The ripple stitch is a popular crochet pattern that creates a wave-like or zigzag effect in your work. It’s versatile and can be used for various projects like blankets, scarves, and even clothing. The stitch pattern involves alternating increases and decreases in a specific sequence, which gives rise to the distinctive ripple design.
- Yarn of your choice (worsted weight is commonly used)
- Crochet hook suitable for your yarn choice
- Yarn needle
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- sc: single crochet
- sk: skip
- st(s): stitch(es)
Ripple Stitch Pattern:
- Start by making a foundation chain in a multiple of a specific number. For this example, let’s use a multiple of 14 + 3.
- Row 1: Starting in the 4th chain from the hook, work 2 dc in the same chain, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch. Repeat this pattern across the row. End the row with 2 dc in the last ch, turn.
- Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), work 2 dc in the first st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st. Repeat this pattern across the row. End the row with 3 dc in the turning ch of the previous row, turn.
- Repeat Row 2 for the desired length of your project, making sure to work the increases and decreases in the same positions as in Row 2.
- To change colors, simply join the new color at the beginning of a row and follow the pattern as usual. Remember to weave in the yarn tails as you go to avoid a lot of work at the end.
- When you’ve reached your desired length, fasten off the yarn and weave in any remaining ends.
Note: You can customize the width of the ripples by adjusting the number of chains in your foundation chain and the sequence of increases and decreases. Experiment with different color combinations to create beautiful effects in your ripple stitch projects.
Remember that this is a basic ripple stitch pattern, and there are countless variations and adaptations you can explore to create unique designs. Enjoy your crochet project!