Wednesday, 3 October 2012

1940s hats and bags


On my mission to re-home vintage crochet and knitting patterns I certainly come across some delightful publications. My favourites have to be from the 1940s were the housewife was squeezed by rations, limited material supplies and the worry of the war - but she still wanted to feel like a woman. It was a generation when crafting was the thing to do - at a time when you could just as easily make your accessories then buy them. Which is why I loved finding this 1945 American Thread Company publication Hats and Bags [Star Book #40] - one crammed with stylish designs from berets, snoods to black bags all to crochet. The women are as much on show in the images as much as the finished items and that's half the reason why I like these old patterns - the pictures are as intriguing and as delightful as the patterns.

You can currently find Hats and Bags on sale upon my Etsy store Hook, Stitch and a Treasure. A perfect place to find vintage crochet and knitting patterns waiting to be rehomed.

6 comments:

  1. I have the exact magazine and I got it for a steal. I really want to make the turban but I need to buy the right yarn. It's a great magazine with lots of projects.

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  2. The pictures are amazing. I'm only at the granny square stage at the moment but I have aspirations!

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  3. Your photography is lovely! Haven't popped by in a while...been super busy. LOVE the blog design :)

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  4. Isn't that turban beautiful! I can't even manage a chain! x

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  5. This is such a glorious little booklet, beautiful crochet xxx

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