An old magazine showing a vintage crochet pattern. Laying on top of the magazine is a blue crochet item in progress.
An image from 'Vintage Crochet'

Vintage Crochet from the National Library of Australia

In the past, people knew the magic of a handmade garment – the uniqueness, the custom fit, the time and care taken by the maker. In today’s world of mass-production, fast-fashion and obsolescence, we now crave the individuality and satisfaction that comes with creating clothing by hand.

Building on the success of Vintage Knits (2022), Vintage Crochet brings together over 35 timeless patterns for garments, homewares, accessories and kids toys. Curated from publications such as the Australian Women’s Weekly and the Australian Woman’s Mirror, the patterns have been thoughtfully updated to suit today’s crocheter, with something for every skill level.

Vintage Crochet features full-colour photographs of the garments, modelled by diverse models from the National Library community, and illustrated spreads that explore the social and cultural significance of this beloved craft. From the origins of the iconic ‘granny square’ to considerations of feminism and sustainability, these fascinating reflections add depth and context to the patterns. The book also includes an introduction to the basics of crochet, providing beginners with the necessary tools to embark on their crochet journey.

As the trend for everything vintage continues to captivate, and the handmade revolution gains momentum, Vintage Crochet is set to bring style and joy to modern crocheters of all ages. Whether as a Mother’s Day gift or a treat for oneself, this book is a must-have for anyone seeking to embrace the art of crochet and create cherished pieces that will stand the test of time.

Vintage Crochet will be released in April 2024.

Additional Information 

The front cover of the book Vintage Crochet

Images for media use are available for download via Dropbox.


Mirelle O'Mara, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

M: 0401 226 697