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My Crochet Sampler

My Crochet Sampler
Title: My Crochet Sampler
Release Date: 2018-07-28
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
Date added: 27 March 2019
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Illustrated title page



Numerous Illustrations.



Leavitt, Trow & Co., Printers,
33 Ann-street.



The following pages contain a selection of patternsadapted to almost every purpose to which the art ofCrochet is applicable,—whether as an useful or adecorative species of work. Many of the designshave been expressly composed for this little treatise;others have been selected, as being very effective,from the chapter on Crochet in “The Hand-BookOf Needlework;” but the designs that have beentaken from the latter have been re-engraved.

In the directions for working the several designs,the plan pursued by the writer (and apparently withsuccess) in her books on Knitting, has been adopted.She has aimed at simplicity, and the use of as fewwords as possible, consistent with a clear explanationof the subject.


The reception given to “My Knitting Book,” asa treatise, separate from other descriptions of DecorativeNeedlework, led her to suppose that a distinctwork on the sister art of Crochet might be equallyacceptable; and the publication of “Das neueHakelbuch Von Miss Lambert,”—a literal translationof the present volume, with its engravings,proves that it has excited some attention, even inGermany, a country which has laid claim to the inventionof the art.

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Introduction 9
Explanation of the Terms used in Crochet 15
Plain Stitch Open Crochet 16
Open Crochet 17
Double Open Crochet 18
Treble Open Crochet 19
Hints on Crochet 22
A Sofa Pillow, or Table Cover 24
Another very Easy Pattern 26
A Sofa Pillow in Stripes 27
A very Handsome and Easy Pattern 29
Another Sofa Pillow 33
[6]Scroll Border for a Table Cover, etc. 34
A Persian Pattern Border 39
A Sofa Pillow in Plain and Treble Open Crochet 44
A very Rich Crochet Pattern 45
Turkish Pattern for a Table Cover, etc. 52
A Table Cover, or Pillow 53
A Couvre-Pied, or Cradle Quilt 55
Raised Crochet 57
A Sofa Pillow, Table Cover, etc. 58
Border Pattern for a Square 60
A Diagonal-striped Bag, with Star-shaped Bottom 63
A Star Bottom for a Bag with Beads 65
A Round Bag with Star Bottom, and Sprigs in Silk and Gold 66
A Bag in Silk and Gold 70
A very Pretty Bag in Shades of Silk with Gold 73
A Chenille Bag 75
An Open Crochet Bag in Chenille 78
A Greek Cap in Crochet Silk 80
A Greek Cap in Coarse Chenille 80
An Essuie-Plume 81
A Neck Chain 82
A Crochet Slipper 83
[7]Another Crochet Slipper 85
A Purse 88
A Plain Purse with one Square and one Round End 88
A Plain-stitch Open Crochet Purse 89
An elegant Purse in Silk and Gold 91
A Short Purse 92
A Sprigged Purse in Open and Plain Crochet 93
An elegant Purse with Gold 94
A Short Purse with Beads 95
A Purse with Beads in Plain and Open Crochet 97
Spiral Crochet Purse 98
A Plain and Open Crochet Purse 99
Another Purse 100
A Round D’Oyley or Mat 101
A Chancelière 103
A Square Border Pattern 106
A Table Cover, Pillow, or Mat 109
Small Pine-Pattern Table Cover 111
Scroll-Pattern Stripe for a Bag 113
An useful Sprig Pattern 114
A Carriage Bag 116
Another Table Cover 118
A Brioche 120
[8]Another Bag in Stripes 123
A Similar Bag 126
A Bag with Five Points 126
A Bag in Treble Open Crochet 129
Patterns in Open Crochet 130
A Travelling Bolster 131
A Slipper in Raised Crochet 134
A Half Square Shawl 135
A Light Shawl 137
Border for a Shawl 138
Illustration of hands crocheting




Crochet,—a species of knittingoriginally practised by the peasantsin Scotland, with a small hookedneedle called a shepherd’s hook,—aidedby taste and fashion, has, withinthe last seven years, obtained the preferenceover all other ornamental worksof a similar nature. It derives its presentname from the French; the instrumentwith which it is worked being by them, fromits crooked shape, termed “crochet.” This[10]art has attained its highest degree of perfectionin England, whence it has been transplantedto France and Germany, and both these countries,although unjustifiably, have claimed theinvention. Crochet has been applied, withconsiderable success, to the production of numeroususeful and decorative articles, such asshawls, table-covers, couvre-pieds, pillows, ottomans,chairs, rugs, slippers, bags, cabats,purses, caps, waistcoats, and the like. Silk,wool, cotton, chenille, and gold, are all suitablematerials for this description of work, but thepurpose for which it is intended must necessarilydetermine their choice.

Crochet has the recommendation of being aless intricate method of working than knitting,and therefore claims a more extensive cultivationthan perhaps it has hitherto met with. Itis particularly adapted for making articles forcharitable purposes; hence, the instruction ofchildren in blind schools, in this easy and useful[11]art, is well worthy the attention of philanthropists.Waistcoats, shawls, knee-caps,sleeves, comforters, mittens, gloves, etc., maybe made, without difficulty, in crochet. It hasnot, however, been deemed necessary in thefollowing pages to give directions for any ofthese simple articles, as, when the crochetstitch is acquired, the modes of working such,and a variety of others, in daily use, will readilypresent themselves. As an example of thedouble appropriation, which almost all the followingdirections admit of, we may instancethe bottom of a bag;—this, if commenced witha chain of about fifty stitches (not joining theends), and worked in coarse wool, with a largeneedle, in rows backwards and forwards, graduallyincreasing with a seam stitch, will forma warm and comfortable round cape. A paperpattern, the size of any desired object, caneasily be cut,—and the making a stitch atthe commencement, or the decreasing in the[12]middle, or the end of a row, and vice versâ,render this work subservient to almost anyform.

For large pieces of work, when wool is employed,that kind denominated fleecy, eitherEnglish or German, is generally to be preferred.This material, of a six-thread size, with anivory needle, offers the easiest kind of workwith which we are acquainted. It may bereadily learned, and has, therefore, been muchpractised, both by invalids, and by personswhose sight either needs relief, or has becomeimpaired. All striped patterns, if desired, maybe worked in narrow breadths, and joined inthe dividing lines; so that a table cover maybe made in four or six lengths, and afterwardssewn together with wool, without the least detrimentto its appearance. Crochet may beexecuted with coarse and fine chenille, for pillows,bags, caps, and waistcoats; with crochetsilk, for caps, slippers, and bags; with coarse[13]netting silk, it forms strong purses, bags, andslippers; and the most delicate work may bedone with the finer silks. Gold and silvercord, and passing, may be intermixed with thechenilles and silks, or employed separately;and gold and steel beads, first

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