Afghans

No Beginning Chain Quick Shell and Lace Blanket

29 April 2013

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 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.

The example is made in Lion Brand Homespun.

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 Small32.543.3321.08650
Small38.2450.9829.18899.65
Medium43.9758.6338.591189.79
Large49.7166.2749.311520.42
Extra Large55.4473.9261.351891.52

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
tr = triple crochet

Special stitch:
Shell – work the following in the ch sp indicated: 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc

Instructions:

There is also a chart available.

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:

32.5″ = 34
38.25″ = 40
44″ = 46
49.75″ = 52
55.5″ = 58

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 3 plus 1.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work (tr stitches will be on top, chains on the bottom), make 2 dc in first tr/ch space (over tr just made). Working across the tr/ch spaces, (dc in the next sp, ch 1) twice ** shell in the next sp, (dc in the next sp, ch 1) twice. Repeat from ** across to the last tr/ch sp. (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the last sp.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, (dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) twice ** shell in next ch-1 sp (which is the ch-1 sp of a shell), (dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) twice. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in ch-4 sp.

Repeat row 3 until afghan is desired length. 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.

No Beginning Chain Basket Pattern Throw

22 April 2013

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 basket 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.

The example is made in Jo-Ann 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 Small30.7641.018.7674.58
Small37.7950.3813.131018.2
Medium44.8259.7618.471432.32
Large51.8569.1324.721916.91
Extra Large58.8878.5131.882472

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

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

Special stitches:

Shell – work the following in the ch sp indicated: 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc

V-stitch – work the following in chain space or over stitch indicated: 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc

Instructions:

There is also a tutorial video available.

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:
30.75″ = 35
37.75″ = 43
44.75″ = 51
51.75″ = 59
59″ = 67

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 an odd number of tr/ch spaces.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work (holding it so that the tr stitches are on top and the ch-3 loops on the bottom), make a dc in the first sp (over tr just made). Working across the spaces (working over the tr stitches), make a V-stitch in each space to the end of the row.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-1 sp, ** ch 1, skip one ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. V-stitch in ch-4 sp.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 1 dc in ch-1 sp, V-stitch in ch-1 space of Shell, ** V-stitch in ch-1 space between shells V-stitch in ch-1 space of shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. V-stitch in ch-4 sp.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until afghan is desired length. If no additional border is desired, finish off and weave in end.

Optional border – end with a row 4.

Border round 1: Ch 3 and turn. (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, mark the shell just made as a corner shell. Ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, skip a ch-1 space, shell in next ch-1 sp) across the top of the throw to the ch-4 turning chain. Work the following in the ch-4 turning chain sp: ch 1, shell, ch 1, shell. Mark the first shell in the turning chain space as a corner shell. On the sides of the throw, work in the spaces formed by the ch-4 turning chains and final dc stitches of the rows. Ch 1, and make a shell in the next sp. (Ch 1, skip a space, shell in next space) across the side of the blanket. Ch 1, shell in the last space of the side. Across the bottom of the throw, work in the spaces formed by the ch-3 loops of the foundation loops. Ch 1, shell in the first ch-3 space. Mark this shell as a corner shell. Ch 1, shell in the next ch-3 space. (Ch 1, skip a ch-3 sp, shell in next ch-3 sp) across the bottom of the throw. Ch 1, shell in last ch-3 sp, mark this shell as a corner shell. Work across the last side of the throw in the spaces formed by the ch-4 turning chains and final dc stitches of the rows. Ch 1, shell in the first sp. (Ch 1, skip a space, shell in the next space) across the side of the blanket. Ch 1, shell in the last sp, ch 1, slip stitch to join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Do not turn.

Border round 2: Slip stitch in the next dc, slip stitch in the ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space. V-stitch in every ch-1 space around the entire blanket back to the ch 4. Slip stitch to join in the third chain. Do not turn.

Border round 3: Slip stitch in the ch sp. Ch 3, (1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp. (Ch 1, shell in next ch-1 space) two times. (Ch 1, skip one ch-1 sp, shell in next ch-1 sp) around the blanket. On either side of the corner V-stitches, do not skip spaces, so that there are Shells in 5 v-stitches in a row with the 3rd being in the corner v-stitch. Join in the third chain of the first shell of the round. Do not turn.

Rounds 2 and 3 can be repeated to desired width. 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.

No Beginning Chain Strawberry Lace Blanket

17 March 2013

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 strawberries and shells keep 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.

The example is made in Yarn Bee Boucle Traditions.

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 Small3141.3312.53613.74
Small39.5552.7420.39999.06
Medium48.164.1430.161477.79
Large56.6675.5441.842049.93
Extra Large65.2186.9455.422715.48

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Aran weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size J (6mm) crochet hook

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

Special stitches:
SB (Strawberry Bottom) –
work the following in the ch sp or over stitch indicated: (1 dc, ch 1)  four times, 1 dc
Shell –
work the following in the ch sp or over stitch indicated: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc

Instructions:

There is also a video and a chart available for this pattern.

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:
31″ = 29
39.5″ = 37
48″ = 45
56.75″ = 53
65.25″ = 61

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 them that is a multiple of 4 plus 1.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, make 2 dc over tr just made. Working across the tr stitches, ch 1, skip 1 tr, SB over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr ** Shell over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr, SB over next tr, ch 1, skip 1 tr. Repeat from ** across to the last tr stitch. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) over last tr.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip ch-1 space between dc and SB, sc in first ch-1 sp of SB, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) three times, ch 1, skip ch-1 sp between SB and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 1, skip ch-1 space between Shell and SB, sc in first ch-1 sp of SB, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) three times, ch 1, skip ch-1 sp between SB and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip ch-1 space between dc and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) two times, ch 2, skip ch-1 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 2, skip ch-1 space between Shell and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp of strawberry, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) two times, ch 2, skip ch-1 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 5: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 space between dc and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 3, skip ch-2 space between Shell and strawberry, sc in first ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-2 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 6: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 3, skip ch-3 space between dc and strawberry, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 3, skip ch-3 space between Shell and strawberry, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 3, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Row 7: Ch 4 and turn. 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip ch-3 space between dc and strawberry, SB in ch-3 sp, ch 1, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell,  ** Shell in next Shell, ch 1, skip ch-3 space between Shell and strawberry, SB in ch-3 sp of strawberry, ch 1, skip ch-3 sp between strawberry and Shell. Repeat from ** across to ch-4 turning chain. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-4 sp.

Repeat row 3 to 7 until afghan is desired length. 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.

Shell and Wrapped Stitches Blanket

7 March 2013

This is a quick and simple blanket, but pretty in a solid color, variegated yarn or with stripes. The example is made in bulky weight acrylic yarn.

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 Small3242.6715.88887.07
Small40.2453.6525.11402.56
Medium48.4864.6336.432035.63
Large56.7175.6249.872786.26
Extra Large64.9586.665.403654.46

Materials:
Bulky weight yarn
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Special stitches:
Wrapped Double Crochet (wdc): Yo, insert hook from front of fabric around posts of previous 2 dc, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; yo, pull through remaining loops on hook. Here is a quick tutorial video for this stitch.
Shell: In the stitch or space indicated, work the following: 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 26 plus 23.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
32″ = 101
40.25″ = 127
48.5″ = 153
56.75″ = 179
65″ = 205

After the first row, make all stitches in both loops.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 19 ch, ** skip next 2 ch, shell in next ch, skip next 2 ch, dc in each of next 21 ch. Repeat from ** across to end of ch.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc in second dc, dc in each of next 3 dc, wdc, skip next dc, (dc in each of next 5 dc, wdc, skip next dc) two times, dc in each of next 3 dc, ** skip next 2 dc, shell in ch-2 sp, skip next 2 dc, (dc in each of next 5 dc, wdc, skip next dc) three times, dc in each of next three dc. Repeat from ** across to end of row. The last dc will be in the top of the turning chain.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc in each of next 19 stitches, ** skip next 2 dc, shell in next ch-2 sp, skip next 2 dc, dc in each of next 21 stitches. Repeat from ** across to end of row. The last dc will be in the top of the turning chain.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until afghan is desired length. After a row 2, work this final row.

Last row: Ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc in each of next 19 stitches, ** dc next dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next ch-2 sp, hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in each of next 21 stitches. Repeat from ** across to end of row. The last dc will be in the top of the turning chain. 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.

Lacy Round Ripple Blanket

5 March 2013

This is a round ripple with a lace column at the valley. It is a twelve-point star and can be made in a solid color or with various colors. It can be made as a baby blanket, lap blanket or throw.

The example is made in a bulky weight acrylic yarn, so measurements and yarn requirements are given for that, but the blanket can be made an any weight yarn. Use hook appropriate to yarn weight.

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

# of RoundsInches point to pointInches of smallest areaYardsOunces
2133.6630.13408.097.31
2438.6734.43565.5510.13
2743.6838.74740.7613.26
3048.6943.04951.4617.04
3353.747.351179.921.13

Materials:
Bulky weight yarn
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Instructions:

Rnd 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc into the ring (12 dc). Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch), (dc in next dc, ch 1) in each st around (12 dc). Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in ch sp, ch 3, (sc in next ch sp, ch 3) around (12 ch-3 loops). Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 4: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, ch, dc) in same ch-3 sp, (dc, ch, dc, ch, dc) in each ch-3 sp around (12 3-dc shells). Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in ch sp, ch 3, (sc in next ch sp, ch 3) around (24 ch-3 loops). Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 6: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, ch, dc) in same ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) twice) in next ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around (12 3-dc shells, 12 v-stitches). Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same ch sp, ch 3, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch sp, ch 1, ** sc in next ch sp, ch 3, sc in next ch sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch sp, ch 1. Repeat from ** around (12 ch-3 loops, 12 v-stitches). Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 8: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, skip next ch-1 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, skip next ch-1 sp. Repeat from ** around (12 5-dc shells, 12 v-stitches). Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 9: Sl st, in ch sp, sl st in dc, sl st in ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch sp, ch 3, ** sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch sp, ch 3. Repeat from ** around (36 ch-3 loops, 12 v-stitches). Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 10: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around (12 5-dc shells, 12 v-stitches). Join with sl st in third ch.

After this round, all odd rounds will have 36 ch-3 loops and all even rounds will have 12 5-dc shells. At the end of a pattern is a chart that shows how many dc are in each panel (between the lacy inserts) on each round.

Rnd 11: Sl st, in ch sp, sl st in dc, sl st in ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch sp, ch 3, ** sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch sp, ch 3. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 12: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in next dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in next dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 13: Sl st, in ch sp, sl st in dc, sl st in ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3, ** sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 14: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 15: Sl st, in ch sp, sl st in dc, sl st in ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3, ** sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 16: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 17: Sl st, in ch sp, sl st in dc, sl st in ch sp, ch 1, sc in same ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to 2 dc before ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3, ** sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) twice, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to 2 dc before ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 2 dc, sc in next ch sp, ch 3. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 18: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to the dc before ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to the dc before ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 19: Same as rnd 17.
Rnd 20: Same as rnd 18.
Rnd 21: Same as rnd 17.
Rnd 22: Sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch), (dc, (ch, dc) three times) in same ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to the dc before ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, ** (dc, (ch, dc) four times) in next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, dc in each dc before ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in each dc up to the dc before ch-1 sp, skip the next dc, skip the next ch-1 sp, skip next ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** around. Join with sl st in third ch.

Repeat rounds 17 through 22 until blanket is desired size.

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 complete all but the last slip stitch at the beginning of a round. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through for the slip stitch. Weave in ends.

This chart shows the number of dc in each of the panels (between the lacy inserts), round by round.

Rounddc on either side of pointdc in the pointtotal dc per panel
11 0 4 4
12 1 2 4
13 1 4 6
14 2 2 6
15 2 4 8
16 3 4 10
17 4 4 12
18 5 2 12
19 5 4 14
20 6 2 14
21 6 4 16
22 7 4 18
23 8 4 20
24 9 2 20
25 9 4 22
26 10 2 22
27 10 4 24
28 11 4 26
29 12 4 28
30 13 2 28
31 13 4 30
32 14 2 30
33 14 4 32
34 15 4 34
35 16 4 36
36 17 2 36
37 17 4 38
38 18 2 38
39 18 4 40
40 19 4 42
41 20 4 44
42 21 2 44
43 21 4 46
44 22 2 46
45 22 4 48
46 23 4 50
47 24 4 52

Katherine’s Shell and V-stitch Round Ripple Blanket

4 January 2013

I love to see what others do with my patterns. Katherine has made a beautiful Shell and V-stitch Round Ripple Blanket. She said, “I just made it in a chunky raspberry and trimmed with reverse sc, ch 1 around.”

No Beginning Chain Asymmetric Shell

23 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. The lacy shells keep 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.

The example is made in Lion Brand Homespun.

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 Small34.7246.2924.6758.55
Small39.252.2731.36966.93
Medium43.6858.2438.941200.58
Large48.1664.2147.331459.48
Extra Large52.6470.1956.551743.64

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

For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
34.75″ = 31
39.25″ = 35
43.75″ = 39
48.25″ = 43
52.75″ = 47

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, making an odd number of them.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch 3. Without turning the work, make a dc over tr just made. Working across the tr stitches, (4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) over next tr, ** skip 1 tr, (4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) over next tr . Repeat from ** across to the last tr stitch. Work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) over last tr.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in ch-1 sp. In each ch-2 sp across the row, make 4 dc, ch 2, 1 dc. (Dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-3 space at end of row.

Repeat row 3 until afghan is desired length. Complete with this last row:

Last Row: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in ch-2 of shell, ** ch 3, dc in sp between shells, ch 3, sc in ch-2 of next shell. Repeat from ** across all the shells. Ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-3 space at end of row. 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.

Edits: Added a finishing row on 10/27/2013.

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.

Shell and Stripe Ripple Afghan

8 December 2012

The shell rows and stripe rows of this blanket have a very gentle ripple. This blanket can be made in a solid color or in as many colors as you wish. The example is made in worsted weight acrylic yarn.

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 Small32.7343.6423.071181.15
Small4357.3339.812038.52
Medium53.2771.0261.13128.39
Large63.5484.7286.934450.77
Extra Large73.8198.41117.306005.66

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

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

Special stitches:
dc5tog – double crochet 5 stitches together (uses five stitches, decreases by four stitches) – [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

Special notes about dc5tog in this pattern:
The dc5tog used in the first row of this pattern uses 5 chain stitches. On sequent rows, it is going to be formed over a stitch and two adjacent chain spaces. The stitch before the dc5tog will be a dc in a ch sp. The first two yarn over and inserting hook will be in this same ch sp. The third will be in the sc or dc that is next. The fourth and fifth will be in the next ch sp.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 48 plus 9.

There is also a chart available.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
32.75″ = 153
43″ = 201
53.25″ = 249
63.5″ = 297
73.75″ = 345

After the first row, make all stitches in both loops.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 21 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in each of next 21 ch, ** 5 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 21 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in each of next 21 ch. Repeat from ** across to last 4 ch. 3 dc in next ch, dc in each of last 3 ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first dc, sc in each of next 3 dc, ** ch 3, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, (ch 3, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next dc) twice, ch 3, skip 5 dc, sc in dc5tog, ch 3, skip 5 dc, dc in next dc, (ch 3, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next dc) twice, ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning ch. Sc in each of next 2 dc. Sc in top of turning ch.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second sc, dc in next sc, 4 dc in next sc, skip ch-3, sc in next dc, skip ch-3, ** 7 dc in next sc, skip ch-3, sc in next dc, skip ch-3. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. 4 dc in next sc. Dc in each of last 3 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first dc, sc in each of next 3 dc, ** ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next sc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning ch. Sc in each of next 2 dc. Sc in top of turning ch.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second sc, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, dc in ch-3 sp, dc5tog (uses 2 in ch-3 sp, 1 in sc, 2 in next ch-3 sp), dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, ** 5 dc in sc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, dc in ch-3 sp, dc5tog (2 in ch-3 sp, 1 in sc, 2 in next ch-3 sp), dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. 3 dc in next sc, dc in each of last 3 sc.

Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second sc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ** ch 3, skip 1 dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc) twice, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 5 dc, dc in dc5tog, ch 3, skip 5 dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc) twice, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning ch. Dc in each of next two dc. Dc in top of turning ch.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first dc, sc in each of next 3 dc, ** skip ch-3, 7 dc in next sc, skip ch-3, sc in next dc. Repeat from ** across to last 2 dc and turning ch. Sc in each of next two dc. Sc in top of turning ch.

Row 8: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second sc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ** ch 3, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 3 dc, dc in next sc. Repeat from ** across to last 3 sc.  Dc in each of next 3 sc.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, dc in ch-3 sp, dc5tog (uses 2 in ch-3 sp, 1 in dc, 2 in next ch-3 sp), dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, ** 5 dc in dc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, dc in ch-3 sp, dc5tog (uses 2 in ch-3 sp, 1 in dc, 2 in next ch-3 sp), dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc, (3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in dc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in sc) twice, 3 dc in ch-3 sp. Repeat from ** across to last 3 dc and turning chain. 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of last 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.

Repeat rows 2 through 9 until afghan is desired length. End with either a row 5 or 9. 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.

Crazy Ripple Blanket

25 November 2012

This free-style afghan is a great way to use up little bits of leftover yarn while making a stunning conversation piece. The diamond inserts transition the ripple pattern from a smaller ripple to a larger one and then back to a smaller one again. The diamond inserts can also be stacked to create a patchwork look.

The example is made in light worsted weight mercerized cotton.

Since this is a design-your-own style afghan, this pattern is presented as patterns for the individual sections and construction guidelines. This is not a traditional pattern with beginning to end instructions. It is not a beginning project. ATTEMPT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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 Small29.7739.717.9922.82
Small395230.711583.3
Medium48.2364.346.962420.99
Large57.4576.666.653435.89
Extra Large66.6888.9089.774627.99

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

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Special stitches:
dc3tog – double crochet 3 stitches together (uses three stitches, decreases by two stitches) – [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
dc5tog – double crochet 5 stitches together (uses five stitches, decreases by four stitches) – [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 44 plus 10.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
29.75″ = 142
39″ = 186
48.25″ = 230
57.5″ = 274
66.75″ = 318

Begin with Small Ripple A.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 8 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 8 ch, ** 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 8 ch, dc5tog (uses next 5 ch), dc in next 8 ch. Repeat from ** to last 4 ch. 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc, ** 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc. Repeat from ** to last 3 dc and turning chain. 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning chain.
Repeat row 2.

Small Ripple B: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog, 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, ** dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc. Repeat from ** to last 5 stitches and turning chain. dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning chain.

These two will be front and back of the same section.
Big Ripple A: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 19 dc, 5 dc in next dc, ** dc in next 19 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 19 dc, 5 dc in next dc. Repeat from ** to last 13 stitches and turning chain. Dc in next 8 dc, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next two dc, dc in top of turning chain.
Big Ripple B: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in next 8 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 19 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), ** dc in next 19 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 19 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc). Repeat from ** to last 11 dc and turning chain. Dc in next 8 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning chain..

Big Ripple C: Ch 3, turn. Dc in 2nd dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog(uses dc3tog, 2 dc), dc in next 19 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 19 dc, ** dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog , 2 dc), dc in next 19 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 19 dc. Repeat from ** to last 5 stitches and turning chain. dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning chain.

Basic Diamond:
Row 1: Form a slip knot, find the stitch that is 11 stitches before the center bottom stitch and slip stitch the slip knot to it. Ch 3, dc in the next 8 stitches, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 9 dc.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next 5 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 7 dc.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next 3 dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 5 dc.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next 3 dc.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc5tog (uses 2 dc, dc5tog, 2 dc), dc in next dc. Fasten off and secure.

Right side half diamond:
Row 1: On last stitch of prior row, before pulling through last two loops of last stitch, change to diamond yarn and pull through. Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in next 9 dc.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next 5 dc, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in next 4 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in top of turning ch.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sl st in dc3tog, Hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Pull finally loop out a bit and secure. Complete other diamonds across and then make color change on this last stitch for next section.

Left side half diamond:
Row 1: Form a slip knot, find the stitch that is 11 stitches before the dc3tog stitch and slip stitch the slip knot to it. Ch 3, dc in the next 8 stitches, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in next 6 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next 3 dc, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, dc in next dc, dc3tog (uses dc3tog and 2 dc), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc3tog (uses 2 dc and dc3tog), dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second dc, hdc in next dc, sl st in dc3tog. Fasten off and secure.

Construction Tips:
At the end of each section, extend the last loop and secure it. Once diamonds are completed between the sections, if the next section is going to be the same color as the previous, just pick up and continue with the reserved loop. If a color change is desired, pull loop back and insert hook back into last two loops of last stitch of the row. Knot new color close to work. Yarn over with new color and pull through both loops.

After completing a ripple section, turn the work as though to start the next row. Start the diamonds on this side.

The first row of a ripple section will be worked on the sides of diamonds. When making stitches, make a stitch in the same stitch that the first stitch of the first row of the diamond was made and in the same stitch that the last stitch of the first row of the diamond was made. Make two stitches over each dc or ch 3 on the sides of the diamonds. Make a stitch in the dc5tog at the top of each diamond.

Examples:
Going from small ripple to big ripple – diamonds will be placed in every other “valley”. The edge stitches of the first row of the diamonds will be in the center dc of the 5dc at the top of the adjacent “peaks”. The big ripple has a dc5tog in the valley of the small ripple and then has 19 dc. The first 8 dc are in dc stitches. The next dc is in the same dc as the first stitch of the diamond. The next 10 dc are along the side of the diamond, with 2 dc over each dc or ch 3 that form the edge of the diamond (5 rows of the diamond with 2 dc in each make up the 10 dc). The 5 dc in one stitch for the peak will be in the dc5tog of the diamond. For the 19 dc going back down to the valley, 10 will be along the other side of the diamond, 1 in the same dc that the end stitch of the first row of the diamond, and then 8 in dc continuing along the small ripple. That should bring you to 2 dc before the dc5tog in the valley.

Going from a big ripple to a small ripple – diamonds will be placed in every deep “valley”. The small ripple will have 8 dc coming down from the big ripple. At the valley there will be 2 dc and then a stitch that has an edge stitch of a diamond. To make the dc5tog for the small ripple valley, you will use 2dc, the shared dc, and make the last two parts over the edge dc or ch 3 of the diamond. The remaining 4 rows of the diamond give you 4 edge dc and ch 3 spaces to make 2 dc each to form the 8 dc climbing to the peak of the small ripple. The 5 dc will be worked in the dc5tog at the top of the diamond. The 8 dc coming down to the next valley will be in the dc and ch 3 spaces along the side of the diamond for the first 4 rows. The dc or ch 3 sp on the side of the first row of the diamond, the shared stitch and 2 dc will make up the dc5tog of the valley.

Convert from one type of small ripple to the other by putting a diamond in every valley. The edge stitches of the diamonds will share the center stitch of the 5 dc of the peak of the ripple.

Diamonds can also be made on other diamonds to make fields of diamonds. Just follow the basic rules as established above to keep stitch counts consistent.

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