Easy Ripple Afghan
This afghan works up fairly quickly and is good for charity projects.
- Worsted weight acrylic yarn in desired colors. About 12 ounces each of 3 different colors (36 ounces total) will make a 40 inch by 60 inch afghan (the ideal size for Project Linus). I made a 40 inch by 60 inch afghan using 10 three ounce skeins of variegated yarn.
- Sport or baby sport yarn. I made a 42 inch by 39 inch afghan with about 21 ounces of baby sport yarn.
- crochet hook
- Crochet hook size I for worsted weight yarn
- Crochet hook size G for sport weight/3-ply yarn
|worsted wt. yarn||sport yarn|
|8 rows = 5 inches||8 rows = 4 inches|
|1 pattern repeat is 5 inches wide||1 pattern repeat is 3.75 inches wide|
- ch - chain
- dc - double crochet
- yo - yarn over
- 3 st dec - 3 stitch decrease (also known as: dc3tog)
- *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * twice. Yo and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
- 2 st dec - 2 stitch decrease (also known as: dcdec or dc2tog)
- *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * once. Yo and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Chain a multiple of 16 stitches plus 2 stitches.
For a 40 inch wide afghan in worsted weight yarn, chain 130.
For a 55 inch wide afghan in worsted weight yarn, chain 178.
For a 41 inch wide afghan in sport weight/3-ply yarn, chain 178.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook; dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in
next ch, dc in next 6 ch; *work 3 st dec in next 3 ch, dc in next 6
ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; Repeat from * across. End by
working 2 st dec in last 2 ch. Ch 2 and turn.
Note: The valleys will probably be shallower than the peaks at this point. Work another row or two and they should even up.
Row 2: Skip first stitch; dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; *work 3 st dec in next 3 stitches, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 dc. Ch 2 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until afghan is desired length changing, colors as desired. If you are using more than one color of yarn, I suggest changing colors every 2 rows.
At end of row, when working the 2 st dec, drop the current color of yarn when you have the last 3 loops left on your hook to finish the stitch. Yarn over with new color of yarn and pull through 3 loops on hook. Ch 2 and turn.
Leave 5 or 6 inch ends of each color of yarn to weave in.
Weave all yarn ends in securely.
Variation 1 - Ribbed Ripple:
Beginning with Row 2, work all stitches in the back loop only to create a ribbed effect.
Baby Ripple Afghan Example
Click on the photo to see and read about this baby afghan made with the Easy Ripple Afghan pattern.