My husband asked for an afghan for his truck that was not the usual shape or design, so off to the internet I went to find a pattern. I found this and fell in love with it, lol. Because of the shape, the exact pattern of colors doesn’t really matter as much. He chose light blue, gray and white for his colors since those are the colors our bedroom at home is done in and it helps him feel a little more at home, plus he likes to have something I have made with him in the truck (how sweet, lol).
So, off to JoAnns I went to get the yarn for the afghan. I am using Red Heart Super Saver Worsted weight in light blue (so far, 2 7 oz skeins, plan on using 2 more), Red Heart Classic Worsted weight in Nickel for the gray (so far, 1 1/2 skeins, 3.5 oz each, I plan to use 3 total) and Caron Simply Soft in White (total will be 2 6oz skeins, using the softer yarn for a little contrast and since it is an accent color, I wanted to use it as a slightly different texture). I have used an H/8 hook and mainly double crochet stitches. The afghan will be large enough for a twin size bed, but can be made larger or smaller if you would like.
This is a perfect for someone like me who only has a few hours a night to work on hand made gifts or who does not like working with a long chain when making an afghan.
Don’t forget, when making an afghan with yarn that has a dye lot, buy enough to make the entire project and get the same dye lot whenever possible. It is also always better to buy too much yarn and have left overs then to not have enough to finish a project!
Now, without further ado… The afghan.
8-pointed Round Ripple Afghan
Ch5, slip stitch into beginning chain to form a ring
Row 1: Ch2, 12 hdc into ring, slip stitch to top of first ch2 to join
Row 3: Ch3, dc into same stitch, 2dc into next stitch and each stitch around, slip stitch to first ch3 to join a ring – 24 dc
Row 3: Ch5, skip next 2 dc, sc into next dc, ch5, skip next 2 dc, ch5 round to first ch5, slip stitch to first chain of ch5 to join – 8 ch5 spaces
Row 4: Slip stitch into first ch5 space, ch3, 2dc into space, ch2, 3dc into same space, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch5 space repeating around to first ch3, slip stitch to join – 8 (3dc, ch2, 3dc) points
Row 5: Slip stitch into next dc, ch3, dc next dc, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) into first ch2 space, dc into next 2 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc into next 2 dc, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2 space repeating around, slip stitch to top of first ch3 to join
Row 6: Slip stitch into next dc, ch3, dc into next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch2 space, dc into next 3 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc into next 3 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch2 space repeating around, slip stitch into top of first ch3
Continue on with the pattern in this way until it’s as large as you want it. Make sure that once you’ve slip stitched to join the rows that you then slip stitch into the next stitch. As you go, be sure to alternate the number of double crochets in your “shells” (the “shells” are the series of stitches places into the chain 2 spaces on the points). The pattern begins with 3dc, ch2, 3dc, then switches to 2dc, ch2, 2dc, and then should switch back to 3dc, ch2, 3dc on the next row, and so on. This will ensure that you don’t get any an uneven puckering effect in your blanket.