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    I have been crocheting for over 60 years, being taught by my grandmother. I have always used thread to create items like curtains and lace for linens. Then about 4 years ago I began making baby clothing from vintage patterns, especially British patterns as they were plentiful. I converted them to American terms and adapted them for a modern baby or reborn doll. I crochet every day and it is how I spend my time.
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  1. debscodas


    I beleive most people know that vintage items are at least 30 years old. However something seems to have changed in the past ten years with more designs available across the world through the internet. I have several patterns from Bulgaria that are very difficult to read. But there is also English in translation that could affect reading it. I am so happy to have these world-wide designs and use them often. But for a beginner it would be difficult.
  2. This is a newborn set that I gifted to my sister.
  3. debscodas


    I use many patterns, vintage and modern. All the vintage patterns up until about 10 years ago used crochet conventions strictly. The antique patterns are harder to interpret because conventions had not been clearly established but they are understandable. More modern patterns shared by free-lance designers do not always use the conventions and it is a hair-tearing enterprise to figure them out. However, some modern designers do describe the unconventional terms they use.
  4. debscodas


    Cindy this is how I read it: Hope this helps Row 1 2 ch, 8 sci n 2nd st (8) Row 2. inc in all 8 st (16) (2 sc in each st for a total of 16 sts) Row 3 (1 sc, inc) *8 (24) (1 sc, then 2sc ... alternating around for a total of 24 sts) Row 4 (2 sc, inc) *8 (32) (1sc in each of the next 2 sts, then 2sc in next st...alternating around for a total of 32 sts) Row 5 (7 sc, inc) *4 (36) (1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, the 2 sc in the next st ... alternating around for a total of 36 sts)
  5. Welcome! Filet crochet is also one of my favorite techniques. I have a computer program called Sandcastle that I use to create patterns and my future project is to design a filet bodice for a baby girl's dress. I love that you made something so precious for your granddaughter!
  6. Welcome! Your work is very creative.
  7. I meant to say esc + sc = double sc.
  8. Yes it is an extended sc with a twist. After extending the sc, you make a regular sc in the loop created by the esc, thus the double sc = esc = sc. So clever! I have a bonnet pattern from circa 1910 with what they call "automobile st". There is a modern equivalent to it. It goes fast thus "automobile" concept in 1910? Thank you for the link!
  9. I am working on a pattern from 1915 for baby booties. The original pattern makes up to a 12 month old using size 20 cotton and 1.5mm hook. Too large for my purpose (I want a newborn size). So I am adapting it. I am using my favorite sole pattern and moving on from there. I making the upper using the antique pattern that calls for a "double sc" st. I have never used this st and consulted modern source for the execution, but it is different from what is described in the old pattern. They direct you "To make dsc insert hook into first stitch of previous row, pull thread through, YO, pull through
  10. It is so good to have you on this forum. Keep us posted with you WIP (work in progress). I will love to see what you are doing.
  11. I believe the problem is that thread crochet can be tedious and definitely takes longer to produce. "Fast and easy" is blazoned across many popular crochet magazines. But for me the intricacy of thread is the whole appeal. I started crocheting when I was 12 years old and my grandmother was concerned that my hands were too small to be effective with the hook; however small hands are a definite advantage. I tried using yarn but my brain is oriented to intricacy. That is what I love. Then end product is just icing on the cake!
  12. A man after my own heart!
  13. Beautiful! Your work has a vintage look!
  14. Very interesting perspective. I have thought a great deal about the crocheters of the past, and collect vintage and antique patterns for baby clothing. Work with thread does take a tremendous amount of patience and good eyesight. I never use anything thinner than size 30 or 40 because most baby clothing does not reqiure it. The thinner threads I use for lace edgings. I am so happy that you are drawn to thread as it cannot be rivalled for stitch definition and beauty.
  15. I finished my latest project in thread. Pacifier straps with plastic clips. The frog was the most popular.
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