Vintage Crochet

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Vintagecrochetbook_3 I'm so pleased to be a part of this beautiful book, Vintage Crochet: 30 Gorgeous Designs for Home * Garden * Fashion* Gifts. My friend Susan Cropper, the owner of Loop, a beautiful yarn store in London, here has collected designs from some of my favorite crochet designers (including my friends fellow Pacific Northwesterners Kristeen Griffin-Grimes and Leigh Radford), and I am honored to be included.

Milliecardifromvintagecroch_2 I "met" Susan over the phone, two years ago now when she called to order my crochet patterns to carry in her shop, and she has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter of my work. In the first conversation we had, she asked if I would design a grown-up version of the Cecily baby cardigan, and so it is here in the book now, named Millie, done in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and decorated with Liberty cotton-lawn ties. This is the photo from the book, taken by Kristin Perers. I love the way she has styled and photographed everything. Isn't this photo so pretty? I love it. Everything in the book has this very calm, hazy mellowness about it.

Maisiecardi_2 I also designed another baby cardigan for the book, a little matinee coat we called the Maisie Cardigan, inspired by the angelic hellebore flower. This one is made from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I haven't seen anyone make this one up yet, but now that I have finally gotten on board with (have you heard of Ravelry yet? oh my stars!) I can't wait to see what people do with it there. (More on Ravelry soon; in the meantime, if you are a knitter or crocheter, please go on over and sign up to receive an invitation to join. Don't be put off by the enormous number of people waiting; I think mine came in just a couple of weeks, and I know those guys are working as fast as they can to include everyone in this incredible community. Take the tour and see what I'm talking about. Very cool.)

Also, for all of the people who were wanting to make a ripple blanket like the ones Jane and I made last year (and a lot of other people made and are still making!), there is a pattern in Vintage Crochet for you to use — the Chevron Blanket by Bee Clinch will make you very happy. She gives you yardage for a few colors and some good notes. Other patterns that I love are Juju's dog coat, Kate's Breakfast Set tea cozy by Kate Samphier, and the Rickrack Kerchief by Juju Vail.


There are two editions of the book; the one with the blanket on the cover (above) uses American abbreviations, and the one with the girl on the front uses British. The covers and abbreviations are different, but the patterns are the same in each edition. Also, be sure to check the errata page on the Loop web site — the Millie Cardigan has a couple of changes (seriously sorry!), and so do a few other patterns. (And please note, I will be keeping errata on my published patterns and books here on my web site next to their listings so please check there if you're ever frustrated by something that just doesn't look right, and let me know if you find something that hasn't been caught yet.)


Alicia, Way to go on the book. It must be very exciting even if it isn't your first time in a book. Each new project must bring new surprises. My crochet isn't very good but these patterns are very motivating. As soon as I master my recent projects I will attempt that little tea cozy. I swear. Thanks for sharing your creativity and ideas with us! Love Stacy

Sharon M. says: March 11, 2008 at 01:25 PM

Congrats on the book--I'm buying it and making the ripple blanket and maybe the tea cozy! I haven't crocheted for many years, but I admired yours so much when you were working on it, I want to give it a try. Oh my...

Bobbie Lynn Duran says: March 11, 2008 at 01:40 PM

Congratulations! :)

Linda in Waterloo says: March 11, 2008 at 01:48 PM

You are a full on genius!

What a shame it is not written in french )-: !!

Oh yes, this book is gorgeous! I have the British/Australian version, and it is such a beautiful read. Can't wait to start some of the projects. Another Australian girl and I are the volunteer editors for the book on Ravely, so I'llbe sure to put a note on your designs for where else the errata are.

Alicia! How wonderful!!!! I'm so happy for you to be included. You and your work deserves a book like this. Speaking of books, I am sooo looking forward to your book coming out! Your work is so "rosy"....just like you! Happy Spring, Laurie xo

Congratulations! I'll definitely haeve to see this book. I don't crochet much, but who says I shouldn't own a crochet book?

Congrats! The book looks lovely.

Congratulations! What a beautiful book! I can't wait to see it in person (: I absolutely love the baby pattern!!

I am so excited about this book! I can not wait to get a copy!!! My birthday wish list keeps getting longer and longer because of blogs like yours.

That is soooo pretty - the perfect little cardigan that I could never find in any store. Just had to comment.

I just had to say, that a few years back I was watching Crafters Coast to Coast and saw you make your purses! I was so amazed at how simple you made it all seem (but I found the boning to be a challenge and never was able to replicate your style). I've been a fan ever since! My husband and I did a West Coast drive (we're from Hawaii) and I made sure we had the chance to stop by your store some time back (your little store at the back of the design studio). It was like entering a cute and colorful candy shoppe... but not candy... little sweet goodies of another sort. I was sad to hear that you had closed, but glad that I was able to visit your store. I think you were behind the register that day, but I was too shy to say that I had seen you on T.V. I love your blog and want to thank you for all the inspiration you give me and many others! You are extremely talented and I hope for your continued success. I just had the opportunity to read your article in Country Living... I will try to keep myself motivated and on track to reach my own goals.

i must put "learn to crochet" on my list of things to do.

love LOVE this book! I got a copy a few weeks ago, on a whim on amazon but I've been making all kinds of things from it. I saw the Maisie Cardigan and before I saw your name I knew it had the "posie" stamp on it :) Such a great book!

OMG! I just saw your beret on Ravelry yesterday! I've been signed up for about a month now and am enjoying seeing everyone's patterns. I agree with you, if your readers haven't signed up, they should just to see all the great things. xxoo

How exciting, my sister bought me that book for my b'day and I didn't realize that it had your patterns in it. Its a very pretty book.

I have only just started to learn to crochet after years of 'crochet envy' . ( I'm a sewer)and this is the first crochet book I've baught. I LOVE IT!!!! so inspiring, I read your blog but had no idea it was you in the book. thank you!!!

How exciting... congratulations!

coffeechris says: March 12, 2008 at 07:59 AM

About a month ago I was flipping through this book at Borders, it was so great I had to buy it. I got it home and sure enough there you were in the patterns, no wonder I liked it. The book is really wonderful - made me want to crochet again. Congratulations on being included.

I don't think I have ever commented on your blog, but I love reading it every day. I made a knitted ripple blanket last year after seeing your crochet one. Now that I am crocheting again, I made have to make one again.

Wow! The cardigan is lovely! You are amazing!

Yoohoo, I am so buying this book! Probably just for the pics because I do not think my crocheting is up to this level, at least yet!

Oh my word! I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thank you for the beautiful patterns you contributed. And when I look at the cover, I wish that was my bedroom. Then I see the picture of your bedroom, and I am torn. :) So pretty.

beautiful,beautiful book Alicia! as always you rock!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.