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New Hampshire Software presents a book analyzing English language crochet patterns published between 1840 and 1900.  This PDF has a representative selection of actual patterns along with charted diagrams and sample pieces.  It discusses the pattern writers, as well as the development of pattern  writing styles and evolution of crochet stitches.

 

If you are interested in the history of crochet, please visit

nhswinc.com

to find out more.  Look for Antique Crochet.

 

I have crocheted, mostly in thread, for over 60 years.  The origins of crochet have always fascinated me, so I spent the past few years collecting what antique publications I could.  I charted several of the smaller pieces and made them up in thread so I could see what the pattern writer wanted, not always easy.  Finally, I actually organized the work and wrote it up in a coherent fashion.  This publication is the result.

 

NHSW has been in business for several years.  It's most recent software application is SymblCro, which helps produce crochet pattern diagrams.  This Windows program is also available on the site.

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