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hawtmamah
« on: November 20, 2007 02:34:25 PM »

My grandmother made a number of these as lapghans and afghans when i was really little, and i was given one of the few left. I want to make one, and i vaguely remember her using a round loom to make them, but beyond that i have no clue. She may not have even used a loom to make the flowers, but she definitely crocheted them all together. I just love the way the blanket drapes and the weight of it is so heavy even though it looks light and lacey. If anyone has seen this or could steer me a few keywords to search with i'd really appreciate it!

the front and back view of the blanket


a kinf od fuzzy close up of the 'flowers' themselves...
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007 02:41:20 PM »


Whoa -- mental blast from the past!  I have this memory of a tv commercial for a gadget that made these. It was a plastic disk set on a knob, with metal tines sticking out all around. And the woman wrapped yarn about the tines, and when ready she twisted the knob; the tines would retract into the disk and the yarn would pop off as one of those flower-shaped disks. It may have been made by Ronko, or some such company if that's any help....
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007 02:48:32 PM »

Try this link to a product called a Knit-wit, it's one of those little loom things:
http://www.plaidonline.com/articleDetail.asp?entry=article&articleID=316
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007 03:26:48 PM »


Whoa -- mental blast from the past!  I have this memory of a tv commercial for a gadget that made these. It was a plastic disk set on a knob, with metal tines sticking out all around. And the woman wrapped yarn about the tines, and when ready she twisted the knob; the tines would retract into the disk and the yarn would pop off as one of those flower-shaped disks. It may have been made by Ronko, or some such company if that's any help....
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haha, i'm so glad you posted this reply! i thought i would be the only one who remembered that odd commercial!

i looked at that link that Horse Power gave - it looks about right. if i remember correctly, that is. teehee.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007 04:01:33 PM »

This lady has the Ronco commercial on her blog.Cheesy She also has lots of projects posted that use a flower loom. I didn't see anything about afghans, but I didn't look very long. Bernat makes a "Bloom Loom" and in the description it mentions making reversible afghans with it. Seems like they might have a pattern or book available. I also stumbled across this ebay auction for a couple of flower looms and a pattern book. You could always ask the seller if the afghan pattern in the book is similar to yours. If you had a bunch of flowers you could probably figure out for yourself how to crochet them together.

That afghan is so cute. I think I may have to add it to my ever growing list of projects to try.  (Try a Google search for "flower loom" or "bloom loom". There were lots of results that I didn't even look through. You might even find a free pattern.)
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2007 04:42:38 PM »

WOO! you all rock. I was thinking i was shooting in the dark but man am I glad i came here first before trying to search on my own!

PimpernelSmith and kabili- i think what i remember my grandmother using was exactly what you are describing!

*happy dance* i MUST find ANY of these products mentioned in this thread and see how they work out!!

*MUAHS* to all of you!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007 06:36:00 PM »

Hey

I'm SO glad u posted this! I remember having a blanket like that! My Nana and my Mum made it i think! but i didn't know how?! And as neither of them are around anymore i didn't know who to ask about it? i tookup knitting again n i recently taught myself how to crochet.   

I REALLY wanted to make one of these types of blanket! But didn't know where to start?! but now i do! AWESOME!!!

Thank you!

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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2007 08:09:48 PM »

This pattern is in an old crochet book I have in my hands right now. Cheesy I can scan the pages this weekend and I'll stick em in my photobucket and post a link here. <3's~ ^__^v The flowers are made with a loom but the ones shown in my books don't have the extra poofy flower bit in the middle. You'll see what I mean once I scan it. <3's~ I might scan it tonight if I get the chance. ^^

Edit: Went ahead and scanned it. Here is the first page that shows how to make the flowers with the loom:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a221/Tsuki_Tsubasa/Craftster%20stuff/crochet1.jpg
And here is the second page that shows how to join the flowers together:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a221/Tsuki_Tsubasa/Craftster%20stuff/crochet2.jpg

Hope these help you. ^^ I scanned them at 300 dpi but the words are still kind of hard to see.... I typed up the directions in case you can't read them. ^^

Here is everything that those pages say:

Pattern Made with Loom

The basis of this pattern is a flower made on a loom available in craft stores (you can make your own with pegboard or wood and headless nails). Add a little embroidery and a little crocheting to make an attractive lace pattern.

1. Arrange 12 evenly spaced pegs to form a circle with desired diameter. Tape end of yarn (we used yellow) to the loom next to a peg. * wrap yarn around corresponding peg on opposite side and bring it back around next peg to the right *; repeat from * to * wrapping yarn back and forth across loom and working counterclockwise.

2. Continue to wrap yarn around pegs in this manner until each peg has 3 loops.

3. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end in a yarn needle and work a small circle of tiny backstitches around the center to fasten loops securely in place. Fasten off yarn and trim away excess.

4. Gently lift flower off loom one peg at a time.

5. Crochet around flower as follows: Attatch green yarn to a set of three loops and work 1 sc over these loops. * ch 3, sc over next set of 3 loops *; repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 3, sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

6. With a doubled strand of white yarn, embroider satin stitches, as shown, to cover the flower center (as defined by backstitches).

7. To join flowers as you work the green row, work (ch 3 and sc) around and, at places where edges of flowers touch, work sc in adjoining sc, then continue to work green row. Seven joined flowers form a hexagon.

8. You can also work a second green row so motifs can be joined as squares. Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in sc, work (3 dc over ch-3 arch, sc in next sc) twice, work (2 dc, ch 11) over next arch, sl st in eleventh ch from hook, dc over same arch (corner made) *; repeat from * to *. Sl st in first sc.

9. Make another motif (B), working Row 2 to third corner. At corner arch, work 2 dc over arch, ch 5, sl st in center of adjoining corner arch (on motif A), continuing on B, ch 5, sl st in first ch of corner chain just made, dc over same arch to complete corner, * sc in next sc, 2 dc over next arch, sl st in center dc of adjoining 3-dc group on A, dc over same arch on B *; repeat from * to * once more, sc in next sc, work corner, joining to motif A as before. Sl st to first sc. 

10. Continue to join adjacent sides and corners as you add squares. Sample shows four squares joined.


Sorry for the super long post. lol ^^; Enjoy!
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2007 09:50:42 PM »

This pattern is in an old crochet book I have in my hands right now. Cheesy I can scan the pages this weekend and I'll stick em in my photobucket and post a link here. <3's~ ^__^v The flowers are made with a loom but the ones shown in my books don't have the extra poofy flower bit in the middle. You'll see what I mean once I scan it. <3's~ I might scan it tonight if I get the chance. ^^

Edit: Went ahead and scanned it. Here is the first page that shows how to make the flowers with the loom:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a221/Tsuki_Tsubasa/Craftster%20stuff/crochet1.jpg
And here is the second page that shows how to join the flowers together:
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a221/Tsuki_Tsubasa/Craftster%20stuff/crochet2.jpg

Hope these help you. ^^ I scanned them at 300 dpi but the words are still kind of hard to see.... I typed up the directions in case you can't read them. ^^

Here is everything that those pages say:

Pattern Made with Loom

The basis of this pattern is a flower made on a loom available in craft stores (you can make your own with pegboard or wood and headless nails). Add a little embroidery and a little crocheting to make an attractive lace pattern.

1. Arrange 12 evenly spaced pegs to form a circle with desired diameter. Tape end of yarn (we used yellow) to the loom next to a peg. * wrap yarn around corresponding peg on opposite side and bring it back around next peg to the right *; repeat from * to * wrapping yarn back and forth across loom and working counterclockwise.

2. Continue to wrap yarn around pegs in this manner until each peg has 3 loops.

3. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end in a yarn needle and work a small circle of tiny backstitches around the center to fasten loops securely in place. Fasten off yarn and trim away excess.

4. Gently lift flower off loom one peg at a time.

5. Crochet around flower as follows: Attatch green yarn to a set of three loops and work 1 sc over these loops. * ch 3, sc over next set of 3 loops *; repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 3, sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

6. With a doubled strand of white yarn, embroider satin stitches, as shown, to cover the flower center (as defined by backstitches).

7. To join flowers as you work the green row, work (ch 3 and sc) around and, at places where edges of flowers touch, work sc in adjoining sc, then continue to work green row. Seven joined flowers form a hexagon.

8. You can also work a second green row so motifs can be joined as squares. Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in sc, work (3 dc over ch-3 arch, sc in next sc) twice, work (2 dc, ch 11) over next arch, sl st in eleventh ch from hook, dc over same arch (corner made) *; repeat from * to *. Sl st in first sc.

9. Make another motif (B), working Row 2 to third corner. At corner arch, work 2 dc over arch, ch 5, sl st in center of adjoining corner arch (on motif A), continuing on B, ch 5, sl st in first ch of corner chain just made, dc over same arch to complete corner, * sc in next sc, 2 dc over next arch, sl st in center dc of adjoining 3-dc group on A, dc over same arch on B *; repeat from * to * once more, sc in next sc, work corner, joining to motif A as before. Sl st to first sc. 

10. Continue to join adjacent sides and corners as you add squares. Sample shows four squares joined.


Sorry for the super long post. lol ^^; Enjoy!

oh my! i think i love you! LOL. thank you SO so much!!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2007 10:02:20 PM »

Welcomes. <3's~ ^__^ I'm just glad I could help at all.~ I bought a blanket like this at a yardsale ages ago and was thrilled when I found the pattern for it in my book. X3 You're right about it having a nice weight to it, but looking delicate at the same time. That's the one thing I love most about the one I got. I'ma have to get a loom myself some day and attempt to make my own after I finish all my other to do things.~ lol So many things to crochet and not enough time! XD
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2007 05:03:21 AM »

I have several "flower looms" round, square, metal, plastic, and they are a hoot to use, and I have actually been cranking out some flowers.  I will put up some pictures later today.  Should I post the pictures as a "reply" here, or should I start a new topic or whatever it's called?  I'm very new here and am easily confused. Wink 
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2007 08:17:04 AM »

I have several "flower looms" round, square, metal, plastic, and they are a hoot to use, and I have actually been cranking out some flowers.  I will put up some pictures later today.  Should I post the pictures as a "reply" here, or should I start a new topic or whatever it's called?  I'm very new here and am easily confused. Wink 

You could post it here, or even better would be to share on the 'completed projects' board since you'd get much more views there. I'll be sure to look for your post/reply either way, i can't wait to see them! I'm sure the peeps on the 'completed' board would love to see them- every person who's seen this blanket LOVES it- i think we need to draw more attention to the technique and you'd get more response there :-D
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2007 02:32:25 PM »

I was commissioned by a family member to crochet together an entire storage tub of those flowers a couple of years back!  One of my Grandfather's sisters had made all of the flowers on the loom planning to make an afghan from them (she'd made several others) but started slipping with dementia and couldn't remember how to do it.  I consider myself an intermediate to advanced crocheter...I've never attempted a project that I couldn't do...but I have to tell you that putting those flowers together was a real pain!  The pattern she gave me had you reverse crochet them together, and changing rows was really tricky.  Once you finish several rows it gets easier, and the pattern listed above looks a bit easier than the one I was using.

We had LOTS of daisies leftover after the afghan was finished, even though I made it into a king size, so I decided to use the leftovers as a base for granny squares.  I just did basic shell stitches into the petal loops & added corners...it was SUPER simple!  I wound up making those squares into a baby blanket, and it was much more attractive than the blanket I'd made with the chain stitch joining method.  Just thought I'd put that idea out there!
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2007 05:23:24 PM »

I bought that kit from a thrift store a few years ago and made a small doll blanket out of it and since I started crocheting I haven't used it since. I have it in my storage containers in my closet.
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2007 05:10:59 AM »

OMG, I used to make those as a toddler - it was something to do that'd keep me from hassling my mother to let me learnt to knit!  I think (and bear in mind that it must be 20 years or so since I've done them) that you get the inner row of petals by using a loom with a double row of pegs.
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2007 11:43:40 AM »

OMG, I used to make those as a toddler - it was something to do that'd keep me from hassling my mother to let me learnt to knit!  I think (and bear in mind that it must be 20 years or so since I've done them) that you get the inner row of petals by using a loom with a double row of pegs.


ahh see i was wondering how that worked. i found a couple of looms thru some of the replies here, but i haven't made any purchases yet. i'm itching to get my hands on one of those looms though!! i can't wait!
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