Crochet a 1960s Mondrian Style Afghan Throw – Free Pattern

This is a fantastic vintage 1960s Mondrian style/stained-glass effect blanket to crochet! Afghan-stitch throw is worked on a giant-size hook with two strands of yarn. Five strips, each with six colors are joined for a stained-glass effect. Afghan has single crochet edge: 54″ x 62″. Instructions are below. Click on image to enlarge.


Vintage 1945 Leslie Brooks for Max Factor’s Pan-Cake Makeup

This Max Factor ad from 1945 is very glamorous! It is for the original Pan-Cake foundation makeup created by Max Factor for Technicolor pictures. Pan-Cake was touted as creating a lovely new complexion, helped to conceal tiny skin flaws and it stayed on for hours without re-powdering. It must have been revolutionary at the time for ordinary women to have access to such “movie star” makeup.

As was customary in Max Factor’s advertising, they used actresses as models while promoting their latest movie. Leslie Brooks was featured in this ad. She starred in Columbia’s Technicolor Production of “Tonight and Every Night”. I am not familiar with the actress or the movie, but she certainly is lovely and the movie sounds intriguing!


Crochet a Vintage 60s Shell Skirt and Scarf – Free Pattern

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear friends! I thought I’d share this Pretty in Pink vintage 60s crochet pattern. Swinging skirt with rows of shells in graduating sizes is easy to work from waist down in single, double, triple crochet. Make the scarf to match. Instructions are below – enjoy!


Crochet a Vintage 70s Flamboyant Granny Square Afghan – Free Pattern

This is a beautiful vintage 1973 crochet pattern for a Flamboyant Afghan. The granny squares are crocheted in a lucid pattern that uses simple chains and double crochet. From the nimble fingers and lively imagination of designer Liz Dominick. Instructions are below. Please click on images to enlarge.

Enjoy! ~Marilyn

Crochet a Vintage Mod 60s Spring Cardigan – Free Pattern

Perfect for springtime, this is a lovely vintage 1966 cardigan sweater to crochet. I love the open, airy design. It is so pretty in pink, but you can make it in any color you wish! Instructions are below. Please click on photos to enlarge.