Wednesday, 21 March 2012

There are times....

... when I think I'm pretty nifty with a crochet hook ...

... then I stumbled across this blanket in a charity shop, looked at the craftmanship when I got home and thought "hmmm, I've still got a long way to go before I can produce something this fabulous".







No husband... I did not use your expensive "bike tape" to tape this treasure to the bannister.... honest!
I think this blanket is made with 4 ply yarn and maybe a 3mm hook. I love the daffodil colours and I cannot wait to find a home for it in our little house this Spring!

Ps. Does anyone know this pattern and if it is available anywhere?

65 comments:

Paula said...

What a beautiful blanket and what a great find. I love the bright colours especially the little blue flowers, they do stand out.

Neicee said...

Wow gorgeous! Cannot believe someone gave that up! What a find. Im sure you can find that pattern somewhere!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

That is just stunning! Suzy x

Carol said...

How ever did that end up being given away? It is stunning, beautiful colours, lovely design.
If you do find the pattern hope you'll point us in the right direction (not that I think I could actually manage to make one but could be fun trying!)
Carol xx

Jackie said...

What an amazing find ~ It's really beautiful! :O)x

Jen said...

This is definitely not the same pattern but it *kinda* reminds me of this pattern from Red Heart: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-floral-bouquet-afghan

It's one that I've always wanted to make ;)

Hope this leads you in the right direction!

Liz said...

It is gorgeous. Had a look through my books, but no luck, I think you could sit with it though and have a go? You are clever enough.

AgueroSandra said...

Esta muy muy bueno me encanto y no parece difícil de sacar el modelo yo ya estoy jugando y creo que lo tengo en teoría, ahora voy a la practica pero creo que vos lo vas sacar fácilmente haces unos trabajos muy bellos y este es un lindo desafió buena suerte un besito Sandra.

Kim Sonksen said...

Well, I am moving to your neck of the wood because what you find in your charity shops is so much better than what we have in our normal shops. And don't even start me on our sad excuse for charity shops. Anyway, I am sure I have seen this pattern somewhere, let me check my links and get back to you

Heather said...

Wow! I, too, want to move near you and your shops! What a fabulous find! Breaks my heart to know that someone got rid of it in the first place though.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! How could anyone give it away? I hope you track the pattern down!
L
Xxx

Amanda said...

Thats a beautiful blanket I can't imagine crocheting something so big on such a small hook must have taken forever. Also I used to work at a thrift store and I couldn't believe the amount of handmade blankets that got donated and we sold them for under $5. It broke my heart.

Solveig said...

This is so lovely! Definitely a pattern I would like to try!

Jacquie said...

Hi , agree with previous comments...we need to live near your charity shops !! Mine are rubbish these days .... haven't found anything good for ages. Was in one today and and a bloke on his mobile was saying " Yeah I'm in a Chazza" !! had to laugh .
Jacquie x

Moos said...

WOW it took somebody a lot of work to make this beautifull peace of work! What a great find!!!!! Good luck in finding the pattern!!!!

Moos x

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

nice!!

Marjo said...

Wowww, so beautiful!

two bones and a bagle said...

That blanket is stunning. What a find!

creativepixie said...

What a find! The hours and hours of work that went into that blanket.

Liz said...

I have had another look at The Crochet Bible and in the back is an Heirloom Bedspread, page 156-157. The stitch is not unlike yours, without the bobbles. You may have to compile a few patterns. Hope that helps a bit.
Liz

MaryMargaret said...

It is a lovely blanket, but I would gouge my eyes out with the hook before I completed a blanket with a 3mm. Wow. Amazing, though.

MeMe Rose said...

thank you for having a look... in a baby crochet book i have there was an Heirloom blanket pattern also not disimilar; wonder if it is the same one as in the Crochet Bible?

MeMe Rose said...

Maybe it was made with a 3.5mm hook the more I think about it.

MeMe Rose said...

I'll use that one on my husband! Showed the blanket to a friend (who has a teenage daughter) and she said she was "well jel!" ... so, "well jel with my Chazza find" should perhaps have been the title to this post!

MeMe Rose said...

Thank you for having a look x

MeMe Rose said...

thank you I will have a look at this link now x

MeMe Rose said...

I'll definently let you know about the pattern x

Shara said...

What a lovely blanket. I don't know where to find the pattern -- sorry.

TwoLuLa said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely find! If only this blanket could talk and tell us its story...it must have been made with much love

Mereknits said...

Oh My!!!!!!

Tids said...

Oh. I thought I was quite nifty with a crochet hook too... until I saw this. How amazingly beautiful and delicate!

omlair said...

Very lovely indeed. Thanks for the close up shots, i might try deciphering it myself!!

Little Blue Mouse said...

What a gorgeous blanket, the colours go so well together.

charisg said...

I am so envious of your find-this blanket is simply stunning! The colours are gorgeous, like narcissi in a turquoise jug.I would love to know what the pattern is-I know it would take a very long time to do but it would be SO worth it!

Crafty Mermaid said...

Just found your blog from Serendipity Patch and spent a while today getting to know all the previous posts - such a lovely blog!

Suzanne said...

No way.....that is amazing. Too bad you can't ask the maker what the pattern is! Stunning.

The Fairy Glade said...

What a fabulous find, have never seen anything like it so have no idea as to the pattern. You need to study it closely and see if you can work it out yourself. Dev x

Petunia Pill said...

Wow, wow, wow! Crazy beautiful! Yes, I find myself extremely humbled by such intricate pieces of work. I can't imagine having the "stick-tuitive-ness" to finish it! And what a gorgeous pattern that is! I bet you can puzzle it out with a hook in hand. The motif doesn't look too terribly difficult (she says innocently) - it's just amazing how they all look when put together!

Dawn said...

Oh, my! What a find....it is gorgeous!

geekycrochetmom said...

Lovely. Incredible detail!

Frances said...

Wow! I think its the combination of the colors and textures in this afghan that just dazzle the eye. Maybe it's easier to figure out the stitches involved if you just try to take it a stitch at a time. You might even come up with your very own version...that's even more beautiful!

barb said...

We are all in agreement, how could anyone part with such an heirloom piece? It is incredible. I have a cousin who was given a hand knit wool, cable stitch, cream afghan from our 70 year old aunt, for a wedding gift. She sold it a garage sale for $3.00. CAN YOU IMAGINE???? I would have paid $100. That was in 1970. Still makes me sick.

Colleen said...

I am now officially OBSESSED with finding a pattern for this (or, if not this exactly, at least something close to it). It's just gorgeous!

Pati from London said...

Meme Rose, It's S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!!! You are a lucky girl!!! What a beautiful find... I will have a look in my vintage crochet books and see what I can find. I will definitely let you know if I find something.... Who gets rid of things like this?? Unbelievable - I'd say.... x Pati

MeMe Rose said...

Thanks Pati... hope you see something in your vintage books!

Cecilia said...

it is beautiful, reminds me of this one I want to make: http://www.crochettoday.com/crochet-patterns/bobble-star-afghan
and of that white pillow on your rose covered chair . . .

vintage grey said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a great find!!! I can't wait to see if someone finds this pattern. Thanks for sharing such a bright and stunning treasure! xo Heather

Mrs H said...

That is so lovely! What fabulous spring colours!

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

This is fabulous. I have surprised myself this past year by figuring out a few vintage patterns by sight. Maybe we could give that a go. I am trying to figure out where the block borders might be in your pictures. If you isolate the individual blocks it might help. We could give it a go. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Rosangela said...

Que lindo, lindo .
Parabéns.
Beijo.

Anonymous said...

Melody Griffiths 201 Crochet motifs, blocks,projects and ideas. Page 99 Victorian Bedspread Square, made into cushion in book with different joining method? Hope this helps,
Pam

Anonymous said...

Melody Griffiths 201 crochet motifs

Anonymous said...

Should have added: Victorian Bedspread Block, made into cushion in Melody's book using different joining method from your blanket,
Pam

MeMe Rose said...

Thank you very much Pam. I haven't got this book, but I will get my hands on a copy sometime. Thank you for taking the time to have a look and give me the reference. You are a star!

Suzette said...

Geez, I CANNOT BELIEVE you found that in a thrift shop. It's so adorable and in such great shape. I also can't believe someone else hadn't already snatched it up. Most of the crochet pieces I see in thrift stores are quite depressing. Congratulations on your find!

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Napptural Triplet Mum said...

WOW, If I had that blanket I would not give it away. I'm somewhat of a beginner and this just blows me away. If I ever become skilled enough to produce something like that then I'd be a very happy crafter. Still can't believe you found it in a charity shop.

Unknown said...

I love how its displayed with the light behind it! I've been crocheting for about 40 years and never seen anything quite so stunning! It had to have taken the artist a very long time to complete! You are a lucky soul to have it!

Unknown said...

Wow that is just gorgeous. How sad that such beatiful things end up at the charity shops. And how happy that a crochet lover like you rescued this beautiful blanket. Lots of crafty hugs Essie from Oz

Anonymous said...

Just a tought, this piece of art could have been done by someone who passed away, and did not have relatives who appreciate crothet.Just could be. By the way It's a wonderfull work of art.

Anonymous said...

Didn't mean to be anonymous. My name is Ghita and I'm from Malta. God bless to all.

Sylvia said...

I'm sorry but that just seems so disrespectful of your cousin. I couldn't imagine doing something like that. You didn't say if your aunt crocheted it herself or not but either way, the lady being 70 years old should be respected more than that. Some day your cousin may wish she had it back to pass down to one of her children.

Sylvia said...

I can't imagine giving or throwing something like this away but it's always possible that the owner died and whoever was cleaning up after didn't want it. May not even have been related.

Joanne said...

Just found your blog. Really enjoyed seeing your work and reading the blog

barb said...

I totally agree with you. Our aunt did make it. As children, she also knit and crocheted for our Barbie dolls. My granddaughters are dressing their Barbies in all my clothes. Cousin's clothes......GONE! Let me just say, my cousin is the most wonderful, best friend, I could ever have, this is just one area we don't see eye to eye. I don't think she ever realized how much time and love went into the things our aunt made.