Book No. 61
The Spool Cotton Company
Original Copyright 1935
THE delightful fashion for hand crocheted dresses and blouses has a large and enthusiastic following. It is a fashion that develops creative ability—opening the way to an unexplored field of adventure for dexterous hands. There are clever new stitches and modern versions of the old favorites of our grandmothers.
There is a thrill of achievement in crocheting a smart new dress—made in a color that accents your best feature ... a blue that makes your eyes bluer, or a blossom pink that reflects the color of your cheeks.
An interesting collection of crocheted dresses and blouses appears in this book, designed for those distinguished threads—J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen and Clark's O.N.T. Cronita with their rich, soft lustre, and Clark's O.N.T. Knitting and Crochet Cotton, an attractive soft-textured thread. Both come in an array of gay, vivid colors and flowerlike pastels.
A distinctive feature of crocheting a dress is that it can be tried on as you work. Stitches can be added or decreased as necessary to assure correct fitting. Crocheted dresses are readily laundered and they keep their shape well. They add variety to your wardrobe—easily and inexpensively.
For Correct Fitting or Size Alteration
To insure perfect fitting of crocheted garments, it is advisable to make a tracing on heavy paper of a pattern that fits you. Make a tracing for both the back and front and for sleeves, if the garment you are making has them. The tracing can be made from any good commercial foundation pattern. As your work progresses, lay it over the drawing from time to time and increase or decrease as necessary to make the garment fit. For crocheted garments, lay your first chain of stitches onto your pattern. The chain should be approximately one-fifth longer than your pattern is wide as the crochet stitches take up this amount in the chain.
If you crochet very loosely, use a smaller hook than specified, and if your work is unusually tight, use a larger size.
How to Launder Crocheted Garments
Garments and articles made of J. & P. Knit-Cro-Sheen, Clark's O.N.T. Cronita or Clark's O.N.T. Knitting and Crochet Cotton, may be laundered with entire satisfaction if the following suggestions are observed. Because the colors are BOILFAST they retain their clear, fresh appearance after innumerable washings.
Before you wash an article make a rough diagram of the size and shape, taking careful measurements with a tape measure and noting them on your diagram.
Use a good neutral soap or soap flakes and make suds in warm water. Squeeze the garment to remove soil and stains, rather than rubbing. It is well to repeat the process in new suds. Then rinse two or three times in clear, lukewarm water, making sure all soap is removed.
Lay the article in a Turkish towel, roll it up carefully, and squeeze to remove the excess water. Then spread it out on a dry Turkish towel, drawing it into its original size and shape. Pin in place, if necessary, and allow to dry completely. Garments should never be hung up to dry.
Always press from the wrong side. Lay the article on the pressing board and hold it in shape. Place a damp cloth flat on the article and pass a hot iron over it, allowing the steam to go through to the article. Lift the iron from place to place instead of "ironing."
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