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No Beginning Chain Lacy V-stitch Ripple Afghan

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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. The lacy v-stitch pattern keeps the afghan light even with a heavier yarn.

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. (For the traditional beginning chain version of this blanket go here.)

The example is made in Yarn Bee Tender Touch.

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 Small304015675
Small40.6754.2227.561240.33
Medium51.3368.4443.921976.33
Large6282.6764.072883
Extra Large72.6796.8988.013960.33

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook

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

Special stitches:
V-stitch: in stitch or space indicated, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc
Shell: in stitch or space indicated, (1 dc, 1 ch) 3 times, 1 dc

Instructions:
Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.
For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
30″ = 45
40.75″ = 61
51.25″ = 77
62″ = 93
72.75″ = 109

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make a number of tr/ch spaces that is a multiple of 8 plus 5.

Do not turn.

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Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, v-stitch in first ch sp, v-stitch in next ch sp, shell in next ch sp, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice. ** Skip a ch sp, v-stitch in next ch sp, skip a ch so, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice, shell in next ch sp, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice. Repeat from ** across to end of the chain spaces.

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Chain 2, skip next v-stitch. In next chain space (1 sc, 4 ch, 1 sc). Chain 2, skip next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch.

Row 4: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Skip next v-stitch and chain 2. In chain 4 space work v-stitch. Skip chain 2 and next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch.

Repeat rows 3 and 4. Next to the last row should be a row 3. Finish with this last row:

Last Row: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Chain 2, skip next v-stitch. In next chain space (2 sc). Chain 2, skip next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch. Fasten 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.

Edits:
9/10/15 – corrected special stitches section

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

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23 Comments to “No Beginning Chain Lacy V-stitch Ripple Afghan”

  1. Jo”Ann Dahlquist

    Thank You!
    I had worked up this pattern in the usual way, with a chain and loved it.
    Then I learned about your no-chain patterns and was hoping to find the Lacy V-stich Ripple, and there it is!
    Can’t wait to work on this one,
    Thanks again, your patterns are beautiful.

  2. Jo”Ann Dahlquist

    Well, I started the No Begnning Chain Lacy Ripple and am having trouble understanding the first part of the 3rd row, it doesn’t see to line up! Is there a tutorial on this pattern, or perhaps a chart?
    In my experience the shells should line up and if I skip the first v in line two it throws it off.
    Hope you can help!
    JoAnn

  3. In studying the original pattern, with a starting chain, I noticed that the directions for the shell stitch are different! could this be the problem? If so I will correct in the next row and not skip the first v in this pattern.
    HELP! AI NEED TO GET THIS GOING AS A GIFT FOR MY GRAND-AUGHTER.

    • Yes, you are right. The shell should have been like the directions in the original pattern. I’m so sorry for the mistake.

      • So the pattern is correct now and I can use it without any problems, right? Sorry for this question- I am bad at detecting mistakes in patterns, so… *:D

        • Yes. I corrected it in the pattern. The problem was in the description in special stitches of the shell. It was from another one of my patterns and I missed changing it.

  4. Thanks for responding! I have ripped out my 2nd row and am starting again. I’m using a soft worsted weight yarn with an I hook,and it looks great.
    Thanks again, can’t wait to share the no chain patterns with a church needle work group.
    JoAnn

  5. Mama.
    See the new pattern No Bebinnining Chain Lacy V-Stitch pattern couple things to clarify please. The pattern says to v-stitch into the chain space twice does that mean two v-stitches will go into that space? Second when you do the shell on row 3 they will be just done with double crochets and single crochets to meet each other up? I am excited about this pattern it seems like it’s going to be easier than the other Lacy chain V-Stitch Pattern. I will attempt to make that other pattern at another time but I am short on time I love your patterns keep coming out with them if you could answer me in the next day or so that would be great I really appreciate that you are so kind that you do answer our questions thanks again your a sweet woman
    Gina

  6. Hi,
    In the directions when you refer to chain space in the second row it means the center of the oval openings right? It doesn’t mean each individual chain that was done does it?
    I looked at the picture at the top of page but I must be misinterpreting the directions.
    Ty,
    Susan

  7. Love your no chain starting technique. What a marvelous idea. Technique. I have made several of them already and today I’m looking for two more. Thank you so much for your time and effort on these patterns and tutorials. Can’t wait for some new afghan / blankets patterns.

  8. On row 3 the first shell, is it over the skipped chain?

    • The shells will all go in the center spaces of the shells of the prior row. V-stitches will go in the side spaces of the prior row shells. V-stitches will go in the v-stitches closest to the shells of the prior row. The V-stitches farthest from the shells on the prior row are skipped.

  9. What a cute lace pattern for a blanket this is!! I can’t wait to see my personal end results in a copper rose shade. Although I’m only on- or- going to row two…
    …which brings me to my first question – I copied and pasted it for clarification:

    “Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, v-stitch in first ch sp, v-stitch in next ch sp, shell in next ch sp, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice”. What exactly do I do twice? Just what’s in parenthesis or everything up to the the word “twice”?

  10. I am doing the blanket that’s done with a first row of chain and tr spaces. So should I have a tr space instead of the v stitch left over at the end? Or did I miss-read the spaces? Thank You so much.

  11. I figured out row 2 once I saw the visual diagram you sent to someone in another comment.I reinterpreted the directions to be “just in parenthesis” (one v stitch in each of the next two chain spaces). This makes more sense because while I did it with the (tr chain space)to start row one with, it matches with the diagram you posted for the chain space version..for the Lacy Ripple blanket.Thank you for being so kind and patient. Sorry for so many posts.

  12. The No Beginning Chain Lacy V-stitch Ripple Afghan; it’s going to be lovely. I have completed the first three rows but am stymied on how to finish row 3. It says to end on next to last v-stitch but does not tell me how to end the row. I still have the remains v-stitch and chain 4 from row 2 to address to obtain an even edge. What do I do to finish off the row correctly?

    • You don’t use those stitches. Just turn and continue with the next row. The edge will also have a bit of a ripple instead of being straight. I will be adding a sentence to make that more clear. Sorry about the confusion.

  13. I ran across your pattern and loved it until I noticed there is no “Row 3″ instructions. I would love to demonstrate this pattern at the museum I volunteer at. Please email me the instructions for Row 3. Many thanks.

    • There is definitely a row 3. Did you print it or create a pdf? If you use the icon at the top of the page to do those and accidentally click a section it is deleted from your print or pdf.

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