Recently I downloaded a few free crochet books from B&N. They had some pretty bad ratings but hey they’re free. After looking at them I realized why. Part of the Public Domain they’re books written in the late 1880’s and “made available by the Internet Archive”.
The very language itself is different than used today; though not entirely indecipherable. Part of the problem though isn’t just the language barrier but errors in the download. There’s nothing like seeing things like (Concluded on Page /_’). I have yet to find page /_’. So I’ve started reading them finding it fascinating and decided to share my notes here.
You might already know these stitches but some of them were under different names back then. I’m not sure how many of you would know what to do if I said to CH20 then plain stitch across. I certainly wouldn’t have but it maybe because I’ve only been crocheting since Christmas of 2011.
Here’s what I learned so far:
The Abbreviation List Used in My Notes:
YO: yarn over
YO2: yarn over 2 times
DC: double crochet
SC: single crochet
DTR: double treble
HDC: half double crochet
CH 2, DC, CH 2, ect
Same as today but sometimes called the plain stitch
Long Treble Crochet:
This is now referred to as the Double Treble
Double and Single Crochet Net:
SC in 8th CH of base chain, CH2, skip 2 chains on base, DC, CH2, SK2, 1SC, repeat as needed
In this book at least (Artamo Crochet Book) a Picot is used by Slip ST into the 5th not 3rd CH
Inverted Treble Crochet Clusters:
1TR, *CH4, YO2 insert hook into base CH, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook into next CH, YO (5 loops on hook) , pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 2 loops repeat till 1 loop remains on hook, repeat from *
Short Double Crochet:
This is a half double crochet
Puff Stitch also called Knob Stitch:
*5 TR in same SP, Slip loop off hook, pass hook through top of 1st TR make, YO pull through* makes one Puff. CH 3, SK 3, make new puff.
Each row is fastened off. Start new row at 1st TR, a half puff at each end of alternate row will make rows even.