I can’t put it down!

Helloooo!!

New project on the go….

I’ve been wanting to crochet a ripple pattern blanket since I finished my Granny Squares one in May. My favourite ripples are at Playing At Craft, The Lazy Crafter and Attic 24. The great thing is, Lucy at Attic 24 has written a very clear photo tutorial here which is great for beginners like me.

My yarn arrived a couple of days ago. It is Stylecraft 100% Acrylic Double Knit so it didn’t break the bank. It was actually recommended to me by the lovely Trish at Made by Patch. Her blog is well worth a look. She mainly does crochet but there are several other strings to her bow. Go and see for yourselves!

Here is my yarn. I have two of each of eight colours. Maybe there’ll be some left for other hooky magic🙂

The pattern suggested you should try a practice piece first which turned out fine. You can see how clear Lucy’s pattern is. I shrunk the photos before printing it to save trees🙂

All going well…so back along the other way for row 2.

I was happy with the trial run so I started the foundation chain for real. It seemed like a never ending first row. I had enough chain for 308 stitches plus 3 chains and needed to end on the correct stitch. I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t work out! In case you don’t know already, the ripples are formed by a series of trebles, decreases, trebles, increases then repeating all the way along. (I think trebles are doubles in the States but don’t quote me on that. )

Now the 2nd row…

Time to change colour. That will hold my interest in a big project.

Nice colours but I’m beginning to worry. I kept calm (my OH would disagree here!) and carried on. Have you spotted my reason for concern?

Maybe you can now…. The foundation chain is too tight and is causing the edge to flick up😦

So I contacted Lucy the pattern writer…..Is this supposed to happen or should I have made a much slacker chain? If I had to start again to put it right, so be it. Within minutes Lucy advised this is a common problem. I should have done a slacker chain or used a larger hook to make it. Oh well, time to wind the wool up and start again. NO!!! That was the cry of my OH who strongly suggested I leave the first one intact and get the new one going before pulling the first one out. I wish I had his wisdom😉 I didn’t really mind having to start again. It was only an evening’s work and I’d enjoyed doing it and getting used to the pattern.

So I started again and I hope you can see the difference. I certainly can. It was worth keeping the first one just to see the difference here😀

Then more rows were added.

All is well that ends well so they say🙂 Thanks to Lucy and Missy Patch again. You both did a grand job:-)

I can’t put it down!

Avis x

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44 Comments

  1. Looking great. I love the colours you’ve chosen. No wonder you can’t put it down!

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    • It is difficult to take photos in such poor rapidly changing light but you get the idea. Purples, teal and turquoise, my favourites🙂 Avis x

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  2. wow! I admire your patience xx you go girl xx

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  3. Oooooohhhhhh it’s beautiful. Lovely colours. I haven’t done a ripple…yet.. so it’s good to know about your foundation chain problem. Might be next on the list lol! Worthwhile starting again too -easier to do it at the beginning than leave it until later when you have done so much more and discover its still annoying you or even getting worse, even though the temptation is strong to leave it and carry on. Looking forward to seeing it grow😀

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    • Yes, it makes sense to make it slack because it has to bend around the outside edge but, me being a novice, I didn’t realise. It’s still growing🙂

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  4. claire93

     /  November 17, 2012

    I’m in admiration ^^

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  5. I can believe that you can’t stop! That is going to be so beautiful blanket! I haven’t done any stripes even would like to. I need a cowl; perhaps I could make that with stripes! Fortunately it’s not cold yet but it’s raining toooooooo much and all the time. I don’t mind the rain but the problems it brings here. I go to knit my jacket so I can start a stripe-cowl. Have a lovely crochet evening! x Teje

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    • Hi Teje, I’m busy with it now. There is about 6 inches complete already🙂
      This pattern would make a lovely cowl. The pattern is written for multiples of 14 stitches. My practice piece in the photo has 28 stitches and is 6.5 inches wide. That should help you decide how many stitches to use. Good luck. It makes up really fast! Avis x

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      • Thank you Avis! I think I have to start before I finish the jacket …
        Here it rains and then it rains more and then even more! Oh! Wonderful Sunday to you my friend! x Teje

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        • We have thick, thick frost brrrr!! I knew you would have to start a cowl soon😉 …..it will make up in no time at all. Have a lovely day Teje! Hugs to all in Crete😀 Avis x

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  6. That is coming along so nicely. Retreating back to “square one” is never fun but, generally is worth it in the long run….one really hates to live with regrets/”what if” thoughts!!! Had to do a bit of backtracking my self today…..no way around it and, of course, it was worth it!!!! Progress on this will be fun to watch….hugs, D

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    • Thank you Doreen🙂 Exactly! I was only 80% happy with it and I’m sure that would have diminished as I continued to only see the “problem”. Now I love it 100% so it was well worth restarting. I hope your project turned out well too! Avis x

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  7. Simply gorgeous colours you have chosen Avis. I love watching ripple blankets grow on the blogs. Making a Lucy ripple blanket is on my bucket list one day, when my beginner crochet skills get better. Until then I am going to enjoy watching your beautiful blanket grow.🙂

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  8. lisasff

     /  November 18, 2012

    Wow! You’re ripping through the ripple, even with starting over. Very impressed, and I really love those warm colors you’ve chosen

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    • I love things to make up fast. No getting bored that way😉 Crochet is much faster than knitting for me and this one is easy to pick up and put down. Avis x

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  9. Gorgeous, can’t wait to see your progress!!! I too am a huge Lucy and Trish fan🙂 Thank you for liking my post xxx

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  10. witchylin

     /  November 18, 2012

    Just love the colour choices Avis. It was certifiably worth starting again. A cowl would be perfect for this time of year. We too had the frost and now the sun is shining and it is a magical autumn day. Finished my witch doll and cushion covers for my friend, now on to stuff for me again. Well actually it is for me but it isn’t crafty. Off to start to rebuild my Series 2A Land Rover.🙂
    Oooooo! something else exciting on your blog. Will keep watching.

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    • witchylin

       /  November 18, 2012

      Where on earth did certifiably come from. Should have been certainly!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Thank you Lin🙂 I’m so pleased you managed to finish your surprises on time! Rebuilding an old Land Rover sounds like fun. It reminds me of the Meccano kits we used to play with decades ago😉 Our car is in the garage being fixed at the moment. The fuel is leaking from an injector and apparently we are lucky not to have had the engine on fire!!!!! Hope it is ready for Saturday in time for the show! Avis x

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  11. My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 6 years old! I´ve done a lot, but never this pattern. You have choosen lovely colours! This is gonnna be nice🙂
    Gun, Sweden

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    • My Mum taught me to knit when I was about the same age. When I was about 11 years old I taught myself to crochet from a book. I made a tank top pullover. They were the height of fashion in the 70’s and Mum wouldn’t buy ready made woollens so I had no choice but to make one from her scraps. I felt soooo cool and fashionable. How times have changed😀 Avis x

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  12. The colors are very pretty. So is the pattern.

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  13. Gorgeous! I tried ripple crochet awhile ago but I haven’t thought about it since, until I saw this beautiful project.

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  14. Very nice colors, and they look good together. Thank you for sharing. Best regards, Mtetar

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  15. These two little words ‘ripple scarf’ keep nagging me since I first read this entry.🙂 Some of the sock yarn from my stash, maybe? Would make a nice project for my lunch breaks. Oh, Avis, now you’re giving me ideas as well!😉

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