Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander

click here for larger sizeSherbet Ripple Baby Blanket

Design by Darla Fanton

It's classic, it's reversible, and, when you use your baby yarn scraps, it's as soft as a cloud. The popular ripple pattern is given new life with a reversible technique you'll love -- especially since each colored row uses only 14 yards!

Skill Level
Intermediate

Finished Size
36 x 46 inches

Materials

  • Bernat Softee Baby fine (sport) weight yarn (5 oz/455 yds/140g per ball):
    • 1 ball #2000 white
    • 7 oz/637 yds/198g assorted scrap colors
  • Size H/8 afghan hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge
Point to point = 3 1/2 inches;
2 rows = 1 inch

Pattern Notes
Each colored row (consisting of a work-off pass and a pick-up pass) requires approximately 14 yards.
For the return portion of row, when you work the next loop off the hook following the chain 3, it actually creates a 4th chain so that on the next row when you skip a chain, pick up loop in each of the next 2 chains, you will be picking up loops in the center 2 of 4 chains.

Instructions

Afghan
Row 1: With desired scrap color, ch 244, hold back all lps on hook, working through back bar of ch (see illustration), pull up lp in 2nd back bar from hook, pull up lp in each of the back bar of ch across, first half of row completed. (244 lps on hook)
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For return, yo, pull through first 3 lps on hook, *[yo, pull through 2 lps] 9 times, ch 3, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 9 times, yo, pull through 5 lps, rep from * across, ending with yo, pull through 4 lps, last lp counts as first st of next row.
Row 2: Holding back all lps on hook, ch 1, sk first group *pick up lp under next vertical bar, [yo, sk next vertical bar, pick up lp under next vertical bar] 4 times, yo, sk next ch, [pick up lp in next ch] twice, yo, pick up lp under next vertical bar, [yo, sk next vertical bar, pick up lp under next vertical bar] 4 times, sk group, rep from *, ending with pick up lp in top of final group. For return, work as for row 1.
Row 3: Pick up lps as for row 2 noting that the vertical bars you will sk in fact look more diagonal than vertical. Fasten off color.
For return, place white on hook with slip knot, pull slip knot through first 3 lps on hook, work as for row 1 from *.
Row 4: Pick up lps as for row 3, drop white at end of row, but do not fasten off, instead carry along side edge, twisting to avoid holes. For return, place next scrap color on hook and continue as for row 3.
Row 5: Rep row 2.
Row 6: Rep row 3 to pick up lps. For return, pick up white and work as for row 1.
Row 7: Rep row 4.
Row 8: Rep row 6.
Row 9: Rep row 4.
Row 10: Rep row 2.
Rows 11-86: Rep rows 2-10, noting that since you are carrying the white along the side edge, the return portion of row 3 will now be the same as the return for row 6.
Row 87: Rep row 2.
After completing the return portion of row 87, bind off in the following manner, ch 1, sk first group, *[pick up lp under next vertical bar and pull through lp already on hook] 9 times, [pick up lp in next ch and pull through lp already on hook] 4 times, [pick up lp under next vertical bar and pull through
lp already on hook] 9 times, sk group rep from * across, ending
with pick up lp in top of final group and pull through lp on hook. Fasten off.

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