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Ribbons and Lace Afghan

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This afghan is quick and easy, has built in borders and edging, and looks the same on both sides. After the first three rows, the same row is just repeated over and over, so a really easy pattern to learn.

The example is made in light worsted weight cotton.

This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small34.8246.4325.941337.62
Extra Large53.6571.5361.573174.53

Worsted weight yarn, see chart for amount
Size H (5mm) crochet hook

ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
tr = triple/treble crochet
yo = yarn over

There is a tutorial video as well.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 10 plus 8.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
34.75″ = 148
39.5″ = 168
44.25″ = 188
49″ = 208
53.75″ = 228

Row 1: Dc in 5th chain from hook and in each chain across to the end. Turn.

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in each dc across to end. Turn.

Row 3: Ch3 (counts as a dc), skip first dc, dc in next four dc, ** skip 3 dc, (tr, ch4, sc) in next dc, ch3, skip 1 dc, dc in next 5 dc. Repeat from ** across to the end, the last dc being in the 3rd chain of the turning chain. Turn.

Row 4: Ch3 (counts as a dc), skip first dc, dc in next four dc, ** skip ch3 and sc, (tr, ch4, sc) in next ch4 sp, ch3, dc in next 5 dc. Repeat from ** across to the end, the last dc being in the 3rd chain of the turning chain. Turn.

Repeat row 4 until afghan is desired length. Finish with the following three rows:

Third to last row: Ch3 (counts as a dc), skip first dc, dc in next four dc, ** skip ch3 and sc, tr in next ch4 sp, ch2, dc onto the tr just made, ch1, dc in next 5 dc. Repeat from ** across to the end, the last dc being in the 3rd chain of the turning chain. Turn.

Second to last row: Ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in each dc, chain and tr across to end. Turn.

Last row: Ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in each dc across to end. Finish and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last double crochet of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

10/26/14 – clarified repeat language by adding “Repeat from”

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

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76 Comments to “Ribbons and Lace Afghan”

  1. The blanket is lovely and the pattern easy! Would make a nice summer afghan. I plan on making it soon.

  2. Not sure I understand… perhaps I’m just not reading the instructions clearly… Is the green boarder included in the instructions and if so is that the first few rows? or does the pattern go the other way? I plan to make this for my sister’s birthday. She lives in San Diego and I think this is one she can enjoy the use of year round. I absolutely love it!!! 🙂

    • I used a darker green for the first two and last two rows of the pattern. It can just as well be made in a solid color without any color changes or can even be made with stripes throughout the blanket.

  3. This is beautiful, and easy too. I think I will do it in a variegated yarn. Thank you so much.

  4. Mine is turning out beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. 😀

  5. I’m always looking for new, easy patterns and I’m glad I found this one. I will be making some for family soon. Thanks for sharing.

  6. way cool! love it

  7. love the pattern. looking forward to making as gifts,

  8. I can’t wait to do this afghan again. I love the way it came out.

  9. you need to video this it so cute

  10. thanks for the pattern it truly is very simple to do and works up quickly. I am going to be showing a friend how to do it as she doesn’t read a pattern and I figure this one would help her to learn to read them. God Bless.

  11. Thank you for taking the time to share these patterns with us,they are all beautiful. God bless.

  12. Hi, I love this pattern but I’m having quite a bit of a problem with it.. I got the first two rows down without any problem but I’ve done row 3 and 2x row 4 but it looks awful and nothing like the picture!! Would it be possible for a video to be put up please?

    • I’m so sorry that it is giving you trouble. I will be glad to make a video but it will be a few days before I will have time. I will let you know when it’s ready.

  13. What a wonderful pattern. Found this pattern two days ago. Have started it and it is working up really quick. Was looking for something lacy and that would be quick and easy to do. This turned out to be the perfect pattern for me. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  14. in the begining where your instructions say The beginning chain should be a multiple of 10 plus 8. do not understand what to do can you help me thanks

    • This is so that someone can make the blanket any size they want. I give some beginning chain amounts for a few different sizes so you don’t have to do the calculations yourself.

  15. I was actually looking for the number of skeins of yarn needed for this project if I wanted it to be say 45″ in width.

    This is a beautiful designed pattern, nothing I’ve seen in an afghan creation.

    Thank you,

  16. what stories carry the light worsted weight cotton & is there a brand name

  17. This pattern is beautiful and perfect for my husband & I because neither of us like to have any heavy blankets on our bed at night even in the winter.
    Thank you for sharing this pattern.

  18. I do a lot of prayer blankets for hospice and am always looking for simple and easy and in bright fun colors. Have any suggestions of getting donations of yarn to continues this ministry.This will become one of them.

  19. I decided to put the first two rows every ten rows in the afghan to have a solid band throughout. My question is on the second to last row. Per your pattern it says dc in each dc, chain and triple st, is it in the chain or the chain space? Thanks in advance.

    • In that row it is the actual chain, not the chain space.

      I love your idea of adding in the solid bands throughout!

      • Gee and it’s so much easier in the space!

        • It would work fine if you did them in the space if you did as many dc in the space as there are chains, so that the resulting number of dc is the same.

          • Too late! I’m making mine out of pound of love and it only took 118 chs to be 37 inches wide. Doing it in blue bands and cream lace. Going to be beautiful. Thanks for the pattern.

  20. Can you use the brand name yarn of Sugar N Cream for this project? Thanks for sharing your patterns.

    • You can use Sugar N Cream. The cotton I used was a polished yarn, so had a sheen that Sugar N Cream wouldn’t have, but it would certainly make a pretty and soft afghan.

  21. It’s so great every time I find a pattern that’s not only beautiful but easy it’s yours! I don’t have the confidence in myself ever since I lost my Mama too cancer. Then I find several of your designs and see not only are they different but so beautiful too and you also call your self mama! You are a God sent thank you for sharing your patterns and your time.I can’t wait to get started and it’s been a few years for me. God Bless

  22. Could you use a finer weight yarn for a baby blanket? If so , how many yards do you think you would need?

    • Certainly, and I think it would work up lovely. I would use the hook size recommended by the yarn. It would probably take 2,000 or so yards for a crib sized blanket.

  23. Just finished with 4 each Caron One Pounder skeins. Turned out wonderful, think I will grab 2 more One Pounder skeins next time I am in town to get a pillow tuck and small lacy trim to fit a queen size bed. Wonderful, quick, easy, fun pattern to make. Thank You for sharing! (-:

  24. You are awesome. I love all you videos. I have been trying to think of diffrrent afgans and blankets to make my nieces. Thank you.

  25. that is a really nice pattern can’t wait to start —

  26. This is a beautiful pattern, thank you fir sharing! I can hardly wait to make this…

  27. Vicki Perea-McIntyre

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I’m going to make it for my mom and sisters. There are so many color combinations that would make it personalized for each one.
    Thank you also for giving the chart to determine how much yarn is needed for the various sizes. So many times it is guess work and this is soooooo helpful!

  28. I made this for my daughter-in-law and absolutely loved doing it! Now I make one for me and lots of other that I know will love it too! Thank you!

  29. I don’t like to use cotton for afghans, would a soft worsted yarn do as well?

  30. Thank you for your beautiful patterns and all the info you put into them. I am a member of a prayer shawl ministry. We make lap blankets, shawls, baby blankets, etc. This can be modified to be a shawl without any problems thanks to the info you give. Keep up the good work and God bless.

    • I am also a member of a prayer shawl ministry, but a newby so have problems making shawls the right width. How many stitches would you do to start it?
      Any help would be appreciated.

  31. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I will try to make it soon.

  32. I did a swatch of this pattern & decided to make one for a twin size bed as a present for my great-nieces birthday. Instead of just doing rows of the border in one color, I’m going to repeat row 2 a few times & then do the same at the top. Is there somewhere I can post a pic of the blanket or send it to you when it’s finished? I’m doing it in petal pink & dusty rose for the border. I love this pattern! Thank you for posting it

    • It sounds beautiful! I’d love you see a picture of the finished afghan. If you want and give me permission, I can post your picture on the blog.

      • I finally finished it & plan on making a matching pillow cover. Where can I send you the pictures of it. I have two, one showing the Afghan & another that is a closeup to show the stitching.

        • I’d love to see it. Let me know if you would also like me to post your pictures on the blog, but that is by no means required.

          Send to mama at thetucker dot com.

  33. How do you do a tr – triple/trebel stitch for the Ribbons and lace afghan?
    Thank you

    • The tr is very similar to the dc. On the dc you yarn over once on the hook before putting the hook through the stitch and yarning over and pulling that loop through. For the tr, yarn over twice before inserting into the stitch. Once you pull the loop through, you will have four loops on your hook, rather than the three you have with the dc. Yarn over and pull through two loops at a time until you have one loop on the hook.

  34. Love this pattern. Just made it with Bernat Baby Sport yarn. Color – Baby Taupe. It’s so soft and lacy.
    Granddaughter is getting married this year; she chose this color to match her color scheme. I love working with sport yarn; however we could only find baby sport in the right color.
    Love it!

  35. I have been ill and have worked on this for my granddaughter. She is 5 and only wanted purple. It did work up easily. I made it for her bed, and it does take about 2100 yards. Does the video show the last three rows?

  36. Teaching myself to crochet and do not understand the chain space or how it works in a pattern. Please help as I would love to make this.

    • A chain space is the gap created by having chains between other stitches. It is the hole that is under the chain and between the preceding and following stitch. To make a stitch in a chain space, insert the hook into this hole instead of through loops at the top of a stitch.

  37. Love this pattern!! I would like to make the lace part in a different color. Do the ** indicate where to switch colors? If not could you please describe what I need to do there and if someone could advise on where to change colors I would really appreciate it

    • I realized my pattern didn’t explain the **, so thanks for bringing that up. I’ve now clarified in the pattern that the portions between the ** should be repeated across the row.

      It would be very difficult to make the lace parts a different color since that would be changing yarn going across the row. I usually get different colors on this blanket by changing colors every few rows.

  38. Hi,

    Is this a UK pattern or USA? I’m confused over which double crochet stitch I should be using as they are different in each Country.


  39. I finally found the perfect pattern for a baby blanket who lives in south amerca

  40. I have already made a super huge one of these and getting readyvto start a medium size. This pattern is wonderful and so nice when completed! Thank you

  41. I can’t wait to start this. I belong to a prayer shawl ministry and have been looking for a pattern for my second shawl. Did the trinity pattern for the first. I loved the explanations for each stitch and I’m going to enclose them with the shawl.. This one looks so light and lacy for summer. Thanks

  42. A beautiful pattern – thank you for sharing it.

  43. Nathalie Le Maire

    Hi there! this pattern is just gorgeous! I recently bought fingering/lace yarn, and I was going to do a different pattern but now that I see this, I just have to do it. The wrap I intend to make is for summer/beach, hence the reason for the fingering/lace yarn. What crochet hook size would you suggest and would the type of yarn I purchased, work with this pattern? Thank you in advance and Blessings to you:)

    • This pattern is very versatile and will work with most weights of yarn. I would suggest using the hook size suggested on the yarn label.

  44. I’ve been crocheting for over 25 years. I can follow this pattern no problem, but was curious if you had a way to crochet it from the side up. Reason being I would like to use a different color to look like coral for the “lace” part of this pattern while blocking the rest in teal. I can change the color no problem, I just don’t know how it would work out doing color changes in the middle of each row vs at the end which would make it easier and less likely to fall apart after each use. Not to mention the difference of colors blending from the stitches going up, although I could just weave those in… I might just have to play with it a little to get it to work…

    • I think it would be difficult to do that with this pattern. There are probably some patterns that alternate more solid sections and lacy sections from the bottom up that would make it easier to do what you are wanting to do.

  45. I modified the chain pattern and made a lacy border that matches the chain in the blanket. It looks really nice. Would love to send a picture to you.

  46. I made it long time ago as a window curtain & now I’m doing it as a shower curtain to match. The curtain looks beautiful in a solid white. Love it. Thank you, it is easy.

  47. I am making a king size bedspread using the Ribbons and Lace pattern and was wondering if you might have a pattern for pillow shams that would go with the pattern?

    Edie Burkett

  48. HI, silly question but I am assuming you are repeating rows 1-4 till you get the desired length? The instructions say to repeat row 4 but that didn’t sound correct. Thanks

    • I’m sorry I was slow to respond. Actually it really is just a repeat of that one row, row 4, for the body of the blanket. Row 1 and 2 are the border, row 3 is the transition from the border to the body of the blanket.

  49. I absolutely love this pattern and I am starting to make it for my summer blanket! It is really easy to follow the directions so thanks for that!

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