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Crochet Book No. 2 | J. & P. Coats
Crocheted & Knitted Kitchen Craft | Book 53 | Lily Mills Company
Men's Book | Volume 37 | Minerva
Flower Doilies and a New Pansy Doily | Book #64 | American Thread Company
J. & P. Coats
Book 2
Lily Mills
Book 53
Minerva
Volume 37
American Thread
Volume 64


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Gloves and Mittens | Volume 29 | Bernhard Ulmann Company

Bernhard Ulmann Company
Volume 29
Gloves and Mittens

©1953
Here it is, right at your fingertips, everything you need to turn your hand to knitting and crocheting gloves and mittens for the whole family, with that wonderful, unmatched hand-knit look.

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The Learn How Book | Book No. 58 | The Spool Cotton Company

Spool Cotton Company
Book 58
The Learn How Book

©1936
The more you crochet and knit and craft, the more adept you will become in working out designs of your own. Carefully made articles will last for generations and will be cherished by those of your very own who can appreciate the good taste and skill you put into your work.

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The Learn How Book | Book No. 98 | The Spool Cotton Company

Spool Cotton Company
Book 98
The Learn How Book

©1936
The more you crochet and knit and craft, the more adept you will become in working out designs of your own. Carefully made articles will last for generations and will be cherished by those of your very own who can appreciate the good taste and skill you put into your work.

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Junior Crochet and Knitting Manual | Book No. 112 | The Spool Cotton Company

Spool Cotton Company
Book 112
Junior Crochet and Knitting Manual

©1937
Wouldn't you like to learn to crochet and knit so that you, too, can make a scarf, or a hat or a sweater for yourself? It is easy, if you use this book to help you and it is fun to do. Simply start reading the next page and follow through the entire book, making the stitches and items which are shown. After you have completed this book you will be ready to make the more difficult things shown in fashion and household books.

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Woolco Knitting & Crocheting Manual

Woolco
Woolco Knitting & Crocheting Manual

©1916
Knitting and crocheting the patterns in this book is one of the most fascinating forms of recreation. It is very easy to learn the first stitches, and a little practice will make you a proficient worker. You will find that the work goes quickly, and that instead of tiring you it will rest you and soothe the nerves.

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The art of making fabric from yarn has been handed down from generation to generation. Mothers teach their daughters. Aunts teach their nieces. And grandmothers share their crochet tricks and tips with the entire family. The art of crocheting or making fabric from yarn has been around for centuries. It has a significant history in the United States and abroad.

No One Knows When Crocheting Really Started

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The truth is that historians aren’t quite sure when the art of crocheting actually began. Some research suggests that it developed from Chinese needlework, which was practiced in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, and then spread to Europe where the French modified the practice.

According to American crochet expert, Annie Potter, the form of crochet that is practiced today was developed during the 16th century and became known as ‘crochet lace’ in France and ‘chain lace’ in England.

Some historians believe that crochet has been known as far back as the 1500s, where Italian nuns worked on church fabrics. It was called ‘nun’s work’ or ‘nun’s lace.’

Crocheting Saves Ireland?

It’s said that Irish crochet saved the lives of the people of Ireland. During the potato famine from 1845 to 1850 people crocheted by the candlelight. They crafted delicate collars and cuffs which became quite trendy amongst the social elite in Europe. Their work was sold abroad and it helped keep many families fed. The workers created crochet cooperatives. Families were able to save up enough money from their crochet work to immigrate to the United States where they were able to live better lives. Of course, they brought their craft with them and the art of crocheting spread throughout the United States.

Early Crochet Patterns

Today you can literally find thousands of different crochet patterns and you can craft anything from a decorative flower to an afghan. Crochet patterns used to be handed down from generation to generation and weren’t written down, but rather were taught and passed along via word of mouth. It wasn’t until 1824 when the first crochet pattern was printed. And instead of patterns for cell phone cases, the earliest patterns were for purses made from gold and silver silk thread.

While the origins of crochet are still a bit of a mystery, one can’t deny the global popularity of this art form. It saved a generation of Irish from famine, and it helps millions of people today unwind, express their creative side, and make money from their craftwork.

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There are literally thousands upon thousands of free crochet patterns that are no longer available simply because they were published many years ago and are now out of print. Fortunately, the Internet gives us the opportunity to share these fun, exciting and long lost designs for everyone to enjoy again. We are currently working on reproducing our library of vintage patterns that have passed into the public domain and will include them here as quickly as we can.

All of the crochet patterns that appear on this website have passed into the public domain. That means that these designs are no longer protected by copyright and you are free to do whatever you would like to do with them! Copy them, share them, make finished items from them and sell them - let your imagination run wild!