Lost Garden: Vintage look.

crochet throw, pattern by Helen Shrimpton

The Lost Garden throw is finished. This is a wedding present for the daughter of one of my closest friends, following the colour scheme the engaged couple have in their sitting room. This is not a palette I would have chosen myself, but it has been oh so soothing to work with.

Some people on Helen’s Hookaholics Facebook group have said it reminds them of snowdrops, Meissen china, Victorian design and Poldark so I thought ‘vintage’ probably brings all those descriptions together.

The pattern is by Helen Shrimpton and it is a delight to work – very relaxing, nothing too demanding or complicated.

Made with Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment, Lincoln, Cream, Stone and Toy and a 4.5mm hook.

It measures 1m 43cm square.

I have listed the colour order, up to the border in two previous posts:

Victorian Snowdrop Garden


Lost Garden Corners

and now for the border order!

Vintage Lost Garden Border

Round 67: Toy

Round 68: Stone

Round 69 and 70: Toy

Round 71: Lincoln

Round 72 and 73: Toy

Round 74: Stone

Round 75: Toy

Round 76, 77, 78, 79: Parchment

Round 80: Lincoln

Round 81, 82: Stone

Round 83 – 89: Parchment

Round 90: Lincoln

Round 91, 92: Cream

Round 93, 94: Parchment


I’m sure to make this pattern again one day and I’m wondering what it would look like in a graded yarn like one of the new Scheepes Whirl Cakes, Turquoise Turntable or Jade JimJam for instance. Or Melting Macaron, working from the centre out and then joining with the outside of Turquoise Turntable – mmmmm – mouthwatering!


44 responses to “Lost Garden: Vintage look.

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  4. Youโ€™ve inspired me to do this pattern. Yarn arrived today. So next project.

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  5. What a lovely present to give and receive


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  7. The pattern is lovely and I can imagine one of those yarn cakes working well. I like the turquoise one (by coincidence I was looking at them earlier today ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and am besotted with the ‘Turkish Delight’ and half a dozen others. But what to make…? A small blanket with a border in another plain shade perhaps? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Oh no! I can’t enlarge it to see the beautiful detail!
    Wow! It is so intricate, with every “look” you see something to enjoy! Beautiful!

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  9. This is just beautiful, and I bet they love it!

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  10. Deborah O'Brien

    Quite some feat! It’s beautiful. I think you must crochet in your sleep!

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    • HaHa!!! I think the reason I get so much crochet done is that I do no baking, keep cooking of any sort to a minimum and do extremely little housework – my house is a tip! I also keep my crochet with me at all times, so any odd little moment gets filled with crochet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. This does have a very vintage look about it and I’m sure the couple will love it. I’d be interested to see if you do try this pattern with a Scheepjes Whirl because I bought one to start a shawl with and can’t get on with it (too complicated!) and would like to find an alternative pattern to use it for. It’s 4 ply though and you’ve used a DK for this one so could it work?

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    • I think it would work very well but I’m wondering what I would use it for – it would be smaller unless I made up a pattern for an extra border.
      Could it be a shawl or a small tablecloth? Hmmm, yes but I don’t use either!
      A baby’s cot blanket perhaps.
      Sometimes I just make something because the idea won’t leave me alone – and its purpose appears whilst making it.
      Which Whirl did you get?


  12. It is soothing. And what a beautiful present.

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  13. What a lovely present this turned out to be. It is a pretty pattern and good on you for trying out something you normally wouldn’t. It can be a challenge, but sometimes it can be easier than you think once you get going ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Interesting. I actually like the way you have worked the pattern more than the ones in the link, especially the flower shapes round the edge. I also find the middle much more relaxing to look at. It’s really lovely I’m sure the recipients will be very pleased with it.

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  15. It’s great we are asked to do something in a palette we don’t gravitate naturally towards isn’t it. I too would never choose to work in these colours, but it is very beautiful – delicate and quiet. I am sure the lucky couple will love it and treasure it forever!

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    • I do hope they like it – you never know how the next generation will respond to crafty stuff. Thank you for your lovely description.
      I’m nearly always excited to work with other people’s colour choices to see where they take me.

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  16. Beautifully done. Theyโ€™ll treasure it.

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  17. It’s exactly the same colour palette as the Royal Doulton Provencal pattern plates my mother left to me, and the circular pattern reminds me of the design, too! Lovely!

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