Directions to Ripple Crochet

    CRAFTS CLASSES
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    by Jessica Cook

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    Jessica Cook has been writing since high school when she wrote for TeenGrrl.com and GirlZone.com. During college she wrote for her university's e-zine, department newsletter and an education journal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University and an Educational Specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.

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    A ripple crochet stitch creates a zig-zag appearance with a series of crocheted hills and valleys. It is a classic stitch pattern, often used in afghans and scarves. You can make a crocheted ripple stitch using almost any stitch pattern and combination once you the the basic format. To vary the look, change yarn colors every two to three rows to make a striped ripple. You will need a working understanding of crochet stitch terminology to work a ripple crochet stitch.

    Things You'll Need

    • Worsted weight yarn
    • Crochet hook, size I

    Chain a multiple of 11 stitches. For this practice pattern, chain 22 stitches.

    Crochet a double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook. The first three chain stitches counts as a double crochet. Make a double crochet stitch in each of the next two double crochets to make a total of four double crochet stitches.

    Work the first "hill" in the ripple pattern. Crochet three double crochet stitches in the next chain. Work back down the hill by making one double crochet stitch in each of the next four stitches.

    Make the first "valley" in the ripple pattern. Skip the next two chain stitches. Work back up the valley by making a double crochet stitch in each of the next four stitches. Finish the row by making one more hill, four more stitches, one more valley, and four more stitches. Chain three and turn.

    Skip the base of the turning chain and the next double crochet. Make a double crochet in the following stitch. Make one more double crochet stitch in each of the next two double crochets to make a total of four double crochet stitches, including the turning chain. Make three double crochets in the next stitch, which is the center of the three-double crochet hill you made in row one. Make one double crochet in each of the next four stitches. Make a valley by skipping two stitches. Make one double crochet in each of the next four stitches. Continue this pattern across the row, making hills in the top of the hills from the last row, then four double crochets, then skip two stitches and make four more double crochets. When you come to the end of the row you should have five stitches left. Double crochet in each of the first three of those stitches, skip the fourth stitch and double crochet in the last stitch. Chain three and turn.

    Repeat the pattern from row two until your rippled stitch piece measures the desired length, then finish off.

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