Vintage Crochet

Last night we had dinner with my mother, and she gave me a few potholders made by her mother back when my mother was young. I knew my grandmother could crochet: I have a fluffy loop dog as well as an afghan from her. But I’d never seen these little treasures before!


These three potholders are all two layers crocheted together, and I’m sure it was thread with steel hooks. The intricacy is amazing. I can’t imagine how long it took her to make each one. And these were definitely used; you can see the one in the top right is soiled. My mom remembers her dad cooking with one of these hanging out of his back pocket.


But these beauties don’t look like they were used at all! Each one is a real dress (I guess so you could slide it over the pot handle?) and they’re all done with perfect precision. I’m in awe. While I know I have the skills to make these, I definitely don’t have the patience! If any of you are inclined, there are some neat patterns here.

I would love to get these cleaned before maybe framing them to hang in my craft room. Anyone have any tips or recommendations? Keep in mind they’re over 50 years old!

9 thoughts on “Vintage Crochet

  1. Oh, these are gorgeous 😍 and such a lovely gift (and memory) πŸ˜ƒ
    Did you try cleaning them yet? For delicate items I always use baby shampoo – it’s very gentle, but cleans very well 😊 And since there are probably no grease- or food stains on them (they do look pristine) it should be sufficient. πŸ™‚
    I recently started making dishcloths/potholders – but I’m ways away from something so detail oriented πŸ™ƒ

  2. I have three round and two dress-style pot holders made by my grandmother and my great-grandmother. I redecorated my kitchen in a style reminiscent of what my grandmother’s may have looked like in the 40s, and I was so excited to hang my vintage pot holders as part of the decor (I have forbidden anyone from actually sing them.)

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