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Little Checks Ripple Blanket

27 October 2015
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This is a good basic ripple pattern with a little check pattern that adds character without making it too lacy. After the first row, the same row is just repeated over and over, so a really easy pattern to learn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) mercanized cotton.


SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.40.55.442862.61
Extra Large66.5288.7272.6114074.94

DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) yarn – see chart above for amounts. This blanket can be made in almost any weight yarn. Use the size hook suggested on the yarn you use. The dimensions and yarn amounts in the chart only apply to the yarn weight and hook size given in this pattern.
Size G (4mm) crochet hook

ch = chain
dc = double crochet

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 21 plus 12.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
30″ = 138
39.25″ = 180
48.25″ = 222
57.5″ = 264
66.5″ = 306

Row 1: Skip first 3 ch (counts as first dc), dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in each of the next 3 ch skip 1 ch, dc in each of the next 9 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in each of next 9 ch ** skip 2 ch, dc in each of the next 9 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in each of next 9 ch. Repeat from ** across to the last 6 chains. Skip 1 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch.

For the rest of the blanket, work all stitches in both loops.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 4 dc ** [skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc stitches] four times, skip 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space [skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc stitches] four times, skip 2 dc. Repeat from ** across to last 4 dc and turning ch. Dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in turning chain. (Note that there is a “skip 2 dc” at the beginning and end of the repeat. This will result in skipping 4 dc in all the “valleys” except for the very beginning and end of the row which are partial “valleys”.)

Repeat row 2 until blanket is desired length.

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.

Edits 12/7/15: added “to” in next to last sentence of Row 2. Added parenthetical explanation to end of Row 2.

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

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31 Comments to “Little Checks Ripple Blanket”

  1. Love this pattern.. Just ripped out the Afghan I started this a.m. and going to do this beautiful pattern.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’m new to crochet… I’m lost on the 2nd row… I’m not sure I am skipping and stitching in right stitches… do you have a small video to help me out? I’d love to make this for a friend for Christmas 🙂

  3. I have always been a knitter (40 years) I decided to give crochet a go I had to translate so to speak the instructions. To English as you know English and American terms are different for some reason so I am so pleased with this pattern it is so easy and the results are stunning thankyou think my new passion is now crochet.now what to do next thanks again

  4. Thanks for this neat pattern. Can’t wait to try. I appreciate the ability to download the PDF!

  5. Tried to begin this pattern but don’t seem to get the holes to line up. What am I doing wrong.

    • Can you send me a picture or describe more of what is going on? In general, the peaks are the ch-1 spaces and should line up vertically. The valleys are formed by a skipped space between two “checks” where a check is not made. These should also line up vertically. At the beginning and end of each row, a check is skipped which forms the half-valley of the edge.

  6. Hi!
    I love your site!
    I was wondering were I can find the Baby Train Track blanket.
    Making the train track hat and I love it!
    Its really nice to find patterns for straight needles!
    Thank you!

  7. I believe row 2 of this pattern is written incorrectly.

  8. I, too, am having trouble with row 2. It just doesn’t work out right the way I read the directions. For me, the problem is with the beginning and ending stitches. I think I have it figured out though. I still have to rip it out and do it over. If I am successful I will offer a correction.

  9. My apologies to “Mama”. I cannot come up with an improvement on the directions for row 2. I think I’ve got it right and am proceeding with the project. It might be helpful to point out that when you cross the “valleys” you are actually skipping 4 dc. This is a little confusing because the repeat section, “**”, both starts and ends with “skip 2 dc”. It does work though! A minor correction I might suggest in second to last sentence should read “Repeat from ** across ‘to’ last 4 dc and turning chain,”. One should also keep in mind that the dc and crossing the “holes” at the beginning and end of rows is done differently than the rest of the row. Any way, I feel I am on the right track now. I’m using this pattern to make a “prayer shawl”, something I often do to “try out” afghan patterns. Should go pretty fast—wish me luck!

  10. I want to make this granny sq. zig zag afghan and it will be about 72 inches by 56 in. I am using 4 colors. Can u tell me how many 8 oz skeins l will need for each color ?
    Dorothy Gabel
    mdgabel1@ cox. net

  11. Heather Crumpton

    I like your little checker afghan I like to crochet but my question is that I want to make it for a king size blanket 72″ by 84″ and I’m trying to figure out how many chains I would need to make the blanket to come to be even. And how many skeins of yarn I would need too. Also do you have any ideas on a pretty edging that I could put around it too? Thank

    • Start with 327 chains. It will take about 14,600 not counting any edging you want to add. For the edging just be careful about the peaks and valleys on the top and bottom. I think too much of an edging would detract from the ripple, so maybe just a simple sc edging or a sc, 3-ch or a chain and picot edging.

      • Heather Crumpton

        How did you figure out how many chains I would need too crochet for the Little Checks Ripple Blanket for a king size blanket. Because when I find a pattern and would like it bigger it always come out wrong then I’ll have too pull my work all out for instinct like for red heart super saver yarn 7oz 198g 364 yds and 333 m how would I figure this out? Also since your pattern is multiples of 21 plus 12 so when I chain 327 do I chain an extra 12 chs to make my blanket even? Thanks

        • Changing yarn weights is hard and something I just do my best using experience to try to estimate. If you are using the same yarn weight and hook size as the pattern calls for, you can use ratios to scale up or down. Also as long as the pattern gives more than one size, you can use the difference in the beginning chains to get the “multiple” of the pattern. That will be an amount you can safely add or subtract from the beginning chain amount to size up or down.

          The 327 chain already includes the plus 12. 21 times 15 is 315. Adding 12 gets to the 327.

  12. Hi Mama, I am working on the Little Checks Ripple blanket. I am having a problem with row 3. It seems like you need to do more than 4 times -DC in this row. If not where should I be skipping ? I know you just repeat row 2 over and over. I didn’t have a problem with row 2. I hope I am not confusing. Thank you

    • You will be skipping 4 dc in the “valleys”. These stitches are then made up in the peaks. This should work out to be the same number of stitches on each row.

  13. You have some of THE most beautiful patterns, and I am very grateful that you so generously share them. This one is absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to make it!

  14. About this ripple afghan. You had one in a boucle yarn green and white. I am looking for this kind of yarn in a different color but cannot find it.Can you tell me where to buy it. I tried Sensations rainbow boucle but no luck.
    Thank you.

  15. hello. I will be doing the medium design. how long would this pattern take verbatim? I have two weeks to complete.

    • Everyone goes different speeds and works different amounts of time a day on their projects, so I can’t say exactly, but I can say this is a very fast pattern. Once you have your first row set, the rest of the rows follow the same pattern. Since you are making the checks into spaces between stitches instead of in the loops at the top of stitches, you gain a lot of speed not having to go in the correct loops.

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  17. I am so grateful that you have shared this pattern for all. I am making this one to send my daughter off to college. A little piece of home away from home, you know?

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