Enter the characters you pattern for ripple afghan with double crochet below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. Size can widely vary if you use anything but the recommended yarn and hook size. Tension also plays a large roll. To achieve the “chevron” or ripple look, all we do is a series of double crochet, with regular increases and decreases.
I referenced this pattern as a starting place. Repeat Row 2, changing colors every two rows. I usually just eyeball itit should be the side facing you when you are working the first row of a color. No need to add increases or decreases on the border. When you make it all the way around, join with a slip stitch in the first dc. Work another round but this time do it in sc to sharpen the edge a bit. Weave in your ends and you’re ready to give it to baby!
If you’d like to make it bigger or smaller, refer to this pattern for ways to make that happen. Granny squares are regaining popularity but I really didn’t want to do more squares. A ripple seemed like it would 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.