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60/70s Inspired Crochet Homewares for sale at yay retro!

yay retro! now has a new section in the vintage online shop for 60s inspired crochet for sale. I've been crocheting on and off since I learnt how 32 years ago. I began by making baby clothes, however because I had two boys, and at the time crochet patterns were limited to pretty tops I resorted to knitting their clothes instead. I really missed the look and feel of crochet as it grew in my hands and happily a couples of years ago I got back into making again. With the amazing array of patterns now available online I've made five or six blankets, 4 tops for myself to wear and no end of granny squares related items. Having got back into full swing of crocheting I've begun to add useful items to the yay retro! shop for you to buy. I've made sure that all the yay retro! crochet items are 60/70s inspired and in some cases I've followed vintage patterns.

Many of the items I've made would make great gifts and they look just as good when not being used as when they are. Take for example these lovely plushie hot water bottles in their 70s Granny Square covers.  Each one is unique with zingy colour schemes and little heart of granny decal ties. They come complete with brand new hot water bottle and are soft, squishy and sure to make someone feel loved. All the yarns used are new, my favourites are Stylecraft as they are so soft and cuddly and the colours are gorgeous. A recent reviewer on the yay retro Facebook page said "My 70’s inspired crocheted cover hot water bottle is amazing and packed so beautifully. Thank you!"

How about a lovely table runner for your Ercol coffee table or sideboard?  This one made from 100% mercerised soft Drops Muskat cotton. Use it on your table to show it off, or as a wall hanging with the bamboo knitting needles (cleverly provided) to ensure you can easily hang it up.

I am also beginning to add mandala styled pot stands, these are of my own design and are double layered with a little hanging loop. Again made from 100% new cotton yarn, each is individual and made with 70s inspired colours. Pop them on the wall as an artwork anywhere in your home or use in the kitchen. Ideal as a pretty gift and very affordable with free UK & NI postage.

Continuing on the Mandala theme, the one below was made following a 1940s doily pattern. By updating the colours it highlights the sunflower motif in the centre, and makes it larger and more usable. A  lovely addition to brighten a corner in your room or as a centrepiece to a table or sideboard. Each mandala added to the yay retro shop will be unique and made from 100% new cotton yarn - I use Drops or Scheepjes as the quality is fantastic.  

Go shopping for crochet at yay retro now, each item is lovely as a treat for yourself or to give as a gift.

Check out my free crochet pattern for a 1970s styled waistcoat here. This is a picture of me wearing it!

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