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Sweet Dreams

Baby Blanket crochet pattern

 

Whether it's for your own baby, or a gift, you're sure to catch the limelight with this beautiful baby blanket! 

 

Skills

The baby blanket is made with treble stitches (US: double crochet stitches). To create the rippling pattern, you need to increase and decrease. 

You are already familiar with:

  • Making the base chain;
  • Treble stitches (US: double crochet stitches);
  • Changing colour.

This tutorial explains how to: 

  • crochet the ripple stitch, by:
    • decreasing: crocheting 2 trebles together;
    • increasing: working 2 trebles into one chain. 

This pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner.

You know how to do all this already? If you don't need the tutorial, go straight to the pattern

 

Required materials:

 

Size:

The blanket will measure approx. 75 cm by 100 cm.

 

CONTENTS / go straight to:

About this project

I. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

- The basics

- Row 1

- Row 2

- Row 3 & 4

II. THE REAL STUFF

III. FINISHING

 

About this project

Whether it's for your own baby, or a gift, you're sure to catch the limelight with this beautiful baby blanket! It's a fun project to learn to crochet the ripple stitch. 

This baby blanket is not only beautiful to behold, but also very practical. It's machine washable, a big plus where little ones are concerned! 

Delightfully soft organic cotton, who wouldn't want that for their little bucket of sunshine? Sleeping peacefully underneath it, or making havoc while playing on top of it, this blanket will serve baby well.

The ripple stitch is a beautiful crochet pattern that is ideal for blankets, cushions etc. The pattern is very suitable to play with colour. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s not a difficult pattern to crochet.

I chose to work with 2 colours, Lilac and Amethyst. I think the whole blanket in one colour would be very beautiful, too. Or you take 10 different colours and change colour every 2 rows. There is no law that stated that you MUST make your own project in exactly the same way as the pattern. So if you prefer to change colour every 2 rows (or alternate between 2, 4 and 6), or if you want to use more colours… Go right ahead!

The choice is yours!

 

Chapter I

PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT

Once you’ve got the hang of it, the ripple stitch is not a difficult pattern to crochet. But it is the type of pattern where one little mistake has huge consequences. One stitch too many or too few can break up the entire rippling effect.

Therefore I recommend to practice first on a small patch, instead of starting straight away on the blanket. It would be a shame if, after 2 rows of 143 trebles, you were to find out that you’ve made a mistake, without having a clue what or where it is…

You will see, this pattern is so much fun to crochet, that even the practice patch will be a joy to make!

 

The Basics

A project in ripple stitch always has a multiple of 14 + 3 stitches. (Unless you want a different effect, but remember this as a rule of thumb.)

The Baby Blanket starts with a base chain of 143 chain stitches: (10 x 14) + 3 = 143.

For your practice patch, crochet a base chain of 31 chain stitches (2 x 14 = 28 + 3 = 31).

Good to know: the first row is always a bother!  

Crocheting into the base chain is fiddly work. It’s probably not easy to insert the hook into each chain. This may mean that you’ve crocheted your chains too tightly, so you could consider starting again and making the chains bigger. (Good thing there’s only 31 of them now, eh..?)

But still, working into the base chain is hard! And you also have to pay attention that the chain doesn’t twist while you’re working it…
Breathe in, breathe out… 

So if you’re already on the verge of giving up after having only just started: don't give up!

Have faith, after the first row things will get mucht easier! 

 

Row 1

Please note! By treble stitch I mean the UK term. If you're used to US terms, read "double crochet" where I write treble.

  • Work the first treble stitch into the 3rd chain from the hook, show here with needle:

(UK TR/US DC:) yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, draw through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and draw through last 2 loops (1 loop left on hook).

 

  • Work another 4 treble stitches into the next 4 chains. The needle shows where the second treble should go:

Make sure that you insert the hook underneath the “v”shape each time! 

 

  • You should now have 5 trebles in total, plus 3 chains on the right:

 

You will now crochet 2 x 2 trebles together:​

  • Yarn over, insert hook into the next chain, yarn over, draw through (3 loops on hook).
  • Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook).

 

  • Yarn over, insert into the next chain, yarn over, draw through (4 loops on hook). 
  • Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook). 

 

  • Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. You have now crocheted 2 trebles together:

 

  • Crochet another 2 trebles together in the same way.​

 

  • Treble 4 into the next 4 chains:

If all is going well, your work is sort of bending down.

This is because the decrease you just made, crocheting 2 x 2 trebles together. 

 

Now you're going to increase:

  • Treble 1 into the next chain. 
  • Into this same chain (shown here with needle), treble another stitch:

 

  • This way, crochet another 2 trebles into the next chain. ​

 

You have crocheted one repeat of the pattern. Summarized:

  • (start: 1 treble)
  • 4 trebles
  • 2 trebles crocheted together, another 2 trebles crocheted together 
  • 4 trebles
  • 2 trebles into one chain, another 2 trebles into one chain.

 

OK, you’re halfway there!

  • Now treble 4 stitches into the next 4 chains. 
  • Next crochet 2 x 2 trebles together. 
  • Again treble 4 stitches into the next 4 chains.
  • If all went well, you have now one chain left. Crochet 2 treble stitches into this last chain:

 

Congratulations! You have crocheted one row of trebles in the ripple pattern!​

Can you recognize the stitches you have just made?

 

Row 2

  • Crochet 3 chain stitches and turn your work around. 
  • Crochet a treble stitch into the stitch directly next to the chain. Shown here with the needle: 

 

  • Treble 4 into the next 4 stitches. 
  • The start of a row always has 5 trebles + 3 chains. 

 

Continue with the pattern: 

  • Decreasing: treble 2 together, treble 2 together again 
  • Treble 4 
  • Increasing: treble 2 into one chain, treble 2 into one chain again.

 

Can you also recognize these stitches in your own work?

 

It really helps if you can. So take some time to try and make out where your single trebles are, what a treble-2-together stitch looks like and how to spot your increases.

You might make a mistake when working on your baby blanket (you have my personal guarantee that you will make a mistake at some point). For example you might forget one increase or decrease. Or you might make too few or too many single trebles.

A mistake is not at all a problem. When you notice it, probably because you have too few or too many stitches left at the end of a row, all you have to do is search along the last one or two rows to spot the scoundrel. Just pull out up to that point and crochet on!

But then you do have to be able to spot the mistake! 

 

OK. Now continue with the pattern:

  • Treble 4
  • Decreasing: treble 2 together, treble 2 together again  
  • Treble 4 
  • You’re almost at the end of row 2 of your practice patch:

 

 

  • The last 2 trebles should be crocheted into the 3rd chain of the previous row. You’ll find this chain stitch more or less underneath your latest treble stitch, at the edge of the work.
  • Shown here with the needle: 

 

  • From the other side:

 

  • You’ll probably have some trouble squeezing your hook into this chain stitch. 
    Still, the last 2 trebles have to go in there… So persevere and treble 2 into the chain stitch:

 

Congratulations! You have crocheted the 2nd row in the ripple pattern!​

 

Many ripple patterns change colour every 2 rows, often using lots of colours. 

For this Baby Blanket I chose to change colour every 4 rows and use only 2 colours. I like the calmer, softer effect this creates. 

There is no law that states that you have to make your project in the exact same way as the example! 

Feel free to go your own way.

(I’d love a pic of your variations!)

 

Row 3 & 4

If you choose to follow my example, you’ll crochet another 2 rows in the same way as row 2. You’ll change colours at row 5. 

4 rows of the patch: 

(Actually, I really like this pattern in one colour, too!) 

 

Changing colour

If you want to pull out your patch later, to use the yarn for the blanket, do not cut the yarn

  • When you’ve reached the end of row 4, cut the yarn at approx 10 cm.
  • Knot the new and old yarn together, as closely as possible to the work, and crochet on!

 

  • Continue with the pattern:
    • (treble 1)
    • Treble 4 
    • Decreasing: treble 2 together, treble 2 together again 
    • Treble 4 
    • Increasing: treble 2 into one chain, treble 2 into one chain again.
    • Treble 4
    • Etc.

 

  • Always end each row with a treble 2 into one chain increase, in the 3rd chain of the previous row. 

 

Chapter II

THE REAL STUFF

OK, are you ready to start on the Baby Blanket? Then hold on to yer hook and get crocheting! 

You’ll crochet the very same pattern as you did making the practice patch. Only you’ll crochet more repeats of this pattern in one row. Logical, really.

 

  • Crochet a base chain of 143. Make sure you have exactly 143 chain stitches!

Row 1

  • Treble 1 into the 3rd chain. 
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 together.
  • Treble 2 together again.
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain again.
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 together.
  • Treble 2 together again.
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain again.
  • Etc.
  • End with Treble 4 x 1 and treble 2 into the last chain. 

 

Row 2

  • Chain 3.
  • Treble 1 into the stitch directly next to the chains. 
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 together.
  • Treble 2 together again.
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain.
  • Treble 2 into the next chain again.
  • Treble 4 x 1.
  • Etc
  • End with Treble 4 x 1 and treble 2 into the 3rd chain of the previous row. 

 

Row 3 and onwards

Now you just keep repeating the pattern, as described for row 2. 

Change colour every 4 rows. 

I started and finished with the same colour (Lilac). 

Got the hang of it? I repeat: there is no law that stated that you MUST make your own project in exactly the same way as the pattern. So if you prefer to change colour every 2 rows (or alternate between 2, 4 and 6), or if you want to use more colours… Go right ahead! It’s your party.

 

Chapter III

FINISHING

After the last stich, pull a bit on the loop which is still on your hook to make it a bit bigger and take out the hook. Pull the yarn through the loop and pull gently. 

If necessary, cut the loose ends to approx. 10 cm. 

Weave in these loose ends with the wool needle. Weave the yarn in at the sides, following the shape of the stitches as much as possible

As to washing instructions, I advise the following:

Hand wash or put the blanket in a laundry bag (or an old pillowcase) and machine wash it on a delicate (wool)cycle on 30 degrees C and low centrifuge, adding a little cleaning vinegar and if you like a little detergent. 

The hand dyed colours of MoYa may “bleed” a little when washing for the first time, so don’t put any other items in with the Blanket. 

Carefully stretch the moist Blanket to get it nicely into shape. 

Dry flat, if possible on a towel. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket is finished and ready to use! 

 

Did you enjoy this? I sure hope you did! 

I am very interested to hear your opinion regarding this project, the yarn and the tutorial. Your feedback helps us to improve.

Therefore I would very much appreciate it if you would share your experience in our online guestbook. Of course you can also share your thoughts via hallo @ yarnz . nl  

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

Michèle Tewes.

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