help in deciphering a pattern

Hello and Happy Monday!

I had a question from Margo last week about an afghan that she had noticed in a photo. Sadly, I have no idea of the pattern and I was wondering if any of you may be able to help decode it. I believe it is crochet – I am a terrible crocheter and wouldn’t know it if it hit me in the face.


I love this blanket. It was made by my great grandmother, Edna Hilchey. She ran the family dairy farm and was the post mistress in her small village in Nova Scotia. I was only lucky enough to meet her once, but I feel so happy that I have this hand made treasure from her. My mother says that she made this in her 90’s – may I be so lucky to have the dexterity and eyesight to do the same! There have been many, many naps on the couch under this lovely warm thing and I think that would have made her very happy. I washed it this morning and am drying it on the bed – so you can see its full glory.


Normally it stays on our couch within reach. Good thing, because this was our weather this weekend….


It’s election day in Canada today, I have plans to watch the results this evening  – it’s been a terribly long, divisive, mud slinging campaign. I look forward to it being over, and hopefully our country can pull together and improve our behaviour.

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11 Responses to help in deciphering a pattern

  1. Joan says:

    Love this! Great Grammie would be so proud.

  2. Lisa says:

    Definitely crochet, and beautifully done! Love the little ‘bobbles’ in the centre of each colour-strip!

    Relieved that our election is over, and hoping for better behaviour from our leaders, now that the people have spoken!

    See you at orchestra tonight?


  3. fawn says:

    That is such a great blanket! And I love that your great grandmother was a post mistress. That seems like it would have been such a glamorous job back then.

    The snow looks so pretty!!!

  4. margo says:

    Thank you for the very clear picture, it had me stumped until I realised the stitches were upside-down to the way it is constructed. I can see how most of it is made , but don’t know what the bobbly bits are called or how to make them.
    I will have to go look in some old crochet books and see what I can find.
    Any helpful info would be appreciated.

    • caroline says:

      Hi Margo – we did it! Linda from the Crafty Gardener sent me a very good description of the pattern, so I’ve posted her comment at the end of today’s post where I had posted another photo asking for help. Now I need to learn how to be a better crocheter 🙂

  5. This is a crochet ripple stitch afghan, with 2 rows of single crochet, a row of bobble stitch and then 2 more rose of single crochet. The depth of the ripple depends on how many stitches you use. I’ve done lots of ripple afghans,,
    By doing a search you can find many sites/videos that explain the bobble stitch.
    Is this any help to you?

  6. laura says:

    The crochet blanket is beautiful.

  7. Jitka says:

    The blanket from your grandmother is beautiful! ♥
    Thanks for your visit by me.
    Have a nice day, J.

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