Normally, when you here the words “vintage” and “crochet” in the same sentence, your mind is drawn to the crochet kitsch of the 1970s. I have nothing against 70s crochet, but this new book, Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper is something entirely different. She took the concept of “vintage” and asked several designers to apply it to crochet designs “for home, garden, fashion and gifts.” The book is beautifully presented and the photography is well styled adding to the vintage feel.
There are a total of 30 patterns, beginning with Fashion. There’s a classic filet tunic, and a Rickrack Kerchief that I just love. It’s crocheted in a simple shell pattern, but simple color changes give a rick rack feel, then it’s finished with an eyelet row and ribbons. At once vintage and very current. Some of the garments seem boxy or like they were done in too heavy a yarn like the “Millie Cardigan.” But others have a sweet old fashioned feel like the “Nico” dress with it’s Irish crocheted skirt.
In the gifts section, there’s “Syd” a sweet looking stuffed rabbit, and beautiful pattern for crocheted hanger with flowers (I have a soft spot for crocheted hangers since my grandmother used to make them, and there’s nothing better for hanging slippery clothes).
There are no schematics or stitch charts for the patterns–a definite detractor in my opinion, but the book has such style and whimsy that it may be worth reading for the photos alone.