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This week’s pick: Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting
Publication date: 1977
Status: Out of print but available online.
Condition: Smells like a basement, but in relatively good condition.
Crafts: Crochet and knitting.
I went on a hunt for this book after seeing Crochetbug’s version of the afghan on the cover. (For those of you considering making your own, Crochetbug has set up a page with details about how she made hers. You can also find more information on her Ravelry project pages for her original and reprised versions.)
I even tried my hand at some of the blocks, which I eventually donated.
This book has a lot of fun home decor crochet and knitting projects.
Some of my favorites…
The Old Fashioned Windowpane Knitted Afghan by Winnie Juhl.
Spiral Crocheted Table Toppers by Mary Walker Phillips. (Side note: Mary Walker Phillips was a fascinating woman. You can read more about her cultural impact in her obituary.)
Cozy Quilt Patterned Throw by Susan Toplitz.
This book is unusual for the time because it actually lists the names of the designers (in the back, but still). Until recently, relatively few designers were actually able to include their names in their publications. Most designs were unattributed, with the yarn company or magazine acting as the implied author.