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Vintage Home Arts - Crochet & Knitting Patterns and Cookbooks

Updated on October 4, 2013

Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns


love all the home arts; sewing, cooking, making a house a home! I especially love learning about how our mothers and grandmothers learned homemaking skills and created things. I started a collection of vintage crochet and knitting patterns, and also antique cookbooks, and decided to combine my work with my hobby. I restore and reprint books and single patterns and offer them for others to use and enjoy as well.

Vintage Home Arts - The Company

Vintage & Antique Crochet and Knitting Patterns and Cookbooks


intage patterns make today's fashions, and in most cases are not only a bargain, but superior in design and style. It's only up to your own creative imagination to turn a black and while photo into a unique masterpiece in living color.

The Background of Vintage Home Arts

I started by selling my patterns and books on eBay. You'll see just a few listings below. I'm working on a website at , and I've opened a mall shop at I currently have about 1,000 vintage patterns listed, with thousands more waiting in the wings. Some of the categories are: vintage baby patterns, women's designer fashions, dolls, toys, doilies and motifs, florals, hats and bags and novelties. And of course whole pattern books and cookbooks.

If you have a request for a pattern, ask me, I probably have it. I could use about five workers cleaning and restoring patterns full time! Trouble is I can't pay them. So I plug along and try to remember that this started as a hobby.

If you're a crocheter, knitter or into old fashioned cooking, check out my items. They're hand selected with care.


Patterns are available from eBay as printed copies mailed promptly upon payment.

For patterns delivered to you immediately in PDF format, visit

Free Dog Sweater Pattern From Vogue

How Adorable is This


or a very Vogue doggie, knitted houndstooth pattern for your hound. Check out this free dog sweater pattern from Vogue.

How to Knit, How to Crochet Instruction Videos - Learn how to knit and crochet in just minutes.


hoose knitting or crocheting, or both! You'll be amazed at the items you can make right from the start! Take a moment to see the old 1954 fashion newsreel, a real blast from the past.

Other Vintage Home Arts Squidoo Lenses - Specific Lenses on the Vintage Home Arts


ne lens couldn't hold all the specific details for unique vintage home arts topics. There is a growing collection of vintage pattern and cooking lenses for those who specialize in just dog sweaters or baby caps or old fashioned candy making. Prom jackets from vintage patterns are very popular, as are hats, bags and lingerie.

Some of my vintage crochet & knitting patterns and cookbooks.

From crocheted baby hats to the secrets of candy making.


elow is just a sampling of the quality vintage crochet and knitting patterns and antique cookbook reprints I have for sale. Some of these books were in tatters before being scanned and painstakingly restored. I love rescuing these treasures and I hope you enjoy them.

Patterns are available from eBay as printed copies mailed promptly upon payment.

For patterns delivered to you immediately in PDF format, visit

Pansy Bedspread Motif - One of my best-selling floral motifs

This colorful and three dimensional motif can be used for bedspreads, afghans, or any number of precious heirlooms.

Retro Angora Designer Stole, So Back in Fashion! - Flirty or elegant, perfect for Prom

Fast and easy, but the outcome speaks classy elegance. A fashion essential with many uses.

Sunny Crocheted Beach Bag and Hat - So practical and fashionable together.

Cruise ship or local beach, love how you look in the sun.

Doggy gets a sweater, too. - Ruff!

This is just one of many knitted or crocheted dog sweaters. So popular.

Best-selling Antique Candy Cookbook - Candy Secrets - A little gem of a candy making book.

I located this antique candymaking secrets book last year and it instantly became a best seller. Make your own old fashioned candy the way the experts did it 100 years ago . The recipes are surprisingly simple.

Baby Angora Kitten Cap - Everyone loves this little charmer!

This is the pattern that people write to me about. "My mom made me one and I never thought I'd find the pattern!"

Show Off Your Crochet Passion

A New Jewelry Charm Piece for Avid Crocheters

Treat yourself, or give a gift. This unique crochet hook charm is available in yellow gold, white gold, sterling or gold plate.

Crochet Hook Charm by Rembrandt Charms

Crochet Hearts

Another free pattern, courtesy of Vogue

I can think of a thousand uses for these hearts! Embellish a hat, bag, anything!

Free crocheted hearts pattern from Vogue.

A Few More Random CROCHET Patterns Currently Listed on eBay

eBay now only supports the hard copy versions of my patterns. To purchase digital PDF downloads, please visit

Show Off Your Knitting Passion

A New Jewelry Charm Piece for Avid Knitters

Treat yourself, or give a gift. This unique knitter's charm is available in yellow gold, sterling or gold plate.

A Few More Random KNITTING Patterns Currently Listed on eBay

eBay now only supports the hard copy versions of my patterns. To purchase digital PDF downloads, please visit

I'd love to hear from all my guests and return the courtesy by visiting their lens.

Please say hi! Whether you love vintage patterns or are just looking in. - Vintage knitters, crocheters or cooks--or just looking in, I return visits!

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    • Nancy S Oram profile image

      Nancy Oram 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Lots of snood patterns on

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm looking for a knitted snood. Anything available?

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love old cookbooks, patterns, etc. Love all the home arts in general! I've always loved them even as a little girl. Was born old fashioned. Great article! :)

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      Lemming13 7 years ago

      I feel the same about the old crafts - I try to pass them on to my daughter and her generation too.

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      CeruttiTesi 7 years ago

      Outstanding and very original lens! Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i would rate more than 5* if possible. Great lens.

      Ethnic Eastern Bedspreads

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a nice lens! Thank you 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! The old patterns and cookbooks are really pretty cool. I would love for you to submit this lens to my Ephemera and Paper Collectibles Group! Good luck with your website. It takes a lot of work but it pays off in the end.

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      debmc1 9 years ago

      Love your lens. Knit, crochet I love yarn. Have featured your lens on my A Little Bit Country Decorations lens. Good Job.

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      ocdgirl2000 9 years ago

      I love your lens!I have tons of patterns and books that I have just collected, but not listed, since I stopped selling on ebay, I've just enrolled in GoAntiques and still have not started to list yet!I have so many I'm overwhelmed!LOL! I just can't not buy them when I see them, they are too cool to pass up!I bet there are tons of us out here who love this stuff! I love your squidoo lens!!Excellent!

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      what a nice lens my mother used to do this and loved it

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      SerenityPrayerG 9 years ago

      Very fun lens! Good info! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very fun lens! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      Deb Bryan 9 years ago from Chico California

      Very nice lens! 5*FAV and lensrolled to my 'so you want to sew' lens. :D Love your ebay shop and website as well so I also featured it on the lens!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, lots of great info. My Grandmother used to crochet, and my Mum did a lot of knitting.

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      dtbs 9 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      bjbook 9 years ago

      I think you're a lensaholic and a workaholic.

      Very, Very good!

      5 Stars!!!!

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I grew up with a mother who did it all -knit,crochet,irish lace,quilting,sewing and I have some of the same patterns you have. What fun we have! Nice lens. You may want to see my Stain removal lens -some hints as to how to remove stains from an embroidered cloth as well as others. 5 stars, favorite, fan and lensrolled to my LaraineRose and Out Damned Spot lenses.

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! 5 stars and a favorite from me! Please visit my Marklin Trains lens.

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      Amanda Blue 9 years ago

      This is a marvelous lens, packed with beautifully presented information. My mother was Belgian and in the European tradition adept at crocheting (knitting and embroidering). And yes, we do love yarn so it is delightful to see the many colors. 5 stars.

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      SaraP 9 years ago

      Oooh, very nice lens. I've just gotten into knitting and am in need of some new resources! Thanks.

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      The_Purse_Diva 10 years ago

      Great lens Nancy! See you at the mall! :-)

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      What-I-Found 10 years ago

      Great job! Well done!