Vintage Wonder Loom & PDF Pattern
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Have you ever heard of the Family Circle Wonder Loom? What Is Vintage Wonder Loom & PDF Pattern and How Does It Work? Some may have the template stashed away in a craft drawer and had no idea what to do with it or its’ history. This post includes my story with the loom and the tools to help you successfully finish an heirloom project. The Wonder Loom is a “Sensational Mini-Loom” Fun! Easy! New!” as published in Family Circle magazine April 7, 1981. It is a cardstock template. The article showcased multiple ideas with patterns including, a snazzy cap and scarf, a dog coat of many colors, an Afghan, potholders and more!
My First Loom Blanket
On this afghan, the loom squares were joined using a simple crochet chain. I recently had to re-do the chain, as it was starting to come apart. Jazz up the border by using Fun Fur Yarn.
At 20 I purchased the magazine in 1981. It wasn’t until 1989 that I decided to try my hand at making the loom baby blanket pattern for my newborn niece, Melina Whitney, who turned 27 in August 2016 and recently had her first baby. This blanket became one of her favorites and is an heirloom to be passed down to her children. MeMe loved that soft afghan so much that the crochet chain stitching started to come apart. As a result, I brought it home with me and ripped out the original crochet border and chain stitches. Then I crocheted the squares back together again. Also adding a new crocheted outside edge giving the blanket an updated look by using Fun Fur Yarn by Lion Brand. Here it is over 30 years later, and I still have the cardboard templates. For whatever reason, I saved one cardboard with yarn weaved on it so that I could remember what I had done. But of course, over time I had misplaced the magazine itself.
Fast forward to 2016
When I received the news that I was going to be a Nana. I knew that I had to make the grand-baby an “heirloom blanky”. I pulled out the cardboard templates, and through cobwebbed memories, I began to create the loom baby blanket with accessories of course! I designed my version of the heirloom pattern, and the results are stunning.
A Little Back Story
In conclusion, My sister and I have had many conversations over the years as to that issue of the Family Circle magazine; the front cover etched in our minds. Convinced that one of us has it hidden in a lost box of treasures stashed in the dark corners of our garage. We were having yet another conversation about the missing magazine, and I was adamant that I have Googled the loom/pattern and was confident that it was impossible to find on the internet! A short time later I received a text message from the search Guru herself a.k.a., my sister... "I think I found it!” With those five words I was on Amazon ordering the April 7, 1981, issue of Family Circle that featured BOUND INSIDE: THIS SENSATIONAL MINI-LOOM FUN! EASY! NEW! MAKE DOZENS OF BEAUTIFUL CRAFTS