Thursday, June 19, 2014

Small Doily Motif and Crochet Tablecloth Free Vintage Pattern

Today I want to share a free vintage pattern for a gorgeous tablecloth called Star Wheel #744. The pattern comes from The Spool Cotton Company Book #123, New Ideas in Crochet, Table Topics, 1938.

It’s been a long time since 1938, but nonetheless I believe this pattern would be exciting and of great interest to thread crochet masters in our time!

I made the motif using size ten crochet cotton thread and 1.3 mm hook. My motif came out 5.5 inches in diameter. The pattern was easy enough to follow. The only challenge was the 2nd round; I had to read it very carefully a couple of times before I got it.

My motif turned out very pretty, and I can imagine what a stunning tablecloth can come out of it. I got quite tempted to start this project, but then I reminded myself that I already have one unfinished tablecloth…

I repost the pattern exactly as it appears in the original publication.

Photo Credit: New Ideas in Crochet, Table Topics, Book 123,
The Spool Cotton Company, 1938

Materials: Choose one of the following threads in size 20, White or Ecru:
Clark’s O.N.T. Mercerized Crochet, 74 balls.
J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet, 53 balls.
J. & P. Coats Big Ball Best Six Cord Mercerized Crochet, 31 balls.

Milward’s steel crochet hook number 9 or 10.

Gauge: One large motif measures 4.25 inches in diameter and requires about 25 yards of thread. Each fill-in-lace requires about 4 yards of thread. When completed, tablecloth measures about 68 x 85 inches. Make 320 large motifs, then join them together as explained later.

Motif… Ch 10 and join with sl st to form ring. 1st rnd: Ch 3, 23 dc in ring. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made. 2nd rnd: Ch 10, and complete a cross st as follows: Thread over twice, insert hook in 8th ch from hook, draw thread through (4 loops on hook), thread over once, skip 1 dc and insert hook in next dc, draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time, 5 times. *Ch 3, thread over 4 times, insert hook in next dc and draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time, then thread over, skip 1 dc, insert hook in next, draw thread through (6 loops on hook), thread over, and take off 2 loops at a time, 5 times. Ch 3, dc in center point of the cross, thus completing the cross. Repeat from * until there are 8 cross sts around the circle. Join last ch-3 with sl st to 7th st of ch-10 first made. 3rd rnd: 5 sc in each sp. 4th to 7th rnds incl: Sc in each sc of previous rnd. 8th rnd: Ch 4, dc in 1st sc, * ch 1, dc in next sc, repeat from * to end of rnd. Then ch 1, and join with sl stto 3rd st of ch-4 first made. 9th rnd: Ch 10, and complete cross st as before, skipping 2 dc between each leg of cross st and inserting hook under ch-1 sp. Ch 3 between each cross st. Skip 2 dc between each cross st. Repeat around (20 cross sts) and join last ch-3 with sl st to 7th st of ch-10 first made. 10th rnd: Sl st in 1st 2 sts of first sp, ch 5, *dc in same space, ch 3, sc in next sp, ch 3, dc in next sp, ch 2, repeat from * to end or rnd. Join last ch 3 with sl st to 3rd st of ch-5 first made. 11th rnd: Ch 6, dc in same sp, * ch 4, sc in next sc of previous rnd, ch 4, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, repeat from * to end of rnd, joining with sl st to 3rd st of ch-6 first made.

To join motifs… Place motifs in position (16 x 20 motifs). With over-and-over stitches, sew 3 points of one motif to corresponding 3 points of the adjacent motif (thus leaving 2 points free on each motif). To make fill-in lace between the motifs, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. ** Ch 15, sc at joining of two motifs, ch 15, sc in center ring, * ch 9, sc in point of next scallop, ch 9, sc in center ring, repeat from * once more. Then repeat from ** 3 more times. This completes the fill-in lace. Break off thread.

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  1. I miss you posting more often. Was just wondering where you were. The little doily is very pretty and sweet. Love it in the purple!

    1. Hi Pammy Sue, I miss blogging more often too! But what can I say, it's summer! My boys are out of school, so we spend a lot of time outdoors and visiting extended family to create memories. I also do more gardening now. Winter is the most productive crocheting and blogging time for me.
      But I'll try to post more often, I don't want you guys to forget all about me :-)

    2. I miss your posts too, Olga. This doily is so pretty, thank you for sharing. The color is perfect!

  2. This pattern and color is to pretty. You are an artist Olga.

    1. Betty, thank you for your kind words. I hope you are enjoying the summer!

  3. Olga,

    I love the color of crochet thread you have chosen! This is a really unique pattern. I can see using the motif as a doily even. : )


    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for stopping by. Yes, I'm going to keep this motif and use as a small doily.

  4. Thanks for the pattern. Would look nice on my dining room table.

  5. Hi Olga, your doily is so beautiful and I love your yarn color. It would look beautiful as a tablecloth. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  6. Very pretty pattern in the colours you have chosen :)) Thankyou for sharing :))

  7. Lovely....
    Have a great weekend !

  8. Hello

    Very beautiful i like this pattern.


  9. Such a lovely pattern and beautiful color :) Hope you are doing well, dear Olga! Happy weekend to you. Hugs!

  10. Very pretty!, thanks for sharing. :)

  11. I would like to try this! Than you for sharing with us... It's gorgeous!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  12. What a beautiful crochet pattern. I love how you've worked it. Last year I ran a series on my blog looking at different patterns year-by-year from the 1930s. It was a great era in crochet!

  13. Beautiful!!! Lovely color! Thanks for sharing pattern :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  14. Your doily is lovely, Olga! Thank you for taking the time to share the pattern. Enjoy your summer family time! xx

  15. Simply beautiful Olga...Thank you for sharing the pattern, that is very kind of you.
    Tracey xxx

  16. Lovely Olga .. there are some stunning vintage doilies on the net, this one is definitely on my to-do list!
    Have a wonderful week xxx Pat

  17. Очень красивый мотив, но связать из них скатерть - это огромный труд!

  18. The doily is very pretty -I'll have to try it. I love to use them still under knick knacks.

  19. OH how beautiful! I just sent this link to my daughter on Facebook so she can get busy and make me one! She's 14...she's got lots of time! ha! Thanks so much for linking up to the Homemaking Party! Hope you have a great weekend!