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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Laura Wheeler 2040, Jiffy Crocheted Cloth Pattern
Here is the third advertisement version. This design shows the marketer as The Sewing Circle, 82 Eight Ave, New York. This was the same address for Laura Wheeler in this time period.
In the pattern sales for this time period, postage was included in the price.
Friday, April 2, 2021
Crochet Baskets Pattern Numbers, Laura Wheeler 619
I was processing Laura Wheeler 619 for two crocheted baskets, when I realized I already had a basket pattern numbered Design 619. But, this post is really about the pattern numbers, versus the pattern themselves. Let's go ahead anyway, and take a look at the two patterns.
This is the Oldest of the two Design 619 patterns, dated 1957. It's for a pineapple basket that measures 7-1/2 inches.
The second basket pattern, dated 1976, also Design 619, are crocheted in two slightly different styles. These baskets feature a handle and are also 7-1/2 inches in diameter.
So, why did Needlecraft Services give two different basket designs the same number. Well, I course, do not know for sure, however, I'd venture to say "they" (whoever the numbering person may have been), gave it a thought.
I keep a rather extensive spread sheet of these Mail Order Design patterns (knit, filet, crochet only) and have come to realize that an individual pattern number was reused multiple times. In the case of (Laura Wheeler) Design 619,
1943 - Filet Crochet Rose Chair Set1945 - Crochet Waffle Weave Hats1947 - Crochet Two Color Oval Rug1949 - Embroidered Sacred Heart Panel1957 - Crochet Pineapple Planter1958 - Crochet Pineapple Doilies1963 - Crochet Afghan Squares1972 - Embroidered Vest Sewing Pattern1976 - Crochet Baskets in two styles1978 - Knitted Hip Length Jacket
See what I mean? In this case, the pattern name Design 619 was used 10 times. When I research an individual pattern number, I typically find there will be between 6 and 12 repeats. The highest duplicator among doily patterns - because there were so many of them. I continue to study the pattern number sets to determine if there is some hidden logic. So far, I have not, BUT I'm waiting for the AHA moment.
Both of the Basket patterns are in the shop, should you be interested. Just click on the links below the picture.
Time for me to get back to work (I'm quilting today!). Thanks for dropping by.