50 Jaren van Haak Geschiedenis: 1931

door Kathryn op Januari 16, 2013 · 6 reacties

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We’re continuing on with the history series that debuted last week. Vandaag gaan we kijken naar haak in het jaar 1931.

1931 Crochet Portraits

president hoover 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

There are very few people who do crochet portraits. The only two I really know of right now are Jo Hamilton en Pat Ahern. Ik had altijd gedacht dat dit een nieuw ding. But it turns out that someone apparently crocheted a portrait of President Herbert Hoover. I discovered this from several 1931 nieuws reports about a painter named Douglas Chandor who had done a portrait of the artist. These articles quote the president as saying that he had previously had his portrait done in feathers, shells and crochet andadded with a smile that most people seemed to prfer his crocheted portraits”. I would love to see one of those. I wonder if they survived?

1931 Haak Style

The style of crochet at this time in history continued to be mostly cotton crochet, often edgings. Bij voorbeeld, check out this from a 1931 newspaper about Paris style influencing “99 buiten 100 meisjes” to crochet edging on cuffs:

1931 crochet 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Another newspaper talks about the fashionable crocheted lace jabot:

1931 crochet jabot 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

1931 Crochet Circles

The Schenectady Gazette made references to meetings of crochet circles or crochet clubs in 1931. I see these same references to crafty club meetings in newspapers today (goed, in online newspapers, through Google alerts)!

And In Other 1931 Haak Nieuws

I think my favorite thing that I found in the 1931 Google News archives about crochet was an article about an upcoming Amateur Night at The Fox Palace. It said that the headliner would be Al Drost, who had justwritten and staged a musical dancing and singing revue”. It is the description of him that mentions crochet; saying thatAl has proved his couraged in the roped arena, on the gridiron and with a crochet hook”. I so wish I was able to find out more about that story!

Man Crochets In Mystery Thriller

The Painesville Telegraph published a short mystery thriller story and it mentions crochet:

crochet fiction 1931 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Notice that it talks about dropped stitches; that’s from knitting, niet haak!

1931 Haak Boeken

De-haak-gerelateerde boeken die werden gepubliceerd in 1931 inbegrepen:

1931 crochet pattern book 400x606 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Amy E. Smith en Dora E. Smith heeft dit 1931 baby knit and crochet book available in full online. I love that there’s a good mix of both knit and crochet designs as well as a great variety in the crochet including coats, jurken, hoeden, schoenen, bibs and a crochet pram cover. This pair authored several other knit/crochet books around this time as well including one ontoddler wooliesand another on crochet edgings.

vintage crochet baby book 400x178 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

A similar book comes from Ella Allan and is called What to Make for Baby: 55 designs in Knitting and Crochet. It looks like this one may have been written prior to 1931 then updated and published in this year.

1931 crochet afghan book 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Iva Rose Vintage Reproductions has published reproductions of a couple of knit and crochet books that they cite as Circa 1031, including the afghan book shown above or, perhaps more interestingly, the one for knit and crochet underwear hieronder.

crochet underwear vintage 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

I was especially interested by a passing reference to crochet in a 1931 boek met de titel Dancing Gods; Indian Ceremonials of New Mexico and Arizona, which described a man by saying: “The man’s heavy shoulders were outlined in haak lace over red flannel, and his flat-topped hat rested on his hair in a queue.I have often wondered about crochet in Native American cultures and haven’t been able to find much information so this reference caught my attention.

Some of the magazines that mention crochet at this time are Homes and Gardens, Woman’s World and Needlecraft: The Magazine of Home Arts. Not everyone thought it was great for women to spend their time crocheting, hoewel. Een 1931 women’s studies book called Our Mothers by Alan Bott and Irene Clephane hints at this in the phrasing of this sentence: “A woman’s hands, not her head, should be occupied ; and occupied they were, with interminable lengths of haak and tatting, and masses of embroidery and woolwork.

1931 Haak Patronen

1931 crochet baby coat 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

This is an example of a 1931 crochet baby coat from the aforementioned pattern book by Amy E. Smith en Dora E. Smith.

1931 knit and crochet shawls 400x267 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Etsy's schmetterlingtag sells a reproduction of this book of 1931 knit and crochet shawl designs. I love the excerpt provided on Etsy that begins: “Nowadays, every woman who gives thoughtful preparation to her wardrobe includes a variety of knitted or crocheted garments, because of their artistic beauty and their comforting warmth. Whenever women meet, the art of knitting and crocheting is discussed-the newest garments, the best stitches, the prettiest colors.

1931 crochet petticoat top 400x404 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

Etsy's PamoolahVintage sells the PDF pattern for this vintage crochet petticoat top from 1931.

vintage crochet knit dress 400x566 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

The same seller (PamoolahVintage) also sells the pattern for this knit and crochet dress and explains: “This is unusual because the main part of the dress is knittedthe insertion is in beaded crochet (no beads just the style) in a contrast colour.

Noot: Er zijn een groot aantal mooie vintage haak patronen, inclusief mooie jurken, dat uit ergens kwam in het decennium van de jaren 1930 maar een exacte datum niet. Nadat ik de geschiedenis posten voor het tien jaar heb gedaan zal ik een aparte roundup bericht doen voor die!

1931 Hook Octrooien

Last week I mentioned that someone had applied in 1930 for a patent for a crochet stuffed toy; that patent was granted in 1931.

Ander patent approved in 1931 was for an item thatrelates to the making of articles of any desired shape from wire”. It mentions that it can be used to make belts and also mentions that crochet will be incorporated. Some of the figures accompanying the patent documents even look a little like crochet:

crochet wire drawing 50 Years of Crochet History: 1931

There were only a few new patents filed in 1931 that mentioned crochet and they were all machines that incorporated acrochet needlebut didn’t really have anything to do with crochet.

Ik kom volgende week terug met gehaakte geschiedenis uit 1932!

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Zo gaaf. I wish I could see that Hoover portrait in crochet, ook!


I am glad you caught that dropped stitches references - i read the little blurb and was like KNITTING! *laughs* Of course, maybe back then the idea of "dropping stitches" applied to both knitting and crochet, its just with crochet we call it "tearing out stitches" instead. Dunno. Something else I thought was cute was the statement "Whenever women meet, the art of knitting and crocheting is discussed-the newest garments, the best stitches, the prettiest colors.” - OH to live in a world where I could talk crochet with ALL women :)


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