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Craft yourself an Afghan just like Grandma

Afghans
Traditional and Modern
Bray
1977

I was prepared for a very 1970s vibe for this relic of a craft book. I wasn’t disappointed with a few crafts that looked like it came from a grandma’s couch. However, I was surprised that a few were actually quite good. There were some very plain but nicely detailed afghans that would have made nice throws for a couch in this century. The bad news is that the projects were crowded out with the examples below. (Warning! A clown afghan is one of the examples!)

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Wit Knits

Wit Knits: Lively And Original Hand Knitting Designs
Hostler and Brandreth
1985

Submitter: While weeding out the craft section I came across this absolutely dated yet lovely gem. John Iman modeling of sweaters? Is the public still being served by this book? Probably not – but it will do well on the sale cart.

Holly: This. Is. Amazing. And by “amazing,” I mean “awful.”

Mary: This is beyond precious. I have never seen so many people happy about wearing sweaters.

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A Little Bit Country

Country Crafts and Food
Better Homes and Gardens
1983

This is one of those craft books around a theme. It’s less about craft instruction and more about style. The pictures are carefully composed to create a look as opposed to focusing on a particular item. This runs the gamut from decor to clothing to cooking. This probably runs closer to design or home decor rather than straight up crafting. Soooo what Dewey number do we give this item? Most were in the 745 range but a significant percentage went with 641. This kind book really bugs me, because I do want to stick it in both 745 and 641. I did a lot of buying of craft books a few years ago and whenever the books mixed and matched topics like this, it made me a bit twitchy. To be totally honest, I really avoided this type of book since it really didn’t do either topic justice. But I digress.

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Fashion Vests

Shrink Tops
Seven Styles to Crochet and Knit
1971

That lovely vest on the cover reminds me of several (yes, more than one) I wore when I was a teen. They all had that crochet circular design on the front in outrageous color combinations. I never heard them referred to as shrink tops, though. The other sweaters aren’t nearly as bad as the cover. I think these patterns could work today, with some more modern colors and patterns. Sweaters aside, the more interesting look is the shorts/tights combo that the girl on the back cover is wearing. I think the elephant belt buckle really pulls this together.