Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Ripple Afghan Tutorial....Finally!!
Thank you for your patience on me getting this tutorial posted! I want to start by saying that I am in no way a crocheting expert...but I do LOVE it ALOT and I do it almost everyday.
The pattern I am using for this particular afghan was found online and written by Susan B. in KC. I hope that with this pattern and some visual guidance you will be on your way to crocheting your first Ripple Afghan.
Chain a multiple of 16 stiches, plus 2 stitches.
For a 40 inch wide afghan , chain 130
For a 55 inch wide afghan, chain 178. (This is the size I am making)
If using a worsted weight yarn: I hook (this is what I am using)
The type of yarn I am using in this particular afghan is : Lion Brand Yarn Jiffy in Fisherman, Caffe, Apple Green, and Country Green.
If you are using a sport weight/3 ply yarn: G hook
3 st decrease: *Yarn over, inert hook through next stitch,yarn over andpull loop through stitch, yarn over and pull through first 2 looops on hook. Repeat from * twice. Yarn over and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
2 st decrease: *Yarn over, insert hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook, repeat from* once. Yarn over and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Row 1: Double crochet(DC) in the 3rd chain from the hook. DC in the next 6 chains. 3 DC in the next chain.
This is how your row should look so far.
By putting the double crochet in the same stitch three times gives you an increase in the ripple of the afghan.
Double crochet in the next 6 chains.
Now here we are going to use the first special stitch which will give you the decrease effect in your ripple of the afghan.
Work 3 st dec in the next 3 chains.
The best way for me to describe this is to start like you are doing a double crochet. Pull your yarn through the first two loops. Yarn over like you would a double crochet in the next chain and pull your yarn through the first two loops leaving you with three loops on your hook. Yarn over again in the next chain pull your yarn through the first two loops. This will leave you with four loops on your hook. Grab the yarn with your hook and pull it through all four loops. Yay!! You just did a decrease!!
Here are some visuals of the decrease stitch:
After the 3 st decrease you will DC in the next 6 chains. Repeat this pattern until you are near the end of the chain and are getting ready to do the last decrease stitch. This last stitch is a 2 st decrease. It is exactly the same as the 3 st decrease except you will only be working in 2 chains instead of 3. This means that instead of pulling your hook through 4 loops you will pull it through 3.You should be at the end of the chain now. Chain 2 and turn. Does this make sense? I hope I am not confusing you!
Row 2: Skip first dc.Dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in the next dc, dc in the next 6 dc. Work 3 st dec in the next 3 stitches (this is the decrease stitch I described above),dc in the next 6 dc. 3 dc in next dc, dc in the next 6 dc. Repeat this pattern until you are on your last decrease and it will be the 2 st dec in the last 2 dc. Chain 2 and turn.
Repeat row 2 until afghan is desired length changing colors as desired.I did each row of colors a little different. Some rows of color are 4 some 3,etc. You can make up your own pattern.
When changing colors there are several ways to do it. This pattern suggests that at the end of the row, when working 2 st dec, drop the current color of yarn when you have the last 3 loops left on your hook to finish the stitch. Yarn over with the new color of yarn and pull through 3 loops on hook. Chain 2 and turn.
This honestly seems too complicated for me. The way I change colors is probably not right but it seems to be working for me. I finish my row and when I am at the end I knot it. I then just take my next color and slip stitch it in the first dc stitch,chain 2 and continue on with the pattern. I weave in the ends as I go.
You can always search for different ways on you tube!!
If you have any questions please let me know. This is the first time I have tried to do anything like this so I apologize if I confuseyou more than help. I will try my best to help you with any issues you might encounter. Also I would love to see your afghans that you create. Leave a link to your blog,etc so that I can share them here! Good luck and have fun!