This is just the best collection of 10 beautiful vintage crochet patterns that are perfect for making that timeless crochet piece.
The art of crochet was first officially recognized in the 19th century when it quickly became a favorite pastime among women and girls.
It was enjoyed for its versatility and intricacy, and soon new techniques and stitches were being developed and countless beautiful and innovative patterns were designed.
From blankets to garments of clothing, crochet pieces could be seen everywhere and became particularly popular in the 1970s hippie movement.
In recent years there has been a huge surge in the number of young people taking up crocheting as a mindful and creative counterpoint to the stresses and pressures of their busy modern lives.
Crochet requires dexterity, accuracy and focus, all of which help to distract anxious minds from negative thoughts that might otherwise creep in. What’s more, crocheting creates gorgeous finished pieces that serve as decoration for your home and make fantastic handmade gifts for friends and loved ones.
We have put together a list of some beautiful vintage crochet patterns available online today, so that you can make your latest crocheting project a celebration of the craft’s long history.
We have taken all our picks and there are many more gorgeous vintage designs out there. So, have a read and get creating something beautifully new out of what has never grown old.
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10 Beautiful Vintage Crochet Patterns
Peter Pan Baby Cardigan Vintage Crochet Pattern
We start with this darling little baby cardigan pattern and you can see from the logo on the pattern cover that it is a genuine vintage copy.
The Peter Pan cardigan shape is completely adorable and works for little boys or girls. The flare shape is great for giving babies plenty of room to wiggle and crawl about, and the little ribbon tie is easy and quick, making it far more practical than buttons or toggles.
This pattern has been designed by someone who clearly understands babies and, though it is vintage, this design really is so classic it is timeless.
You receive a photocopied version of the original pattern in the post or as a downloadable PDF and the quality of the photocopy is clear and easy to follow.
This is a great gift for a baby shower or first birthday, especially as it is unisex so you don’t need to know the baby’s gender before you get working on it!
Clothespin Christmas Angels Vintage Crochet Pattern
This next pattern is from the 1970s and will be incredibly nostalgic for many of you. These gorgeous little clothespin angels are so unique and dainty and make the most adorable Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.
They bring a bit of old-school magic to any Christmas tree and will instantly take you back to Christmases past.
The pattern is a PDF copy of the original but the document has been digitally cleaned and enlarged so that it is easy to read and follow.
What’s more, this pattern gives details for five little angels each with her own individual dress design, so there is loads of creativity and detail to be enjoyed.
Vintage Baby Blanket
Such a pretty and simple baby blanket pattern. Perfect for anyone looking to dabble in the vintage crochet arts. LOL!
Source: Two Brothers Blankets
Victorian Lace Afghan Vintage Crochet Pattern
If you are looking for something with a much earlier feel then this Victorian-style throw could be the choice for you. Though it looks incredibly complicated the pattern is actually very well written and easy to understand, and utilises some simple techniques to maximum effect.
The final piece has the quality of a Victorian heirloom with its beautiful lacey delicacy, and the crown stitches are created with a series of chains and half pineapple clusters to form a beautiful scalloped edge reminiscent of something you would expect to see in an old painting.
The whole thing is trimmed with silk ribbon to give it a really refined finish, and for this reason it makes a marvellous gift for a christening, wedding or other important occasion.
Vintage Pineapple Doily Crochet Pattern
The pineapple doily is the item that most people think of when you mention vintage crochet design. These intricate and ornate table runners were all the rage in the 1970s and you could expect to see them at every dinner party and cocktail-do in town.
Not only do they add a bit of retro glamour to your table settings but they also protect your furniture from heat marks and scratches, so they are beautiful and useful.
The pattern is fairly complex and does not contain any progress pictures for guidance, so this project is best attempted by an advanced crocheter with plenty of experience. The finished article is just exquisite and would make a very special gift indeed.
Simple Vintage Blanket
Super easy and definitely beautiful in every way. This is jut a great vintage blanket crochet pattern that anyone would love.
Source: The Purple Poncho
Groovy 1970s Square Pillow Crochet Pattern
If you are confident at crocheting granny squares but fancy trying to make something other than a bedspread and perhaps want a project that won’t take you as long to complete, then this vintage square pillow / cushion pattern could be what you’re after.
This pattern cleverly allows you to put your practice squares to excellent use in the form of a comfy and funky cushion. The pattern is a 1970s original and is very much in the hippie style, so will add grooviness to any sitting room or bedroom.
The Etsy seller has updated the pattern to correct a few mistakes and make it easier to follow. She has also included her own photo tutorial that is clearer than the original 1970s photographs, however, all the original text and pictures are included and are lovely to look at and compare.
Beautiful 1960s Crochet Top Pattern
Believe it or not, crocheted items of clothing were once all the rage and, as this 1960s pattern shows, there were some pretty flattering garments available.
The high, flat neckline and capped sleeves on this beautiful item are quintessentially 60s and have the simplicity and class reminiscent of Jackie O’s famous style.
The pattern has been digitally cleaned and enlarged so that it is easy to see and very comprehensible, and the piece comes together surprisingly quickly considering how impactful its final effect is.
The scalloped edges add a femine finish to the garment and best of all you can wear your finished article out and show it off to all your friends – you will feel so proud when people ask you where you bought it!
Vintage Vogue Crochet Wedding Dress Pattern
Finally, we have saved the best till last. It is hard to take in just how stylish and elegant this iconic Designer Vogue wedding dress is because it really does have so many stunning features and details.
The flared sleeves are quintessentially 1970s and capture the looseness and freedom of that era beautifully. The high neckline and fitted bust section make this dress feminine and flattering, and the wide draped skirt provides plenty of room for boogying on the dancefloor in the evening.
If you used a colored yarn this design could translate as an evening gown for a special occasion, so there is plenty of fun to be had with it.
It requires an advanced skill level and would make the most marvellous project for any keen crocheter, as well as the most sensational gift to any bride-to-be. This pattern is a classic and the saying ‘they don’t make them like this anymore’ has never seemed more appropriate.