Knitting Thursday : Hiawatha Clutch No. 633 Pattern

I have MANY, many little archives that I take care of in my house. I recently was gifted a CIBA Review archive from my uncle, which was THE COOLEST thing. But I also have a vintage/antique clothing archive that boasts four 1950’s hats, a few 1940’s dresses and a 1890’s silk velvet coat with fur trim (which, yes, I did eventually stop wearing, when I recieved a lecture from my History of Costume professor…), and a small collection of vintage knitting magazines that span the 1920’s all the way to the mid 1950’s.

Now, I love knitting and crocheting… but I’m not particularly good at it. I think it’s the time involved. Anyway, I’ve spent the past three years knitting (and unknitting, and then re-knitting again…) a 1950’s sundress. THREE years.

And the worst part is that I keep looking at even more complicated patterns, and think to myself “You know, I could totally make that in two weeks.”

Anyway, I’ve seen people selling PDFs of vintage patterns on different sites. Which at first I thought was a genius idea. Until I REALLY thought about it. These patterns aren’t available to everyone, anymore. Time has destroyed or lost countless copies. They should be shared with people! For FREE!

Hiawatha crocheted clutch

SO that’s exactly what I’m doing! I’m sharing a vintage pattern for this adorable little clutch, from Hiawatha (now out of business). I would say that to get it right, your best bet would be to take the pattern to a knitting store and ask if they could suggest alternative yarns to use. I plan on running out later today to pick up some supplies to try out this pattern myself! (I will probably be conned into spending half of my savings by the nice sales person… they LOVE it when I wander in cluelessly…)

I’d love to see any photos of finished projects from this pattern. What I would love even more is if people could post any feedback or suggestions for this pattern!

SUPPLIES (as listed in the pattern):

HIAWATHA Metallic Corde Art 64, 3 tubes  (Or suitable yard for a sz O hook)HIAWATHA 3-Ply Lamee Yarn Art 74, 4 tubes (Or suitable yard for a sz O hook)
Sz O crochet hook
Bag Lining N0. 5749   (I suggest just purchasing a third of a yard of fabric and make your own lining)

And here is the link to the pattern instructions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96766844@N02/8905422138/

Happy crocheting!

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