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!

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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.

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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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