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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Vintage Crochet Pattern, A $10 coupon,

and an interesting and somewhat sad story with a recipe!  
I love vintage crochet potholders..........don't  you?

Especially those worked with thread crochet.
Some of these I sell...........if I have a match for myself........and most of them I collect.

These all are such works of art...........I feel. 
I am always in search of these wonderful vintage patterns.

Today, I have a vintage pattern to share with you for these potholders in the photo above. 
(PLEASE NOTE) this is not my crochet pattern or potholders. I was sent a copy of this through email. I can't find who the original designer is. 
The pattern will be posted at the end of this post. 

Also, I was reading through my vintage cookbooks and found a recipe from an restaurant named Yesteryear in the late 50s. As you know, this is the name of my vintage shop. This book has recipes from many restaurants and inns during that time. I was curious to know if any of these places still exist. I started researching Yesteryear first. I found and interesting and somewhat sad story that goes with this. You can read this and also get the recipe on my cooking blog

And just for you readers..........since you live too far away to visit my shop, I have created a coupon for you to visit my online Etsy shop
Just click onto the link to browse 
 when you find something that you just have to have, type in this code when purchasing YYEEH15 For purchase of $30 or more.......offer ends 4/6/15
And now.........here is the pattern for the crochet potholder

Crochet Hook: 7 or 1.65 mm hook (steel)
Yarn Weight: (0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.
The potholder is made of two identical pieces (though the color patterns need not be the same) that are joined by one more round that is worked through both pieces.  Use a size 7 steel crochet hook with regular (size 10) cotton crochet thread.

Chain 7  and join to form a loop.

Join each round by pulling a loop through and then chaining two.

Round 1 - work 10 single crochet (sc) in the loop and join.

Round 2 - work 2 double crochet (dc) in each sc (20 dc total) and join.

Round 3 - work 2 dc in each dc (actually it's really in the spaces between the dc) (40 dc total) and join.

Round 4 - in this round you establish the "corners" of the potholder where all the remaining increases will occur. Work 4 dc in the space between the first two pairs of dc and then 2 dc in each of the next 3 spaces. Repeat this four more times and join.

Rounds 5 - 14 (you can do more or less depending on the size potholder you want) - continue in the same way as round 4, always working 4 dc at each corner and 2 dc in the spaces.
When done, join, cut the thread and pull it through. Weave cut thread ends into the wrong side of the potholder to secure them and hide them. Work the other piece of the potholder in the same way, but don't cut the thread.

To join the two pieces, put the wrong sides together and work one more round in the established pattern. For this round you'll need to work through both sides, being careful that they are lined up correctly. When done, join, pull the thread through and weave in the end.


Sherri Farley said...

I love these potholders too. I see them often when I'm out flea marketing and always thumb through them. So much work went into them. My favorites are the ones that look like little dresses and pants. I
have a couple round ones that were my mothers, but I dare not use them.

lil red hen said...

These are really pretty potholders! Do you use them? Are they thick enough to protect hands from heat? I have a book of patterns for crocheted potholders; my daughter made one like a watermelon slice from this book.

Karen said...

Those are gorgeous potholders, definitely works of art!

A Colorful World said...

These potholders are wonderful! I copied the pattern, and would love to make one! I discovered that crocheting really hurts my arthritic hands, especially if I use the thread or thin yarn, but I just taught my daughter to crochet. She is just getting started, but she can pick up the torch! :-) How sweet you have a coupon for the store! I hope many people use it!

Marianne said...

I'm so sorry I missed your coupon, but off to check out some of your things. I am determined to own one of your delights, Kathleen.

Marianne xo

Unknown said...

I too, have seen these lovely pot holders and I have one of my own, although I don't know who made it. Such craftsmanship!

letslearnembroidery said...

The potholders look great