Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Interlocking Ripple Baby Afghan



I can finally reveal the ripple baby afghan I made
to give to my daughter at the baby shower.
 This is the first time I've made a ripple 
and I'm delighted with how well it turned out!


I used Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn in 7 colors:
Peapod, Mint Charm, Baby Blue, Infant Teal, Surf Baby, Sunkisses, and Angel. 
I used  a 6/G/4.25mm hook.

I made ripples (hills and valleys) with sets of 14 stitches.
My initial chain was 14 sets of 14,  plus 2.
It's 80 rows long.
And has a row of single crochet all around the edges to finish it off.

I found inspiration for the interlocking ripple design at Lucy's Attic24.
And I learned how to crochet the ripple with Mikey at The Crochet Crowd.
He's a wonderful teacher.  I highly recommend his youtube videos.



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52 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Ripples are a lot of fun aren't they! :)

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    1. Laurie, it took me a bit of time to get used to it, because all I'd done before was granny squares. The straight runs were easy enough, but the adding and decreasing (to create the turns) were new to me. And the constant switching back and forth from one kind of stitch to another got me confused a few times. But later I just fell into the rhythm.

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  2. You definitely have bragging rights on this beautiful afghan.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It was certainly a new experience for me, but one I enjoyed.

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  3. I just love those colors! My grandma used to make this same pattern.

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    1. Thank you, Michaele. Me too. I think the ripple pattern has stood the test of time. :-)

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  4. Gayle, this is so beautiful! I tried Lucy's interlocking pattern and ended up tearing it all out. You have mastered it! I know your daughter loved it:). Twyla

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    1. Thank you, Twyla! I did have to keep checking to see where I was and what color came next. Did have to pull out three rows after I messed up about half way through. Luckily I saw it before I'd gone too far.

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  5. So cute, I'm sure she will enjoy it.


    M : )

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  6. This is so pretty! I've always loved making ripple afghans but I'm not familiar with the interlocking pattern. Must check it out!

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    1. This was my first time to try a ripple. Quite different from the granny squares I'd made before. But I need to keep learning new things.

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  7. It is a beautiful rug. I don't think I have seen a ripple rug before. Lucky daughter.

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  8. Hello Gayle,

    You made a wonderful afghan! How special it must be for your daughter to receive this ... a heirloom! Dutch greetings, Carolien

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    1. Thank you, Carolien. I think she liked it.

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  9. Gorgeous Afghan!! Gorgeous, both in design and colour!! Wow, I am impressed with your first attempt at making a ripple.....looks as if you have been making them forever!!

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    1. Thank you , Kim. I made a practice piece about 3 inches long, to learn how to make the hills and valleys, before I launched into the whole blanket.

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  10. It turned out great and I love the colors! Just needs a little baby wrapped up in it:@)

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    1. I agree, the baby will make the blanket!! Can't wait!!

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  11. I am not surprised you are delighted it has turned out a beautiful baby blanket. I love the colours you have chosen, they remind me of the beach. Such a lovely calming blanket xx

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    1. They are beachy colors, aren't they. I didn't realize that until you mentioned it here.

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  12. It is so, so pretty! I've always loved the ripple pattern, but have never attempted it myself. Maybe I need to look up the youtube videos you recommended and learn how to do it.

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    1. Thank you, Anke. I like his style of teaching. He shows/explains everything, all the little details that beginners like me need to know.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL . . . just so beautiful!

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  14. The colours are lovely - a little like those in my hexie quilt too. So this will be your first grandchild? How very exciting!

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    1. First grandchild! So excited! Yes, we share a love for the same colors.

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  15. Oh this little blanket is just so sweet and what a nice job you did. I'm sure it will become someone's treasure.
    Linda

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  16. I never made a ripple , will give it a try. I really love your colors. I am sorry i am not on facebook.

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    1. This was my first time to make a ripple, too.

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  17. Hello Gayle, the colours are gorgeous and I love the ripple effect.

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  18. Oh, it is so adorable and sweet!! LOve all those pretty colors!! I am still working on my first ripple using the same pattern! xo Heather

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I know yours will turn out beautifully. Everything you make is gorgeous!

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  19. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I wish I knew how to crochet better. There are so many cute crochet patterns out there! I was looking at your garden blog and you have lots of nice things in pots. I start out with some things in pots but get weary watering and deadheading them! I love tea cups too but just have a few of them. Looks like you are a very talented lady! Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! You are sweet to say so. Hope you come back for another visit soon!

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  20. It's just marvelous! You did an amazing job.

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  21. Really lovely. I'm going to go to visit the video. I've got learning to crochet on my list for this year.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I hope you do take a look at some of his videos. He does a good job of explaining.

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  22. Wow! That's so lovely! I'm working on a crocheted baby afghan too, but it's all yellow. Thanks for the links!

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    1. Thank you Becca. Can't wait to see your completed baby afghan.

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  23. It is so beautiful! I love the pretty colours you chose! Your daughter will love it!
    Gill xx

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  24. Gayle it's just beautiful.......love the colours you used.
    I haven't mastered the ripple stitch, but must give it another whilr.

    Claire :)

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    1. Thank you Claire! There are apparently several variations of the ripple stitch. The one taught on the video seemed to make sense to me.

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