Ripple Crochet Afghan Pattern- a modern take on a classic design!
You can love or hate a crochet ripple afghan pattern but you certainly cannot ignore it. A ripple blanket renders itself to so many color combinations that it will look new every time you make one.
There are some who find working a crochet ripple pattern confusing, so I have included a lot of tips to make the pattern easier and more enjoyable.
I used Bernat Blanket yarn and added some texture to give this crochet ripple afghan more character. The texture is formed by faux bobble that are super easy to make.
Crochet Ripple Afghan Pattern
1. Bernat Baby Blanket (Size 6) yarn in colors Vanilla, Vapor Gray, Seafoam, and Gold.
2. A size N/P(10mm) crochet hook.
3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
4. Stitch markers
Finished Size of Crochet Ripple Afghan Pattern
38 inches wide and 41 inches long.
The yardage given includes the yardage for pom poms. If you are not making the pom poms, you will need around 30 yards less of each color.
Cream: 2-1/2 skeins or 550 yards
Seafoam (light blue): 150 yards
Gray and Gold: 120 yards each
sc: single crochet
tr: triple crochet
YO: yarn over
sc3tog: It is a decrease worked across 3 sts. Pull up a loop in the next 3 sts, YO, and pull through all the 4 loops on your hook.
Triple crochet (tr): YO twice, insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop,*(YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook), repeat from * 2 more times.
Valley Decrease(VD): This is the decrease worked at the valley of the contrasting colored rows with the faux bobbles. It is a sc, tr, and a sc joined into one. To work a VD, pull up a loop in the next st, YO twice, pull up a loop in the next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 2 loops again, keeping the remaining 3 loops on your hook, pull up a loop in the next st, YO, pull through all the remaining 4 loops on your hook.——-VD completed
7 sc sts= 4 inches
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Ripple Afghan Crochet Pattern
Ripple stitch pattern consists of repeating V shapes. The number of multiples you start with is the same number of Vs you will make.
With Cream color yarn, ch 90. The initial chain is a multiple of 22+2. Every 22 chs will add one ‘V’ to your Ripple.
1. Beginning ch 1 does not count as a st.
2. For all the cream-colored rows, the valleys of the chevron are formed by sc3tog (see stitch explanation above) and the peaks by 3 sc sts worked into the same st.
3. You will be placing a marker in the first st of every row.
4. Starting from the 2nd Row, the sc3tog for the valley will start in the st right before the sc3tog of the previous row, and your 3sc for peaks will be worked into the middle of the 3 sts that formed the peak of the previous row.
5. There are 9 sts between each valley and peak.
Common Mistakes While Working a Crochet Ripple Blanket Pattern
Some people find it hard to nail a chevron pattern as they tend to accidentally add or omit stitches. This throws off the alignment of their peaks and valleys. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid.
1. After a sc3tog, you accidentally work your next st into the same st as the last leg of the sc3tog as it will leave a gap there and it is easy to mistake it for a stitch. This will add an extra stitch unknowingly.
2. You accidentally work a ch 1 after a sc3tog. This will add an increase.
3. Instead of working your first 2 sc sts into the first st, you work it into the next st. This adds a decrease unknowingly. This one is rare but can happen.
4. You accidentally miss the st right after your work your 3 sc for a peak. The stitch right after the 3 sc will be squished and is easy to miss which will add a decrease.
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, place a marker in the first st you just made, *(1sc in next 9 chs, sc3tog across next 3 chs to form a valley, 1 sc in next 9 chs, 3 sc in next ch to form a peak), repeat from * 2 more times, 1 sc in next 9 chs, sc3tog across next 3 chs, 1 sc in next 9 chs, 2 sc in last ch, turn.—–4 Vs or 89 sts
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as ch 1, mark the first sc you just made, *(1sc in next 9 sts, sc3tog across next 3 sts to form a valley, 1 sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st to form a peak), repeat from * 2 more times, 1 sc in next 9 sts, sc3tog across next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in last marked st, turn.—–4 Vs or 89 sts
Note: When working your very last st of a row into the marked st, first insert your hook into the loop that is jutting out on the side and then into the marked st, and then complete your last sc. This will give a cleaner edge to your blanket. The loop is formed by your turning chains. If you are someone who chains tight, this may not be visible.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2 but do not turn your work or fasten off the yarn at the end of this row. Place a marker in the last loop to keep your work from unraveling. The next row will be worked on the same side of the blanket.
Note: To join back the cream color yarn at the end of the next row, you will start working your last sc as usual and when you have 2 loops left on the hook, you will pull through the cream loop.
Row 5: Using blue color yarn and working on the same side of the fabric, sl st into the first marked st of the cream row. When working this sl st, first insert your hook under the jutting loop and then into the marked st to complete your sl st.
Working over the yarn tail, 2 sc in same st as the sl st, place a marker in the first sc, [1 tr in next st, *( 1 sc in next st, 1 tr in next st), repeat from * 3 more times, VD across next 3 sts, 1 tr in next st, *(1 sc in next st, 1 tr in next st), repeat from * 3 more times, (sc, tr, sc) into the next st to form a peak], repeat the part between [ ] 2 more times, 1 tr in next st, *( 1 sc in next st, 1 tr in next st), repeat from * 3 more times, VD across next 3 sts, 1 tr in next st, *(1 sc in next st, 1 tr in next st), repeat from * 3 more times, 1 sc in the last st, 1 more sc in the last st while joining back the cream color yarn. Fasten off the blue yarn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2 while working over the yarn tail.
Row 7: Repeat Row 2
Row 8: Repeat Row 2
Row 9: Repeat Row 2 but do not turn your work or fasten off the yarn. Place a marker in the last loop.
Row 10: Repeat Row 5 with Gold color yarn. Fasten off Gold color yarn.
Repeat Rows 6 to 10 making sure you use a contrasting color yarn for every repeat of Row 10. I used contrasting colors in the sequence blue, mustard, and gray. Continue until you have completed 10 contrasting colored Rows.
Next 3 Rows: Repeat Rows 6 to 8 in cream color.
Last Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, *(1sc in next 9 sts, sc3tog across next 3 sts to form a valley, 1 sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st to form a peak), repeat from * 2 more times, 1 sc in next 9 sts, sc3tog across next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts, 1 sc in last marked st, fasten off.—–4 Vs or 87 sts
I used a 2-1/2 inch Clover pom pom maker for my pom-poms. I held cream, blue and gold yarn together and wound them at the same time to make 9 multicolor pom-poms. You can see how to make a pom pom here.
Attach the pom poms to each point on the ripple blanket. You should avoid using pom poms if you are making the blanket for a baby.
Final Thoughts on Crochet Ripple Stitch Afghan
The crochet ripple pattern is a fun and timeless pattern to work. With a little bit of patience and focus, you can certainly make your first ripple crochet blanket turn out beautiful.