Never, even in the earlier days when it possessed the charm of novelty and everybody was eager to “learn the stitch,” was crochet-work more popular than at the present time. There is probably not a household in our country of which at least one member is not more or less familiar with the little implement, denominated crochet-hook, by means of which so many lovely things are produced. Nor is this popularity confined to Irish crochet, and other varieties of this phase of needlecraft of which the separate motif, simple or elaborate, is a distinctive feature: indeed, there are probably fifty women who do “plain crochet” neatly and well to one who is expert in the production of the more intricate and difficult class; and the demand for new and pleasing designs “such as anybody can work out” is large and constant. It is Needlecraft’s aim and pleasure to supply exactly what is wanted by its big and ever-widening circle, and the invitation to share her new and choice designs with others is cordially extended to every member. Giving means getting in every phase of human activity.
A Dainty Vase-Mat
By Mrs. A. P. Lett
Chain 4, join.
1. Chain 1, 8 doubles in ring, join to 1 chain.
2. Chain 1, 2 doubles in each double, picking up both loops of stitch, chain 1, turn.
3, 4, 5. A double in each double, widening sufficiently to keep the work flat and smooth, and have 24 doubles in the last row.
6. Chain 6, (miss 1 double, a treble in next, chain 3) 11 times, join to 3d of 6 chain; 12 spaces in all.
7. Chain 3, a treble in center of 1st space, chain 4, catch in top of treble, chain 5, catch in same place, chain 4, catch in same place, chain 3, fasten in top of next treble; repeat around. This completes the wheel, of which 13 are required for the doily. Break thread and fasten securely.
For the leaves: Chain 16, turn; a double in each stitch of chain, 3 doubles in 16th of end stitch, 14 doubles up opposite side, chain 1, turn, a double in each double. Picking up the back loop of stitch only, to form a rib, 3 doubles in 2d or center stitch of 3 widening doubles of last row, a double in each double up opposite side, leaving 2 at the end, turn, and repeat until you have 4 ribs each side of the center Coming down on the last row, when making the 2d of the 3 widening doubles, catch into the middle picot of the cloverleaf on little wheel, then continue down other side of leaf as usual.
Make 12 leaves, joining each as directed to a middle picot of cloverleaf, and each to preceding by slip-stitching in 3 stitches at the point of last row made, or corner of leaf. Join last leaf to 1st is same manner.
Join a wheel between each two leaves my middle picot of cloverleaf thus: Chain 3, catch in tip of leaf, chain 2, fasten in treble of wheel; finish the cloverleaf, join next cloverleaf to same leaf at 3d point, make a cloverleaf, then join the next cloverleaf to following leaf as 3d point and next to the tip. Join each wheel to the preceding by picot of cloverleaf next above those joined at the tip of the leaf. Easily made and very dainty.
By Mrs. Sarah C. Darnell
Use No 70 linen thread and a crochet-hook large enough to carry the thread smoothly. Make a chain of 6 stitches, and join.
1. Chain 3 for 1st treble, 15 trebles in ring, join to top of 3 chain.
2. Chain 3, a treble in same place, a treble in next stitch, *2 in next, 1 in next, repeat from * 6 times, join.
3. Chain 3, a treble in same place, a *treble each side of the single treble of last row, so there will be 2 trebles between widening points, 2 trebles between 2 trebles, and repeat around, joining last treble to top of 3 chain.
4. Same as 3d row, commencing with 3 chain and a treble in the same place for a widening, then a treble between each following treble, 3 in all, 2 trebles between next 2 trebles, and repeat.
5 to 20. Work in the same way, increasing the plain trebles between widenings by 1 each row.
21. Silp-stitch back over 2 stitches, chain 6, *miss 3 stitches, a treble between next 2, chain 3, repeat around from * and join to 3d of 6 chain. There should be a space over each point and 7 spaces between points.
22. A single in space over point, chain 3 for a treble; 3 trebles, chain 3 and 4 trebles, all in same space, *(chain 3, fasten in next space, chain 3, 4 trebles in next) 3 times, chain 3, fasten in next, chain 3, shell of 4 trebles, 3 chain and 4 trebles in the space over point, repeat from *, joining last 3 chain to top of 3 chain in 1st shell.
23; *Chain 4, fasten under 3 chain of shell, chain 5, fasten in same place, chain 4, a double in last treble of same shell, chain 4, a double in 1st of next 4 trebles, chain 4, a double in last of 4 trebles, repeat around, making 4 chain over each group of 4 trebles, with 4 chain between groups, and the loop of 5 chain over the widening-point.
24. Slip-stitch to center of point and under the loop of 5 chain as at beginning of 22d row; then repeat 22d row around.
25. Same as 23d row.
Repeat 24th and 25th rows alternately until you have completed the 35th row, which will be like the 23d.
36. Slip-stitch to center of 4 chain, chain 7, catch back in 4th stitch from needle for a picot, chain 3, fasten in double under 5 chain, chain 7, picot, chain 3, fasten in next loop; repeat around, only fastening twice (that is, a double under 5 chain, chain 7, picot, chain 3, fasten under same 5 chain) over each point.
A very pretty luncheon- or table-set may be made by this design. For the tumbler-doilies make only 5 or 6 rows of the center, and 4 or 5 rows of the border; the bread-and-butter-plate-doilies may have several rows more added to both center and border, and other doilies in same proportion. The centerpiece may be as large as desired, and – if preferred – the center may be of linen in every case, with the crocheted border added.
Doily for Bonbon-Dish
By Mrs. Sarah J. Hale
Chain 8, join.
1. Make 18 doubles in ring, join.
2. Chain 20, turn; *25 doubles over chain, a single in double of ring, turn, a double in each of 25 doubles, chain 1, turn, a double in each of *5doubles, chain 5 for a picot, repeat from 1st *, making 4 picots with 5 doubles between, after last 5 doubles make 2 singles in 2 doubles of ring, chain 18 for next spoke, miss 1 picot and fasten in next, turn, and repeat from 1st * until you have made 6 spokes, joining the last to 1st at the 2d picot from ring. Break and fasten thread securely.
3. Fasten in 1st picot of a spoke from the tip, chain 6, fasten in next picot of same spoke, chain 13, fasten in picot next to tip of next spoke, and repeat around.
4. A double in each stitch of last row.
5. Chain 3, a treble in every stitch of last row, making 2 trebles in every 6th stitch or as necessary to keep the work smooth and flat.
6. Like 3d row.
7. Make 2 knot-stitches, miss 2 doubles, fasten in next, repeat. The last knot-stitch should fasten where 1st started. Then draw out the loop on needle and fasten in the knot between 1st 2 stitches
8. Make 2 knot-stitches, fasten in next knot; repeat.
9. Same as 8th stitch, commencing each row by drawing out the loop and catching with a single in the following knot; worked thus, the joining of rows scarcely shows at all. Fasten with 2 doubles in each knot or make a double at each side of knot of last row and close to it.
10. Same as 9.
11. Draw up the loop and catch in knot, *chain 6, a double on each side of knot; repeat.
12. A double in each stitch of chain.
13. A treble in each stitch of last row, commencing with 3 chain for 1st treble, and joining to top of 3 chain.
14. Same as 13.
15. A double in each stitch
16. Chain 5, miss 2 doubles, fasten in next; repeat.
17. A single under 5 chain, chain 3, 2 trebles under same loop, *3 trebles under next loop; repeat from * around, join.
18. Make 6 doubles over 6 trebles, chain 9, miss 6 trebles; repeat.
19. Make 4 doubles over 6 doubles, missing 1st and last, chain 2, miss 1 of 9 chain, a treble in next, taking through the stitch, not under the chain, chain 2, miss 1, 2 trebles in next, 2 in next, chain 2, 2 trebles in next stitch and 2 in next, chain 2, miss 1, 1 treble, chain 2, repeat the row.
20. Make 2 doubles over 4 doubles, missing 1st and last, (chain 3, fasten under next chain) twice, chain 5, fasten in next (at top of shell), chain 5, fasten in same place, chain 5, (fasten under next chain, chain 3) twice, and repeat.
21. A single between 2 doubles, chain 3, miss 1 loop, fasten under next, (chain 3, fasten under next loop, chain 5, fasten in same place) twice, then (chain 5, fasten under same loop) twice, making 3 loops at top of shell, chain 3, fasten in next loop, chain 5, fasten in same place, chain 3, fasten in next loop; chain 3; repeat.
Wheel Doilies, Simple and Pretty
By Alice L. Bradshaw
No. 1. – Chain 8, join.
1. Chain 1, 18 doubles in ring, join.
2. Chain 5, miss 2, fasten in next; repeat around.
3. Make 9 doubles under each loop of 5 chain.
4. Slip-stitch to 5th of 9 doubles, *chain 7, fasten in top of next loop; repeat around.
5. Chain 3 for 1st treble, 10 trebles under 1st 7 chain, *1 trebles under next 7 chain, repeat from * around, join.
6. Chain 5, *miss 2 trebles, a treble between next 2, chain 2, repeat from * around and join to 3d of 5 chain. This will give you 33 spaces.
7. A single in 1st space, chain 3, 1 treble, chain 2, 2 trebles, all in same space, *chain 5, miss 2 spaces, shell of 2 trebles, 2 chain and 2 trebles in next; repeat from * around, joining last 5 chain to top of 3 chain in 1st shell.
8. Slip-stitch to 2 chain in center of shell, and repeat last row, putting shell in shell.
9. Slip-stitch to center of shell, chain 2 for 1st treble, 2 double trebles, chain 3, 2 triple trebles and 1 treble, all in same shell, chain 3, fasten under both chains of 5 below, drawing them together in a cluster, chain 3, shell in next shell, and repeat around, joining last 3 chain to the top of 3 chain which stands for 1st treble of row.
10. Slip-stitch to top of 1st shell, chain 10, fasten in top of next shell; repeat around.
11. Make 12 trebles (chain 3 for 1st) under every 10 chain, join.
12. Same as 6th row, making 66 spaces in all.
13. Same as 7th row.
14. Slip-stitch to center of shell, chain 3 for 1st treble, 1 treble, 5 double trebles and 2 trebles in same shell, *fasten under 5 chain, 2 trebles, 5 double trebles and 2 trebles in next shell, repeat from * around, catching last treble under 5 chain and in top of 1st 3 chain. Fasten off neatly.
As made, the doily is a pretty one for the smallest size of a set. To enlarge it, after completing the 13th row, repeat 8th and 9th rows, and again the 19th and following rows increasing length of chains, number of trebles, spaces, etc., proportionately. Having made the doily as illustrated, one will have no difficulty in forming any size, or the centerpiece to match.
Finish centerpiece and larger doilies with a circle of wheels, as follows: Wind thread around a tiny pencil or match 10 or 12 times (or make a chain of 5 stitches and join), slip off, and fasten with a single.
1. Chain 4, and fill the ring with 35 double trebles; join to top of 4 chain.
2. Same as 6th row of center, making 18 spaces.
3. Same as 7th row, but missing 1 space and making 3 chain between shells; 9 shells in all.
4. Slip-stitch to center of shell, chain 3 for 1st treble, 1 treble, 4 double trebles and 3 trebles in same shell, fasten under 3 chain, shell in next shell, continue until you have made 7 shells in all, then in each of next 2 shells, having made 2 of the double trebles, catch in 3d double treble of shell in last row of center, finish shell of wheel with 2 double trebles and 2 trebles, fasten under 3 chain and make the next shell in same way, joining to following shell of center. Make next and succeeding wheels like 1st, joining each to 2 shells of center, and to the preceding wheel by 2 shells from center, which will leave 3 free shells on the outer edge of each wheel. Join last to first wheel in same manner, and the doily is completed.
No. 2 – Make a chain of 5 stitches, join.
1. Chain 4, 23 double trebles in ring, join.
2. Chain 4, miss 2 double trebles, fasten between next 2; repeat around, making 12 loops.
3. Make a chain of 23 stitches, fasten in next space, *turn work, under the chain make 1 double and 13 trebles, turn, chain 5, miss 1 treble of the spoke and fasten in next, chain 14, fasten in next space, repeat from * until you have made 11 spokes, then chain 14, fasten in space where 1st chain started, make 1 double and 13 trebles over both chains, chain 5, miss 1 treble and fasten in next, turn.
4. Slip-stitch under 5 chain last made, make a shell of 2 trebles (chain 3 for 1st), 2 chain and 2 trebles under same 5 chain, *chain 6, shell under 5 chain at top of next spoke, repeat from * around and join last 5 chain to 3 chain of 1st shell.
5. Slip-stitch to center of shell, shell in shell (as at beginning of 4th row), chain 7, shell in next shell; repeat around, and join.
6. Slip-stitch to center of shell, shell of 2 trebles (chain 3 for 1st treble, always), 5 double trebles and 2 trebles in shell, chain 4, fasten under 7 chain, chain 4, shell in shell; repeat around, and join.
7. Slip-stitch to center of shell, *chain 14, fasten in next shell; repeat around.
8. Make 16 trebles under each chain.
9. Chain 5, miss 4 trebles, fasten between next 2; repeat around, making 4 loops over each group of trebles.
10. Slip-stich to middle of 5 chain; shell of 4 trebles, 2 chain and 4 trebles in next loop, fasten in next; repeat around.
This completes the center of doily, which may be enlarged, as suggested, by repeating the rows of loops and plain trebles. For the wheels proceed as follows: Wind thread 10 or 12 times around a pencil of medium size (or chain 7 and join), slip off, and fasten with a single.
1. Chain 3, 35 trebles in ring, join.
2. Chain 4, miss 1 treble, a double between next 2; repeat around, making 18 loops.
3. Slip-stitch to center of 4 chain, *chain 4, fasten in next chain; repeat.
4. A slip-stitch under 4 chain, chain 3 for a treble, 7 more trebles under same chain, *fasten under next, 8 trebles under next; repeat, joining to the center at the middle of 2 shells; as previously described, and each wheel to the preceding in same matter, thus leaving 3 free shells at outer edge of each wheel.