Design 7363

As regular readers are aware, my son’s trumpet teacher has been a tremendous source of vintage yarn over the past two-and-a-half years.

The trumpet teacher’s mother (now deceased) was an avid crocheter, and when a debilitating degenerative disease left her unable to continue to pursue her craft, I did what I could to put the materials she had purchased to use.

So today, when we arrived at my son’s lesson and the trumpet teacher said he had something to share with me that he thought might be of interest, I was curious as to what it could be.

My curiosity was soon both slaked and further piqued when he showed me this envelope addressed to his grandmother:

An envelope for Lillie Simington
An envelope for Lillie Simington

As I wrote in my Crochet Manifesto of February 29, 2011, “Crochet connects the past to the future,” and I have become one of the links in a chain of crocheters that stretches as far as Ruthven, Iowa, where another link in this chain of crocheters, the trumpet teacher’s grandmother, Lillie Simington, lived.

The envelope was like a semi-sacred artifact from days gone by.

While the front was addressed to Lillie Simington, RR, Ruthven, Iowa, from Needlecraft Service in New York, New York, the back of the envelope shown here:

envelope addressed to Lillie Simington
The back of the envelope addressed to Lillie Simington

read as follows:

If you ordered two or more patterns, they may not arrive at the same time, as they are mailed in different envelopes. — Thank You!

Contained within the envelope was a crochet pattern for a cape in both a woman’s and a children’s size:

crochet cape pattern
A crochet cape pattern arrives in the mail

which included these illustrations that describe the capes:

a crochet cape illustration
Illustrations of the crochet capes

along with this photo of a sample of the stitch pattern that is used in making the capes:

crochet ripple stitch pattern
The stitch pattern for the crochet cape

In addition to directions for the pattern, some space was reserved to advertise other craft pamphlets that might be of interest to someone who would want to crochet a cape:

I don’t know if the trumpet teacher’s grandmother ever got to make this cape, but as soon as I get a few projects finished up, I am definitely going to take hook to yarn, and make at least one for myself.

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5 thoughts on “Design 7363

  1. Oh yes, you must make one! This is so cool!! seems to me there is but 6 degrees ….. 🙂

  2. The only thing I knew about crochet when I was little is that my aunt made beautiful, frilly doilies. Now I think that some of the “knitted” clothing I saw was probably crocheted. I’m sure I saw capes and jackets like this. You didn’t need any proof for your Manifesto, but here it is.

  3. This pattern probably dates from the late 1920’s – early 1930’s. Needlecraft magazine published from the early 1900’s through at least the end of the 1930’s. The issues carried tons of crochet and embroidery patterns. Filet crochet was very popular during that period and everything that could conceivably be covered with it…was. Thanks for sharing, Jean

  4. I’ve come across quite a few of these old patterns. They sure are interesting!

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