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No Beginning Chain Granny Ripple Afghan

10 December 2012

The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like. It is quick to make and shows the ripple pattern of a self striping yarn.

The example is made in Sensations Rainbow Boucle.

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

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.9841.310.29797.76
Small364813.891077.47
Medium41.0254.718.041399.14
Large46.0561.422.731762.77
Extra Large51.0768.0927.962168.35

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for worsted weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
tr = triple crochet

Instructions:
Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.

There is also a tutorial video for this afghan.

For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
31″ = 37
36″ = 43
41″ = 49
46″ = 55
51″ = 61

Row 1: Chain 3. Tr in first chain. This forms the first chain and tr space. Form each additional space by chaining 3 and doing a tr on the tr of the prior space. Make a number of chain and tr spaces that is a multiple of 6 plus 1. Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 5. Without turning the work, rotate so that the following is worked across the tr created in the first row. Over first tr work 3 dc. Work 3 dc over each of the next two tr. Skip one tr. Work 3 dc over each of the next two tr. ** Over the next tr work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc.  Work 3 dc over each of the next two tr. Skip one tr. Work 3 dc over each of the next two tr. Repeat from ** to end of row. Over the last tr work 3 dc, ch 2, dc.

Row 3: Ch 5 and turn. Work 3 dc in the ch-2 sp. (Skip 3 dc and work 3 dc in the space between that dc and the next one) two times. Skip 6 dc. (Work 3 dc in the space between that dc and the next one, skip 3 dc) two times. **Work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the ch-3 sp. (Skip 3 dc and work 3 dc in the space between that dc and the next one) two times. Skip 6 dc. (Work 3 dc in the space between that dc and the next one, skip 3 dc) two times. Repeat from ** to end of row. Work (3 dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-5 sp.

Repeat Row 3 until blanket is length desired.

Alternate edging for bottom and sides – at end of last row, instead of ch 2 and 1 dc, make ch 3 and 3 dc. Continue down side making 3 dc in each loop. In first loop of bottom, make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. 3 dc in each of next two loops, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next loop, 3 dc in each of next two loops, skip a loop, 3 dc in each of next two loops, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next loop, 3 dc in each of the next two loops, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in last loop of the bottom. 3 dc in each loop of the side. Finish off 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 stitch 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.

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

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103 Comments to “No Beginning Chain Granny Ripple Afghan”

  1. DON`T SEE HOW THIS CAN BE LABELED EASY.CANNOT UNDERSTAND INSTRUCTIONS,AND I HAVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION!

    • Is there something in particular in the instructions I can help clarify?

      • I am not understanding it either? I get chaining 3 then I do a tr into the first chain. This puts me back at the beginning?? If I do another chain 3 I will be going in the opposite direction. Any help on this would be great. I like the afghan.

    • Really you can’t understand it? I don’t haven’t been to collage yet I can understand it perfectly. Maybe it’s not that pattern you’re have problems with but English. :) Because for someone with so high of an education you don’t seem to understand to understand the ALL CAPS is RUDE, you do need spaces between words & sentences, and that your first two sentences should have started with I.

      • There are many forms of rude other than using all caps, and belittling some one is just as rude. All caps can be frustration. When one of us doesn’t understand a pattern we need to be gentle and kind and share our knowledge.

        DJ, when I first worked an afghan using this technique I had a hard time visualizing how it would work, but once I actually did it, I realized that the finished treble in the first chain brought me back up to the same height as the 3 chains, and I could make the next 3 chains in the same direction. Once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy to work, especially with the knobby yarns. Good luck and keep crocheting!

        • DJ Like Enerod said I too am a viual person. The tutoriol is very helpful. A college degree has nothing to due with crochet patterns.

      • I agree with Marian. No need to send a msg when you are totally frustrated. There is also no call for badgering others.

      • Marian I’m sorry but belittling someone that has a college education that doesn’t understand a crochet pattern is not the appropriate thing to do. People learn differently some are visual…I need someone to show me and then I don’t forget. I can’t read a pattern but have made some very nice blankets and hats and scarves. A suggestion I might make to you is that you calm down and edit what you write cause there are a lot of mistakes in your reply.

      • AND YOU NEED TO LEARN TO SPELL BEFORE CALLING SOMEONE OUT ON SOMETHING SUCH AS ALL CAPS….. I KKNOW IT IS CONSIDERED ” yelling” I HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS TO SEE…. OR READING ALL CAPS IS EASIER OR ME.. PLEASE THIS IS A AWESOME SITE …..LETS BE NICE… AFTERALL THEY ARE GIVING US THEIR PATTERNS FOR FREE ……

    • I just finished this blanket and it was the first time I have ever read crochet instructions…. I found this pattern Very Easy to understand! Thank you !

    • I think if you watch the video carefully it will be very helpful. I am very happy to find a way to not have to make a very long chain to begin a project. Keeping the chain straight and getting the first row in is always the hardest part for me. I love this.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this pattern and the video, I have been looking for a ripple pattern and I am excited to try this with some of the knobby yarn I have acquired!!!

  3. I love this I learned to do this type of starting chain when I was making a collar out of size 10 cotton- it is so easy a start all my projects that need a chain with this now
    thanks

  4. Love it, Love it… great start to a ripple-ghan, I always hate it when I can’t get the last row to look the same as the frist. This pattern solves that problem.

  5. Hi,please continue this granny ripple afaghan by pictures or video pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease Thank You

  6. lovely, lovely pattern. the video was also very helpful

  7. Thank you for the pattern and video. I started one and it is fast and fun. Thanks!

  8. This is an awesome pattern which I am going to start tonight but the video was so very helpful. I can see this as being one of my new favorite patterns to make….Thank you Leslieanne

  9. I have made the no beginning chain afghans before and I love it. Really is very easy and I love the way it looks.

  10. I love this pattern! have been looking for something easy to work some soft but difficult yarn and this is perfect!! thanks!

  11. Where might I find additional patterns for no beginning chain afghans. I have been away from the hobby for a while and now that I am retired, I want to get back to the fun. Thanks.

  12. I love this pattern and want to try it with a fade, like holding two strands of color A together for a row then one of A and one of B for the next row, then two of B so on and so forth. do you see any reason why this would not work?

    • That should work very well and be a beautiful affect.

    • love the fade idea! Can’t wait to try it, too!

    • Yeah thank you. I just received a bunch of yarn that belonged to my grandfather who recently passed away. I wanted to do something like the fade you mentioned but did not have any idea how. Now I know what I need to do to get the look I want! Yippee I can’t wait to get started on this pattern and your fade idea. THANK YOU!

  13. also can you give an estimate of how many rows you did for the longest one?

  14. My sister sent this to me after showing me pics of the ones she made. I have been trying for several years to make a ripple blanket. Thanks for the video!! Can’t wait to get started!!

  15. In round 3 it says to skip 6 double crotchets in 2 different places. Is that correct? It seems to make a huge hole!

  16. Thank you! My specialty is the Afghan stitch with cross stitch on it. I could never do a simple ripple without losing count
    or having left over chain. Now I can use the beautiful chunky yarn I couldn’t resist! And I can’t wait to try some of the other patterns. Thank you again!

  17. This seems to be a very easy pattern to do. I”m making afghans for a crippled childrens hospital which has 120 children in it ,from newborn to 17 fears of age.This is being done in memory of our daughter that passed away in Dec.2011 of ovarian cancerThis was her desire to do.that she and I could do together and she never got the chance.In her memory I”m doing all I can, to do as many as possible and have had a few donations of yarn and since this middle of Dec 2012 I”ve made 23 afgans and am looking for more patterns and yarn as well.Thank you for a great looking pattern

  18. Frances W Freedman

    This looks beautiful. Could I possibly get the instructions, measurements and amounts of yarn for an 80″ by 72″ blanket. This would be for a king size bed throw or coverlet. Thanks so much.

    • Start with 85 loops. This will take 46 oz/3,550 yrds of yarn.

    • Frances W. Freedman

      Hi Mama, God Bless You, your video instruction is really helpful. I am sort of practicing making this because I want to make a really nice large one for my son and daughter-in-law but right now I am practicing with some very thick cotton yarn with a J hook and it looks awesome.

  19. What trim would you suggest. You said it was here in your video, but I don’t see it

  20. Frances W. Freedman

    I need help. Somewhere along the line I got messed up. I am practicing on some cotton and polyester thick yarn, no problem there, but my highs (peaks) and valleys (lows) got mixed up. I started with 37 no chain beginning, I followed you, I thought, on the video but it’s not coming out right. Can you give me any help without actually seeing it?
    I really would like to make one of these for my son and daughter-in-law, as I stated earlier. I have made this type of afghan before, a long time ago. Of course, it was not the no beginning chain, this is the first time I have seen that. Thanks so much for your time.

    • Going back along your beginning loops, if the first one is numbered 1, then on your second row you should have “valleys” formed by skipped loops for loops 4, 10, 16, 22, 28 and 34. You should have “peaks” formed by having (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in a loop in loops 7, 13, 19, 25 and 31.

  21. Cynthia Richards

    Could you please tell me what yarn you used for this project?

  22. I tried a small sample and am so excited that I can hardly wait to make an afghan with the boucle yarn. Thanks…

  23. can I use red heart yarn for this pattern?

  24. Thank you for the pattern and clear video. One of the best I’ve seen. I am a beginner and find some patterns soooo difficult to follow. Also living in England crochet is not so popular so I use American Internet patterns and the stitches and yarn weights are different which makes it even harder! Again many thanks. Brenda (England)

  25. I love the no chain beginning. it is much easier than the traditional chain start. I do agree that without the video the instructions are a bit hard to follow

  26. You are such a sweetheart for making a video for this pattern. I saw the pattern on Ravelry, followed the link over here to your blog and when I saw all the early comments on difficulties I just went over and watched the video, which is most excellent by the way!
    I just wanted to say thank you for taking all the time and trouble to share your beautiful pattern with us!
    Hugs and enjoy the weekend,
    Beth P

  27. Thank you watched the you tube and and have half finished mt blanket

  28. Thank you Mama for some more new patterns. I have done so many of your patterns and they are beautiful. You are a blessing.

    I send my love,

    Lois

  29. Thank you so much for this pattern!! I have made the most amazing soft wonderful afghan and it was so easy! I worked on it for a few months, but when I wouldnt have time to crochet, it was super easy to pick up and start where I left off!!!

    Sincerely,

    Natalie

  30. I went straight for the video and appreciated it very much. I thought your tone of voice and the amount of time spent were very soothing and confidence-building. Makes me want to go buy some bulky yarn and pick up my hooks again!! Thank you for the written instructions, too.

  31. This is actually the first thing I have crocheted ever. I know, pretty ambitious, but the instructions with the video made everything so clear. I didn’t think I would be able to make something like this on my first go, but then my “sample” became an afghan. Thanks so much!!!

  32. This is a great pattern and easy to follow thank you for letting me have this

  33. Thank you so much for this pattern. I like to do Granny patterns because of not having to find the chains and have not tried any of the knobby style yarns because I couldn’t imagine trying to find the chains. Again thank you.

  34. I love this blanket! But I don’t really understand the edging. I get going down the side but once I got to the ripple portion I got very confused…

    • The edging over the bottom is very similar to the row repeated throughout the blanket. Since it is going across the bottom and therefore the opposite direction of the rest of the blanket, the “peaks” and “valleys” aren’t at the same places. For the bottom edging, (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) are worked on the loop on either end to go around the corner. 3dc are made in each loop except that the “valley” loops are skipped and the “peak” loops get a (3dc, 3ch, 3dc).

  35. This is very easy to learn, if any one does have a problem they need to follow the video….very easy to understand and quick to follow.

  36. I love your pattern. I am a self taught crocheter that has always made afghans for charity or gifts to other people. I have always been intimidated by the Boucle yarn and have tried it on a few projects to a train wreck of results. I am excited to try this pattern. It should work beautifully with the suggested yarn. Thank you so much. I love the look and feel of the yarn but have always had difficulties working with it. Your pattern is perfect for it.

  37. I’m new to crochet and was looking for a simple ripple pattern to make an afghan for a tottler ( turning 2 in the fall). Need to use a soft yarn like Bernet baby blanket and this looks like the perfect pattern. Practicing with worsted yarn and seems to be working well for me. The video was very helpful between that and my How to Crochet book !

  38. Thanks for making this pattern available (and free) and for making a tutorial video, too! Very generous and kind of you. Love the pattern and hope to give it a try. It will be my first crochet project.

  39. I have some Homespun yarn i was going to give away because i just can’t work with it. I couldn’t see the chain stitches and my eyes were going crazy. I will try it with your pattern. This pattern is beautiful, i can’t wait to get started. Thank you for this pattern!!

  40. Can this afghan be made in worsted weight yarn?

    • Yes. It will work with just about any type and any weight yarn. Just use a hook that is appropriate for the yarn, usually what is recommended on the label.

  41. i always lost count chaining and would end up having to start over after a few rows when my counting error would show up in the pattern. after chaining 108 or more sometimes, frustration would set in and project rejected. not anymore. this is the first pattern i have seen with this method. thank you. how did you even figure this out!! i am amazed!

  42. Wow..I really enjoyed doing this pattern. It took me a while but after watching the video…many many times…start, pause, start again…finally managed to tackle it. I’ve been practicing on just some extra yarn I had…just to make sure I could do it before I purchase my new yarn for this lovely pattern. What good timing because my local Fabric Depot is having a 30 percent off on all purchases…just hope it’s on the yarn I would like to use.
    Thanks again…wished I had this option of viewing years ago. Pam

  43. I think I’ve been doing something wrong. The sides of the afghan are shaping into a ‘V’. Shouldn’t the sides be straight up and down. Please help I really like the pattern.
    Thanks.

    • In the repeated row (row 3) there are two places that say “skip 6 dc”. What that does is skip two of the little blocks and doesn’t make a block in the space between those two. By skipping those spaces, that creates the decrease that counteracts the increase you are making at each of your peaks. Since you haven’t been making those decreases, your blankets rows are getting longer as you go.

  44. Love your you-tube Do ever sell paper instruction??? Shirley

  45. I am making this granny square chevron 31 inch baby afghan. I have finished the first two rows and am on the third row. I changed colors and am at the end of the row and don’t know how to turn when I got to the end of the tow.
    Where can I get the directions . Please and thank you.

  46. I have always avoided ripple afghans because of the long chain required to start, I would always lose count. This pattern made it easy. Thanks for posting it.

  47. This is freaking awesome! THANK YOU!

  48. LOVE THIS! I’m going to try this out with the Bernat Pipsqueaks yarn, that yarn is completely cute and I couldn’t resist buying it in multiple colors because it’s so soft for baby blankets but it’s impossible to crochet into a chain because it’s so fuzzy! :-) Thank you!

  49. Video is great! Makes everything very understandable. Now to attack all that homespun yarn stash!

  50. Very easy to follow. Especially if you watch the video. Thank you for the patteren.

  51. i love your video it realy helps you need to make more
    on the no beginning chain i love the patterens thank you so much looking for more patternens from you thank you

  52. This is a wonderful pattern. Works up FAST! I love it and I love the easy beginning row. This will be a go to pattern that I will use often for gifts. I have always wanted to try a ripple pattern but never got around to it. I saw this pattern and gave it a try. Very easy to follow and the video helped to make sure I was following directions. Thanks so much for sharing this great pattern.

  53. I absolutely love the no beginning chain method and your youtube makes it so clear. I made this afghan in a size for a wheelchair bound person. Turned out beautifully! Thank you for the size charts, especially.

  54. Carolyn L. Brzeczek

    I used this pattern recently to make an afghan for a preteen. It was perfect for the heavier weight yarn I was using and turned out beautifully. I love your way of writing instructions. I especially liked the new take on a foundation row – so much easier for heavier yarn! My learning style is by following written instructions rather than watching, so I am a new fan of yours. I have recommended your site to others.

  55. Maryann Wiggins

    I am a visual learner and beginner at crochet thanks to youtube. I’ve made several scarfs using different crochet stitches and my afghans have been a continuos granny square. My biggest problem with other afghans was counting the stitches. I came upon your video of the no beggining chain Granny Ripple and it was so easy to follow. I just completed a large blanket for my Grand Daughter, in lavender, white and pink.and finished it with the edging you provided. It is beautiful. I will be trying your other no chain patterns. Thank you so much for sharing this technique.

  56. Thank you very much for giving access to this pattern and the very helpful video. There’s nothing so satisfying as being able to master another technique, on this occassion, in crotchet. Being English, I also had to convert the pattern to UK terminology and enjoyed the challenge. I look forward to making blankets for my twin grandsons, expected in September.
    Look forward to following some of your other patterns.

  57. Thanks for the pattern. i have made a sofa cover using your pattern and you can view that here:
    http://shamiatcraft.blogspot.in/2014/05/crocheted-sofa-covers.html

  58. I just want to say I love this. After watching your video the pattern makes so much more sense! I tried watching other video’s and got so confused! Thank you for making it and for making the beautiful afghan!

  59. Thank you so much for providing a beautiful pattern and a very clear & concise video…it is so nice of you to do this! You have a very calm and beautiful way about you. Thank you so much, I love this pattern!

  60. Thank you very much for sharing. Your video tutorial is really clear. Your help is very much appreciated!

  61. I am working on the x-large no beginning chain granny ripple afghan. I have noticed that on row 1 that some of the bottom chains are curling up where my valleys are. Is this normal?

    • That can happen depending on the yarn. If you do add a border, that will fix it. If you don’t add a border, once the afghan is completed you can try dampening those areas and letting them dry flat.

  62. I have no college education,dumb as a post, a lot of people ask me how I can do my repetitive process job. I am making this afghan, I watched the tutorial. It is a beautiful afghan and I impress anyone I show. Thank you Mama.

  63. This pattern rocks. Simple to follow and so much easier than the standard ripple. Thank you so much for creating a much easier way to do a ripple. Love it and passing the link on to many.

  64. I had a little problem with the beginning row but the video helped with that. This is great! I have always had trouble getting the count correct with an extra long chain at the beginning of a ripple afghan. Thank you so much…

  65. Mama, I am just starting this pattern. I did the first row of TCs, did not turn, did Row 2 with the 3-DCs, C2, 1-DC at the end; started Row 3 by chaining 5, turning, then doing the 3-DCs in the Chain 2 space. All this is per your instructions. My question is: the edge starts to angle up to the right as if I am actually adding stitches to the end….is this an optical illusion that will work itself out once I get further along in the pattern? (I went for 4 rows, then frogged it because it looked like that side was gaining stitches with each row.)

    • The edge will angle since this is a ripple pattern. As long as the edges don’t “grow”, it will work out so that the blanket will be a consistent width when you are done.

      • Thank you so much for your speedy reply – but, “grow” is exactly what it APPEARS to be doing, at least for the first four rows (as far as I’ve gone with it). I have checked and counted and re-checked and re-counted, and I appear to be following the pattern correctly. I think I will just keep going for a few more rows, and see what happens… LOVE this “no-chain” concept though!!! I will be doing many more of your patterns!

  66. thank you. I have always loved the afghans with waves but never been able to get one to work. I have had no problems with your pattern easy to understand and I love the look .

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