Forget-You-Not Block


Here's an unexpectedly large square for my scrapghan!  Monday night I thought I would whip up a square to take a break from my christmas present making.  Hours later, I finished this square, "Design 988," which is practically comparable to a lap blanket.  Ok, I may be exaggerating.  Slightly.  (EDIT: YOU CAN BUY PATTERN HERE!)


When I was looking through my patterns recently, I ran across a pattern that my mom had brought back from Idaho this summer when visiting her mom (my grandmother for those of you following along at home).  Over the years I've amassed a nice little collection of crochet patterns, hooks and old doilies from my grandmother that I absolutely love.  One of my visits out there when I was about 12, which was not long after I first began crocheting, she taught me some new stitches and patterns.  It was so much fun discovering we had a common hobby!


So I thought I'd give this block a try.  I couldn't find any more information on this afghan pattern besides it being called "Design 988" and apparently coming by mail from the Parade Pattern Service in 1980.  I looked over the pattern, read how many colors were needed, made sure it looked doable, and I saw that the blocks were 13 inches.  Even though I read it, it didn't really register that the block was really going to be 13 inches.


It was a really neat pattern to see come together.  I thought the flower petals looked pretty complicated, but the directions were really well written and I had no trouble at all.  Even though there was a black and white picture of the completed block, I still felt like I wasn't sure what I was going to end up with until I was done.  I love that!


In the end, I was surprised how large and time consuming it was!  After steam blocking it, the finished square came out to be 14 inches!  I've never made a block this big!  (I bet this would make a really pretty afghan for a bed because the large blocks remind me of quilt blocks.)  And maybe even more surprising was the fact that the pattern didn't have a more imaginative name!!  "Design 988?"  Come on!!  Because of the colors I picked, it reminds of a Forget-Me-Not (even though they only have 5 petals).  That's what I'm going with!  I think Forget-Me-Not is a pretty fitting name.

Comments

  1. What a fab block. Yes, you so should make a blanket out of a few of these. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I absolutely love this block. Is there anywhere that you know where I can get the pattern?

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  3. This is gorgeous, you clever, clever lady!!! Looks super-tricky!
    Carly
    x

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  4. I still haven't found where you get this pattern, but I'm really trying!! If anyone recognizes this pattern and knows of a source, please let me know so others can get in on the crocheted goodness!

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  5. Beautiful block Kate. I wonder whether Pattern Parade still exists! It would be lovely to see their other patterns if this one is anything to go by, I am sure they were little treasures.

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  6. QUE HERMOSURA...
    ME PARRECE PRECIOSO...Y EL COLOR.
    SALUDITOS

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  7. it's so sad when you you find a lovely pattern and find that it is no longer available, especially for something as beautiful as this. I did an internet search and found something similiar...

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080106102727/http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/PuritanBS.html

    it's not the same, but has a similar style.

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  8. btw, this is so beautiful-- esp. in the blue color (can you share the yarn details?) and the name is perfect! :)

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  9. I would absolutely LOVE to have this pattern! Your square is beautiful and your choice of colors is PERFECT!!! I have googled and searched eBay for the pattern - but no luck. If you know of a source, or would share (as Parade Pattern Service seems to be no longer in existence) I would be very grateful. Your work is stunning, thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. I wish I could share it, but it not being old enough I can't in all conscience do it... However, there is a pattern that is VERY close to it! http://web.archive.org/web/20080106102727/http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/PuritanBS.html

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  10. Any tutorails anywhere?

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    1. Unfortunately no, but check the link in the reply above for a very similar pattern!
      Kate :}

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  11. I have a lot of old patterns as well, and am wondering how old they have to be out of print before the can be shared? Does anyone know the length of the copyright on patterns?

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  12. Thought I would share this since the question has been asked.

    How do I know if a work is copyrighted or if it is in the public domain?
    This was changed significantly on October 29, 1998 with the passage into law of the Sonny Bono Term Extension Act, also known as P.L. 105-298. Basically, this law extended the duration of copyright by twenty years for all works which were under copyright protection as of October 29, 1998.
    Works created on or after January 1, 1978
    Section 302 of Title 17 states that "Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation and, except as provided by the following subsections, endures for a term consisting of the life of the author and fifty [now seventy] years after the author's death." (Note: registration is no longer required for copyright protection since the Berne Convention took effect in 1989.)
    Works created before January 1, 1978
    Before this time, information was required to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in order to be protected under copyright laws for a 28 year term. Renewal for an additional term of 47 years was then possible. Almost everything published in the U.S. before 1923 is considered to be in the public domain (as of 1998) because it was published more than 75 years ago (until P.L. 105-298, the longest possible term of copyright). It is not simple, however to determine copyright status for materials created during this time period.
    To help in the process of determing copyright status, an excellent table titled "When Works Pass into the Public Domain" by Laura Gasaway is available on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Web site. Also consult Chapter 3: Duration of Copyright from Title 17 (and perhaps legal counsel) in order to determine the intricacies of copyright status for these works.
    To be absolutely sure about the copyright status of any work, it is necessary to do a search with the U.S. Copyright Office or have an outside agency such as the Copyright Clearance Center investigate the status of a work. See also Circular 22: How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work from the U.S. Copyright Office.

    More info can be found at http://www.library.pitt.edu/guides/copyright/faqanswers.html

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  13. You can go to
    http://todaystreasureshoptalk.blogspot.com/p/design-pattern-series.html website, I'm sure that is the pattern you're looking for.

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    1. Thank you so much! I did find a link to it there, and I will share it with my readers!!

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