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Free Vintage Crochet Patterns
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.
More Free Crochet Patterns
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 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.