Crochet Ripple Blanket for Beginners | Zigzag Blanket

ripple blanket Have you been searching for an easy to crochet ripple blanket, also known as a zigzag blanket? Well, search no longer. This is a pattern you can easily crochet. Additionally, once you’ve established about 6 rows, you can follow the stitches from the row below the row you’re working on. You won’t have to continually refer to the pattern.

Crochet Ripple Blanket for Beginners (zigzag Blanket) – Sized for a crib or baby carriage
  • Hook 5.0 or 5.5 MM
  • Yarn used in this pattern: Loops and Threads Snuggly Wuggly (DK 11 wpi)  Note: I purchased 2 skeins of the lavender and 2 of the white; however, upon completing the project, 90%  of the lavender skein remained and 90% of the white skein remained. It’s possible that you could do this project with only 1 skein of each color; however, it’s better to have leftover yarn than to be short and unable to find the yarn again.
  • Scissors and needle for weaving in ends

HELP: Watch this video to learn DCtog-over-3. While the video indicates that the demonstrated stitch is 3dctog – it is the same stitch as DCtog-over-3. Watch this video to learn how to DC2tog.

With color 1, chain 136.
Row 1: DC in 4th chain from hook • skip next chain • [DC in next 9 chains] • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain • DC in next 9 chains • [DC2tog-over 3]-5 times • DC in next 9 chains • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain • DC in next 9 chains • skip next chain, DC2tog • turn. You should have 6 ripples.

Row 2: Chain 3 • DC in the first stitch •skip next stitch • DC in next 9 stitches • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain-1 space • DC in next 9 stitches • [DC2tog-over 3]-5 times • DC in next 9 stitches • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next stitch • DC in next 9 stitches • skip next stitch • DC2tog, turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2. Fasten off. Begin row 4 with color 2.

For the blanket, you will continue to repeat row 2.

This pattern is for 3 rows of color 1 and 3 rows of color 2.

Weave in any loose ends.

For the border: I crocheted 3 rows of single crochet all around the blanket. In the corners, I stitched 2 single crochet stitches. On the sides without single chains to stitch into, crochet 2 single crochet stitches into each double crochet space.

Crochet Ripple Blanket

I forgot to measure my finished blanket before I wrapped it as a gift, but it will fit a crib nicely. I like this pattern because it looks good horizontally and vertically.

 

 

Patriotic Crochet Patterns

With Memorial Day and July 4th nearing, you might want patriotic crochet patterns to make something festive for your home or for yourself. Below you’ll find five patterns that I found interesting.

patriotic crochet patterns

Here is key to the crochet patterns above:

  1. 4th of July or National Flower Day This is a free Ravelry pattern.
  2. Stars! This is a free pillow pattern.
  3. Americana Place Setting Now you can set your table for every patriotic occasion. This is a Ravelry pattern.
  4. Let Freedom Ring Here’s an afghan you can cover up with all year.
  5. Star Spangled Banner This is just the garland you need special American holidays. Find on Ravelry.

BONUS: Vintage American Flag Throw – Make up an absolutely beautiful throw! You’ll find this on Ravelry.

Crochet Snowflake Patterns

Here are six crochet snowflake patterns that you can use to create tree ornaments, gift tags, decor for canned jams, or in the case of pattern #5 – gear for your ears. There are many more snowflake patterns on Ravelry; so many in fact, your tree could be entirely decorated with snowflakes, with no two the same. Find the key to the crochet patterns and instructions for stiffening crochet snowflakes below.

crochet snowflake patterns

  1. Chain Loop Snowflake – Ravelry
  2. Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry
  3. Crocheted Snowflakes – Martha Stewart. You’ll find several free patterns for snowflakes here.
  4. Irish Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry
  5. Snowflake Earrings with Pearl Accent – Ravelry
  6. Easy Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry

How to Stiffen Crochet Snowflakes

  1. Mix an equal amount of glue and water. Put the water in the bowl first, then add the glue. If you only have a couple of snowflakes to stiffen, you won’t need more than 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of glue.
  2. Mix until the consistency is smooth and even.
  3. Dip the snowflakes in the stiffener; make sure both sides are coated.
  4. Lay the snowflakes on waxed paper and blot gently with a paper towel.
  5. Transfer the snowflakes to a blocking board (cover the blocking board with waxed paper). Use multiple, rust-proof pins to block the snowflakes into shape.
  6. Dry 12 or more hours. If the snowflakes aren’t stiffened to your liking. Re-dip and dry the snowflakes.
  7. If you want the snowflakes to be shiny. You can spray them with a gloss sealer.

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