Mrs Micawber - not only worked out the pattern, but proceeded to write a very comprehensive pattern for me; so much so that I produced the above square with no head scratching or colourful language!
The commaraderie that has been shown through finding this vintage blanket and my enquiring about the pattern has warmed my heart no end. It took me about one hour to make this square, so I cannot imagine how long it took to work out the pattern. I am very grateful you took the time and energy to do this Sue and you truly are an earth-bound crochet angel.
Sitting down and making this square made me realise just how much work went into making the vintage blanket. I used a 3.5mm hook and 4 ply yarn and the square produced was 6 inches square - twice the size of the vintage blanket square, which was 3 inches square. When I look at the chain stitches on the vintage blanket they are tiny, so it would not surprise me if this blanket was made using a 2.5mm hook! Yikes...
This must be a "join as you go" blanket, so my next hurdle is to master how to do this. I will definently have a go at making something with this pattern, but I will stick with the 4 ply yarn and 3.5mm hook.
The beauty of the vintage blanket is the delicacy of the pattern, enhanced by the fine yarn and small hook size. The fine yarn makes the popcorn stitches very prominent and the side panels are almost like doily lace. That said, my finger went numb just making one square with thicker yarn and a larger hook, so I don't think I can manage anything delicate just now.
I have Mrs Micawber's permission to share this pattern and I will do this in the next few days....
Before I go I will show you this lampshade cover I made at the weekend. It is very similar to one I made last year. Someone enquired whether they could purchase one from me, and I said "yes, why not!"
Hope you are having a good week x