Needlecrafts - Crochet, Retro Style

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Retro Style
Purchase actual vintage pattern | here
When I first saw this image, nostalgia set in. In the mid-seventies, I had just started to think about going to New York and selling my designs to editors who worked on, what I believe, some of the best knitting and craft magazines.
There was Family Circle Great Ideas Fashion and Crafts, Ladies Home Journal Needle and Craft, McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Good Housekeeping Needlecraft and my absolute favourite, American Home Crafts.
At that time, American Home Crafts took risks in what they featured in their editorials and for that reason stayed ahead of the pack.
After I finally decided to follow my passion and design needlework, whether it was knitting, crochet or some sort of needlepoint, I would make a trip to New York every few months and do the rounds.
Those initial few years were very exciting, learning from the best about what the royal "they" determined would be popular with their readers.
I will always be thankful to these wonderful women for their "supportive mentoring" as I like to think of it.
They gave me a beneficial education that helped me prepare for my future jobs in the yarn industry.

Read further for the adapted version of the 70's style vintage crochet pattern featured above.
The schematics above have been adapted from a free pattern available on Lion Brand Yarns site. The pattern below has been written and is only available for the size Medium - Finished Chest 101.5cm (40in).
Original instructions are from a free pattern from Lion Brand yarns | here
Motif image and instructions, courtesy Lion Brand yarns | here
Happy Crocheting!


  1. The Lionbrand links take you to a Redheart pattern.

    1. Thank you Ina for notifying me about the error. Corrected the links-they now go to the proper patterns on Lion Brand's site.