Free Vintage Crochet Patterns

Vintage Slippers
Vintage Slippers
Spiderweb Doily
Spiderweb Doily

Here you'll find a long list of free vintage patterns. Most are easy to read. A few use thread and yarn that is no longer available. For most of these, you can just make swatches until you can match the gauge. A few sites carry the smaller sizes of thread and hooks.

In the first half of the 1900s, our grandmothers and great grandmothers used mainly thread and crocheted some beautiful doilies, tablecloths, bedjackets and yokes. Crochet baby patterns and lace were common too. In the forties and fifties they started using the art to create potholders, toys and children's clothing.

It wasn't until the 70s that crochet really took off. Along with the hippie movement, clothing became popular. Annie's Attic became part of the crochet scene and Annie Potter created new items and inspired many other crocheters. The art has grown from there, until we have patterns now for almost everything imaginable.

Click on the blue titles below to find the free patterns. Some of these sites have so many designs offered as free patterns that it could keep you busy for a lifetime.

About.com offers a large selection of free vintage filet patterns. They have a lot of free chart designs also.

Antique Crochet Patterns offers vintage patterns, some from the 1800's to the 1950s. Use the sidebar on the right side of the site to find what you want. She has a large offering of free crochet patterns.

Antique Pattern Library is a group that saves the copies of old vintage and antique books online for future generations and for the rest of us to enjoy. They also have a Yahoo group that you can join and appreciate others to share their books also.

If you like antique patterns, this is sure to excite you.

Crafty Tipster offers a pattern for a vintage doily and other free patterns.

Coat and Clarks is offering a free vintage pineapple doily pattern. You'll need to download the pattern because it is in PDF format. You'll also need Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.

Crochet n' Beads offers several free patterns including a snood, shawl, dresser scarf and more.

Free Vintage Crochet Hat Patterns offers over 80 vintage crochet hat patterns. The site specializes in just vintage crochet patterns. Most are ladies hats, but a few baby hats are offered too.

Knitting-Crochet Antique Patterns offers a long list of patterns divided by category are offered at this site. Just choose what you would like to crochet.

Miss Julia's Vintage Knit and Crochet offers a lot of vintage patterns for baby clothing, mainly sweater sets. Just click on the photos to be taken to the patterns.

Old Craft Patterns provides free vintage patterns for crochet, knitting, tatting and crochet. A list of links to many crochet patterns is included.

Open Mesh Slippers pattern is offered by Barbs Free Crochet Patterns. This is a vintage Coats and Clark pattern that you'll find easy to crochet. The photo is at the top of the page.

Squidoo's Lisa Auch shows you how to crochet an antique baby bonnet. This pattern is suggested for the Advanced crocheter.

The Vintage Toy Chest has free vintage patterns for a bunny, a ball, crib toy, donkey, cat, monkey, Humpty Dumpty, pig, tiger, pony, bear puppet, zebra and the 3 Bears. This site will keep you busy for awhile if you like to crochet toy patterns. Just click on the pattern photo to be taken to the pattern. They are nice patterns too.

Tip Nut offers a free download for free potholder patterns from the vintage book "Star Potholders." Included are 3 patterns that use pearl cottons size 5 thread.

The site offers a large variety of vintage patterns including a basket, insertions, trimming and many more.

The site offers an index of vintage pattern stitches and patterns. Just click on the title you'd like to use.

The Victorian Boot is a beautiful pattern. It is crocheted with size 5 Pearl Cotton and a size 7 crochet hook. You need to see it.

As you scroll down the page, you'll find free vintage patterns for purses, vintage crochet stitches, a lamp mat and a basket.

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craftdrawer profile image

craftdrawer 5 years ago

Great selection of vintage crochet patterns!!


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JulieStrier 5 years ago from Apopka, FL

I've been on a slipper kick lately, and that vintage slipper pattern is foxy. Thanks for sharing!


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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine

Very nice. These patterns are beautiful! Thank you.


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lucybell21 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Oh I love this hub! It's awesome! So many exciting stuff to look at.


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Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

Awesome! Loved the slipper pattern!!!!!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

There were so many crochet doilies in the house growing up that were made by my great grandmother. She was a crochet master.The slippers do look delicate yet comfortable and I like the entire idea of them.

Great hub, it reminded me of the days when I was young.


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for another great resource for crochet lovers. The slippers are my fave, and I hope I can talk my mom into making them for me:) Good job pulling this together, Barbara.


PWalker281 5 years ago

Okay, I'm going to have to bookmark this hub and explore it at my leisure. Otherwise, I'll be sitting here all night looking at all the websites and patterns. Thanks so much for sharing this. Rated up and (very) useful!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Super resource list here--thanks for putting it together for us! Voted up and bookmarked. So looking forward to looking these sites over! :)


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Gail Meyers 5 years ago from United States

Great hub! I love to crochet, but I rarely find anyone else who does.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

This Hub is a great resource. I love crocheting because you can outfit a home and make clothing items. It's such an easy craft to get started with because you don't need many materials.


lavender3957 5 years ago

I love to crochet, and vintage items are my best. I love the times when things were simple and beautiful. My grandmother spent a lot of time baking and crocheting many things. I still have some of the doilies she had made in her time. Thanks for sharing.


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Sharon McConnell 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Great resource. I loved looking through all the ladies hats. I am in the middle of making a baby afghan right now and was thinking about making a hat to go with it. Thanks for writing!


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

I don't know anything about crochet, but I do like the way you've made this hub look, & I will look into more of your hubs. Judging by this neat and beautiful visual display you have here the others must be awesome as well. Thanks for sharing can't wait to see more. Voted up for Beautiful.


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Jyoti Patil 5 years ago from Mumbai

such a beautiful collection!! lovely information!!


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

when I was 16 my grandmother taught me how to crochet. I have always loved it. but My grandmother could not read. so of course I never learned to read a pattern. but I can look at a stitch and copy it.. I do not know how I do this.. but I do love it.. I think i may have invented a few new stitches in my day..lol.. thank you for writing this and doing all the research I voted up and interesting..


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cclitgirl 5 years ago from Western NC

One of these days, I'm going to the arts and crafts store and I'll get a crochet kit and learn. I know how to knit. But I love the patterns in crochet and people say it's easier than knitting. Do you think that's true? By the way, great article. Voted up. :)


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Jyoti Patil 5 years ago from Mumbai

Barbara I really wanna learn it now!!


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Jyoti Patil 5 years ago from Mumbai

barbara : thnxx a lottt


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latina43mama 5 years ago from latina43mama

I think this is very pretty and helpful for those who are looking for patterns or just browsing. I really like how it reminds me of how some of my family members made items when I was younger and did not appreciate it as much then as I do now!


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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

This is so helpful and informative to anyone interested in crocheting! Thanks!


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Rachel Richmond 4 years ago from California

Very informative...thank you!


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Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

Great collection. Thank you for sharing.


trentandbrittney 4 years ago

i love to crochet. i make brittney blankets every year for christmas.


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danatheteacher 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Great resource page here - I plan to show my spouse in the morning!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Great post..Interesting


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Journey * 4 years ago from USA

This is a very useful hub. Thanks for the links.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I've been into delicate crocheting since I was a small child. The slippers IMMEDIATELY caught my eye, and I'm very glad you published this hub with that and even more patterns to try out. (The slippers are at the top of my list to make, however--spring will be here someday!)


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yols-a 4 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

Hey wonderful job keep it up


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Gautham A S 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

The vintage crochet patterns are awesome!


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raincity 4 years ago

Awsome! I need some new crochet patterns! thanks so much!


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CarliFrenneman 4 years ago

Very cool. Especially love the slipper pattern! Thanks for putting these links together.


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vintagelove 4 years ago

Such a great range of ideas! Thanks for sharing!


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Sarah Headrick 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Great post! I love vintage crochet patterns, and I will certainly be returning here the next time I'm looking to start a project!


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CrochetNPray 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nice! Wonderful selection of patterns!!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

CrochetNPray, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'm happy you like them.


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donabhatt 4 years ago from Hyderabad

Beautiful.....I love vintage crochets and I had one made like anklet gifted to me by a friend of mine.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

donabhatt, Thanks for looking at the hub and commenting. You have a nice friend that she gave you that.


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Jean Rogers 4 years ago

You have created such a great resource! My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. I have great memories of sitting with her practicing. This article makes me want to teach my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Jean, My Grandmother taught me when I was a little girl too. You should teach your daughter and pass on the tradition. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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PenHitsTheFan 4 years ago from Home

It's so feminine and pretty. Too bad I don't have patience...or hand/eye coordination. :)


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Andy Mann 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

What a flash back to the 70s this page has been!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

PenHitstheFan and Andy Man, Thanks for visiting. Andy, Some of these patterns are even earlier than the '70s. Some as early as the '30s!


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cityalice 4 years ago

It's beautiful. What a wonderful list of links for crochet patterns. Quite sexy!


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landscapeartist 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have always loved to crochet but I have had trouble reading the patterns. So, I usually have to go by the pictures that usually accompany them. I love the slipper pattern so I will give it a go. Thank you


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

landscaeartist, There are several sites that offer the directions on how to read a pattern. Check mine out, Barb's Free Crochet Patterns. I have an entire page there devoted to that. I hope you are able to use some of them. Thanks for visiting the page and commenting.


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landscapeartist 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

your very welcome. and, thank you. i will make sure i check your hub out.


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cherylvanhoorn 4 years ago from Sydney

Wonderful! I remember being very young and my mother attempting to show me how to crochet and to knit which she found difficult. The reason for this is due to the fact that I was the only left hander in a houseful of right handers. My mother struggled and my mother despaired until one afternoon. We were sitting in the back sun room and my sister was knitting away and I was watching with a feeling of jealously. She made it look so simple where my hands tangled in the yarn and I didn't manage to knit one, pearl one. My sister looked at me for a second, sat down opposite me and asked me to watch what she did. And she did. She showed me how to knit mirror imaging me. And just like that I got it.

I was never a very good knitter but I was okay with crocheting. I remember the pieces that my mother used to turn out and I wondered how they did. I did not have the hand eye co-ordination that it took for me to make the pieces of art they did. My mother would go onto making the most amazing baby shawls for both my sister and myself. My sister's managed to contain three children, swaddling them with warmth and Nanny love. I had two and the shawl she created for my children was an amazing round web design that survived my two and went onto see a new life with a lady I worked with and she cherished it as the piece demanded.

So I have a fondness for crocheting but I am still no rocket scientist but your piece has bought back to mind the years of my mother's majesty and I can not think of it without thinking of her. It brings mum to mind and the associated warm memories of a childhood surrounded by wool, hooks and knitting needles.


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AtHomeHeather 4 years ago from PA

Oh how sweet is this Hub! Thank you so much for the information! I have tried many attempts at hats by myself and well I will just stop there for fear of embarassing myself.... :-) Also I will be sharing this I have a few people I know will love it!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Cheryl, How wonderful that I could bring back warm memories of your mother. It sounds like she was a very talented woman.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Heather, Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for sharing too.


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cherylvanhoorn 4 years ago from Sydney

She was Barbara. She was one of the most intelligent, special ladies I have ever known. Unfortunately she was born to a time where social norms restricted what she could do. I am extremerly interested to know what she would have achieved if she was born into gen x or gen y. She was a secretary and was a touch typist. She could crack 120 wpm on an old clunker remington. I wonder what she would have managed on a computer.


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latina43mama 4 years ago from latina43mama

Beautiful patterns and great tips! I love this.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

latina43mama, Thanks.


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Tonya_Johnson 4 years ago from Virginia

These crochet patterns look so lovely. My grandmother could crochet and my mom too, but I was never able to pick it up. It is a beautiful art though and I do appreciate great pieces of art and crocheting is definetly a great piece of art. It takes great skill to be able to crochet and I commend everyone who can. Great hub, and thank for sharing!


BethDW 4 years ago

The slippers are beautiful, I'm going to have to try that pattern out!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Tonya and Beth, Thanks for visiting the hub. Beth, Best of luck with the slipper pattern.


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maurerose 4 years ago from From Houston, TX to Alicante, Spain

I just sent this to my sister who loves to crochet and knit. I couldn't do it to save my life, but I love that my sister and family do!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

maurerose, Thanks for visiting and sharing with your sister.


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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

Super!!! I love the slippers, so delicate and beautiful. I vote it up.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

pringooals, Thanks for looking at the patterns and thanks for voting it up.


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Lovely, have never mastered the art of crochet. I love to knit though. Voted up.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Ruth, Thanks for visiting and voting up. You need to learn crochet too. It is faster.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Beautiful!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for viewing.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Yes, the slippers got me. I've crocheted (and knitted and tatted, but prefer crochet). I've got to pick up some of the hobbies I've dropped over the years or I'll forget everything I knew. LOL


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CanvasArtShop 4 years ago

Love it, that's another vote from me!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Laura, Thanks for commenting and viewing the hub.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Canvas Art Shop, Thanks for reading.


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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Great Hub...keep it coming.


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Felicia Carrillo 4 years ago from New Mexico

Thanks!! omg!!! i've been wantning to crochet something fun!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Free2writ3, Thanks for reading and thanks for the compliment.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Felicia, Your very welcome. Have fun crocheting some of the patterns.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gorgeous! I would love to make the slippers. I love crochet because every thing old always becomes new again! I am going to link this. Great finds!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Tammy, Thanks for viewing the hub. I shared your pattern with my Yahoo group too, which should bring lots of traffic. I thought it was a beautiful pattern. I hope you found yours on the page. Thanks for linking.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

This is awesome. I am bookmarking it My Mother taught me how to crochet when I was about 16 and I did make a few pillows and afghans and then I stopped crocheting and I have forgotten how. I was just looking this evening for how to lessons and I found this.

I am so excited. Tomorrow I am going to get started again. Thank you for sharing this. Pinned


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

pstraubie-48, Thanks for viewing the hub and I wish you luck taking crochet back up. I was taught as a young child and didn't return until my 20's. You'll pick it backup quickly. Thanks for pinning.


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whalefeather2 4 years ago

Really nice patterns. I have passed your hub to friends who crochet..!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

whalefeather2, Thanks for viewing and sharing.


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Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

I learned to crochet in junior high school and started by making little Barbie blankets for my younger sisters. LOL I still enjoy crocheting, it is so relaxing to me. This is a great hub! What an amazing collection of crochet patterns! Bookmarked so I can refer back to it and voted up.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Gail for commenting and thanks for the compliments. Have fun finding one you'd like to crochet. Thanks for voting it up.


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handmadebybheng 4 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

I love vintage patterns :) I always imagine that I am an old soul and must have worn some of these in a previous life ahhahaah , well, you get the drift :) thank you for posting these :)


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

handmadebybheng, You need to buy a Victorian house then. When I was younger I wanted one, but now I don't. Have fun with the patterns. Thanks for your comments.


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KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

How beautiful! I must try to make some of these!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

KerryAnita, Thanks for viewing the patterns. Yes, some are beautiful.


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steve8miller 4 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

I love history so this is right up my alley. All history is intriguing to me.

Some people did not know that in the 1920's and 30's in the shoe stores located in a lot of pharmacies, they had x-ray machines to get you into good fitting shoes.

Well little did they know at the time the amount of radation they were dosing the peoples feet with was leathal. A lot of the people lost there feet and some even died of radation exposure. Just thought I would add a bit more history. Just thought I would add a bit more history in there for you.

Great article voted up and I look forward to reading more of your articles here on Hubpages!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Steve, I hadn't ever heard that. We always question what they'll think of modern medicine 100 years from now. They'll probably say that half the stuff the doctor do now killed us. How awful about the x-ray machines back then. Thanks for the added info.


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scoobydeb 3 years ago

Thanks for featuring one of my websites in your hub! Love that we can bring back the vintage crochet patterns to share with so many.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

scobbydeb, You're welcome. I hope it brings you lots of traffic.


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RhondaHumphreys1 3 years ago from Michigan

What a wonderful hub with terrific information in it. I am an advid crocheter and you have some sites that I have not been in before. Thank you. I love old patterns. voted up and useful


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Rhonda, Thanks for commenting and I'm happy I provided something helpful.


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Pool Of Thoughts 3 years ago from Southern Ohio

Nice article. My wife is interested in crocheting. One question though, how did you put so many outside links in your article without it getting flagged or denied?

Voted up and useful!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Pool of Thoughts, As long as you don't link to the same site more than twice, it is alright.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Barbara. What a great hub. So informative with fabulous links. My wife and daughter have taken over the computer reading you links. Well done and thank you.

Voted up and all and following.

Graham.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Graham, I'm happy you found and thanks for the nice comment.


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LisaAuch1 2 years ago from Scotland

Love Love Love Vintage crochet patterns, they are at times difficult to read and make out, so I find I tweak them a lot, you have some awesome finds here :)


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Lisa, I'm happy to hear that you enjoy them. I've only crocheted a few doilies. I hate how the old baby patterns use yarns that we haven't ever heard of though and then don't provide the gauge. Thanks for viewing.


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Barbara Kay 9 months ago from USA Author

gepe, Thank you for the compliments and sharing.

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