Weldon's Practical Crochet, Volume 1, First Series

How to Crochet 36 Useful Articles for Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children.

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PieceWork magazine is pleased to present this limited edition, exact reproduction (neither alterations nor corrections were made to the original published in the 1800s) of Weldon's Practical Crochet, Volume 1, First Series. It is a fitting example of crochet and history, hand in hand. 

This electronic pattern book opens a window on another time and another place. The time is the turn of the twentieth century and the place is London, England. Crocheters of that era would be amazed to see their favorite crochet patterns in a virtual format of which they could never have dreamed.

In an effort to bring needlework to the emerging middle class, Weldon’s, a paper pattern producer of the Victorian era, began to publish monthly newsletters devoted to various crafts (knitting, patchwork, crochet, and the like). These newsletters were typically 14 pages and cost 2 pence. By about 1915, Weldon's had published 159 issues of Practical Crochet and 100 issues of Practical Knitting. Later, they were collected into book form, titled Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

We have reproduced for you here the crochet content from the earliest of these pamphlets. The 36 projects range from charming to simply strange. The instructions might perplex a contemporary crocheter accustomed to much hand-holding, but the stitch patterns and shapings are often ingenious, and many of the objects transcend the century-plus span of years since they were devised.

This pamphlet serves as a curiosity, an inspiration, a resource, and a link to a time beyond our memories. In using and enjoying it, you keep the craft alive.

SKU: EP2860

Format: eBook

Table of Contents

Learn these stitches:

• Chain Stitch
• Single Crochet Stitch
• Short or Double Crochet Stitch
• Long Double Crochet
• Ordinary Treble Stitch
• Double Treble Crochet and Treble Crochet Stitches
• Increasing and Decreasing Stitches
• Fasten Off
• Tricot Stitch
• Hair-Pin or Krotchee Crochet
• Shell Stitch in Line
• Tufted Pattern

Get 36 Projects:

• Crochet Skirt
• Comfortable Hood
• Girl’s Crochet Coat
• Girl’s Crochet Hood
• Boy’s Crochet Turban Hat
• Baby’s Long Crochet Boot
• Lady’s Hood
• Baby’s Crochet Hat
• Crocheted Imitations of Fur
• Child’s Frock
• Crochet Shawl
• Nicely Fitting Hood for Lady or Child
• Child’s Crochet Petticoat
• Boy’s Crochet Hat
• Crochet Edging
• Stylish Walking Coat
• Small Wheel Pattern
• Woollen Crossover
• Half-Square Shawl in Russian Crochet
• Baby’s Jacket worked in Point Neige
• Frock for Child of Two
• Baby’s Crochet Petticoat with Knitted Body
• Tam O’Shanter worked in Tufted Tricot
• Tam O’Shanter
• Edgings
• Crochet Star
• Point Lace Braid and Crochet Insertion
• Crochet and Bead Purse
• Child’s Crochet Ball
• Kaleidoscope Star for Woollen Antimacassars
• Crochet Fringe
• Crochet Star for Antimacassar
• Child’s Neck Frill and Wristlets
• Baby’s Crochet Bib


SKU: EP2860

Format: eBook

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