Tammy is a paralegal, an experienced freelance writer, a mother of four, and a crochet enthusiast.
The History of Crochet
The term "crochet" comes from the French word "croche," which translates to hook. This European trend started in the early 1800s, when even Queen Victoria of England crocheted. The invention of crocheted Irish Lace in 1845 kept many families in Ireland from starvation, as their product was highly desired and exported to England during the Great Famine.
A Family Heirloom Pattern
Today, crochet has a deep traditional role in many families. In my family, treasured patterns are passed down from one generation to another. This vintage crochet Victorian-style boot pattern is a family heirloom.
What You'll Need
- 24 yards of size 5 pearl cotton thread, white or ivory
- One size 7 steel crochet hook
- 1 bottle of commercial fabric stiffening agent (heavy starch may be substituted)
- One regular drinking straw
- Small piece of saran wrap
- 3/8" beads
- 1/8" ribbon for decoration in your favorite color
- Pinning board and pins
- Craft glue
- Any other decorations (vintage-style roses, gold ribbon, bows, etc.)
Crochet Abbreviations for Beginners
All crochet patterns share a universal system of abbreviation for crochet patterns. For this pattern, the abbreviations are:
- beg: beginning
- ch: chain
- ch-sp: chain space
- dec: decrease
- dc: double crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- hk: hook
- rep: repeat
- rnd: round
- sc: single crochet
- sk: skip
- sl st: slip stitch
- sts: stitches
GAUGE: RNDS 1-3= 5/8"
HEEL: Ch 9, sl st to form a ring
RND 1: Ch 2. (first hdc). Work 8 hdc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join.
RND 2, 3: Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join. Finish off in last RND.
RND 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk. Work 1 st in each ch across as follows- 7 sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2hdc, 1 sc. Work 3 sc in last ch. Sk last ch and working in back lp of each ch work 1 st in each ch as follows- 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc, 8 sc. Sl st in first sc to join.
RND 2: Ch 2 (first hdc). Work 1 hdc in each of next 19 sts. 3 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts. 2 hdc in last st. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join. Equals 43 hdc.
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RND 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Work 1 sc in front lp of each hdc around. Sl st in first sc to join.
RND 4: Ch 2 (first hdc). 1 hdc in each of next 14 sc. (Dec working 1 hdc in next 2 sc at the same time). 7 times. 1 hdc in each of the next 14 sc. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join= 36 hdc.
RND 5: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. 3 hdc in each next 3 hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc. (Dec working 1 hdc in next 2 hdc at the same time) 4 times. 1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. 3 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join.
ROW 6: Sl st in each of next 9 hdc. Ch 4 (first dc, ch 1), turn. Sk next st, 1 dc in next st. *Ch 1, sk next st, 1dc in next st. Rep from * 8 times. Equals 10 dc.
ROW 7, 8: Ch 5 (first dc, ch 2) turn. 1 dc in next dc. *Ch 2, 1dc in next dc. Rep from * across.
ROW 9, 10, 11: Ch 6 (first dc, ch 3), turn. 1 dc in next dc. *Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc. Rep from *across.
ROW 12: Working alongside edge of the top of the boot, ch 4, turn. *Sc in top of next dc, ch 4. Rep from * 5 times. Sl st in same st as beg dc of RND 6 to equal 6 ch 4 lps. Break off leaving a 4 yard length of cotton unworked.