When taking a break from crocheting, I like to look through my vintage crochet magazines and books for inspiration. Last night, I came across some Wrought Iron Crochet patterns that really intrigued me. I still can't take my eyes off the rooster pictured above, because the detail and texture is incredible! I think that many of the Wrought Iron pieces look quite modern, and could be relevant today, with some up-to-date photo styling.
I tried to find some more information on this type of crochet, and didn't come up with a whole lot. I am wondering if its popularity was short lived, despite what the article in my magazine states; "The fashion for Wrought Iron has been sweeping the country and predictions are that it is here to stay". Many if not all the patterns for this type of crochet, were designed by Esther Parnell Hewlett, who worked for the Lily Mills company in the 1940's and 50's. The pieces were designed to be crocheted with Lily's "Double Quick" Mercerized crochet cotton, because of its "bulky texture".
The "double post stitch", pictured below, gives the wrought iron pieces their distinct definition.
|Beautiful butterflies and amazing structural candlestick holders|
|Striking "King and Queen" wall hangings|
|A card table set. I love the "cookie bench"!|
I adore so much about these pieces; their simple lines, whimsical themes and bold use of black. If you are interested in finding some vintage Wrought Iron Crochet patterns, look for the Lily Design book No. 74, published in 1954, or the 8th edition of "Smart Crochet" magazine.