Vintage Crochet Projects Podcast – Episode 3

Well hello! I’m so sorry it’s been so long since my last post – I think, in fact, this has been my longest ever absence from the blog. Life has been very hectic over the last six weeks or so, and unfortunately something had to give. Things are still a bit crazy but I’m hoping it will all calm done by the beginning of October and I should be back to my regular schedule again. Keep your fingers crossed! And, whilst the chaos and lack of posts continues, you can always keep up-to-date with my shenanigans over on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Anyway, to keep you up-to-date with my crocheting, I’ve managed to put together a new episode of the vintage crochet projects podcast. I haven’t actually achieved a massive amount since my last one but I have overcome an enormous yarn-shaped hurdle that has challenged me for years. If you’re interested to find out what that is, please have a watch. And as always, I really appreciate the support!

A special mention goes to my lovely friend Kitty, from Kitty Lou Vintage, who knitted the stunning 1930s jumper I’m wearing in this video. The pattern is available for free on The Vintage Pattern Files website. It was knitted using Cascade 220 Fingering in colour 8393 Navy and the buttons are vintage. And apologies if the video is a little dark, especially towards the end, it got very stormy outside and I lost the light!

Finished Projects:

1930s Crochet Espadrilles: find out more in my blog post

Pattern used: Vintage Ali Patterns on Etsy

Yarn used: DMC Petra no.5 in White (B5200) and Navy Blue (5823) – The Yarn Yard

Current Projects:

1930s Simple Cardigan

Pattern used: Good Needlework magazine July 1933 – from my personal collection

Yarn used: Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace in Midnight – Pins and Needles Shop but can be bought online at Wool Warehouse.

 

Modern 1930s Style Jumper

Pattern used: JB222 by James C. Brett – Love Knitting

Yarn used: Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed – Magpie (749) – Wool Warehouse (although it has been discontinued)

Books: A Little Course in Knitting and A Little Course in Crochet – both available at Amazon

Future Projects:

1930s Button Shoulder Crochet Jumper – see my original pink one in this post

Pattern: Cemetarian on Etsy

Yarn: Scheepjes Catona – 128 Tyrian Purple – Black Sheep Wools

 

1930s Skirt to Match Pink Jumper Above

Pattern: I will create my own pattern using the skirt in this pattern as guidance

Yarn: Patons 100% Cotton 4 ply – 01725 Bright Pink – originally bought locally but is available online at Wool Warehouse

 

1930s Grey & Pink Jumper

Pattern: Good Needlework magazine July 1932 – from my personal collection

Yarn: Drops Loves You #9 – 103 Grey – Purple Sheep Yarns

 

Cate

Just a vintage gal suffering from the Golden Age syndrome. A lover of all things old, especially the 1930s, seamstress, crocheter, maker of hats and enjoys rummaging at flea markets.

12 Comments

  1. Yay! I always love watching your podcasts and seeing the amazing projects you have in the works!

    I hope you’ve been well and that things quiet down for you soon, so you aren’t quite so rushed off your feet and actually get more time to relax and do all of the amazing things you enjoy. <3 You've definitely been missed, by the way! And I'll admit I check your Youtube channel at least once a week just in case I missed seeing a new video. I'm thrilled there's one up today! 🙂

    • Oh wow, thank you Emily! I did wonder if anyone had even noticed that I’d not posted 🙂 xx

  2. So pleased to have you back. I love your enthusiasm and determination.
    Love the Haircut as well. Have you got pics of the finished striped Beach wear?

    • Thank you Esther! Not yet, no. I haven’t had a chance to wear them sadly. I had planned to take them away with me on a trip to seaside but it rained the entire weekend. Typical English weather! xx

  3. Yay for being able to knit! I’ve noticed that lots of vintage patterns use both knit and crochet so it will definitely beuseful to do both. Vintage patterns are what made me pick up crocheting again after completely abandoning it when I learned to knit back in college.

    I’m currently testing the waters to see if I can crochet pain free while wearing a brace. It’s a bit slow going since I have to get used to the brace and I’m still learning to read crochet patterns. I learned the stitches as a kid but always just made things up! Doing things correctly to follow a pattern has included a lot of trial and error. I only made a few small crochet projects before I had to give up knitting and crochet due to wrist pain a couple years ago so it’s like starting from the beginning again.

    I love the blouse pattern you are going to make in pink and grey! I also can’t wait to see how your skirt turns out since I’ve never tackled a knit or crochet skirt before.

    • I’m really looking forward to starting on the skirt. It’s going to be a lot of trial and error, but the stitch pattern is very simple, so it’ll be easy to make any adjustments. I just have to finish my knitted jumper and the top I’m crocheting for my best friend first! xx

  4. I’m amazed that you have not any more responses as you are the only site to truly represent the 30’s / + era in your cereativity and production. Do you really go out there in your 30’s outfits on a permanently basis? I ask this as I am obsessed with creating vintage clothing but dare not go out there in public wearing my careations.

    • Aw, thank you Cynthia. The 1930s isn’t such a big thing in the UK and in the vintage scene in general. Theres much more of a trend for 1940s and 50s stuff, so there’s just not that many people searching for 1930s inspiration.

      I do wear 1930s style every day but, as with modern clothing, the tone of it changes. So I have more casual clothes, such as wide trousers, sports skirts and jumpers, and then the more dressed up clothing, such as tea dresses, formal skirts and blouses.

      Don’t ever think you can’t go out in public wearing your creations. Most people either take no notice of you or are rather complimentary of the way you dress. I’ve only ever experienced real negativity once and in the end she came up and apologised, mainly because of my reaction to her. Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business how you dress, you are just expressing yourself and as long as you’re happy, then never mind anyone else! xx

  5. I forgot to congratulate you on the knitting achievement. I am in the opposite position, I can’t crochet, but the difference is I don’t like crochet I prefer the more physical aspect of knitting. I look forward to any future knitting projects you may have.

    • Oh, thank you! I’m now in love with both knitting and crocheting, although I think I probably prefer to crochet. I’m just so glad I can do them both! xx

  6. I’m so excited to find you! I love your style, your site is great.
    I studied your 2016 post on how you styled your curly bob. I too have very thick kinky hair, lots of it. It will do mostly what I ask of it, but it takes a massive amount of time and tends to be super curly. I currently gave up, grew it shoulder length so it’s weight can help control it. I mostly wear it up in a French twist. So great to see you master yours and end up so cute.
    I am looking forward to exploring your site more.
    I love 1920’s and 1930’s. I don’t know how to crochet but did learn to knit, and your projects are inspirational. I have several vintage sewing machines including a featherweight, my mom’s 1940’s singer, and 2 treadles. I love them all and have several 1930 patterns dress patterns I am planning on making this fall.

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