Where to Find Vintage Crochet Patterns

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I love vintage crochet patterns and I love browsing through old issues of magazines like The Workbasket. If you want to find an old crochet pattern and you don’t mind having a free copy (rather than the original paper one), there are thousands of free crochet patterns available online and in the public domain.

So before you go to Ebay or Etsy to purchase a PDF copy of an old pattern I recommend you go to one of these sites to take a look. My favorite place to look first is the Antique Pattern Library. They have one of the best collections of free vintage patterns and instructions available.

If you want to find an old crochet pattern and you don't mind having a free copy (rather than the original paper one), there are thousands of patterns available online and in the public domain.

Where to Find Free Vintage Crochet Patterns

Antique Pattern Library

You will find old crochet patterns from the early 1840s to the 1950s that are in the public domain, including many issues of the Workbasket. The more recent patterns include booklets, pamphlets and complete books with patterns for pot holders, blankets, doilies, shawls and decorative household crochet. Each of the publications is available to download for free.

Find these free vintage patterns and many (many) more:


Free Vintage Crochet

Free vintage crochet includes singular patterns taken from crochet pamphlets and magazines that were originally published from the beginning to mid-20th century. This site also includes extra goodies for the crocheter trying to make an old pattern work with today’s yarn and hook.

Find details like:

This site is the sister site to Purple Kitty which has eBook Bundle Subscriptions and digital eBooks that you can purchase for a fee.


Antique Crochet Patterns

Antique Crochet Patterns includes lots of beautiful patterns. Their collection includes free crochet baby sets (bibs, blankets, bonnets, booties and shoes and toys), children’s patterns (dresses, sweater, jackets, tops, blouses, accessories), and adult patterns.

Here are a few antique crochet pattern examples:


All Free Crafts

All Free Crafts has included some old crochet patterns in their collection. Some of the patterns include a Bedspread, Hot Water Bottle, San Fernando Tablecloth and crocheted Doilies.


Vintage Patterns Dazes Past

Vintage Patterns Dazes Past has a number of older crochet patterns available. You will find some stand-alone patterns, as well as, some complete booklets available.

Here are a few of the available patterns:


Red Basket Crafts

Red Basket Crafts has a small collection of free vintage patterns available.

You will find these old crochet patterns:

This site also has some pattern pdfs available for purchase.


All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns

All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns has seven pages of free vintage crochet blanket patterns available.


Wearing History Blog

Wearing History has a few old crochet patterns available for you to browse through, including:


Archive.org

Archive.org has hundreds of public domain crochet pattern books available. You can view some, print some, download some and borrow some. All for free.

The publications range in type of crochet and include:


If you want to find an old crochet pattern and you don't mind having a free copy (rather than the original paper one), there are thousands of patterns available online and in the public domain.

Also available at the Antique Pattern Library as free pdf downloads:

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About Rhondda Mol

Rhondda Mol, an Ontario, Canada-based professional crochet designer and blogger, is passionate about helping the online crochet community create amazing projects. Through her easy-to-follow patterns and tutorials, she aims to help fellow crocheters - regardless of their level of experience - make handmade items. She recently launched a second website, FreeCrochetTutorials.com, dedicated to providing free, indie-designed crochet patterns and tutorials, so anyone with the desire to learn how to crochet can reach their goals.

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