Monday, February 10, 2014

Zig-Zag Blanket

This is my most recently finished project. Twin size Crochet afghan for my son. 
The original Pattern "Easy Ripple Afghan"  from http://www.handcraftingwithlove.net/yarn/pat-ripple.html was my inspiration for this.

This is a fairly easy pattern. If you can double crochet you should have this with nor problem. 
I did do a lot larger than the pattern since my son wanted this to be for his bead. I basically doubled the pattern and gauged the length and width by eye. It came out perfect. Here is the pattern for the 

East Rippled Afghan from  Hand Crafting with Love 



Materials needed:

    • 20 skeins of worsted weight yarn for a Twin Size blanket. I chose Vanna's Choice  I used 5 skeins of each color in 4 different colors ( I used True Black, Dark Gray, Medium Sterling Gray, and Crisp White but you can use more colors or less, they can blend or be totally different. Get creative!) Use more or less depending on the size you want. For information on smaller blankets you can see East Rippled Afghan from  Hand Crafting with Love 
    • Crochet hook size G (You can change your hook size to get the feel you want.)


Stitches Used:

ch - chain
dc - double crochet
yo - yarn over

Special Stitches: 
3 st dec - 3 stitch decrease (also known as: dc3tog)
*yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * twice. Yo and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
2 st dec - 2 stitch decrease (also known as: dcdec or dc2tog)
*yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * once. Yo and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.

Pattern:

Chain a multiple of 16 stitches plus 2 extra stitches.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook; dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; *work 3 st dec in next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2: Skip first stitch; dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; *work 3 st dec in next 3 stitches, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 dc. Ch 2 and turn.

Now just repeat Row 2 until your project is the length you want it! Change the colors as often as you like. I did every two rows, you may choose to do every one, or do every 2, then 4, then 6, etc. Again... GET CREATIVE! 

Note: I did as the original pattern suggested and changed colors at the end of the row when working the 2 st dec. You drop the current yarn when you have the 3 loops still on your hook. Then yarn over with new color and pull through 3 loops. Then Ch 2 and turn and keep working. It creates a seamless transition between colors. 
Leave 5 or 6 inch ends of each color of yarn to weave in.

Weave all yarn ends in securely.