Vintage Crochet: Our Modern Day Inspiration

Let’s travel back to a time when crochet was becoming a popular clothing and accessory trend. Yes, there are numerous patterns out there today for crocheted ponchos, granny square rugs, slouchy hats and the like, but where did these patterns originate? How have we come to adapt such patterns and trends? These patterns have been around for decades and we have adapted them to suit modern day style. Still, these trends are classic and these patterns are an absolute delight to reminiscence about. Take a look at some of our favorite vintage inspirations:

Crochet Granny Squares – Woman’s Millefleurs Skirt from Grandmother’s Pattern Book

Crocheted Granny Squares – Long Tailored Vest also from Grandmother’s Pattern Book

Vintage Umbrella Tote from Free Vintage Crochet

Umbrella Tote Pattern

Stole Blouse Pattern also from Free Vintage Crochet; circa 1952

Stole Blouse Pattern

Star Shaped Crochet Hat from a collection of easy holiday crafts


Spell Binder Shawl Pattern from Free Vintage Crochet

Spell Binder Shawl Pattern

Vintage Shrink Tops Crochet and Knitting Leaflet from The Crimson Owl

These funky designs have inspired crochet designers to expand and modernize these styles.  It is these retro patterns that have such an impact on how crochet fashion is worn today. Have a look at some of Maggie’s Crochet vintage inspired patterns that you can find on our website!

Vintage Granny Rows Capelet #PT026


Vintage Adult Shell Cape Pattern – Pattern #PB102


Super Easy Sweater Pattern – Pattern #PA895


Seeing the vintage and modern day designs really gives a good perspective about how fashion transitions through trends.  Crochet will always have that vintage feel which is very stylish and classic.  Even these classic Vintage Fashion Potholder Crochet Pattern  Set #PB083 are a stunning addition to modern kitchen decor.


What are your favorite vintage crochet patterns or trends? If you liked this post you will want to read our Vintage Potholder Red & Blue post.

Thanks for reading,

Hugs, Maggie

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Comments (2)

  • Rima Trew 10 years ago Reply

    Hi Maggie,
    Just wanted to let you know what a laugh you have given me looking back at these old patterns. I can remember as a teenager making a “tank top” just like the shrink top pattern. I made it using a large granny square and then just making crocheted straps. After I’d worn it for I don’t know how many months, I stitched along the bottom, lined it, undid the shoulder strap and moved it along the top of the granny square (I don’t know if you get what I mean?) and then Hey Presto I had a tote bag to carry my school books. This was long before any trend for “upcycling”. I think it was called being thrifty, I like to think I was being creative!
    Thanks for a lovely website, I found you through Pinterest.
    Rima Trew

    maggieweldon 10 years ago Reply

    Hi Rima, Thanks for stopping by and for the walk down memory lane!

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