The Magic of Crochet
Book No. 168
The Spool Cotton Company
Original Copyright 1941
GAUGE … For perfect results your number of stitches and rows should correspond with that in the directions. Before starting your article, make a small sample of the stitch. If your working tension is too tight or too loose, use a finer or coarser needle, to obtain the correct gauge.
TO LAUNDER COTTON ARTICLES … Before laundering, record all important measurements. Use a good neutral soap or soap flakes; make suds in warm water. Squeeze suds through article until it is clean. Rinse thoroughly and wring out. Lay out article on Turkish towels, according to recorded measurements, and pin in place with rustproof pins. Press through dry cloth. When thoroughly dry, remove pins. Press lightly where necessary.
BLOCKING DIRECTIONS … Using rust-proof pins, pin individual pieces right-side-down on Turkish towels. Press with a hot iron, through a damp cloth. When thoroughly dry, remove pins.
SUGAR STIFFENING … Make a thin syrup by boiling about 3 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water for about 5 minutes. Dip the article in the syrup when it is cool enough to handle, remove and pull into shape following original measurements and outline. Then let dry.
STARCHING … Starch the article, pin out on a padded surface following original measurements and outline. Press through a dry cloth and remove pins when article is dry. The stiffness of the starched article is governed by individual taste. Following directions on packaged starch and experimenting will bring desired results.
IMPORTANT … Be sure to buy at one time sufficient material of the same dye lot to complete the article you wish to make, as it is impossible to avoid slight variations in colors in different dye lots.
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