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Category Archive: Knitting & Crocheting

Knit a Pair of Pirate Socks


Pamela from KatyDidKnits.com claims these are Jack Sparrow’s all-time favorite socks. I’m not so sure, but I’m positive that these are the grooviest striped skull and crossbones adorned socks you’ll ever see! They would be perfect to keep your tootsies warm while tramping about on All-Hallows-Eve. As Pam says, knit these up and then “Go sail the high seas and plunder a village or two!” (Click here for a PDF for this pattern)

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Felted Skull Scarf


Named after Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this very dapper felted skull scarf was designed by the talented Kate Kuckro of Knitty.com. It is straightforward; one knits across each skull opening and then cuts out the yarns crisscrossing the eyes and nose without having to worry about anything unraveling. We love it in white, but imagine it would also look marvelous in a subtle bone-colored yarn.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?” (Hamlet, V.i)

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Steampunk Doily


These crocheted steampunk doilies by Severina of VintageStitchORama would make charming gifts; use them as trimming for a ladylike chemise, as a trim for an antimacassar, or to protect your Stickley tiger oak dresser top from unsightly scratches.

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Flo the Knitted Elephant


Franklin from Knitty.com brings you the story and pattern for an adorable, floppy-eared nursery elephant. This charming creature named Flo comes with an even more charming tale! Designed in the 1930s; the pattern was transcribed in the 1950s by Franklin’s mother Sue, who eventually made a variable herd of these delightful Pachydermata. If you start knitting now, you can too make a pack for holiday gifts!

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Vintage Crocheted Doily Pattern


Here is another pattern courtesy of Morag at VintagePurls. Sometimes we need a doily (or several) to accentuate our sitting room décor, and the Cobweb Doily fills the bill. This enchanting circular crocheted doily is pictured in bubblegum pink, but I’d make it up in sophisticated black. Doilies are perfect strewn over the armrest of your favorite overstuffed velvet reading chair.

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Knitted Vintage Tea Cosy


Although this knitted tea cosy is shown in a kitcheny citrus color scheme, I want to make it in a colorway that will go with my Arzberg Silver Flight tea service, so think a black and white scheme with silver edging will gave it a très moderne look. Pour some English Breakfast tea, nibble into a warm ginger scone, and gather around for some witty banter. This vintage knitting pattern is brought to us by Morag at VintagePurls in New Zealand. (Cosy Knitted in Daffodil Stitch: from Cushions & Cosies by Madame Weigel, c. 1945)

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Vintage Double-Breasted Knit Vest


This boyishly chic vintage double-breasted vest was originally published by Spinnerin Bulky Classics in 1962, and has been revived by Jenna from glamarama.net. We adore the vest’s deep u-shaped neckline, and how it is worn over a flowered button-down shirt. Wouldn’t this outfit look adorable with the addition of a little string tie? A word of warning: Please review this size chart – check your measurements for the proper size! A vintage size 12 is not a modern size 12.

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Striped Thigh-High Socks


I understand that it is sweaty and hot in the rest of the country, but I’m happy to say that here in San Francisco it is chilly enough for striped thigh-high socks. Kelly, from Knitty.com designed these circus-y winners. You can use up bits and pieces from your yarn stash and make them in a crazy mélange of colors, knit them up in your favorite color combination, or even make them in one solid swooningly luscious color. I lust for a pair in warm rust and cool French blue.

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Knit Hat by Alexa & Cape by Great-grandmother Anna


Alexa knit this bubblegum pink hat out of thick and cozy yarn from Britex’s 3rd floor. It keeps Kristin’s head warm even when the weather is spitting fog and chill. Kristin is also wearing an old-fashioned, lacy dropped-stitch cape made by her Great-grandmother Anna. Help! We want to reproduce this cape pattern; has anyone seen one like it in their knitting travels?

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Vintage Knit Hat – 1938


Who could resist this hat? This jaunty knit hat is a study in chic, urban sophistication; it goes with red lipstick and a tailored wool suit like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This pattern was originally printed in “Knitted & Crocheted Chic Hats” (1938), and is here courtesy of the kind folks at vintageous.com.

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