Alice Fowler Baby Set Designs

A lady by the name of Alice Fowler designed many crochet (and a few knit) layette patterns printed and sold 40-60 years ago.  Her designs captured the hearts and minds of grandmothers to children.  Today, yarn shops in her home town of Colorado Springs, CO, do not know of her.  The address where she once lived is now a business location without ties to her.

If you are aware how to contact Ms Fowler, her descendants, or any friends/acquaintances, please e-mail me.

April 2013:  A lady contacted me as she is going through her mother's diaries.  Her mother crocheted for many years FOR Alice Fowler.  There are a few letters included with the patterns that have been missing in the collection to date.  It appears that Alice Fowler married Scott McCormick in the last year or so of her life.  Alice Fowler was born in December 1875 in Kansas (per 1900 Census document in El Paso county, Colorado) and died November 21, 1958.  Her body was taken by train to Manhattan, KS, "where Alice had insisted that they buy lots at Sunset Cemetery".  Her husband, Scott, carried on the business after her death.

Other links that may be of interest include an MSN interest group called "Alice Fowler Originals Vintage Crochet". 

I have the following patterns either in their original or in a photocopied version and plan to eventually get them all put on this website.  Communications with several other Alice Fowler pattern enthusiasts, as well as my layman's reading of the copyright laws indicates these are copyright free.  Violation of copyright law is NOT my desire and if you can show proof of current ownership prior to 2007, the patterns will not remain available in a public fashion.

The patterns were not named, but were given numbers ranging from 1170 to 1260.  Advertisements were placed in "The WORKBASKET" magazine at least as early as January, 1952.  The most current advertisement found was in 1968 with quite an open window of Jan 1961 to early 1966 devoid of those little 1 inch advertisements.

Communication with other pattern enthusiasts has helped to narrow the list of missing patterns as well as fill in gaps. 

The patterns were also advertised in McCall's magazines in the 1970's.  Any specific magazine advertisement locations and dates would be greatly appreciated and will be added to this list as the list currently only contains Workbasket advertisement dates.

Pictures of patterns can also be found in groups from 1170-1199, 1200-1229, and 1230-1260

Full instructions are located with pattern numbers with a light yellow background.  These pages have been typed by myself and potentially have errors (either my own typing or original pattern error that was repeated).  Please email me immediately should you note an error so it can be corrected.

Her pattern instructions are sometimes a little difficult to follow (in my opinion).  Ms Fowler included many crochet stitch pattern combinations in her baby set patterns.  I have attempted to compile these, noting pattern numbers where they are used in case the pattern you are crocheting is difficult to understand.  Crochet Stitch Combination Page

Bone crochet hook sizes 1 and 2 are commonly used in these patterns.  Referencing the Craft Yarn Council of America Standards for Crochet, here are the best recommendations for initially testing gauge of crochet stitches.

BONE CROCHET HOOK SIZE 1:  Use 2.25 mm hook

BONE CROCHET HOOK SIZE 2:  Use 2.75 mm hook

These 7 patterns have been located.  The final 7 pictures were located on an advertising flyer January 8, 2009.  A HUGE THANK YOU for providing so much information and the final patterns.  PLEASE NOTE that pattern number 1176, the diaper cover, has been incorrectly attributed as listed on the internet.  The original Alice Fowler pattern is now available.  

Pattern Pattern in my Collection? Knit or Crochet? Work Basket Advertisement Date(s) Additional Comments
1170 YES Crochet January, 1952 bootie
1171 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet
1172 YES Crochet    sacque, bonnet, booties
1173 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1174 YES Crochet November, 1955 sacque, bonnet, booties
1175 YES Crochet    sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket
1176 YES Crochet   diaper cover
1177 YES Crochet April, 1952 & March, 1959 sacque, bonnet, booties
1178 YES Crochet July, 1955 & February, 1966
** also Spring 1979 McCall's Needlework & Crafts Magazine **
sacque, bonnet, booties
1179 YES Crochet   sacque, cap with ear flaps, booties
1180 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet
1181 YES Crochet December, 1957 sacque, bonnet, booties
1182 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet
1183 YES Crochet   jacket, cap with earflaps, booties (boy-ish)
1184 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1185 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1186 YES Crochet  sacque, bonnet, booties
1187 YES Crochet  sacque, bonnet, booties
1188 YES Crochet October, 1957 sacque, bonnet, booties
1189 YES Crochet  booties
1190 YES Crochet October, 1952 & January, 1961 sacque, bonnet, booties
1191 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties, carriage robe
1192 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1193 YES Crochet   boy's cap, girl's beret
1194 NO Crochet   dress
1195 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket
1196 NO Crochet   dress
1197 NO Crochet   dress
1198 YES Crochet  romper
1199 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1200 YES Crochet April, 1955 sun suit with cardigan
1201 YES Crochet April, 1958    SEE 2008 FAIR WINNER BOTTOM OF PATTERN PAGE! sacque, bonnet  (EXTRA!! COLOR PIC at bottom of instruction/pattern page)
1202 NO Crochet   cardigan
1203 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1204 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1205 YES Crochet January, 1954 sacque, bonnet, booties
1206 YES Crochet October, 1958 sacque, bonnet, booties
1207 YES Crochet   jacket, bonnet, booties
1208 YES Crochet

picture of crochet pattern

sacque, bonnet, booties
1209 NO ? Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1210 NO Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1211 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties (loops)
1212 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket
1213 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket (hexagon medallions)
1214 YES Crochet September, 1954 sacque, bonnet, booties
1215 YES Crochet   jacket, bonnet, booties
1216 YES Crochet   jacket, cap with earflap, booties
1217 YES Crochet   bunting and hood
1218 YES Crochet   jacket, helmet with visor, booties
1219 YES Crochet   jacket, helmet, booties
1220 YES Crochet January 1955, January 1960 sacque, bonnet, booties
1221 YES Crochet   cape "Baby Nightingale"
1222 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties (not too frilly for a boy)
1223 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties (with roses)
1224 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1225 YES Crochet September 1956, April 1968 sacque, bonnet, booties
1226 YES Crochet January, 1956 sacque, bonnet, booties
1227 YES Crochet   jacket, cap with visor, booties
1228 YES Crochet   jacket or sacque, cap, booties
1229 YES Crochet June, 1956 sacque, bonnet, booties
1230 YES Crochet March, 1957 sacque, bonnet, booties
1231 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1232 YES Crochet   afghans (2) based on granny square
1233 YES Crochet   baby dress
1234 YES Crochet   jacket, cap, booties
1235 YES Crochet   double-breasted jacket, cap, booties, + ?
1236 YES Crochet   shrug
1237 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1238 YES Crochet   sacque, cap, booties
1239 YES Crochet   jacket, cap with earflaps, hat, booties
1240 YES Crochet January, 1957 sacque, bonnet, booties
1241 YES Crochet May, 1958 & May, 1959 sacque, bonnet, booties
1242 YES Crochet   jacket, cap, booties
1243 YES Crochet   jacket, cap, booties
1244 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1245 YES Crochet April, 1957 sacque, bonnet with large tassel, booties
1246 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties (done in knot stitch)
1247 YES Knit   sacque, bonnet, booties
1248 YES Crochet   jacket, bonnet, booties
1249 YES Crochet January, 1958 sacque, bonnet, booties
1250 YES Knit   sacque, bonnet, booties
1251 YES Crochet May, 1957 sacque, bonnet, booties (done in roll stitch)
1252 YES Crochet February 1958; April, 1965; April, 1966; August, 1966 sacque, bonnet, booties
1253 YES Knit   raglan sleeve sweater, bonnet, booties
1254 YES Crochet March, 1958 sacque, cap, booties
1255 YES Knit   sacque, bonnet, booties
1256 YES Knit   sacque, bonnet, booties
1257 YES Knit   sacque, bonnet, booties
1258 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties
1259 YES Crochet   sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket
1260 YES Crochet November, 1958 sacque, bonnet, booties, blanket