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Boardwalk Ripple Edged Afghan

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This pattern is very simple with just a four row repeat, but creates a very dramatic effect.  It also works well for any weight yarn or even doubling yarn for a quick and thick throw.  The horizontal and diagonal lines make it look like a boardwalk, such as Coney Island. The pattern is actually rippled throughout, but it is only really visible on the lower and upper edges.

This is not designed as a reversible pattern, but the back side is attractive enough that a single column of the pattern makes an excellent scarf.  Two or three repeats can make a table runner or shawl.

For sample pictures front and back in different yarn weights with guides for finished widths, amounts of yarn and numbers of cast on stitches, see these pages for yarn weight
doubled worsted

The following chart gives gauge and needle size information for the various yarn weights.

Yarn WeightNeedle Size – USNeedle Size – MetricGauge – stitches in 4 inchesGauge – rows in 4 inches
Doubled Worsted1510mm1012


k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip slip knit: Slip two knit-wise. Insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
km1 = knit-make one: Move yarn to back. With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.
pm1 = purl-make one: Move yarn to front. With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle purl back loop.
ws = wrong side


Cast on a multiple of 24 stitches.  The directions for each row should be repeated across the row.

Row 1 (WS): K3, (k1, p1) three times, k6, (p1, k1) three times, k3

Row 2: K3, km1, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog, k4, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, p1, km1, k3

Row 3: K3, (p1, k1) three times, k6, (k1, p1) three times, k3

Row 4: K3, pm1, (k1, p1) twice, k1, k2tog, k4, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, k1, pm1, k3

Row 5: P3, (k1, p1) three times, p6, (p1, k1) three times, p3

Repeat rows 2-5 to desired length. Then do rows 2 through 4 and 1 (cast off on this row).

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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42 Comments to “Boardwalk Ripple Edged Afghan”

  1. Sounds very interesting. Just 1 question. What does the “m” stand for in “km1″ ?
    I need to make an afghan for Christmas for my brother-in-law who is 6’3” and am trying to figure out how many stitches I should make it. Thanks.

  2. It looks like a nice pattern. Would it be easier with one color rather than two colors.

    • I think it would be nice with two colors. It would actually highlight the ripple pattern better than one color.

      • I want to make this afghan, my question is how would i go by making it with two colors? would i change every row or every other rows?

        • Just depends on how narrow or wide you want your stripes to be. Make color changes before a row 2 or a row 4. So color stripes will need to be at least 2 rows wide, but could be 4, 6, 8, 10, or however many rows wide you like.

  3. Can’t figure out how to make a PM1. Can make a km1 right and a km1 left. What the difference?

  4. i continue to come up with more stitches after doing rows 2 and 4, usually 26 or 27 stitches i have redone the pattern several times and the count is always off, is there a mistake in the pattern? Love the pattern but cannot come up with correct stitch count

    • Each row repeat uses 24 stitches and should finish with 24 stitches. On the rows 2 and 4, there are two stitches created but also two stitches reduced with the ssk and the k2tog, so should still result in 24 stitches.

    • row two contains an error, I believe. Before the last 3 stitches, there is an extra p1,k1. I had the same issue until i left those two stitches out, and it comes out fine.

  5. how many yards of yarn is needed?

  6. what does km1 mean in board ripple edged afghan?

    • From the abbreviations section –

      km1 = knit-make one: Move yarn to back. With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.

  7. I think this would make a great afghan for my grandson…I have a worsted weight yarn. Is this done in pieces to put together or can I make a large one all at once.

    • Make it all at once. Just cast on some multiple of 24 stitches. The chart will show how wide that will be in worsted weight.

  8. All of you patterns are quite beautiful. I only wish I had time to knit them all!

  9. How many stitches does this afghan need? Please advise. thanks. gdann@mymts.net

    • There is a link for each of the yarn weights. If you click on the yarn weight it will take you to a page with a chart with the number of stitches to cast on for the width of afghan you want.

  10. I would like to use this pattern,however you do not list
    the amount of yarn required for each type of yarn used.
    can you please add this to your pattern

  11. how do you multiply this pattern? do you start from line 2 .instruction are for 2 lines ending w 3 k . what i see is 3 6 6 6 and so on. 3 k is the ending/edge. pasqua in ontario.

    • You just repeat the 24 stitches given for each row across the row. The three stitches on either end do form an edging, but they also are part of the repeating pattern.

  12. There is a wonderful web sight with Video instructions for any stitch you need to learn step by step.


  13. I end up two stitches short on rows 2 and 4 . What am I doing wrong?

  14. I have cuddle muffin #3 light siz yarn. This pattern calls for sport weight yarn, can I use the yarn I have for this patter?

    • That will work perfectly. That yarn calls for size 6 needles, so you can use size 6 if you’d rather than the 7 I call for.

  15. I appreciate your inclusion of yarn weights with needle sizes as I live in Australia and I have to find yarn closest to your recommendations.

  16. I didn’t see the finished size of this afghan. Please let me know. it is a beautiful pattern.

    • You make it any size you want. The cast on is a multiple of 24. The charts will help with knowing how much to cast on for the finish width you want. If you let me know what size blanket you want and what weight yarn you are using, I can do the calculations for you.

  17. I love all your blankets, this is my third. I send them to refugees. Thank you for all your hard work. Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

  18. Hi Mama,
    Do you have any other straight needle knit afghan patterns, preferably with bulky yarn and large needles?

    • Any of my knitted afghans can be made with bulky yarn and large needles. I give multiple sizes so you can use a cast on for a smaller blanket to make a larger one in bulky.

  19. How could I make this bigger(wider) for a grown adult

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