I must admit first thing - I did not crochet anything in this post. I do not know how to crochet and I'm usually okay with that. Although sometimes I see a knitting pattern that has a crocheted edging and I'll think about learning. But in the end I just substitute some type of knitted edging and go right along. I also have a desire to crochet a granny square afghan, but that is about it.
This crochet was done by my grandmother quite awhile ago. Last year she was cleaning out a closet and gave this to my mother. My mother showed it to my while I was visiting. We had a fun time trying to imagine my grandmother sitting in a chair using the small, no, tiny, steel hooks that were still inside the box. The pattern and extra crochet cotton were still there although both have yellowed with age.
The tablecloth was something my grandmother started as a deal with my grandfather before they were married. If she finished the table cloth, he would get her a dining table she wanted. Well she got the table but the tablecloth never got finished. The pattern shows some crochet between the circles and there were some circles in the box that were not attached to anything.
My mom does know how to crochet and used the existing circles to make the tablecloth as big as possible and now I have a beautiful family heirloom.