A new look for a new baby! Combine the traditional ripple afghan with a woven look. To save time, this ripple is worked in double crochet instead of the traditional single crochet. It also creates a softer blanket.
As in all ripples, the pattern resembles hills and valleys. "Valleys" will be formed by working 2 decreases; the "hills," by working an increase on each side of the mesh. The mesh on the top of the "hills" is formed by double crochets separated by a chain. Three different colors were then woven through the mesh. There will be 7 "valleys" and 6 "hills."
The model was made with 8 ounces white (MC), 6 ounces baby amber of green, yellow and pink (CC) Civona 3 ply sport weight yarn and a size H crochet hook. You will also need approximately ½ ounce each of green, yellow and pink (or colors of your choice) to weave through the mesh and a large eyed yarn needle. The finished afghan measures approximately 38 x 50 inches.
GAUGE: 4 dc equal 1 inch
With MC, ch 173, dc in 3rd ch from hook. Turning ch counts as first dc in each Row.
Row 1: *7 Dc, (work dec over next 2 sts) twice, 7 dc, 2 dc in next St, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times, 1 dc in same St as last dc worked, repeat from * 5 times, 7 dc, (work dec over next 2 sts) twice, 7 dc, 2 dc in last St. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Dc in same St as turning ch, *7 dc, (work dec over next 2 sts) twice, 7 dc, 2 dc in next St, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times, 1 dc in same St as last dc worked, repeat from * 5 times, 7 dc, (work dec over next 2 sts) twice, 7 dc, 2 dc in last St. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for entire afghan, working in following stripe pattern: 6 rows MC,
6 rows CC,
1 Row MC,
5 rows CC,
2 rows MC,
4 rows CC,
3 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
4 rows MC,
2 rows CC,
5 rows MC,
1 Row CC,
13 rows MC (center of blanket).
Work remaining half of blanket reversing stripe pattern, beginning with 1 Row CC and ending with 6 rows MC.
Each mesh pattern has 3 holes.
Using large eyed needle, weave 3 strands of each color through the holes the length of the afghan.
With MC, sc along both sides of afghan.