A Dainty Pin Cushion Top

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This antique crochet pattern for a dainty pincushion comes from the February 1923 issue of Needlecraft Magazine.

It is easy to miss this pattern, as it appeared under the article, Dressing Up the Dresser or Buffet in a Charming Way, by Natalie Dupre, but was spread across several different pages.


A Dainty Pin Cushion Top
A Dainty Pin Cushion Top

For the cover, using No. 80 or No. 90 crochet thread, make a chain of 10 stitches, join.

  1. Chain (ch) 6, * a treble (tr) in ring, ch 3, repeat around, making 12 spaces (sp) in all, and joining last 3 ch to 3d of 6 ch.
  2. Ch 9, fasten in next sp; repeat, making 12 loops in all.
  3. (Three tr in 1st loop, ch 3, fasten back in 1st stitch (st) of ch for a picot (p)l 3 times, 2 tr in same loop, (ch 7, fasten back in 4th st from hook for a p) 6 times, ch 3, fasten in top of tr last made, 1 more tr in same loop, (p, 3 tr) 3 times, 1 double crochet (dc) in same loop, 1 dc in next, and repeat around.
  4. Ch 20, join, * fill half the ch with 14 dc, ch 7, fasten in loop of last row between 3d and 4th p, turn; fill 7 ch with 4 dc, p of 3 ch, 4 dc, ch 10, fasten back in 6th st from hook, (ch 5, fasten in same place) twice, ch 11, fasten in same loop as before, turn, fill 7 ch with 4 dc, p, 4 dc, ch 20, fasten where chain started, and repeat from *, joining last of 4 dc at end of 1st ring.
  5. Fill upper half of 1st ring with 15 dc, 5 dc on 4 ch, 1 dc, 9 tr and 1 dc in each loop of 5 ch, for the cloverleaf, 5 dc on 4 ch; repeat around.
  6. Ch 8, fasten in 8th dc on upper part of ring, ch 14, fasten back in 6th st, (ch 5, fasten in same place) twice, turn, fill each loop with 1 dc, 9 tr and dc, fasten in same st with the loops, ch 8, fasten in middle dc of the ring, where 14 ch started, ch 8, fasten at end of ring, ch 5, fasten between 1st and 3d petals of cloverleaf, at back, ch 5, fasten between next filled ch and ring; repeat.
  7. Slip to middle of 2d petal of cloverleaf, or break thread and fasten in at that place, * ch 15, fasten in middle of 2d petal of next cloverleaf; repeat around, joining last chain where 1st started.
  8. Ch 6, miss 2, 1 tr, ch 3; repeat from * around, joining last 3 ch to 3d of 6 ch.
  9. Ch 6. * a tr under 3 ch, ch 3: repeat around, joining as before.
  10. Ch 7, a tr under 3 ch, ch 4; repeat around, joining to 3d of 7 ch.
  11. Ch 8, a tr under 4 ch, ch 5; repeat around, joining to 3d of 8 ch.
  12. Ch 3 for a tr. then * ch 8, fasten back in 5th st from hook, ch 3, a tr under 5 ch; repeat around, joining to 3d of the ch at beginning of row. This completes the border of cushion-cover.
  13. For the under part, fasten in top of same petal where you began in 7th row (a cloverleaf of 6th row), ch 10, fasten in top of 1st petal of next cloverleaf, ch 10, fasten in top of 3d petal of same cloverleaf, ch 10, fasten in top of 2d petal of next cloverleaf; repeat around, joining last ch where 1st started.
  14. Ch 6, * miss 4, 1 tr, ch 3; repeat around, joining to 3d of 6 ch.
  15. Rows 15 to 25: Ch 6, a tr under 3 ch, ch 3 ; repeat around, join.
  16. Crochet a chain one half yard or more in length, run it in and out the spaces of last row, put in the cushion and draw up the chain, tying securely.

I think it’s a very pretty crochet motif and could likely be adapted to use for a number of different things beyond just a pincushion!

I hope you enjoy this free anqtiue crochet pattern for a dainty pincushion top and of course if you make anything with this I’d love to see what you create! Share your projects in the comments section below!

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