Thank you for your lovely comments about my baby ripple blanket and the requests for the how to, you can see the original post here. I'm sorry it took a while but here it is at last....
It's amazing how many variations of the ripple or chevron pattern there are. Once you have mastered the art of rippling it's really very easy. The pattern for the three colour ripple baby blanket is the easiest of all because apart from the beginning and end of each row it's all made in three's...
Three colours, which I think is the best combination of all because you can carry your yarn up the side of your work and then hide it with your border so there are no ends to weave in.
You can make your blanket with any thickness of yarn you wish just use the corresponding hook size, I used baby DK and a 4.50 hook.
My finished blanket measured 44"x44" and it took 430 grams of yarn.
I have written this with UK terminology here is a conversion chart....
I'm a big fan of simple I hate complicated or fiddly especially when you want to make something in a hurry, so I never count my starting chain I just chain away until I have the length of blanket I want and then I make half as many chains again sometimes even more, I can can get quite carried away with the chaining in fact it's quite soothing chaining away but better too many than not enough. When you are working the first row keep measuring until it's the width you want and then just cut off your excess chains leaving a tail of a few chains to pull out and weave in at the end.
Those who need a chain count make a swatch of 21 chains + 3 and measure the width, you can then work out how many chains you will need then add three more for your starting chain.
Remember to have 2 trebles (the first treble will be the 3 starting chain) at the start and end of each row then it's..
Three trebles down to the valley,
Three trebles crocheted together over three stitches for the valley
Three trebles up to the top
Three trebles in one stitch for the peak.
for the first row treble in fourth chain.
I hope these pictures explain it better than long drawn out instructions read them from left to right....
To complete the blanket you need to decide whether or not you want to straighten the wavy edge at the top and bottom of your work, if you want to leave it as it is just work three rows of dc around the blanket and then a final round of reversed dc or crab stitch. I think it looks nice wavy but for this particular blanket I straightened the edge.....
|ch 1 turn, dc in same place as ch1, 1dc,2htr, 3tr, 2htr|
|2htr, 3dc in corner and 2dc in each colour down the side.|
then two dc in each colour up side edge to the top finishing with 3 dc in the corner
work two more rounds of dc with 3dc at each corner and finish with a final round of reversed dc or crab stitch
I hope that this tutorial was helpful for those of you who are beginner crocheters or ripplers it can be confusing until you get the hang of it but once you do I can assure you you will love it. If it's still not clear or if you need any more help just ask.
You can find another simple ripple pattern here just keep going to make it into a blanket.
Find a print friendly version of this pattern here