Sunday, 17 July 2011

Run away with the gay gypsies

Oh yes, currently in the process of releasing my inner gay gypsy - 1970s style - and attempting to crochet a "gay gypsy" scarf from a 1970s crochet book.  OK, I haven't got the yarn specified in the pattern, my crochet hook is probably a size too big, and I didn't check my tension - but since when has not following a pattern exactly ever stopped me from having a go??

I sewed and stitched my way through childhood - toys, dolls' clothes and dressing up outfits; through my teens - gypsy style tiered skirts, pinafores and petticoats along with various am dram outfits (tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Cinderella); through the 80s when I even made my own suits to wear to the office.  But I never really got to grips with knitting.  But then I had my dear Mum (who was one of the best knitters ever) to take care of beautiful cardigans and knitwear for me.

I taught myself a few basic crochet stitches from an old leaflet I bought for the grand total of 5p in a charity shop.  Then a kindly neighbour, Eileen, has showed me some more stitches (although she despairs of my crooked edges!)  Another 50p spent in another charity shop discovered a fab book of vintage crochet patterns.  Watch out folks, a crochet bikini might be on the cards yet ...



  1. I love this! Do you have a pattern?

  2. Yes, I could scan and email if you would like. It is quite easy!!

  3. I shouldn't worry too much about tension as crochet is a little bit more forgiving than knitting and the straight sides will come with time and practice!

  4. I love the 70s style.
    Could you please scan & email to me too?
    I have a few free patterns posted on my website too.. Feel free to help yourself to it ^_^ Thanks!

  5. Lisa, I will scan this for you in next day or so, sorry haven't done so sooner, was at a hospital appointment in London (just routine - but a long way from Lincolnshire!!) so a bit all over the place at the moment!

  6. I would love the pattern as well. This is very cute.


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