Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Crocheting Patchwork Patterns by Annette Lep

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This week’s pick: Crocheting Patchwork Patterns: 23 Granny Squares for Afghans, Sweaters and Other Projects by Annette Lep.

Source: I’m not exactly sure when and how this book came into my collection.

Publication date: 1981

Status: Reprinted by Dover Books in 2012 and widely available.

Condition: Very good.

Craft: Crochet.


Lep Patchwork cover


I’ve previously reviewed this booklet in my granny square pattern book roundup.  This is an interesting pattern booklet that recreates popular quilting motifs in crochet.  If, like me, you love quilt designs, this booklet will probably call out to you.

Lep Patchwork inside cover

The booklet is mostly black and white, with color images of all the motifs inside the front and back covers.

Lep Patchwork back cover

Where the book really shows its age is in the construction of the motifs.  All of the motifs are worked flat in rows, and instead of joining colors at different points, almost every color change is worked as a separate piece which is later join.

Lep Patchwork construction diagram

For example, this Evening Star motif has 13 pieces for each square.  I love the motifs, but I would want to reverse engineer them and figure out a way to crochet them with fewer pieces and more use of colorwork techniques.

Lep Patchwork garments

In addition to the 23 block patterns, the booklet includes instructions for 5 patterns.  Besides the obvious (a Log Cabin blanket), there are 4 garment projects.  I’m particularly partial to the Log Cabin Pullover (top right).  Something about the way this piece is put together and the way the photo styled with the beret is really calling to me.  It looks like a fun pullover to wear over a long john shirt in the winter.  Perhaps I’ll be motivated to make one with some of my scraps before winter…

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