern books, including a couple of “Home Needlework Magazine” Back issues and a Royal Society crochet book. I used to have a couple of these books in my collection, and they are absolutely delightful. For those of you who collect beaded bag patterns, the January 1903 issue has several of them. Luckily, the seller included multiple photos in the auction so you can see at least one of the bags. There are also several color illustrations shown. You can click here to see my description of the patterns included. Sorry to say that I don’t have my informational web pages up for the other books, but I will try to get them posted ASAP.
If I find another one of these filet crochet charts I will be sure to post about it, so please make sure to take a look at my latest posts on the site to see if I have posted any current auction finds.
The final bid price of the auction was $36.99 and it was priced in Australian dollars. Ebay’s currency converter was showing an equivalent of $35.23 US at the time I checked, although the rate fluctuates depending on when you check it.
Original Blog Post:
Here’s a fantastic ebay find for you! It’s a Mary Card giant filet crochet chart for the British coat of arms. These are wonderful to work from. Unfortunately, I don’t see these charts come up for sale often enough. The seller is located in Australia, but ships internationally. The auction ends on May 1, 2008.