My first thought is that I have seen the devil. Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. Transitive sense “cause to ripple” is from 1786. Meaning “mark or movement suggestive of a scott ripple” is from 1843.
Gabrielle Zevin: The Storied Life of A. Megan Stine: Who Was Marie Curie? Look what I’ve been working on for a commissioned project! Actually, a parent from Rebecca’s school asked if she could pay me to make three baby blankets for her sister. But “commissioned” sounds so much more important, doesn’t it? This is the first, I finished it a couple of weeks ago and am now working on the second, which is knitted, and Dodger blue. Aside from the colors, I was given complete artistic license.
Which, sometimes, is harder than just being asked to make a certain pattern. So, after fussing about for way too long looking online for different baby blanket patterns, and then messing around with different stitch patterns, I finally came up with this crocheted ripple pattern that gives a nice, soft wave. My blanket measures 36″ x 36″. The chosen colors were Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla. Oh, I mean Chocolate, Pink and Off White. I used 2 skeins of each color, but didn’t use very much of the second skien of each.
Start by chaining 171 stitches across. The pattern repeat is 14, plus 3 extra for the turning chain, which counts as a double crochet. Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from hook. This counts as the first dc of the row. Edited on July 17, 2010 to add: When I say to decrease 2x, I mean to decrease twice in a row, thereby turning 4 stitches into 2.
I’ve also rewritten a little bit of the pattern to make it clearer, hopefully. Oh, and it might help you to know that dc stands for double crochet in American terminology. For my blanket, I worked 2 rows of each color, starting with Off White, then Pink, then Chocolate, then going back to Off White. I will definitely do this again in random colors and maybe experiment with different stripe widths. If you find any mistakes, please let me know and I’ll try to fix it right away. Hope you like it, if you make one be sure and leave a comment with a link – I’d love to see. Yea for writing your own pattern!
Is it just me, or is everyone breaking for the freezer to see what ice cream’s left? I’ve been wanting to try one of the ripple stitches but never make it through. Maybe with your instructions I will. You are a very talented designer.
I saw this blanket in person and the colors and stitch combination is really beautiful. I started one of those blankets over a year ago and you are on your second after a few weeks! Well, at least you wrote this nifty pattern. I’ll never be able to remember what I was doing before. And I’m with Liz–how do you get your stitches so perfect? I am only on row 4, but it is wonderful and easy to follow. If you like, I can post a pic of mine when it is finished.