What do you think of when you are asked “What does summer mean to you?” For me it’s: BBQ, ice cold drinks, swimming pools, red, white and blue, and snuggling under an afghan watching the fireworks. This free crochet ripple afghan is the perfect sized throw to carry along when you’re headed out to view the 4th of July fireworks. When it comes to the ripple afghan, there is no denying its popularity, but with the proud addition of the red, white and blue we love during the summer, you are sure to have people asking where you got your fabulous blanket. Why not impress them and tell them how easy it was to make your own? If you are a beginner and are on a mission to learn how to crochet an afghan, this is a great place to start. If you can do the basic double crochet, and you are a little adventurous, this is the ripple afghan pattern for you.
Designed by Marianne Forrestal for Red Heart Yarns
Skill Level: Easy
- RED HEART® Super Saver®: 3 skeins each of 385 Royal A, 316 Soft White B; 2 skeins of 319 Cherry Red C
- Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm [US I-9] or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
One repeat = 4¼” (11 cm) across; 5 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
- A, B, C. = color A, B, C
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- mm = millimeters
- sc = single crochet
- st(s) = stitch (es)
- yo = yarn over
- * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
- [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
- dc3tog (worked over 3 sts) = [Yo and draw up a loop in next st, yo and draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
- sc3tog (worked over 3 sts) = [draw up a loop in next st] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Note: Join and cut colors as required.
- Join and cut colors as required.
- To Change Color in Dc: Work last dc before color change until 2 loops remain on hook, drop color in use, with next color to be used yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; continue with new color.
- Color Sequence: 4 rows A, [2 rows B, 2 rows C, 2 rows B] 5 times.
With A, ch 132.
Row 1 (Right Side): Dc in third ch from hook and in next 6 ch, dc3tog over next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch, *3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch, dc3tog over next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch; repeat from * to last ch; 2 dc in last ch; turn – 8 ripples.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first 7 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc, *3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc; repeat from * to last st; 2 dc in top of ch-3; turn.
Row 3: Working in back loops only except for first 2 and last 2 sts of row (which are worked in both loops), ch 3, dc in same dc and next 6 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc, *3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc; repeat from * to last st; 2 dc in top of ch-3; turn.
Row 4: Working in both loops, ch 3, dc in first 7 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc, *3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, dc3tog over next 3 dc, dc in next 6 dc; repeat from * to last st; 2 dc in top of ch-3 changing to next color in last dc, changing to B in last dc; turn.
Rows 5-50: Repeat Rows 3 and 4, keeping continuity of color sequence.
Rows 51-54: With A, repeat Rows 3 and 4. At the end of Row 54, do not fasten off A.
Ch 1, 3 sc in first dc, *sc in next 6 dc, sc3tog over next 3 dc, sc in next 6 dc, 3 sc in next dc; repeat from * across; working along edge of throw, 3 sc in first color stripe, [2 sc in each of next 3 row-end sts, sc in next rowend st] across, ending with 4 sc in last rowend st, working in opposite side of starting ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 7 ch, ** 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 6 ch, sc3tog over next 3 ch, sc in next 6 ch; repeat from ** to last 9 ch; 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 7 ch, 3 sc in last ch; working along other edge of throw, 3 sc in first color stripe, [2 sc in each of next 3 row-end sts, sc in next row-end st] across, ending with 4 sc in last row-end st; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends
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