Looking through Old Original Patterns is such a treat. It can date and document your progress. One of the things I was taught with my crochet, right from the start, was to keep copies of any changes I made to published patterns. And DEFINITELY write down what I was doing when creating something without a pattern. At first this felt like a pesky step. I remember it was a pair of socks that taught me a lesson. The first sock was perfect, the second sock never looked good. From that point on I always wrote down what I was doing. I had a nice index card box and 5 x 7 index cards. 44 years later, I can still find the old pattern ideas. Unlike my computer I’ve never had an index card box crash, never gotten an index card virus, and no company needs to update my index cards. All of my old original patterns are still there and still filled with scribbles and notes. They may be old, simplistic and well loved, but I can still make the items from yesteryear.
Jump forward to a few days ago:
Spring in New Mexico equals WINDS in the afternoon. I was outside trimming the suckers away from my lilac bushes, the wind was blowing and my hair kept getting in my eyes (learn more here: https://artistsandymarie.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/lilac-bushes-care-for-them/). I looked down at my shadow and it looked like Medusa. Do you think I could find a headband? I looked every place and didn’t find a one. All I can think of is that they (some how) didn’t move with me. So, I needed to sit down and crochet one.
Now I’ve been making this ‘style’ for 44 years (that ages me). I don’t have to look at a pattern to do it. So I just sat down and started crocheting. The next morning I shared my finished headband picture with my facebook group. That’s when it became important to find the original index card. I went through the index card box of old original patterns, and TADA, I found it. The picture above is the old pattern complete with updates, smears, crimps, and yellowing. I do remember learning the Mattress Stitch about 30 years ago, and it also looks like that’s when I dated the card (1974).
The headband I made is a “tight” one. I wanted total hair control while working outside.
There’s nothing fancy about it. No pretty flowers, no cool pictures, and no elaborate stitches. Well … I do use extended double crochet now, when doing filet crochet, because this stitch stands up straighter (double crochet tends to lean a bit). But this headband gives me total hair control, and is great for working outside in the yard. Plus it only takes me about 3 – 4 hours to crochet one.
I’m going to be adding more headbands as I sure can’t find my other ones. This is a great evening pass time.