Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Call for Help

See this? Seattle & Oregon Trip August 2006 284 It's my nephew's. My Aunt Geraldine made it for him when he was born. She passed away not long after. My nephew loves it. As you see. My sister has requested perhaps a replacement for it so that this one may be put to rest and not further demolished. I know, it's the best compliment one can receive of a knitted object. To use it alot and love it so until it falls apart. But still, I've agreed to do it. But I need your help figuring out the pattern. Here's some up close shots: Seattle & Oregon Trip August 2006 285 Seattle & Oregon Trip August 2006 286 Near as I can tell, it involves wrapping 5 stitches an extra time or two, then knitting into all 5 stitches on the next round. Shit. If y'all confirm my fear that the entire thing is crocheted, I'm gonna die. It's not that I don't like to crochet, it's that I haven't really done it since I was a kid, aside from the pinwheel baby blanket edging. I mean, I know this thing has a crocheted border, but is the whole thing crocheted? Help! If you know the pattern stitch, I'd appreciate it. Better yet, if you know a knitted version, I'll love you for life.

15 comments:

Trillian42 said...

Umm... I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it looks crocheted to me. I think it's a version of broomstick lace.

http://www.crochetcabana.com/specialty/
ltc-broomstick_lace_jiffy_lace_.htm

mystyflwr said...

The first thing I thought when I saw the blanket, was that is was crocheted.

Erin said...

Yup, that's a crocheted blanket, for sure. I hope you get it figured out. I've never seen that kind of stitch before, or I'd help you out on it (btw, crochet is super easy and fast, you could whip that out in a couple days, i'm sure!)

Libi said...

It is crocheted, that's for sure. I think it's broomstick lace, also. While not superfast and easy, and most certainly won't take just a couple of days, you can do it.

(crochet is not the "easy" yarn art. Things are done faster, but not that much faster.)

The Fluffy Ewe said...

Looks crochet to me, too! Oy, I do not envy you, I am not a crochet fan. Anyway, I found this link to Crochet Pattern Central for a patter for an afghan (and the above referenced tutorial) to help in the re-creation. Love to see pics!! Good Luck!

LadyLungDoc said...

Can you use a knit pattern in the same colours? Or is your nephew a connoisseur of afghans who would not accept one that is not completely identical?
My harmony guide has a Dewdrop pattern that is slightly remniscent of that stitch pattern.

Bezzie said...

Yup. You're screwed. Um is it really so bad that it looks like this? Chunky's got a garter stitch blanket that my grandma made him and yeah, it's pretty funkalicious w/holes and major pulled stitches. Could you maybe go in and doctor the holes so they don't unravel anymore?

Tvini said...

Even though it's crocheted, I wonder if they'd let you do a little knitting to repair the damage. I can't imagine you could damage it further, especially if they already think it's beyond repair.

Becky said...

I made a baby afghan in broomstick lace in the 70s. That's what that stitch is, although it looks like it is done on a smaller needle than I've seen.

This kind of crochet is basically like the border you made, just single crochet, but the "broomstick" makes a big lacey hole. Bet you could do it!

Sourire11 said...

well I guess from the other comments it's definately crochet... but it sortof kindof looks like the knit 'n tonic dream swatch: http://www.knitandtonic.typepad.com/dreamswatchwrap.pdf

perhaps you could knit a version of that? I've heard it rolls at the edges though - just to warn you.

entrelac said...

Okay, everyone's correct in that that is definitely crochet, and it's definitely broomstick lace crochet. However, you are NOT screwed!

Head on over to the Garter Belt, pick up that freebie pattern for The Dream Swatch. Here's a link:

http://www.thegarterbelt.com/wb_dreamswatch.html

If I were to make an afghan from that pattern, I'd make the loopy parts just a little bit smaller so they're less snaggy, and then I'd make the thing in sections to keep myself from going crazy knitting up a GIGANTIC swatch. If you want help with getting the numbers to work for that, just let me know. I'm pretty mathy, and happy to help however I can. :)

entrelac said...

Oh, wait! I just forgot to mention. If you work the between-loopy sections in garter stitch, that should prevent any unhappy rolling, and make the thing easy to assemble later. :)

RC said...

HI
I found a pattern in knit that is VERY close to the crochet broomstick lace, called an open laced cross stitch (found in an old knit book someone just gave me)
LMK if you want me to scan and send to you
Colleen

Amy said...

Turtlegirl -- I think I've seen that crossover stitch in Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I'll look it up tonight and report back. I think you could approximate those stiches if you looked through a copy. It's the 1st volume.

brites fernandes said...

Olá! Esse cobertor é feito em crochê sim! A técnica usada é o Broomstick lace ou Peacocks's eye crochet ou crochet de vassoura e ainda crochet de agulhas. Não é tão difícil, já fiz algumas peças.
Neste blog http://1001artes.blogspot.com/ você pode encontrar o passo a passo. Sugiro que você teça um cobertor novo usando essas mesmas cores. Um abraço,
Brites Fernandes.
Belo Horizonte - Brasil