Granny squares are regaining popularity but I really didn’t want to do more squares. A ripple seemed like it double crochet ripple baby blanket be fun but still wasn’t tickling my fancy. My brother-in-law said that the colors I used made him want a Guinness so I believe I’ve named this pattern appropriately.
Use recommended hk for selected yarn. Use larger size hk for a lacier version. This pattern is not suitable for eyelash or similar yarns that would obscure the spike stitch definition. The spike stitch needs a yarn with little or no halo in order to look its best. The greater the contrast between yarn colors, the more dramatic the spike stitch effect will be.
The sample used up almost the entire skein of six of the seven colors I’d chosen, plus more for the one I used for the border, It is sized for an infant or child so for an adult sized afghan, you’ll need to at least double the amount of yarn used if the yarn is worsted weight. Although I used the Yarn Bee Soft Secret yarn for the sample project, I would not recommend its use. It is also slippery so slip knots tend to, well, slip apart. Other Yarn Bee yarns I’ve used have not had this problem so don’t hesitate to use them. Instead of making two rows of ea color, try making one or three or four.
Divide that measurement into the final width to get the number of reps. Next, determine the length of your base ch or fsc row. Finally, add 7 sts if you will be using a starting chain, i. Or, add 4 sts if you will be using an fsc base row, i. The spike stitch is worked into the row that is 2 rows below the row you are adding. See symbol chart for placement of spike.
Dc into indicated sp, dc loosely between second and third dc on second row below one being made, dc into same sp as first dc. If your second dc isn’t loose enough for your liking, feel free to replace it with a treble crochet. Ch 1, with the right side of the work facing you, work left to right and insert hk into the front of the next st to the right, yo, pull through, yo, pull through both lps on hk. Insert hk into the front of the next st to the right, yo, pull through, yo, pull through both lps on hk. Rep step 2 until you reach the first rsc, join with sl st.