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Free Vintage Crochet Patterns

I've been crocheting since I was a little girl. Since then I've designed for magazines and offer free patterns at my site.

Spiderweb Doily

Spiderweb Doily

Here you'll find a long list of free vintage patterns. Most are easy to read. A few use thread and yarn that is no longer available. For most of these, you can just make swatches until you can match the gauge. A few sites carry the smaller sizes of thread and hooks.

In the first half of the 1900s, our grandmothers and great grandmothers used mainly thread and crocheted some beautiful doilies, tablecloths, bedjackets and yokes. Crochet baby patterns and lace were common too. In the forties and fifties they started using the art to create potholders, toys and children's clothing.

It wasn't until the 70s that crochet really took off. Along with the hippie movement, clothing became popular. Annie's Attic became part of the crochet scene and Annie Potter created new items and inspired many other crocheters. The art has grown from there, until we have patterns now for almost everything imaginable.

Click on the blue titles below to find the free patterns. Some of these sites have so many designs offered as free patterns that it could keep you busy for a lifetime.

About.com offers a large selection of free vintage filet patterns. They have a lot of free chart designs also.

Antique Crochet Patterns offers vintage patterns, some from the 1800's to the 1950s. Use the sidebar on the right side of the site to find what you want. She has a large offering of free crochet patterns.

Antique Pattern Library is a group that saves the copies of old vintage and antique books online for future generations and for the rest of us to enjoy. They also have a Yahoo group that you can join and appreciate others to share their books also.

If you like antique patterns, this is sure to excite you.

Crafty Tipster offers a pattern for a vintage doily and other free patterns.

Coat and Clarks is offering a free vintage pineapple doily pattern. You'll need to download the pattern because it is in PDF format. You'll also need Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.

Crochet n' Beads offers several free patterns including a snood, shawl, dresser scarf and more.

Free Vintage Crochet Hat Patterns offers over 80 vintage crochet hat patterns. The site specializes in just vintage crochet patterns. Most are ladies hats, but a few baby hats are offered too.

Knitting-Crochet Antique Patterns offers a long list of patterns divided by category are offered at this site. Just choose what you would like to crochet.

Miss Julia's Vintage Knit and Crochet offers a lot of vintage patterns for baby clothing, mainly sweater sets. Just click on the photos to be taken to the patterns.

Old Craft Patterns provides free vintage patterns for crochet, knitting, tatting and crochet. A list of links to many crochet patterns is included.

Open Mesh Slippers pattern is offered by Barbs Free Crochet Patterns. This is a vintage Coats and Clark pattern that you'll find easy to crochet. The photo is at the top of the page.

Squidoo's Lisa Auch shows you how to crochet an antique baby bonnet. This pattern is suggested for the Advanced crocheter.

The Vintage Toy Chest has free vintage patterns for a bunny, a ball, crib toy, donkey, cat, monkey, Humpty Dumpty, pig, tiger, pony, bear puppet, zebra and the 3 Bears. This site will keep you busy for awhile if you like to crochet toy patterns. Just click on the pattern photo to be taken to the pattern. They are nice patterns too.

More Free Crochet Patterns

Tip Nut offers a free download for free potholder patterns from the vintage book "Star Potholders." Included are 3 patterns that use pearl cottons size 5 thread.

The site offers an index of vintage pattern stitches and patterns. Just click on the title you'd like to use.

The Victorian Boot is a beautiful pattern. It is crocheted with size 5 Pearl Cotton and a size 7 crochet hook. You need to see it.

As you scroll down the page, you'll find free vintage patterns for purses, vintage crochet stitches, a lamp mat and a basket.

Comments

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on March 18, 2018:

Thank you showing your appreciation.

Alice Church on March 17, 2018:

I am so thankful for you! You’re wonderful links are awesome!

Nay Smith on June 28, 2017:

love this

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on March 03, 2016:

gepe, Thank you for the compliments and sharing.

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Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 16, 2014:

Lisa, I'm happy to hear that you enjoy them. I've only crocheted a few doilies. I hate how the old baby patterns use yarns that we haven't ever heard of though and then don't provide the gauge. Thanks for viewing.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on September 16, 2014:

Love Love Love Vintage crochet patterns, they are at times difficult to read and make out, so I find I tweak them a lot, you have some awesome finds here :)

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 20, 2013:

Graham, I'm happy you found and thanks for the nice comment.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on January 20, 2013:

Hi Barbara. What a great hub. So informative with fabulous links. My wife and daughter have taken over the computer reading you links. Well done and thank you.

Voted up and all and following.

Graham.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 19, 2013:

Pool of Thoughts, As long as you don't link to the same site more than twice, it is alright.

David Steffy from Southern Ohio on January 19, 2013:

Nice article. My wife is interested in crocheting. One question though, how did you put so many outside links in your article without it getting flagged or denied?

Voted up and useful!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 18, 2013:

Rhonda, Thanks for commenting and I'm happy I provided something helpful.

Rhonda Humphreys from Michigan on January 18, 2013:

What a wonderful hub with terrific information in it. I am an advid crocheter and you have some sites that I have not been in before. Thank you. I love old patterns. voted up and useful

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 12, 2013:

scobbydeb, You're welcome. I hope it brings you lots of traffic.

scoobydeb on January 12, 2013:

Thanks for featuring one of my websites in your hub! Love that we can bring back the vintage crochet patterns to share with so many.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 04, 2012:

Steve, I hadn't ever heard that. We always question what they'll think of modern medicine 100 years from now. They'll probably say that half the stuff the doctor do now killed us. How awful about the x-ray machines back then. Thanks for the added info.

Steven Miller from Ohio Great City of Dayton on December 04, 2012:

I love history so this is right up my alley. All history is intriguing to me.

Some people did not know that in the 1920's and 30's in the shoe stores located in a lot of pharmacies, they had x-ray machines to get you into good fitting shoes.

Well little did they know at the time the amount of radation they were dosing the peoples feet with was leathal. A lot of the people lost there feet and some even died of radation exposure. Just thought I would add a bit more history. Just thought I would add a bit more history in there for you.

Great article voted up and I look forward to reading more of your articles here on Hubpages!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 04, 2012:

KerryAnita, Thanks for viewing the patterns. Yes, some are beautiful.

KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on December 04, 2012:

How beautiful! I must try to make some of these!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 28, 2012:

handmadebybheng, You need to buy a Victorian house then. When I was younger I wanted one, but now I don't. Have fun with the patterns. Thanks for your comments.

handmadebybheng from Cubao , Quezon City on November 28, 2012:

I love vintage patterns :) I always imagine that I am an old soul and must have worn some of these in a previous life ahhahaah , well, you get the drift :) thank you for posting these :)

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 25, 2012:

Thanks Gail for commenting and thanks for the compliments. Have fun finding one you'd like to crochet. Thanks for voting it up.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on September 24, 2012:

I learned to crochet in junior high school and started by making little Barbie blankets for my younger sisters. LOL I still enjoy crocheting, it is so relaxing to me. This is a great hub! What an amazing collection of crochet patterns! Bookmarked so I can refer back to it and voted up.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 15, 2012:

whalefeather2, Thanks for viewing and sharing.

whalefeather2 on September 15, 2012:

Really nice patterns. I have passed your hub to friends who crochet..!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 14, 2012:

pstraubie-48, Thanks for viewing the hub and I wish you luck taking crochet back up. I was taught as a young child and didn't return until my 20's. You'll pick it backup quickly. Thanks for pinning.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 14, 2012:

This is awesome. I am bookmarking it My Mother taught me how to crochet when I was about 16 and I did make a few pillows and afghans and then I stopped crocheting and I have forgotten how. I was just looking this evening for how to lessons and I found this.

I am so excited. Tomorrow I am going to get started again. Thank you for sharing this. Pinned

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 06, 2012:

Tammy, Thanks for viewing the hub. I shared your pattern with my Yahoo group too, which should bring lots of traffic. I thought it was a beautiful pattern. I hope you found yours on the page. Thanks for linking.

Tammy from North Carolina on September 06, 2012:

Gorgeous! I would love to make the slippers. I love crochet because every thing old always becomes new again! I am going to link this. Great finds!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 15, 2012:

Felicia, Your very welcome. Have fun crocheting some of the patterns.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 15, 2012:

Free2writ3, Thanks for reading and thanks for the compliment.

Felicia Vasquez from New Mexico on August 15, 2012:

Thanks!! omg!!! i've been wantning to crochet something fun!

Free2writ3 from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on August 15, 2012:

Great Hub...keep it coming.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:

Canvas Art Shop, Thanks for reading.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:

Laura, Thanks for commenting and viewing the hub.

CanvasArtShop on August 03, 2012:

Love it, that's another vote from me!

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on August 03, 2012:

Yes, the slippers got me. I've crocheted (and knitted and tatted, but prefer crochet). I've got to pick up some of the hobbies I've dropped over the years or I'll forget everything I knew. LOL

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

Thanks for viewing.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 02, 2012:

Beautiful!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 01, 2012:

Ruth, Thanks for visiting and voting up. You need to learn crochet too. It is faster.

Ruth Pieterse on July 31, 2012:

Lovely, have never mastered the art of crochet. I love to knit though. Voted up.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 30, 2012:

pringooals, Thanks for looking at the patterns and thanks for voting it up.

Karina from Edinburgh on July 30, 2012:

Super!!! I love the slippers, so delicate and beautiful. I vote it up.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 23, 2012:

maurerose, Thanks for visiting and sharing with your sister.

maurerose from From Houston, TX to Alicante, Spain on June 23, 2012:

I just sent this to my sister who loves to crochet and knit. I couldn't do it to save my life, but I love that my sister and family do!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 22, 2012:

Tonya and Beth, Thanks for visiting the hub. Beth, Best of luck with the slipper pattern.

BethDW on June 22, 2012:

The slippers are beautiful, I'm going to have to try that pattern out!

Tonya_Johnson from Virginia on June 21, 2012:

These crochet patterns look so lovely. My grandmother could crochet and my mom too, but I was never able to pick it up. It is a beautiful art though and I do appreciate great pieces of art and crocheting is definetly a great piece of art. It takes great skill to be able to crochet and I commend everyone who can. Great hub, and thank for sharing!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 21, 2012:

latina43mama, Thanks.

latina43mama from latina43mama on June 21, 2012:

Beautiful patterns and great tips! I love this.

cherylvanhoorn from Sydney on June 21, 2012:

She was Barbara. She was one of the most intelligent, special ladies I have ever known. Unfortunately she was born to a time where social norms restricted what she could do. I am extremerly interested to know what she would have achieved if she was born into gen x or gen y. She was a secretary and was a touch typist. She could crack 120 wpm on an old clunker remington. I wonder what she would have managed on a computer.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 21, 2012:

Heather, Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for sharing too.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 21, 2012:

Cheryl, How wonderful that I could bring back warm memories of your mother. It sounds like she was a very talented woman.

Heather from PA on June 21, 2012:

Oh how sweet is this Hub! Thank you so much for the information! I have tried many attempts at hats by myself and well I will just stop there for fear of embarassing myself.... :-) Also I will be sharing this I have a few people I know will love it!

cherylvanhoorn from Sydney on June 20, 2012:

Wonderful! I remember being very young and my mother attempting to show me how to crochet and to knit which she found difficult. The reason for this is due to the fact that I was the only left hander in a houseful of right handers. My mother struggled and my mother despaired until one afternoon. We were sitting in the back sun room and my sister was knitting away and I was watching with a feeling of jealously. She made it look so simple where my hands tangled in the yarn and I didn't manage to knit one, pearl one. My sister looked at me for a second, sat down opposite me and asked me to watch what she did. And she did. She showed me how to knit mirror imaging me. And just like that I got it.

I was never a very good knitter but I was okay with crocheting. I remember the pieces that my mother used to turn out and I wondered how they did. I did not have the hand eye co-ordination that it took for me to make the pieces of art they did. My mother would go onto making the most amazing baby shawls for both my sister and myself. My sister's managed to contain three children, swaddling them with warmth and Nanny love. I had two and the shawl she created for my children was an amazing round web design that survived my two and went onto see a new life with a lady I worked with and she cherished it as the piece demanded.

So I have a fondness for crocheting but I am still no rocket scientist but your piece has bought back to mind the years of my mother's majesty and I can not think of it without thinking of her. It brings mum to mind and the associated warm memories of a childhood surrounded by wool, hooks and knitting needles.

Roberta McIlroy from Ontario, Canada on June 20, 2012:

your very welcome. and, thank you. i will make sure i check your hub out.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 20, 2012:

landscaeartist, There are several sites that offer the directions on how to read a pattern. Check mine out, Barb's Free Crochet Patterns. I have an entire page there devoted to that. I hope you are able to use some of them. Thanks for visiting the page and commenting.

Roberta McIlroy from Ontario, Canada on June 20, 2012:

I have always loved to crochet but I have had trouble reading the patterns. So, I usually have to go by the pictures that usually accompany them. I love the slipper pattern so I will give it a go. Thank you

cityalice on June 20, 2012:

It's beautiful. What a wonderful list of links for crochet patterns. Quite sexy!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 19, 2012:

PenHitstheFan and Andy Man, Thanks for visiting. Andy, Some of these patterns are even earlier than the '70s. Some as early as the '30s!

Andy Mann from Minneapolis, MN on June 19, 2012:

What a flash back to the 70s this page has been!

Amy L. Tarr from Home on June 18, 2012:

It's so feminine and pretty. Too bad I don't have patience...or hand/eye coordination. :)

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 17, 2012:

Jean, My Grandmother taught me when I was a little girl too. You should teach your daughter and pass on the tradition. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Jean Rogers on June 16, 2012:

You have created such a great resource! My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. I have great memories of sitting with her practicing. This article makes me want to teach my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 16, 2012:

donabhatt, Thanks for looking at the hub and commenting. You have a nice friend that she gave you that.

Tanuka Bhattacharjee from Cupertino on June 16, 2012:

Beautiful.....I love vintage crochets and I had one made like anklet gifted to me by a friend of mine.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 14, 2012:

CrochetNPray, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'm happy you like them.

CrochetNPray from Virginia on June 14, 2012:

Very nice! Wonderful selection of patterns!!

Sarah Headrick from Houston, TX on April 19, 2012:

Great post! I love vintage crochet patterns, and I will certainly be returning here the next time I'm looking to start a project!

vintagelove on March 23, 2012:

Such a great range of ideas! Thanks for sharing!

CarliFrenneman on January 09, 2012:

Very cool. Especially love the slipper pattern! Thanks for putting these links together.

raincity on January 08, 2012:

Awsome! I need some new crochet patterns! thanks so much!

Gautham A S from Bangalore, India on January 08, 2012:

The vintage crochet patterns are awesome!

yols-a from Trinidad and Tobago on January 08, 2012:

Hey wonderful job keep it up

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on January 08, 2012:

I've been into delicate crocheting since I was a small child. The slippers IMMEDIATELY caught my eye, and I'm very glad you published this hub with that and even more patterns to try out. (The slippers are at the top of my list to make, however--spring will be here someday!)

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on December 29, 2011:

This is a very useful hub. Thanks for the links.

htodd from United States on December 24, 2011:

Great post..Interesting

Dana Rock from Pacific Northwest on December 21, 2011:

Great resource page here - I plan to show my spouse in the morning!

trentandbrittney on December 20, 2011:

i love to crochet. i make brittney blankets every year for christmas.

Silwen from Europe on December 20, 2011:

Great collection. Thank you for sharing.

Rachel Richmond from California on December 15, 2011:

Very informative...thank you!

BethanRose from South Wales on December 06, 2011:

This is so helpful and informative to anyone interested in crocheting! Thanks!

latina43mama from latina43mama on December 05, 2011:

I think this is very pretty and helpful for those who are looking for patterns or just browsing. I really like how it reminds me of how some of my family members made items when I was younger and did not appreciate it as much then as I do now!

Jyoti Patil from Mumbai on December 04, 2011:

barbara : thnxx a lottt

Jyoti Patil from Mumbai on December 04, 2011:

Barbara I really wanna learn it now!!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 03, 2011:

One of these days, I'm going to the arts and crafts store and I'll get a crochet kit and learn. I know how to knit. But I love the patterns in crochet and people say it's easier than knitting. Do you think that's true? By the way, great article. Voted up. :)

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 03, 2011:

when I was 16 my grandmother taught me how to crochet. I have always loved it. but My grandmother could not read. so of course I never learned to read a pattern. but I can look at a stitch and copy it.. I do not know how I do this.. but I do love it.. I think i may have invented a few new stitches in my day..lol.. thank you for writing this and doing all the research I voted up and interesting..

Jyoti Patil from Mumbai on December 02, 2011:

such a beautiful collection!! lovely information!!

Mike Pugh from New York City on December 02, 2011:

I don't know anything about crochet, but I do like the way you've made this hub look, & I will look into more of your hubs. Judging by this neat and beautiful visual display you have here the others must be awesome as well. Thanks for sharing can't wait to see more. Voted up for Beautiful.

Sharon McConnell from Gilbert, Arizona on November 04, 2011:

Great resource. I loved looking through all the ladies hats. I am in the middle of making a baby afghan right now and was thinking about making a hat to go with it. Thanks for writing!

lavender3957 on November 04, 2011:

I love to crochet, and vintage items are my best. I love the times when things were simple and beautiful. My grandmother spent a lot of time baking and crocheting many things. I still have some of the doilies she had made in her time. Thanks for sharing.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on November 03, 2011:

This Hub is a great resource. I love crocheting because you can outfit a home and make clothing items. It's such an easy craft to get started with because you don't need many materials.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on November 03, 2011:

Great hub! I love to crochet, but I rarely find anyone else who does.

RTalloni on November 02, 2011:

Super resource list here--thanks for putting it together for us! Voted up and bookmarked. So looking forward to looking these sites over! :)

PWalker281 on October 24, 2011:

Okay, I'm going to have to bookmark this hub and explore it at my leisure. Otherwise, I'll be sitting here all night looking at all the websites and patterns. Thanks so much for sharing this. Rated up and (very) useful!

Donna Cosmato from USA on October 19, 2011:

Thanks for another great resource for crochet lovers. The slippers are my fave, and I hope I can talk my mom into making them for me:) Good job pulling this together, Barbara.

North Wind from The World (for now) on October 19, 2011:

There were so many crochet doilies in the house growing up that were made by my great grandmother. She was a crochet master.The slippers do look delicate yet comfortable and I like the entire idea of them.

Great hub, it reminded me of the days when I was young.

Jenna Pope from Southern California on October 18, 2011:

Awesome! Loved the slipper pattern!!!!!

Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on October 18, 2011:

Oh I love this hub! It's awesome! So many exciting stuff to look at.

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on October 18, 2011:

Very nice. These patterns are beautiful! Thank you.

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