Is there anyone who crochets who doesn't love vintage crochet patterns? I doubt it.
The 'Learn to crochet' booklet is something else. 'Learn to Crochet' it says and, inside, it does indeed have instructions and diagrams that will help you learn to crochet. But then, does it start you off with some nice easy projects? Simple granny squares and the like?
Does it hell. You are straight into crocheting with thread and tiny 1.0mm hooks. Expectations must have been higher in the 1960s!
The first project in the booklet is for a patterned blouse that involves crocheting with No. 10 thread and a 1.5mm hook...
Imagine that as your very first crochet project. Who has the time and the patience?
Elsewhere there are patterns for crochet collars, handbags, edgings for your hankies or aprons and a couple of doilies.
I do love this tray cloth and wonder whether this motif might make a lovely blanket if done in a single colour (and with thicker yarn and a bigger hook, of course).
I also rather like this headband
And look at these - I'm going to show it to the Mr and tell him that real men wear crocheted ties.