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Hills and Valleys Baby Afghan

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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.