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This week’s pick: Tricot Crochet: The Complete Book by Rebecca Jones.

Source: Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles.

Publication date: 2000 US reprint of a 1991 Australian publication.

Status: Available online ($22 at Lacis, or $80 on Amazon).

Condition: Excellent.

Craft: Tunisian Crochet.

 

Tricot Crochet cover

I reviewed this book before, but I felt it needed another look as a vintage book.  It is delightfully quirky, in a self-published prior to 2005 kind of way.

The book’s subtitle is “Everything you wanted to know about this cross between knitting and crochet which has been given such common names as Afghan Crochet, Scotch Knitting, Fool’s Knitting and Shepherd’s Knitting.”  And it definitely covers a lot of ground.

For example, Rebecca shares some of her favorite vintage crochet ads.

Tricot Crochet  vintage ads

She also includes cute stick figure drawings to explain different concepts.

Tips for fitting a sweater.
Tips for fitting a sweater.

She shares a sizable stitch guide.

Tricot Crochet stitchesMost of the book is in black and white, but you do get to marvel at the color pictures in a few sections.

Tricot Crochet cat pillows

I suspect Rebecca is a cat lover…

Tricot Crochet color sweaters

With the revitalized interest in Tunisian crochet in the past several years, this book may not seem as critical.  But I applaud Rebecca Jones for putting together this book when she did, and for sharing her love of Tunisian crochet and her sense of whimsy with all of us!

Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Tricot Crochet by Rebecca Jones

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