How did I do the name in the blanket? It's called filet crochet.
Think of the pattern as a grid, with holes (O) and solids (X). Like this:
Or, more specifically as a GRID (|) and HOLES (O) and SOLIDS (X). Like this:
Or, like this:
7 -- |O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|
_ -- |O|X|O|X|O|O|X|O|O|O| -- 6
5 -- |O|X|O|X|O|O|O|O|O|O|
_ -- |O|X|X|X|O|O|X|O|O|O| -- 4
3 -- |O|X|O|X|O|O|X|O|O|O|
_ -- |O|X|O|X|O|O|X|O|O|O| -- 2
1 -- |O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|O|
In the first, the holes form the letters and in the second the solids form the letters.
Both the GRID and the SOLIDS are worked with the same stitch (usually a double crochet DC) and the HOLES are formed with a chain stitch (ch or sometimes ch-2). Although it could be expressed in paragraph/row format, it usually is a diagram that one follows. Extremely complex patterns and pictures can be formed this way. Typically, the yarn used is a finer cotton and the hook a smaller one than what would be used in an afghan. I used my regular yarn and hook because it was going to BE an afghan and not a picture on the wall.
The directions for the second pattern above would be:
Row 1: (Dc, ch 1) 10 times, dc. Ch-2 (counts as dc), turn.
Row 2: (Ch 1, dc) 3 times, dc in ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1) 2 times, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, dc. Ch-2, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 3 dc, (ch 1, dc) 3 times. Ch-2, turn.
Row 4: (Ch 1, dc) 3 times, dc, (dc, ch 1) 2 times, 7 dc, ch 1, dc. Ch-2, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, (ch 1, dc) 6 times. Ch-2, turn.
Row 6: (Ch 1, dc) 3 times, dc, (dc, ch 1) 2 times, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, dc. Ch-2, turn.
Row 7: (Ch 1, dc) 10 times. Finish off.
I played around with the pattern a bit to get the name TIRZAH. For example, did I want serifs on the I or did I want it to be skinny like | ? Then I had to decide whether to work it with short rows or long rows. I used an Excel spreadsheet to lay out the patterns to have something to go by. I actually worked up a panel going the other way first (long rows), and didn't like the way it looked.
You'll notice the stitches/holes slant back and forth. That's the effect of going down the row, turning, and heading back. If it were a picture-piece, I might be able to get rid of that slant by properly blocking the piece when it is done. It might also be less noticeable with the smaller thread.
Hope that helps. :-)
I've been tired a lot. My thyroid levels are a bit out of whack, so I'm starting back on the synthroid again. Maybe that will help.
That's it at present. How's things in your worlds?