Thursday, September 18, 2014

Make a Vintage Potholder

I am sure most of you have noticed that in the last few years there has been an unprecedented interest in all things "Vintage"....It is now trendy to hunt for old time treasures at thrift stores and sometimes you may even come across something you gave away years before.  I know it happened to me because I came across a sewing pattern from the eighties that I had once purchased....LOL...The good thing is is that there are some good inexpensive deals out there.  Among the vintage I like to look at and sometimes collect I count pyrex, old doilies and pot holders from the 50s.  I marvel at how tight crocheters stitches were back then.  I do my best when it comes to using crochet thread and a size 7 steel really is harder I must say to use thread than yarn.

For example here is a few authentic vintage potholders from the 50s.  I love them!

You can still find patterns to make some of these vintage potholders.  Some patterns you can even figure out without using a pattern.  I am seriously considering making the little beige dress with the pink edging.  How cute!
 I found a pattern from Free Vintage Crochet and it is here.  After reading it over and over and making some mistakes, I was able to figure it out.  

As I is hard to achieve the tight stitches.  I used Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread #3 and a steel hook #7.  Yay....I got excited when I got this far.
I made mine a total of 15 rounds.  See how see through it is.  The pattern also includes the back piece which is basically a solid granny square. 
Once you complete the top and bottom piece....then it is time to join.  You should have the same amount of stitches around in both pieces.  I had a little trouble understanding the patterns edging so I just made my own and joined every 3 stitches.

You will join at one of the corners with Ch3, work 2 dc, ch15, work 3 dc, ch 1, skip 3 then join with a single crochet.  When you get to every corner, in this case I worked 3 dc, ch3, 
3 dc.  Feels good to learn something new!
  Never, ever give up!  You can do it!
Then I decided to experiment using regular cotton yarn such as Sugar 'N Cream.  As you can imagine your bloom will get super big.  I used size G crochet hook.  I am calling this one the Purple Dahlia.  You will achieve a nice size pot holder once you finish the bloom and leaves round with only one round of double crochets!  Oh...yes the process goes fast to give you the instant gratification that crocheters like.  The faster I can finish a project just means that I will be able to start a new project....and it does become a little bit of an obsession.
This is the top piece.
Bottom piece
Join the top and the bottom piece together with the wrong sides facing.
Work the edging.  In this case, I began at one of the corners by Chaining 3, work 2 hdc, ch2, work 1 sc in the 2nd stitch from the hook (picot made), work 3 hdc in the same space, ch 1, skip 3 and on the next stitch, work 1 hdc, ch2, work 1 sc in the 2nd stitch from the hook (picot made), work 1 hdc in the same space.....continue along all 4 edges making sure to work the corners by working (3 hdc, ch 2, work the picot, 3 hdc in the same space.
Pretty displayed
But you can also use it....plenty of thickness.  I think these make great gifts and I will be giving mine away....for birthday or Christmas gifts!
Because of the thicker weight of the I make only 3 layer blooms instead of 4, like the pink "Grandiflora".
Here it is displayed in our "rental kitchen"  This is a much bulkier potholder so I chose to make a simple edging.  Simply join at the corner and ch3, work 2 dc, ch 15 (for the loop) then work 3 dc, ch1, skip 3 and work a sc on the next stitch.
The Blue Dahlia Potholder!
So...what Vintage items do you like to collect or make?

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