November 19, 2011

My Ripple Pattern

003 ripple up close

The way I figure it no two ripples are really all that different, but when I started making afghans again I didn't want to follow another pattern. Call me a silly girl, it wont be new, but I sat down with the yarn, pencil, and paper and figured out a pattern for me to follow. I really am enjoying it. Come over and say hello to me at Ravelry if you get the chance, it seems my hook is back.

Count 15+3
For my stitch size count of 123 is about 36 inches and 138 is 40 inches wide.

row 1 - Chain 138 (or your desired length)

row 2 - Turn, in third stitch dc 2x, *dc in next 6 stitches, skip two stitches, dc in next 6 stitches, 3 dc in next stitch* repeat until remaining stitch is left where you will place 2 dc rather than the patterns 3 dc, chain 2, turn.

row 3 - 2dc in first dc (ignore turn chain), follow pattern in row 2 placing the dc in the back loop only until the last dc and place 2dc in that stitch. Chain 2, turn.

(very first & last stitch of every row is 2 double crochets in both loops, every other loop is double crochet through back loop only)

row 4 until desired length follow row 3 instructions

Change colors at the end of the row or as often as your little heart desires.
To extend or shorten the width of the afghan add or subtract in units of 15 stitches when creating the beginning chain.

I use a J hook and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn! which is a 10ply. I believe you can use whatever hook and yarn as your preferences call for.
If you use a N hook you only need to chain 108, and it will be a much lighter weight afghan.

If you try this pattern and it doesn't make sense please let me know. As simple as it seems I may have overlooked something. It's been a long time since I have written out a pattern.

dc= double crochet; blo= back loop only.

Feel free to use this pattern however you wish, except to claim it as yours.

January 16, 2011

Baby Blanket for BBLG

Yesterday my sister's friends threw her a baby shower. It was fantastic. They did such a great job. It was fun, there was laughter, good food, and lots of presents. I made the above blanket for my sister. Well, for the little one to come, I guess. I really liked the "ribbon trim" that I added for the edging. I have always liked that look, as seen on the Tiramisu Blanket, but I also knew that a mommy would not necessarily be rethreading the ribbon after the blanket needed to be washed. OR the blanket would never be used out of fear regarding the ribbon. So, with some fbdc and some hdc I created what I felt looks like a ribbon threaded through the edge of the blanket.

If you want to recreate this look, the following is what I did:
Around the blanket on the right side::
1 - round of sc
2 - round of dc
3 - round of hdc in “ribbon” color
4 - round of sc, sc, fpdc
5 - round of hdc
in each corner place 3 stitches
in round 4 place 3 sc in the corner

Shopping Cowl

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