Ripple blankets are a basic staple in crochet. Once you master it you can make at least 100 different things from crowns to boarders to blankets all without formal patterns. But it is also one of those things that seem mystical and are hard to replicate if you don’t know that basics.
This pattern is not the fanciest, most intricate or and it wont win any blue ribbons at the fair. It will provide you with the basics you need to learn everything you need to know about ripples AND will give you a blanket in about 4-6 hours of crocheting. This project was for my son, and he helped pick to colors out.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft. I have never used this yarn before because I’ve had bad luck with acrylic yarns in the past. So after test driving this yarn I was pleasantly surprised. It washed on delicate in cold water and had no color transfer and no fading. It didn’t felt (or mat) even after I put it into the dryer and my son played with it, and yes he dragged it around behind him for a few days. I think that I might have found a new go to yarn for blankets.
I bought two skeins of each color: White/9701, Dark Country Blue/9711, Chartreuse/9771 and Bone/9703. In the end, I had enough yarn left over for a pillow, a decorative boarder or a matching rug for my son’s room. I had a total of 280 grams left over in equal amounts of the white, chartreuse, blue and bone, that is about a ball and a half worth of unused yarn.
Color: I wanted an Ombre effect, with colors that melded together. I held two yarns together in each row and used the following pattern so the colors would roll into each other and simply changed out one color at a time.
Dark Country Blue=B White=W Chartreuse=C Bone=O
Row1- hold B and B
Row 2 – hold B and W
Row 3- hold W and W
Row 4 – hold W and C
Row 5- hold C and C
Row 6 – hold C and O
Row 7 – hold O and O
Row 8 – hold O and B
After row 8, just start back with row 1.
Hook: I used a 9.00 MM US M/13 size hook. I used a blunt, wooden hook and had no issues with the yarn splitting.
How I created my pattern: I choose a valley of 4 stitches, that means my peak must be 5 stitches. You peak is always 1 more stitch than you valley.
Separating my peak and valley will be 6 stitches.
Ok deep breath because we are going to do some math. We are just doing addition and it will help you figure out your patter repeats. I add my valley (4) my peak (5) and my separating stitches, times two(6×2=12) and that gives me my total number for repeats (4+5+12=21).
My blanket, after being played with, washed and dried measured 46×46 inches, which was the perfect size for my 7 year old.
So here is what the final pattern looks like written out formally:
Notes: Color changes as listed above, please follow the color chart. Chain up at the beginning of each round does count as a stitch and should be worked into.
Begin by chaining 127 (that is 6 full pattern repeats) plus one extra chain to begin the pattern. If you have a bigger kid and want a wider blanket, just add multiples of 21. If you do this, keep in mind that you will use more yarn than I did.
Count out your stitches before you make them and use a stitch market to signal when you need to decrease or increase.
Row 1: Chain an addition 3, to create your 1st DC. Place 2 additional DC in the 4th ch from the hook. (3DC in the 1st st) *Place 1 DC in each of the next 6 st. (see this is the space between your valley and peak). Make 4 DC2TOG over the next 8 sts. Place 1 DC in each of the next 6 st. Place 5 DC in the next st.* repeat this pattern 5 times. Make 1 DC in each of the next 6 st. Make 4 DC2TOG over the next 8 st. Make 1 DC in each of the next 6 st. Place 3 DC in the very last st of the row.
**At this point in the blanket you will may see a slight ripple, or no ripple at all. Trust me, the more rows you work, the more ripple will appear.
Row 2: Turn your work. Repeat row 1. Repeat row 1 as many times as you need to complete the length of the blanket. I repeated the full color chart five times and ended with one Bone on Bone row.
By the 4th or 5th row, you should see a full on wave in your blanket. Remember that you always end with 3 DC in one st. After each patter repeat, count your stitches. I use a stitch market and move it along as I go, as a reminder of when to add my decreases or my shell.
So now go play. If you want an irregular wave, like with an EKG reading, change up the number of stitches between the peaks and valleys. You can use single, half or double crotchet stitches to change up the look of the blanket. Add in back loop only or front or back post stiches to add extra texture to your project.