Crocheting a Ripple Baby Blanket

Crocheting a baby blanket does not take a great deal of skill. There are several patterns that are quite easy and can be learned very easily especially is you have someone who can show you. You can learn from a pattern book but it is always easier to have someone show you in person.  Crocheting a ripple baby blanket is easy. Once you have mastered the basic stitches in crocheting even a novice can create a baby blanket that will impress both family and friends.

They make a wonderful shower gift for friends and family who may not crochet themselves. A favorite design is the zigzag or ripple design. It has ripples that can be as deep as you choose. It looks a lot more complicated than it really is. In order to know what size hook to use, you need to know a little about the way you crochet.

If you crochet loosely then you can use a smaller hook, if you crochet tightly then you need to use a larger hook. If this is a first project, purchase a variety pack of hooks so that you will have what you need once you recognize your particular style. Pick a pack that includes at least an F G and H.

This is a nice tight pattern without a lot of holes and makes a very snugly and warm blanket. You need to decide if you want to make a blanket for the crib, the carriage, the bassinet. You can even use this pattern to make an afghan for a twin children’s bed.

Begin by chaining on stitches. You should first decide the dimensions of your afghan. Measure the bed, crib or carriage that you want to blanket for. Keep your yard stick close by as you start chaining. Stop when you reach the desired length.

For a crib this will be around 150 chains. The pattern is as follows, two single crochets into the second chain from the hook, and then single crochet into the next six chains, skip two chains, single crochet in the next six chains, three single crochets into the next chain, single crochet into the next six chains, continue through the end of your chain, don’t worry if you have an odd number of stitches in your chain, that can be corrected when you are finished. Turn the piece and begin again with the same pattern.

If you are using only one color then you can just continue until your afghan reaches the length that you want. If you want to change colors you can do this very easily. Most patterns don’t encourage a knot but if you use one, just leave very long ends when you join the two colors together, these can be woven into the afghan later and will not show.

Once you have mastered this pattern you can invent your own variations, it is a very forgiving pattern. If you want to go 8 single crochets you will get deeper ripples, 10 even deeper, it is up to you. Experiment, it keeps this pattern exciting.

One yarn that works well for this pattern is Lion. Whatever yarn you choose it should be very soft and durable. It needs to be able to be thrown into the washer on a regular basis and come out ready for more. Once you have master this pattern, you will be ready to go out and try some others and expand your skill level.

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