Crochet Pattern: Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket with video tutorial

Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | This easy ripple pattern uses just one stitch and includes a video tutorial. This simple, beginner-friendly ripple pattern creates gentle waves. Use six colors or make it scrappy.In New York City, we’re in the midst of a cold wave, complete with a heavy snow storm just a few days ago. Work has been a bit stressful, so I decided to do some “comfort crocheting” to get through the chilly nights at home, and a cozy throw seemed like just the right project.

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I like my “comfort crochet” projects to be easy so I don’t need to think too much. I can let the repetitive motions of the crochet hook calm my nerves while watching a project appear before my eyes. I picked the stitch pattern for this blanket because it is so simple. It uses just one stitch (my favorite, the half double crochet) and the decreases don’t involve any fancy stitchery (just skipping stitches).

Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | This easy ripple pattern uses just one stitch and includes a video tutorial. This simple, beginner-friendly ripple pattern creates gentle waves. Use six colors or make it scrappy.I choose the colors because I had these on hand and I like the gradient look. If you wanted something less earthy, you could choose five blues and a white, or five greens and a white, or, well, you get the picture. Luckily, there are a lot of color options (over 130) in Red Heart Super Saver.


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Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | This easy ripple pattern uses just one stitch and includes a video tutorial. This simple, beginner-friendly ripple pattern creates gentle waves. Use six colors or make it scrappy.The other reason I chose Red Heart Super Saver for this project is that it reminds me of MC’s ripple blanket, made for him by his aunt (using Super Saver) back in the day. He’s had this beautiful creation since childhood (and we’re Gen Xers). Yes, it has some rips and stains (he was a teenager with it, after all) but it has lasted through to adulthood. I want this throw to last through the foreseeable future (which, in our case, includes two naughty cats).

If you want to go for a coordinated look, like I did, you’ll need just one skein in each of six colors, but this pattern would also work well as a scrappy throw using leftover bits of yarn from other projects.

Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | This easy ripple pattern uses just one stitch and includes a video tutorial. This simple, beginner-friendly ripple pattern creates gentle waves. Use six colors or make it scrappy.As I was writing this up, I realized it would also be a great beginner ripple pattern (for all the same reasons that it’s an easy project for a more experienced crocheter). Since beginners may have more questions, I’ve included a video tutorial at the end of the pattern.

I learned yesterday (after scheduling the original draft of this pattern) that I’m joining the Red Heart Joy Creators, Red Heart’s Featured Bloggers. It’s a wonderful coincidence that this comfort project is being published just after this announcement. I’m excited to join this group of talented bloggers!

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Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This simple, beginner-friendly ripple pattern creates gentle waves. Use six colors or make it scrappy. A video tutorial is included at the end of the pattern.

Finished Size

  • Lap Throw: 34.5” (87.5 cm) wide x 48” (122 cm) long.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein ea in 312 Black (CA), 365 Coffee (CB), 360 Café Latte (CC), 334 Buff (CD), 313 Aran (CE), and 316 Soft White (CF), or approximately 336 yd (307.5 m) in ea of 6 colors in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.


Gauge

  • 19 sts x 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) 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
  • CE – Color E
  • CF – Color F
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • You may choose to insert your hook in the front, middle, or back loop of the half double crochet stitches starting in Row 2. Each position will create a slightly different look. For best results, use consistent positioning within each row. (I inserted my hook into the middle loop of every stitch in every row.)
  • For tips on working with a long foundation chain, read Easy Fixes for a Foundation Chain with Too Few or Too Many Stitches.
  • A video tutorial is available below the pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Blanket

  • With CA, ch 180 (or any multiple of 14 sts, + 12).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch (counts as hdc), hdc in next 4 ch, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 5 ch, *sk 1 ch, hdc in next ch, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 5 ch, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 5 ch; rep from * across.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), sk first 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 3 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 5 sts, sk next st, hdc in next st, sk next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 3 hdc in next st; rep from * across to last 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sk 1 st, hdc in turning ch.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2 twice, changing to CB with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CA.
  • Rows 5-8: Rep Row 2, 4 times, changing to CC with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CB.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Row 2, 4 times, changing to CD with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 13-16: Rep Row 2, 4 times, changing to CE with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CD.
  • Rows 17-20: Rep Row 2, 4 times, changing to CF with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CE.
  • Rows 21-24: Rep Row 2, 4 times, changing to CA with last yarn over of final hdc of last row rep. Fasten off CF.
  • Rep Rows 5-24 until blanket measures approximately 48” (122 cm) long or desired length, ending after Row 20. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/03/17/free-pattern-gentle-gradient-ripple-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Calling all ripple lovers: Announcing the Ripple Mania CAL!

If you love crochet ripples, you’ve come to the right place. I’m kicking off the Ripple Mania Crochet-A-Long today.  This CAL will teach you everything you need to design your own fabulous ripple projects – how to select a color palette, how to increase and decrease, how to design your own ripple stitch patterns, and how to “square up” your ripples if you want to have straight (modular) pieces. If you just want to dive into crocheting, that’s ok, too!  Each week, I’ll share new ripple stitch patterns for you to crochet. The CAL is free to join.  Each week, an updated PDF will be available to download on Ravelry, and Ravelry members can chat in the Ripple Mania CAL thread in the Underground Crafter group.  (You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download the PDF.)  Once the CAL ends on November 21, Ripple Mania will be converted to a “for sale” pattern ebook.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off! Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 – Ripple Variations Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

All patterns will be available using both U.S. and U.K. crochet pattern abbreviation.  Although I’ll be sharing some photo tutorials for this CAL, you will need to know the chain, US single/UK double crochet, and US double/UK treble crochet stitches. If you need some ideas, check out this Gallery of Ripple Color Inspiration!  (All images are the copyright of the crocheter and are used with permission.)

Rainbow Brite Ripple Blanket by dlander340 on Ravelry.  Pattern: Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket by Judy Hice.

 

Granny Ripple by Wylderghost.  Pattern from Nursery Favorites.

 

Neopolitan Ripple, pattern and sample by Michelle from Greeting Arts blog.

 

Blue Waves by Elizabeth Nardi in Charlotte, NC (izybit on Ravelry).  Pattern: Sunrise Ripple by Carole Prior from Afghans for All Seasons Book 2.

 

Pattern: Neat Ripple by Lucy of Attic 24.  Projects from left to right: Baby Ripple Blanket by kennedysm1th on Ravelry, Baby Ripple Blanket by Littleberry on Ravelry, Henry’s Big boy bed blanket by Tubb on Ravelry, Ripple Baby Blanket by allee-ballee on Ravelry, and Sofadecke by nadias on Ravelry.

 

Autumn Ripple by Anita Edmonds (kirbanita on Ravelry).  (More details in this blog post.)

Wintery Ripple Afghan by Tinochka7 on Ravelry.  Pattern: Wells Ripple Afghan by Anastacia Zittel.

 

Watermelon Ripples by Karen Baisley (KarenRedBaron on Ravelry).  Pattern: Easy Ripple Pattern by Susan B.  Karen took her color inspiration from this project by Linda74.

 

Ripple Afghan by Tamara Gonzales, who blogs at Crochet with Tamara.  (I interviewed Tamara in 2011 here.)

 

Linda74 on Ravelry, who blogs at alottastitches, has created many variations of the Rustic Ripple by Terry Kimbrough.  The pattern is available in several Leisure Arts publications, including Afghans for All Seasons.  Top row projects (from left to right): Lime Candy Cane, Corduroy Colors (Scrappy), The Midas Touch, and Wisteria.  Bottom row projects: Rugby Ripple, Game Day, Ripplin’ in the Wind, and Surf and Sand.

 

Thanks to all of the wonderful Ravelry members and bloggers who allowed me to share their ripple projects to spark your creativity!  Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

 

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