OldEnglishCreations

Crochet Patterns - Top Quality and Technically Correct

Vancouver, British Columbia 14 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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OldEnglishCreations

Crochet Patterns - Top Quality and Technically Correct

Vancouver, British Columbia | 14 Sales

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Announcement    We specialize in creative crochet designs and patterns. All of our crochet patterns are high quality PDF downloads and are technically correct.

Many of our patterns have clear stitch diagrams. We use US/Canadian crochet terminology.

Visit our website at http://www.oldenglishcreations.com and subscribe to receive Free crochet patterns from us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a creative day,

Alison

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Last updated on 04 Feb, 2019

We specialize in creative crochet designs and patterns. All of our crochet patterns are high quality PDF downloads and are technically correct.

Many of our patterns have clear stitch diagrams. We use US/Canadian crochet terminology.

Visit our website at http://www.oldenglishcreations.com and subscribe to receive Free crochet patterns from us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a creative day,

Alison

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About OldEnglishCreations

Sales 14
On Etsy since 2006

How our passion for crochet, art and design all began.

Way back in the day when I was at Jeppe Girl's High School we crocheted blankets for those in need.

Each class had to produce as many crocheted blankets as they could. Each girl had to make at least one blanket.

The school year began in January and at the tender age of thirteen I was crocheting with the best of them.

We used 4ply wool in those days and a 3mm book. Each motif had to be 10cm (4”) square so as we did one it was put in the box and the teacher sewed them up at night.

There was competition between the girls and, although you made common squares, you were expected to work on your own blanket as well.

Each blanket was to fit a single (twin) sized bed and had to be at least 100cm by 180cm.
That meant you needed 180 squares at 10cm x 10cm or ten squares by eighteen squares to make one blanket.

On top of that you had to do a border of about two to three centimeters wide to finish your blanket off properly.

How long did each blanket take?

So, each square took half an hour and you could make two squares every hour.
That's 90 hours just for the squares.

The sewing up took another while as well. On average you could crochet about three squares a day and many more at the weekend.

Remember, this was the high school years and we had full classes including sport and homework every day.

We had to buy our own wool to make our blankets.

This was a problem for me and my family as money was tight at home. I received $10 a month allowance and I had no job.

One ball of wool was 45 cents, so you could buy two balls for $1. That's 20 balls for the $10 a month allowance.

Each ball of 4ply wool would make about four squares. So you needed 180/4 = 45 balls of wool for each blanket.

You could buy the wool you needed for about thirty dollars all in.

I only bought new wool when I had finished the last ball.

Our teacher Miss Tyler brought big skeins of wool into the class room and rolled up lots of balls for those of us who were struggling financially.

She encouraged us and she herself was an old girl from Jeppe. Old head girl I think.
How many blankets did we make?

My class was called “form 3B” and we, along with our teacher, Miss Jill Tyler, that year we made over sixty blankets when most classes only made thirty.

Each class had thirty to thirty-five girls. The next best was the class next door form 2A who had just on forty blankets.

Looking back on this early crocheting experience I relize it shaped my whole crocheting life.

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  • Alison

    Owner

    Alison is a crochet designer, pattern writer and creative.

  • Lynn

    Designer

    Lynn is on the technical side and is a fashionista, artist, photographer and trend spotter.

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Last updated on 21 February, 2015
Thank you for visiting Old English Creations.

I am Alison and I create all the original items and patterns available from my store.

I am originally from England but now live in Canada.

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