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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reversible Ridged Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket


This pattern is a small spin on an original and it's a bit different than the ripple crochet technique that I (and perhaps you) am used to. It uses the typical increase and decrease stitches for the hills and valleys, but there are no stitches between them.
The only stitches are the increase and decrease ones and it creates a beautiful ripple. I found a similar pattern with ridges every so many rows but only on one side. I felt it made the reverse side of the blanket less appealing. I wanted this beautiful look on both sides, so I made my pattern reversible! I took photos as I went along with the special stitches to help those who may struggle with the pattern instructions.

Please note! This pattern is more for the intermediate/advanced crocheter. As stated previously, I do work a PT job so I may not have time to answer every inquiry for those who struggle.

Special Stitches: dc2tog - Double crochet 2 stitches together. It means just what it says.

You'll create one stitch from two as follows: yarn over, insert hook in the the next stitch (back loop only for this pattern)yarn over again and draw through the stitch and then yarn over and pull through ONLY two loops on your hook (it's a double crochet without finishing it).

Next, yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, (back loop only for this pattern) yarn over again and draw through the stitch then yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and draw through the remaining three loops on your hook.

dc2tog instructions
This is the part where you begin your dc2tog. Yarn over, insert into back loop of next stitch

Yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over again and draw through 2 loops on the hook, the above photo is what you should have; an unfinished double crochet.

Begin the second part to the special stitch by again yarning over and inserting your hook into the next stitch, back loop only. Yarn over once more and again draw through only two loops on your hook.

You should now have this on your hook, the final move is to yarn over and draw through all three loops.

This is what you should have once the stitch is complete!

If you flip your work over, you can see where you've combined two stitches to make one. Six of these in a row is the valley of your ripple.

The other stitch is pretty straight forward. [3 dc into next stitch]x3. Again, using back loops only, make three double crochet in the next stitch, then another 3 dc into the next stitch and one final 3 dc into the next stitch. So you're using three separate stitches and putting 3 dc into EACH of them.


This is what it should look like- 3 groups of 3 double crochet. This is the hill of your ripple.

When making your rows, you will always work in the back loops, regardless of what side you're working on. This is what makes it reversible.




The first set of photos are from my test piece using Mauve/Fuchsia shades with an off white for contrast. The second photos use a Salmon and Pale Turquoise with an off white for contrast. I am currently making this pattern as a lap blanket as well using some Bernat Satin yarn I had been hoarding away. Pictures to come soon!


Ridged Reversible Ripple Baby Blanket
Caron Simply Soft Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H5/8mm Crochet Hook
My Finished Size: 20" x 32"

ch 95

Row 1) dc in 4th ch, (dc2tog) 3 times using the next 6 stitches, (3dc) 3 times each in next 3 stitches (1 shell per stitch), *(dc2tog)x6 using next 12 stitches, (3dc) x3 in next 3 st. Repeat from * to last 7 stitches- (dc2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, 1 dc in last st

Row 2) ch 3, working in back loops only (dc 2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, *(3dc)x3 in each of next 3 stitches (1 shell per stitch), (dc2tog)x6 using next 12 stitches, repeat to last 7 stitches- (dc2tog)x3 using next 6 stitches, dc in top of turning ch

Making two rows of each color, repeat row 2 until desired length. I didn't add a border to this because I like how neatly the edges worked up as you went along.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Ripple Baby Blanket Pattern

Just a short post to keep you informed! I am working on a pattern that is a smooth ripple different from what you're used to! I'll be making a baby blanket in one set of colors and a large throw in another set.

I also obtained a PT job so I'll be a little slower for a bit with getting out new stuff to you, sorry! Here is a sneak peek! Share it!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Light & Lacy Crochet Baby Blanket

Just finished a quick, easy blanket with some nice cheery colors! I don't always add a border to my projects because I'm new to it, but I dug through a book of crochet borders and chose one for this light and lacy baby blanket. I may have put too many stitches on the sides because it made for a ruffled border, which is fine because I think it looks cute that way!

Here's the photos!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket


I used a mix of yarn brands because this was mostly a scrap project. The pink is Caron Simply Soft Soft Pink, 1 skein. The green is Bernat Satin Fern, 1.4 skeins. The cream is Caron Simply Soft Off White (I tend to use it in a lot of my projects because it helps with contrast) 1.4 skeins.

Hook Size: 5.00mm
Gauge: 1 pattern repeat = 3"
Finished Size: 27" x 32"
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate

ch 100
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch and in every ch across to the end

Row 2: ch 3, 1 dc in next 4 sc, *sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, ch 2, sk 4 sc, 1 dc in next 5 sc, repeat from * to end. End the repeat with 4 dc in the last 3 sc (this means you'll be putting 2 dc in the last sc to achieve an ending with 4 dc.)

Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 dc, * sk ch2sp, 5 dc in 1st dc of the shell, ch 2, 1 dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * across ending repeat at 1 dc in last 3 sts

Repeat row 3 to desired length.

Color layout: 5 rows of each color, green, pink then cream

Border: sc all the way around making enough on all sides divisible by 4 + 3 (add up one side, subtract 3 then divide by 4)
Begin 1st st to left of corner st

Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sk 1 sc, [sc in next 3 sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc] to 1 st before the corner st, sc in next st, 3 sc in corner st, sc in next sc * repeat around, omitting last sc, join with sc to 1st sc
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in each sc and ch-3sp around, placing 3 sc in each corner, join with sl st
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same st, *[sc in next 2 sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc] to corner st, 3 sc in corner st, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with sl st to 1st sc
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in each sc and ch 3 sp around, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join with sl st to first sc

-Stitch Key-
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip

A new photo to add!

Light & Lacy Crochet Baby Blanket