Vintage Needle Arts Memories
I have been a life-long crochet, knitting and needlepoint needle arts addict and have collected knitting and crochet patterns for several decades. Now those patterns have become vintage treasured memories. Many of these patterns are classics that other crocheters and knitters should have a chance to enjoy before they disappear with the passing of time.
Most of these patterns were created by yarn companies that no longer exist such as American Thread, Bucilla, Unger, Reynolds, Brunswick, Columbia Minerva, and many others. As I prepare the digital version of each vintage pattern, I research the discontinued yarn and find a comparable replacement yarn that is available today. Each pattern includes at least a few yarn recommendations using currently available yarns. For anyone who would like to use the original yarn in the pattern, many of these old discontinued yarns can still be found on the Internet, on Ebay, Ravelry and Etsy, as well as other smaller lesser know websites.
I hope you enjoy using these patterns as much as I have.
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Frequently asked questions
VINTAGE SIZING FOR WOMENS CLOTHING:
How can you tell what your "vintage size" is? Very simply, the size of a vintage garment pre-1980s is roughly 6 dress sizes larger. That's right, SIX sizes LARGER. For example, if you wear a modern dress size 8, any vintage garment you should wear is a size 14.
Once you have measurements to go by, you will eventually find that most vintage sizes are fairly constant. A vintage size 14 generally has a 30" waist and usually fits a woman who is a size 8 in modern clothing. A waist size 28" is usually a dress size 12 or 13 in vintage dresses, which is a modern size 6. If you notice, these vintage sizes are almost always 6 sizes larger.
All USA patterns listed in this shop were created before 1978 and most were published by yarn companies that are no longer in business. Vintage yarns used in these patterns can be found on Etsy, Ebay, Ravelry and other websites.
A lot of vintage patterns call for vintage yarns that have been discontinued. Contemporary yarns in the same weight and yardage can be substituted for the original vintage yarns. Most patterns include recommended yarn substitutions using contemporary yarn that is currently available.
I hope you find something you like and enjoy making.
How to View these PDF Patterns
The patterns in my Etsy shop are in PDF format and need Adobe Reader to be downloaded, viewed and printed. Adobe Reader is available as a free download directly from Adobe at www.adobe.com/reader.html.
These vintage pattern have been digitally remastered and are clean of all rips, folds, blemishes and signs of aging.They have been saved as a PDF document which will be available for you to download once payment has been completed. The remastered PDF pattern is copyright by the VintageNeedleArts shop and to WingsDove Creative Source business and cannot be resold, passed on for free or redistributed in any format.
Finished crocheted and knitted items made from these patterns can be sold on Etsy and elsewhere without restriction.