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.