Teeny Ripples is a cuddly, crochet preemie blanket with gentle, rolling ripples. It’s also ideal for a stroller since you won’t have long edges sticking out to get stuck in the wheels. This pattern is part of my charity spotlight series and is designed to meet the donation requirements of the Amelia Project.
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January’s Featured Organization: The Amelia Project
Kim started The Amelia Project after her own daughter (who is now happy and healthy) was born at just 26 weeks old and under 2 pounds. After her daughter spend almost five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Kim wanted to give back. Her own daughter had received a handmade blanket while in the NICU and she wanted to make sure that other families had special blankets to comfort them, too.
Kim created a Ravelry group for The Amelia Project. Several times a year, she posts a new delivery date and asks crocheters and knitters to send handmade blankets to her in time for delivery to West Virginia NICUs. As of this writing, the next delivery date is Mother’s Day, but blankets will need to arrive by May 1, 2019 to be included.
How To Make Great Preemie Blankets for The Amelia Project
The NICUs Kim works with prefer their blankets to measure at least 20″ (51 cm) across on the shortest side. Use an easy care (machine washable and dryable) yarn, so blankets can be easily cared for to keep the preemies healthy. Use a soft acrylic, polyester, or cotton yarn because preemie skin may be extra sensitive. Make sure that yarn tails are woven in securely to avoid a choking hazard. Minimize small holes in your project so tiny fingers won’t get caught.
About Teeny Ripples
I used a super soft yarn, Lion Brand Feels Like Butta, for my version of the Teeny Ripples preemie blanket. Although the Teeny Ripples pattern has eyelets, use a smaller than typical crochet hook to keep those eyelets very small so fingers won’t get caught. I alternated colors to keep it visually interesting for families, but you can make this pattern in a solid color or by using just two (instead of four) colors.
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Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This rolling ripple pattern makes a lovely baby blanket. Use a smaller hook so that the eyelets won’t catch tiny fingers. This pattern is sized for donation to the Amelia Project.
- Preemie/Stroller Blanket: 25” (63.5 cm) wide x 24” (61 cm) long.
- Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn (100% polyester, 3.5 oz/100 g, 218 yd/199 m) – 2 skeins each in 108 Dusty Blue (CA), 106 Ice (CB), 156 Mint (CC), and 100 White (CD), or approximately 218 yd (199 m) each in any medium weight yarn. PLEASE NOTE: I used almost exactly one skein of each yarn for this pattern. If your gauge is different than mine, you may need more yarn to make a blanket of the same size. That’s why I’ve listed 2 skeins of each colorway in the supply list.
- US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 24 sts (including ch-1 sp) = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- CD – Color D
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Find tips for working with a long foundation chain in this tutorial.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rows does not count as a stitch.
- Change colors at the end of Row 3 in the final yo of the last dc. This helpful video by AllFreeCrochet demonstrates how to change colors using this method.
- Carry the unworked yarn up side, rather than fastening off the yarn, unless otherwise indicated. Yarn tails will be covered by edging.
- With CA, ch 122, or any multiple of 17 sts, + 3 sts (see Pattern Notes).
- Row 1: (Right Side) Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as dc), 2 dc in next ch, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch, [sk 1 ch, dc in next ch] 5 times, *sk 1 ch, 2 dc in each of next 6 ch, [sk 1 ch, dc in next ch] 5 times; rep from * across to last 4 ch, sk 1 ch, 2 dc in each of last 3 ch, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in each of next 3 sts, [sk 1 st, dc in next st] 5 times, *sk 1 st, 2 dc in each of next 6 sts, [sk 1 st, dc in next st] 5 times; rep from * across to last 4 sts, sk 1 st, 2 dc in each of next 3 sts, changing to CA in last yo of final dc.
- Rows 4-5: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
- Rows 6-7: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CA in last yo of final dc.
- Rows 8-31: Rep Rows 4-7, 6 times.
- Rows 32-33: Rep Rows 4-5. Fasten off CA.
- Rows 34-35: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CC in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CB.
- Rows 36-37: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CD in last yo of final dc.
- Rows 38-39: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CC in last yo of final dc.
- Rows 40-67: Rep Rows 36-39, 7 times.
- Rows 68-69: Rep Rows 36-37. Fasten off CC.
- Rows 70-71: Rep Rows 2-3, changing to CA in last yo of final dc. Fasten off CD.
First Side: With Right Side facing, turn to work along straight edge and work over yarn tails. Ch 2, [2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next row] across to foundation row, 2 sc in side of foundation row. Fasten off CA.
Second Side: With Right Side facing, join CC with slip st on other straight edge of blanket at foundation chain. Ch 1, [2 sc in side of next row, sc in side of next row] across to final row, 2 sc in side of final row. Fasten off CC.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.