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Knit & Crochet Vintage Styles from Lion Brand in the 1900s and Similar Modern Styles for Today

February 15th, 2013

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Lion Yarn BookIn 1912, Lion Brand released a pattern book, “Manual of Worsted Work for Those Who Knit and Crochet”, which was wildly successful in its release.  The book contains plenty of vintage patterns ranging from cardigans, afghans, hats and more.  Since it was so successful, Lion Brand released another book in 1916 (Lion Yarn Book, pictured left) with more great vintage styles reflective of that time.

What I find interesting about looking at these vintage patterns is that they’re still relatively similar to styles worn today (albeit, there may be a bit more ribbon incorporation in some of the older styles).  If you’re a lover of antique patterns, you’ll enjoy the Lion Yarn Book and its assortment of patterns.  Below, I’ve created a side by side comparison of some of the older styles found in the 1912 and 1916 books with more modern styles that have similar silhouettes – have a look for yourself!

Ladies’ Knitted Derby Coat
Ladies’ Light Weight Knit Coat
Fitted Jacket

Knit Fitted Jacket
LB Collection Organic Wool

Child’s Knitted Sweater
Baby’s Crochet Sweater
Fresh Melon Sideways Cardigan
Baby Wool
Girl’s Crocheted Tam o’ Shanter
Crochet Scarf and Tam
Crochet Stardust HatCrochet Stardust Hat
Vanna’s Choice
Crocheted Sacque in Afghan Stitch
Baby’s First Outfit
Knit Christening Set
Vanna’s Choice Baby

Have you ever been inspired by a vintage pattern? Share with us in the comments!

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