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Vintage Crochet Baby Pattern – Alice Fowler #1211

Alice Fowler patterns were very popular in the 1940s-1960s. They were advertised in the back of many craft magazines and were only sold by mail order. This beautiful pattern is so cute made up. This was fun fur before fun fur yarn was invented. My grandmother collected her patterns and I am slowly getting them added to my vintage collection online.

I am missing a few of them and would very much like to purchase them. If you have any of the patterns I am missing please contact me. I would be happy to purchase them from you or if you would be willing to send me a copy I would greatly appreciate it.

vintage baby crochet pattern

Original Design by Alice Fowler, 10 1/2 East Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Materials:  Bear Brand Babyfair or Pompadour—7 one-ounce balls.  Bone Crochet Hook No. 1.

Gauge:  Chain 10 = 1 inch

Pattern: Alternate rows of dc and double loop st (dlp) made as follows from back of work: With second finger, hold yarn down behind work, insert hook in next dc, draw up lp, yo, through lp on hook, drop lp from finger, draw yarn down again with 2nd finger, insert hook in same dc as before; draw up lp, yo through 1st lp on hook, yo, through 3 lps on hook. This stitch should be made fairly tight. Ch 3, turn, at end of each lp st row. Ch 1, turn, at end of each dc row.

Sacque.

Begin at lower edge of back.

Row 1. Ch 72, dc in 4th st from hook and in each st across (70 dc).

Row 2. Dlp in each st.

Row 3. Dec 1 st at each end of row as follows: Yo, insert hook in 2nd dc, draw up lp, insert hook in next dc, draw up lp, yo, through 3, yo, through 2. Repeat in 2nd and 3rd sts from opp end, making regular dc in last st.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 nine times (50 dc).

Make Row 2 once more.

Row 23. Sl st across 7 sts, dc in 36, ch 1, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice, work without dec 2 more times, end with Row 2 (32 dc). Fasten off.

Front: Row 1. Ch 35. Work in pattern (33 dc) as for back, dec at underarm side only until 24 dc. Sl st over 4, repeat pattern rows twice without dec, drop off 9 st at front for neck and work pattern 2 more times, ending with dlp row. Make opp front to match.

Sleeve: Ch 42 (40 dc on ch). Work even in pattern 8 times. Dec succeeding dc rows to 30, 26, 22, 18, and 14, end with dlp row. Fasten off.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves in place, then sew sleeve and underarm seam last.

Sc closely around entire sacque, and edge with Bucilla Crochelle, ch 3, sl st in next, etc., around. Insert ribbon for ties.

Bonnet:

Ch 65, very loosely. Work in pattern without dec until there are 12 dc rows. Fold ends tog and sew or crochet starting ch, allowing it to stretch to make peak at top. Sc closely around neckline (about 53 sc) to draw to shape. Fasten off. Edge as for sacque.

Bootee:

Begin with sole: Ch 20.

Row 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 15, 5 dc in next, 1 dc in each of next 15 down opp side of ch, 2 dc in last, join to top of 3 ch.

Row 2. Ch 3, 2 dc in each of next 3, 1 dc in each of next 13, 2 dc in each of next 7, 1 dc in each of next 13, 2 dc in each of next 3, 1 dc in same st as 3 ch. Join.

Row 3. Ch 3, (1 dc in next, 2 dc in next) 3 times, 1 dc in each of next 14, (2 dc in next, 1 dc in next) 7 times, 1 dc in each of next 13, (2 dc in next, 1 dc in next) 3 times, 1 dc in same st as 3 ch. Join.

Row 4. Ch 3, 1 dc around the spoke of each dc, inserting hook from back, right to left, join (68 dc, counting 3 ch).

Rows 5 and 6. Ch 3, dc in each dc. Join

Row 7. Ch 3, yo, draw up lp in 1st dc, insert hook in next dc and draw up lp, yo, through 3, yo, through 2 (dec dc made), dc in each dc until last 2, make dec dc. Join and fasten off. This is center back (66 dc).

Instep. Row 1. Beginning with first st to left of ch 3 in center back, count on left side of shoe to 27th st. Join yarn in this st, and with toe of shoe toward you, ch 3, dc in each of 12, ch 3, turn. Work dc even for 6 rows, sc across top of instep, retaining last lp on hook. Fasten instep in shoe as follows: Catch remaining lp on hook into 15th st from center back on right side of shoe (do not count 3 ch) and with instep piece toward you, sc it st for st to right side of shoe, 2 sc at corner, sc across toe, inserting hook from right to left under each of the original 13 sts of instep, 2 sc at corner, sc instep and shoe tog along left side, ending in 15th st from center back (do not count 3 ch).

Beading: With toe of shoe facing you, ch 4, * sk 1, dc in next, ch 1 *, repeat across instep, ending in same 15th st where you began joining instep to shoe, ch 1, sk 1, dec dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, repeat * to * (above) 11 times, sk 1, dec dc in next 2, ch 1, join to 3rd st of 4 ch (21 dc, counting 4 ch).

Top: Row 1. Ch 3, dc in each st around (42 dc).

Row 2. Dc even.

Add pattern rows 3 times, joining at end of each row. Fasten off. Edge.

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Vintage Lacy Crochet Layette

There is just something about vintage baby sweaters that is very special. This pretty little layette will be a pleasure to make and an appreciated gift.

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INFANT SIZE GAUGE: 2 shells make 1 inch, 4 rows make 1 inch. 12 sc make 1 inch; 12 rows make 1 inch. What You Need for Infant Size: ROYAL PERLE No. 8. 9 balls for entire set (6 balls for Sacque, 2 balls each for Cap and Bootees if made separately). Steel Crochet Hook No. 6. 5 yards ribbon, 1\4 inch wide (2 yards for Sacque, 2 yards for Cap and I yard for Bootees). 2 rosettes.

Starting at neck edge, ch 95 (to measure 9 1/2 inches). lst row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 8 ch, * 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 4 ch. Repeat from * 14 more times; 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of last 9 ch.

2nd row: Dc in next sc, * ch 2, sk 1 sc, dc in next 2 sc, ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in last 2 sc (31 sps). Ch 1, turn.

3rd row: 2 sc in lst dc, sc in next dc, * 2 dc in sp, sc in next 2 dc. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in last dc, 2 sc in top st of turning ch (128 sc). Ch 2, turn.

4th row: * Sk 3 sc, holding back the last loop of each dc on hook make 2 dc in back loop of next sc, thread over and draw through all loops on hook (cluster made), ch 3 and, working behind cluster, make dc in back loop of the center skipped sc (1 cluster pattern made), ch 2. Repeat from * across (32 cluster patterns). Ch 3, turn.

5th row: (Right side of work) 2 dc in ch-3 sp (half a shell made), * sc in next ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp (shell made). Repeat from * across, ending with 3 dc in last ch-3 sp (half shell made). There are 30 whole shells with a half shell on each end. Ch 1, turn.

6th row: Sc in lst dc, * ch 5, sc in center dc of next shell. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in top st of turning ch (31 ch 5 sps). Ch 1, turn.

7th row: Sc in lst sc, (7 sc in next sp, sc in next sc) 12 times; (6 sc in next sp, sc in next sc) 7 times; (7 sc in next sp, sc in. next sc) 12 times (242 sc). Ch 3, turn.

8th row: Dc in lst sc, * ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * across (60 sps). Ch 1, turn.

9th row: Sc in each dc and 2 sc in each sp across, make 2 sc in top st of turning ch (243 sc). Ch 2, turn.

l0th row: Same as 4th row, only skipping 2 (instead of 3) sc between clusters and making the dc in the first of the skipped sts (81 cluster patterns on row). Ch 3, turn.

11th row: Same as 5th row, making ch 2 (instead of ch-1) to turn (79 shells and 2 half shells on row).

12th row: Cluster in back loop of 2nd dc, ch 3 and, working behind cluster, make dc in back loop of 1st dc, * ch 2, cluster in back loop of 4th dc of next shell, ch 3 and, working behind cluster, make dc in back loop of 2nd dc of same shell. Repeat from * across (81 cluster patterns on row). Ch 3, turn.

Repeat 11th and 12th rows alternately 5 more times; then repeat 11th row once more.

24th row: Work 11 cluster patterns with ch 2 between, ch 2, sk 17 shells, make a cluster in back loop of 4th dc of next shell, ch 3, dc in back loop of 2nd dc on lst shell skipped (a joined cluster pattern). The 16 free shells are to be used for Sleeve. Work cluster patterns with ch 2 between over next 23 shells, sk 17 shells, complete a joined cluster pattern as before over next shell and lst shell skipped (free shells are

to be used for other Sleeve), work in pattern over remaining 11 shells (47 cluster patterns). Ch 3, turn.

25th row: Work shells across, increasing 2 shells at each underarm-to increase 2 shells at underarm, make 1 shell in the ch-2 sp preceding the cluster pattern at underarm, 1 shell in the ch-3 sp of cluster and 1 shell in sp following same cluster pattern (49 shells and 2 half shells on row). Ch 2, turn.

26th row: Sk first half shell, cluster in back loop of 4th dc of next shell, ch 3, dc back in lst dc of lst half shell (1 cluster pattern decreased), ch 2 and make cluster patterns with ch 2 between across to within last complete shell, ch 2, cluster in back loop of last dc of last half shell, ch 3 dc back in back loop of 2nd dc of last complete shell (another cluster pattern decreased). Ch 3, turn.

27th row: Work shell pattern across.

28th row: Repeat 26th row.

Repeat 25th to 28th rows inclusive 2 more times; then repeat 25th and 26th rows once more (Center Back measures 8 inches). Fasten off.

With right side facing, attach thread to lst sc at left neck edge, shell under next dc, sc in next. sc, shell in ch-3 sp of next cluster pattern, sc in next sc, shell under next dc, sc in next sc, shell in ch-3 sp of next cluster pattern, sc at base of next cluster pattern, shell in ch-3 of cluster pattern and continue thus along entire outer edge of Sacque to opposite side of neck edge, working shells along bottom of Sacque in established pattern. Fasten off.

SLEEVES . lst row: With wrong side facing, attach thread to shell where first half of joined cluster pattern was made at underarm, ch 2, cluster in back loop of 4th dc of shell where other half of joined cluster pattern was made, ch 3, dc back in back loop of 2nd dc of shell where thread was attached, ch 2 and work cluster pattern with ch-2 between over shells of Sleeve, ending with cluster pattern over last free shell, ch 2, sl st in tip of lst cluster made. Turn.

2nd row: * Sc in ch-2 sp, shell in next ch-3 sp. Repeat from * around, ending with shell in last ch-3 sp, sl st in lst sc made. Turn.

3rd row: * Ch 2, cluster in back loop of 4th dc of next shell ch 3, dc back in back loop of 2nd dc of same shell. Repeat from * around, ending rnd as before. Turn.

Work thus in pattern until 6 rnds in all have been completed. Fasten off.

Run ribbon in and out of both rows of dc sps at neck edge. Tie ends in bow at front and trim. Press through damp cloth.

CAP BACK PIECE . Starting at base, ch 15 (to measure 1 1/4 inches). lst row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (14 sc). Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat the 2nd row, increasing 1 sc at both ends of the next row and every 3rd row thereafter, until there arc 20 sc on row-to increase, make 2 sc in 1 sc. Now work sc in each sc across until piece measures 2 inches in all. Ch 1, turn.

Next row: Sk lst sc (1 sc decreased), sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn. Repeat last row until 12 sc remain. Fasten off.

Attach thread to lst sc on lst row and work across curved edge as follows: lst row: Make 68 sc along edge, making last sc in last sc of lst row of Back Piece. Ch 3, turn.

2nd row: Dc in next sc, (ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc) 3 times; (ch 2, sk 1 sc, dc in next 2 sc) 14 times; (ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc) 3 times (20 sps). Ch 1, turn.

3rd row: Sc in each dc and 2 sc in each sp across, do not make sc in top st of turning ch (81 sc). Ch 2, turn.

4th row: Make 27 cluster patterns across, working as for 10th row of Sacque.

5th row: Make 25 shells with a half shell on each end, working as for 11th row of Sacque, Ch 1, turn.

6th row: Sc in lst dc, * ch 4, sc in 3rd dc of next shell. Repeat from * across (26 sps). Ch 1, turn.

7th row: Sc in each sc and 4 sc in each sp across, ending with 3 sc in last sp, sc in last sc (130 sc). Ch 3, turn.

8th row: Dc in next sc, * ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * across (32 sps). Ch 1, turn.

9th row: Sk lst dc, sc in next dc, (2 dc in next sp, sc in next 2 dc) 8 times; (3 sc in next sp, sc in next 2 dc) 16 times; (2 dc in next sp, sc in next 2 dc) 8 times (145 sc). Ch 2, turn.

10th row: * Sk 4 sc, cluster in back loop of next sc, ch 3, dc in back loop of 2nd skipped sc, ch 2. Repeat from * across 29 cluster patterns. Ch 3, turn. Work straight in pattern as for Sacque until 6 rows of cluster patterns and 6 rows of shells are made.

Continue in pattern, decreasing 1 cluster pattern (same as on Sacque) at both ends of each cluster pattern row until 19 cluster patterns remain, ending with a cluster row. Fasten off.

Now work a row of shells all along outer edge of Cap, working over decreased edge as for Sacque. Fasten off.

Run ribbon in and out of both rows of dc sps at back of Cap. Tack ends of ribbon on wrong side. Cut remainder of ribbon in half and sew to Cap for ties. Sew on rosettes.

BOOTEES

TOE PIECE . Ch 15 (to measure 1 1\4 inches). lst row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (14 sc). Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat the 2nd row until piece measures 1 1\4 inches. Ch 55 for ankle, sl st in first st at beginning of last row. Fasten off. Now work in rnds as follows.

1st rnd: Attach thread to center st of ch-55 (this is center back), sc in same place where thread was attached, sc in 27 ch, then work sc along 3 sides of Toe Piece, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in lst sc. Ch 1, turn. Work sc in each st around until piece measures 1 1\4 inches. join. Ch 1, turn.

Next rnd: Work sc in each sc around, decreasing 3 sc evenly across toe and 3 sc evenly across heel-to decrease, work off 2 sc as 1 sc. Join. Repeat last rnd 5 more times. Fasten off.

Sew edges together. Count up 8 rnds from seam just made, attach th-read in st at center back and, with seam facing, work sc through top of each dc on this rnd, thus forming a ridge around sole. Fasten off.

Now work top as follows: lst rnd: Attach thread to center st at upper edge of Toe Piece, ch 1, sc in same place where thread was attached, work 67 more sc around (68 sc). join. Ch 3, turn.

2nd rnd: Dc in next st, * ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * around (17 sps). join. Ch 1, turn.

3rd rnd: Sc in same place as sl st, sc in each dc and 2 sc in each sp around (68 sc). join. Ch 2, turn.

Now work in rows as follows:

lst row: Same as 4th row of Sacque (17 cluster patterns). Do not join. Ch 3, turn.

2nd row: Same as 5th row of Sacque. Now decrease 1 cluster pattern at both ends of each of the next 3 cluster pattern rows (4 cluster rows in all made). Fasten off. Attach thread to joining of 3rd rnd (over beading) and work shells along outer edge of top, working over decreased edge as for Sacque. Fasten off.

Run an 18-inch length of ribbon through beading at ankle.

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