I'm not a complete newbie at crocheting (although it did take me about twenty years before I finally figured it out lol). My grandma could crochet the most beautiful things, bed dolls, mittens, afghans, ducks that "pooped" jellybeans when you squeezed them (I will, eventually, get my hands on that pattern). My mom mainly does afghans, and I really want to figure out the technique or stitch she used, but I don't even know what to search to figure it out.
My mom's afghans are made without turning the work (she ties off each individual row and starts a new one, making an automatic fringe on the sides as she works). But at the same time, she makes a raised pattern on the afghan, in a diamond shape. She does it as she's working on the row, and it's a raised (?) stitch that she follows in a pattern. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what it's called or how to do it. It looks like a normal, but raised stitch. I want to figure it out, because I think it's quite beautiful. She had made me a giant bed-cover of an afghan in a cream colour with tons of diamonds in diamonds on the front. Unfortunately, me being a teenager at the time and seeing her whip up these blankets constantly, I didn't keep good care of it and it became stained and pretty nasty looking. I want to recreate something like that.
I would ask her how she does it, but she needs to be able to show me how rather than describe it, and we live a few hours away from each other and don't get to see each other that often. Plus, I kinda wanna surprise her with my sudden interest in crocheting. If you know what I'm talking about or even have a vague idea, I'd love a push in the right direction as to where to find out how to do this. (Edited to add: if it helps, I'm almost certain that she does her afghans in single crochet stitches, save for however the raised diamond pattern is stitched)
Also, just a quick thank you to everyone. I (finally, 20 years later) figured out how to crochet because of these boards and keep coming across new stuff and new information that I keep filing away from future use. Y'all rock