Help This Craftsy Member Find a Lost Pattern!

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Dear Editor,

I’m looking for an afghan pattern that my sister had years ago, but that she lost. It consists of small blocks of all different colors this creates a tumbling block effect.  She is now passed. So, I was wondering if anybody knows were I can find the pattern.  The yarn is carried over in the back on small spools, an another color is added. Otherwise, that is all that I remember.  Thank you so much!

Carole

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79 Comments

Janice Stockwell

Lion Brand Yarn has 2 free patterns entitled Tumbling Blocks. I hope these are what you’re looking for. Just go to their website and search for Tumbling Blocks.

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Martine

Have a look at the early Kaffe Fassett book. I think it’s called Glorious Knitting or Knits. It also has the tumbling blocks pattern in it. It is also done in separate trends of yarn… Hope your search is fruitful. Martine

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mary koon

hi Carole,i saw a pattern on a t.v. show on knitting and it is a free download. i am doing it now. it is called “Illusion Cube Blanket” the website is http://www.knittingdaily.com… under free patterns . if you put the name of the pattern in their search box you will see the link, click on it and download the pdf. file. i hope this is it. by your description it seems to be very close. good luck. mary

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Josee Jakobs

This pattern was published in the first knitting book by Kaffe Fassett, called Glorius Knitting. It was (first) published in 1985 by Century Publishing.
I have myself made a swaeter for my husband, using only wool from my own sheep I had spun.
Josee

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Kele Baker

Kaffe Fassett’s Tumbling Blocks pattern is a Rowan classic. The book “Glorious Knits” as well as some of the very early Rowan soft-covered books (nos. 1-10) have the Tumbling Blocks pattern as a jumper. Certainly it can be adapted to an afghan, but I’m sure the pattern for an afghan exists (I have a feeling I’ve seen it before).

Right, found it. Here’s a recent version of the pattern – it’s in Rowan’s Knitting & Crochet Magazine 47: http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns/patterns/3d-blocks-throw

Good luck!
- Kele

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Tina

I agree with Janice and know that Lion Brand was the first thought that came to mind. You didn’t specify knitting or crochet, but there is also a crochet version on Herrschners website. Type in Tumbling Blocks Afghan for your search underneath crochet. Hope this helps too!

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Beth

I have worked the tumbling blocks from the Lion Brand kit they market for afghans; it is an intarsia pattern I believe, far better than carrying all that yarn. In other words, each color is on a bobbin and you twist the old and new when you change color. Good luck!

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wendy

I have this pattern for crochet. The ones on lion brand are for knitting, I just completed my afghan. If this is the one you are looking for let me know. Just to let you know most of the yarn it calls for is not available any more . There are about 10 to 15 colors on my pattern.

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Patti Taylor

:-)i also have some very old books that were given to me. let me know if the lion brand web site works out,then if not I will dig through my stuff for you. hugs!

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Tracey Scott

What a coincidence!!! I am working on this Tumbling Blocks Afghan right now. Lion Brand does have two free patterns on their website. I had to redo the pattern with my own colors because I found the given colors to be quite mute. I hope you enjoy the process!!!!!

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Melani Kline

There are a number of Tumbling Block crochet patterns on eBay. There are also a few vintage afghans in this pattern on eBay from time to time. Just put “tumbling block afghan” in the search box. You didn’t say if your sisters pattern was knit or crochet? I wish you luck in your hunt!

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Nancy Weilet

You didn’t say if the item was knit or crochet but both Horst Schultz (look for books in English as he originally published in German) and Kaffe Fasset have tumbling block patterns in their books.

Nancy

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Geraldine

Try the Ravelery website they have an amazing amount of patterns and if you have a photo they normally can find it for you.

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Susan

Coats and Clark’s website also has a tumbling block crochet pattern that is free. Like Janice did, just put in tumbling blocks and it will come up on a list.

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Kerri

I’ve seem some patterns on red heart’s website and bernat’s …Perhaps if you look there you might find what you are searching for. I will ask at my knitting group on Thursday and see if anyone knows… Happy hunting :)

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Kay

It’s called entrelac knitting go to you tube shows you tutorial on doing it good luck my darling and big hugs sent xxxx

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Melanie Cazeaux

You can google “Tumbling Blocks Afghan Free Pattern” and all kinds of patterns pop up. Don’t know if you’re looking for knitted or crocheted. Good Luck!

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Aline Carley

I just found the same pattern in Lion Brand, it is free. Just go to Lion Brand and type in Tumbling Blocks afghan.

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beth

try some of the knitting sites like knitparadise.com the women there are very helpful. hope this helps.

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Carol

I did a quick Google search for tumbling blocks afghan pattern and came up with several, try that and see what you like. You can click on Images to find more photos as well. good luck! Carol

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Kathleen Barger-Harbert

How about a Mary Maxim afghan pattern with spinning wheels on it? I have the page from an old catalog. How about a pattern?

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KQ

Sounds like it might be Kaffe Fasset’s Tumbling Blocks pattern….looks like Amazon.still has the .Kaffe Fassett Pattern Book…the pattern picture is on the cover if you want to check..

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Judy Curren

I also found 2 patterns for the tumbling blocks afghan but they are knit not crocheted.

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Perri Jackson

Hi Carole,

I remember back in the 80′s when Kaffe Fassett took the knitting world by storm with his book ‘Glorious Knitting’. His version of the Tumbling Blocks pattern was my first try at his style. It is indeed glorious!!!

He has since written many more books, full of absolutely stunning knitted color.. The Tumbling Blocks pattern graces the cover of ‘Kaffe Fassett’s Pattern Library ‘

Try Googling either of those book names – if you love textiles and color, your day will automatically be brighter – I promise!

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Heidi

There is also a pattern on the red heart site with the same name one is a baby and one is a bigger afghan. I hope this helps and I will look and see if there are others and let you know.
Heidi

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Sue Sayne

I was going to say the same thing as Janice. I have admired those afghan patterns on the Lion Brand site many times and they have been on there for years, they also have a vest of the same type pattern blocks. It’s definately worth a look.

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Katie

Do you have a picture of an afGhana she made? That might help.

Katie

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Pam

Will be interested to see if you find it. Hope if you do you will post a picture for us:) Those lion brand patterns are very cool.

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Rebecca

It’d be much easier to find the pattern, or even just deconstruct, if she had a photograph of a blanket completed. Otherwise, Lion Brand’s Tumbling Blocks pattern sounds as close as we’re gonna get. :/

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Adora Marchi

Check on Ravelry by looking at the afghans &/or do the keywords for “Tumbling Blocks”… They have tons of patterns! Good luck.

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joyy

Maybe this is it?–http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Tumbling-Blocks-Afghan-Crochet-Pattern-Annies-Attic-Blanket/43732412

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Miriam Felton

You mentioned spools carrying the yarn behind the work, and that sounds lik e a knitting technique called Intarsia. I have no idea what pattern it might be, but intarsia might help you find it.

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Sue

I just saw this, and you already have a great lead! I hope that’s what you’re looking for, because if it is… Vanna just started a series on that technique for both crochet and knitting! It’s called intarsia. Here’s the link:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80263AD.html?iP=1

I’m so sorry your sister has passed…. this should be a lovely way to honor her.

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Lily Repasch

I have the pattern for the Lion Brand tumbling blocks afghan. Great pattern, made 5 of them for gifts. Will send pattern, if wanted.

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Susan Vaughn

You can find the Tumbling Block pattern for free HERE on Lion Brand Yarns website. Hope this helps!

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Cheryl Catalino

I saw one that sounds like it at Vintage Crochet. I believe it’s listed under bedspreads. Hope this helps.

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Nanette

How odd, I too am looking for a tumbling blocks pattern from about 10 – 15 years ago. I don’t remember which company, but it was made up of a hexagon in 3 colors and when you sewed them together, you got the tumbling blocks effect. I am trying to reconstruct the hexagon with the 3 color sections.

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Susan

There are two in the Lion brand yarn site….
Hope this is a help…both are beautiful.

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June

Gotta be Kaffe Fassets Tumbling Blocks pattern. I have several of his older books. I would Google Kaffe’s website – when you locate what book it is in (I think Kaffe Fassets Favorites) you can search eBay for the book. Or check the knitting pattern library for free patterns.

Happy Knitting
junieann

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Apat

Lion Brand yarn has a pattern for an afghan called Tumbling Blocks. Although I am uncertain if this is the same pattern you are looking for, I am sure it is still on their website.

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Patti

Go to Lion Brand Yarn and go to pattern finder and the pattern is free! Good luck and sorry about your sister. Take care!

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Kim

I am looking for a pattern that is blocks, you start in the middle they look like you made a bunch of blocks and sewed together but they aren’t they are all crocheted together and u just go around in circles, the squres aren’t that big. I seen this maybe 25 years ago maybe longer it was beautifuli made several of these for baby blankets or you can make big depends on how many you start with in middle. have no idea of the name, i can’t find my pattern thanks for the help

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juanita nyari

I have a booklet from House of White Birches titled “Scrap Yarn Afghans that has a pattern titled ” Tumbling Blocks. I f the others aren’t what you are looking for let me know and I will get this to you. Hope this helps.

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