lucky bedspread gift

JesterTwin's picture

Hi guys. I had a wonderful surprise yesterday when I went into the LYS, Lovely Yarns. The owner is such a nice lady. She always has a great smile, and is always trying to make the customers feel at home in her shop. She even likes men who knit. (Read between the lines, she doesn't shy away from me like I have the plague just because I am a guy who knits and crochets.) I stopped in yesterday to leave a shawl for a couple of months as a display when she asked me what else I was working on. When I showed her the little square which will be a bedspread someday, she said that her next door neighbor is moving, and wanted to see a bedspread go to a good home. She showed me the bag on the floor of the closet. When I opened it up, I probably looked like a kid in a candy shop because I was staring right at the exact pattern that my mom worked on a good 50 years ago. Sure, it looks old and is discolored in a few places and there is a little bit of repair work to do, but I am overjoyed at finally having a complete bedspread in the pattern that I used in order to learn to crochet 30 years ago. (Look at a previous blog to see the specific information on it if you like.) this bedspread is 7' 4" square. I am including a photo of my mom's sample, and a photo of the complete spread which is quite heavy. What a lucky day I had and what a nice shop owner! She is so kind to me, bless her heart.
Happy knititng. jim.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a very lucky find/gift

What a very lucky find/gift indeed, Jim. I like the pattern, even if I do have a bias against bobbles of all types. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

JesterTwin's picture

Well, I can help you guys

Well, I can help you guys with some of the mental work by telling you basically how it's made. This is approximate, since I'm at work right now. If any of you really desperately need an exact pattern, I might just undo a single pattern square to identify each stitch. But here's the general idea:

It starts in the center with the pinwheel. Ch 10 and join.
Then it's a series of DCs and chains.
The next round is all DCs. the first dc is really ch st.
The next round is 5 DC with ch 2 between.
Then 2 DC in first DC, 1 dc, then 1 popcorn st, then 1 dc, then 2 dc in last dc. ch 2 between each group.
(A popcorn is made by ch 1, then 5 dc in next dc. Put hook into previous ch and draw loop of ending dc through ch.)
Then 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in last dc, ch 2 between groups.
Every row has 2 dc in the first dc, then dc across, then 2 dc in last dc.
the rows with popcorns have 3 dc between each.
The final row is a little different. (17 st across): 2 dc in first dc, then dc across 13, then ch 5 turn work, 1 Treble/triple stitch in center dc then ch 10 and tr in same center dc, then ch 5, sl st to 3rd from edge, turn work and sc in each ch st. There's probably a ch at the point made by ch 10. then dc in next DCs to the end making 2 dc in last dc. This is done only at the 4 corners to make a square out of the octagon.
The last 3 rows probably have a ch 3 between groups.
The squares are joined with mattress stitch.
The squares that will be the edge of the spread also have a special corner on the one exposed side of the pattern to make a decorative edging.
I hope that wasn't too confusing.

MMario's picture

INteresting that the

INteresting that the octogons are made into squares on the last round, rather then using the seperate spider web blocks as fillers....

I don't think I've run across another pattern that works that way - usually the filler spaces are worked seperately....

albert's picture

Cripes- geometry!- where's

Cripes- geometry!- where's my Calamine Lotion?!

JesterTwin's picture

I have looked online and on

I have looked online and on eBay for a pattern but I can't find it. I think it will be a matter of luck. One day it will just pop up, like the bedspread did. Now that I have a whole bedspread, I still would like to know the name of the pattern and have a copy of it stored away with all of my other patterns.

Bradferd's picture

It looks like it could be a

It looks like it could be a simple block pattern and then put together with the strings in the middle to join everything. I may have to print it out and see if I can reverse engineer it.

MMario's picture

yup - looks like the

yup - looks like the octogons are made in rounds; then the open work squares are used to fill in - you can see sections of the openwork squares that are single and some that are double where it is worked back to the center

Bradferd's picture

I like that... is there a

I like that... is there a pattern some where???