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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

photos :: ripple crochet book

Hi!

Last week I saw this at the thrift store, got super excited and grabbed it as quickly as I could. My absolute favourite crochet pattern is the ripple in all it's forms so this book was definitely a must have. I love looking through old craft books and magazines so I thought I would share a few photos in case you love it to.
This is the perfect ripple afghan in my opinion and according to this book, "The Easiest Afghan in the World". Even more perfect! It is similar to the one I already made but I think I need to make one like this too.
What a fancy cape!
I wonder how realistic a crochet bathing suit would really be. Anyone have any experience with one?
And even a little something fancy for the boys.
The only way this book could have been better is if it was in colour. I love looking at the colour combinations that others use! Aren't these patterns so fun?

♥elycia

42 comments:

  1. I'm madly in love with that one piece bathing suit. I'm tempted to make one and see how it works.

    Daydreams & Destinies

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  2. Ripple crochet is the best vintage crochet pattern EVAH! And indeed, too bad that it's in black & white, but think of all the fun color combo's you'll be creating yourself! ;)
    xo,
    wink

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  3. My mom once made a crocheted Bikini for me. As far as I can tell: it looks totally great but they dry reeeeaaally slowly. So it's definitly more a thing for sunbathing ;-)

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  4. When my mom was young she crocheted a bikini. Keep in mind that those things get very VERY loose when wet. So only do it if you can keep dry;)

    Those afghans are very very nice though!

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  5. i had ripple crochet blankets in the most awful/amazing 70s colors as a kid. they were everywhere in the house.

    this is an amazing find.

    <3 katherine
    ofcorgisandcocktails.com

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  6. My grandma used to knit a ripple afghan every month-we all had them on our beds and couches. I love all those garments!

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  7. Wow! What a find!!!! I wish I could crochet though :(

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  8. OMG. I started busting up laughing when I saw the crochet vest. That is amazing and I hope you make one for Ivan and take a photo of him with a camera like that one.

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    1. Yes! I think we need to recreate that photo for sure.

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  9. I am loving that crochet tie, it is amazing! I am now picturing making it for my dad's next birthday...

    http://www.dear-sweetlings.com

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  10. Ok, you crochet (pretty please with sugar on top would you teach me)... so it makes sense you pick these up. I have a growing (quite large) collection of these types of books/leaflets... crochet & knitting. I can't stop! lol. I keep telling myself that one day I will have a moment to breathe & learn how to make these beautiful things. Plus it is so fun to look at the pictures!

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  11. Oh fun, I love these books too! I'm an avid crocheter, but still have yet to try any ripple patterns for some dumb reason.
    The bikini is so cute...I used to have an awesome bright green one, and it stayed on just fine - but it was lined with non-stretchy fabric, which is key if you actually want use for swimming.

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  12. Oh my! I wish I could find one of thses books with a granny square theme...I also wish I could crochet. I learned to knit and know crochet seems SOOO complicated. I knit a bikini top-I don't think it'll ever see water, but it looks awesome possum under tank tops!

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  13. Please, PLEASE for the love of god make me a crochet swimsuit in the ripple pattern. I will wear the shit out of it.

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    1. Ahahaha! Your request is so hilarious, how could I say no?

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  14. I love that swimsuit! So cute! You should definitely make that vest for your boy though! Haha, that would be adorable. :)

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  15. I too LOVE old craft books! They are so fun. I even love their musty smell. Wow, that afghan you made is so gorgeous! I have a little obsession with purple and green. Now I want to learn to crochet even more than I did before!

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  16. I like that ripple skirt!


    I made a crochet bathing suit top:
    http://i29.tinypic.com/209qfds.png

    It was acrylic yarn. I crocheted tightly but still had holes so put in some padding. I don't think crochet swim tops are good for busty unless it's a good halter piece to keep 'em in place. I didn't wear it out haha

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  17. Aww man! I want one of those swimsuits!

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  18. The one piece bathing suite is gorgeous!
    And, I think the tie is so fun!

    Great find!
    It makes me want to go thrifting for crochet books soon. =)

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  19. That bathing suit is totally possible. My suggestion would be to make it with a blend of some kind, like Berroco Weekend (75% Acrylic/25% Cotton). Cotton on it's own will sag and stretch when wet; the acrylic will help hold shape and will improve the wear/longevity of it. But man, that zig-zag is so well integrated into the shape of the top and bottom. Love that!

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    1. Good suggestion, thanks! I know, I love the way the bottoms look with the zig zag at the top.

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  20. For some odd reason, I thought the title of this post was 'nipple crochet book' and I giggled, like a schoolgirl. Onto more ripple-y things, I am really drawn to the bathing suit and skirt. I made a ripple blanket recently as well, a sprog sized one. Ripple madness.

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    1. hahaha! Now did you think it was going to be about crocheting nipples or crocheting those nipple cover things?

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    2. Both! There are loads of patterns for knitted boobs out there, why not for crocheted nipples. Or crotchety nipples.

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  21. I love the crochet 2-piece but I definitely wouldn't trust my crochet skills up against the water :) The skirt is really cute too!

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  22. The tie!!!! I would die if I saw someone wearing a crochet tie.

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    1. I know! me too! I want to make Ivan one.

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  23. omigosh crochet bathing suits, thats hilarious! Great find!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  24. Oh my goodness what an amazing book! I love the idea of a crochet bathing suit and that ripple pattern is so cute!

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  25. holy moly. what a great find. I really hope you make some ties and rompers. You should probably make some for Kaylah too so you guys can do a cute outfit post wearing matching handmade rompers. lmao

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  26. I must agree with the tie lovers, that ripple tie is awesome! now i'm going to be trying to figure out how to make it... that is unless you would be gracious enough to share the pattern with me... ^.^ please please!

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  27. Oh my goodness what an AMAZING find and I am pretty sure I need to find that pattern for the vest so I can make it for my fella! So amazing!

    Little Lady Little City

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  28. I actually really like the crocheted one-piece, which is strange because I normally don't like crocheted clothes, but it looks so cute and comfy. I love old magazines and books as the photos always get me thinking.

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  29. My sister bought me a crochet kit for my birthday many moons ago and it included three projects. A headband, a bikini, and a granny square purse. I never made the bikini but remember my mom telling me how she made herself a crochet bathing suit in the 70s. I asked her how she felt about her nipples always popping through and she said she never got it wet. A bathing suit you don't get wet? Odd mom. Just odd...

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  30. What a great find. I love--LOVE--vintage crochet and knitting pattern books. Especially those stitch books. I really loved your zig zag afghan that you posted about a while ago and have been inspired to make my own.

    Bailey
    http://sweetblackmagic.blogspot.com/

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  31. First off, I have been following for a few months now and just want to say that I love your blog! I thoroughly enjoy the ripple as well and the tie is killing me... I would love to see someone rocking it! I just made two ripple blankets for a friend's newborn twins and currently making another one... It's addicting for sure!


    http://jen-thecraftysquirrel.blogspot.com/

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  32. Those are some great photos and that ripple skirt is fabulous!

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  33. Crocheting the bathing suit is totally doable. I would suggest not to use cotton or really any plant fiber they'll sag when wet and who wants to make a bathing suit that can't get wet. You should look for a nylon tape yarn. Something like this: http://www.iceyarns.com/summer_lase

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  34. I love that pattern for a blanket! And the bathing suit is seriously adorable but I can't see it holding up well when soaked with water. I feel like it'd slip. But please make a tie! That would be amazing. You should hold a crochet session to show people (like me) how to crochet. I've tried a few times but I couldnt get the hang of it.
    xo Jen

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  35. Oh, I love them. I so wish I could crochet and/or knit. I tried knitting a couple of weeks ago but I just didn't have the patience for it. Such a shame.

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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