Sunday, November 4, 2012

Granny Ripple Baby Afghan


I just began going through this pattern again for another blanket and found a mistake in the very first row, which I have now changed.  Hopefully that should help clear up trouble.  Sorry for the mistake, and I'll be sure to post edits as I find more problems!

For some reason, I never end up with enough chains in the beginning chain, or I end up with too many.  I'm trying to work out that kink in order for the pattern to work more effectively.
I have also added notes to the pattern to help clarify some confusing parts that I have noticed.  They are in italics.

I made this afghan last week for my aunt who has a baby on the way.  I found the pattern at The Lazy Hobbyhopper, but I had a little trouble following it while I started the blanket because I wasn't sure how much to chain (she's not super clear about it) and I couldn't scroll on my computer very well while I was holding the yarn and hook.

So I decided to write out a quick pattern sans follow-along pictures so I can reference it in the future for more afghans and for my friends who have been asking me to show them how to make it.  And I thought I'd share it with you for your ease.

Again, I take no credit for this pattern whatsoever.  I'm just writing it a bit differently for the ease of use.  All credit belongs to The Lazy Hobbyhopper - go show her some blog love for this amazing pattern!

*Note: If you have any questions or find any problems in the pattern, please leave a comment.  I review all comments and will make any changes or additional notes that are necessary.*

Granny Ripple Baby Afghan

Yarn: Bernat Baby Softee yarn in gray, yellow, and white
Hook: US H
Gauge: Doesn't really matter

Chain 132.
Row 1: 3 dc in 6th chain from hook, *[skip 2, 3 dc in next chain] twice, skip 5 ch, [3 dc, sk 2] three times, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch*, repeat from * to * until the end of the row.  (You should end on a peak with 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc being the end of the row.)
Row 2: Ch 5, [3 dc in next space (ch 3 space for the first one)] 3 times, *sk space (the "valley"), [3 dc in next space] 3 times, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next 2 sp*, repeat from * to * until  end of row.  In ch 5 sp at the end, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. (Basically, you're doing 3 dc in each normal space and skipping the valleys, and [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in each peak.)
Row 3 - 44: Repeat row 2.
Bind off.  Weave in ends.

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For this blanket, I changed colors every 2 rows, which turned out nicely with these colors.  For a bigger afghan, you can use the same pattern but with a longer chain.  In the original pattern, her suggestion is to make the starting chain 1.5 times longer than you want the blanket.  Chain the starting chain in multiples of 18 and add 6 ch at the end.  Then repeat the pattern for as many rows as you like.

I hope you find this pattern understandable and that it's helpful for those of you, like me, who needed a more concise pattern without pictures to follow along.

Like I said, it's a beautiful pattern, and I can't wait to use it again!  Thank you to The Lazy Hobbyhopper for such a creative pattern!


Pradeepa said...

It's beautiful!

Unknown said...

What size did yours end up being?

Kae said...

Thank you muchly for figuring out the chaining situation! I found this pattern on The Lazy Hobbyhopper a few hours ago and after a failed attempt or two (with seriously demented peaks and funky valleys) I set off looking for a pattern with a solution! I found a couple different ones, but they also failed me! Anyways it's 2am now so I'll be up first thing tomorrow to try out your method! This and a granny Mandala are the projects I've been putting off for the last month ... But with Christmas just thirty one days away, I can procrastinate no more!!

Kendall Ventura said...

You know, I didn't measure it in the end (and I should have). It was about the size of a baby lap blanket. Maybe 3 ft x 3 ft...ish. Hope that helps!

Kendall Ventura said...

You're so welcome! I found her pattern super helpful - I just refined it a bit (particularly for chaining) and made it written simply without pics.

Sorry you had so many other failed attempts and hope this one does the trick! Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions or revisions!

Kae said...

Well I made a few more attempts, but unfortunately I just ended up with a frustrating mess! Due to my own inineptitude! And I didn't really have time to sit down and figure it out as it was for Christmas!! I ended up going with a granny row instead! But I am going to sit down and try again in the new year! Perhaps it can be a birthday present to myself! Haha (: Thank you again for figuring out the chaining situation!

Sheri said...

About how much of each color?

Sheri said...

How much yarn in each color?

Caroline R. said...

Thank you! I too visited the Lazy Hobbyhopper site (and got confused) and I appreciate it being here in a written pattern. So excited to try it!

The KC Experience said...

I believe it was one skein of each. Maybe 1.5.

The KC Experience said...

I believe it was one skein of each. Maybe 1.5.

Caroline R. said...

Thank you! I too went to the Lazy Hobbyhopper (and found myself confused), and I appreciate you typing out a pattern.
I am so excited to try it out!

KC said...

Are you able to help me with row 2?
Can you do a picture tutorial?

Jen said...

I'm about five rows into this and don't see how I'm going to get a straight edge on the sides... It seems to be fanning out like a big "w". . Also when in the pattern Don you switch colors?

The KC Experience said...

I switched colors at the end of every two rows.

And I'm not sure about the sides without seeing it. The ends all have a very short V that don't go as deep as the others that never looked right to me until I got a little ways into it.

For more detailed instructions, I would suggest visiting the original website linked in the post, which has more pictures as well.

Melissa Lambert said...

How many would you chain if you want to make a big one maybe full or bed size?

Daryl Lewin-Burt said...

The Lazy Hobbyhopper mentions a chain count of 19+5 whereas you mention 18+6. Which is correct?

The KC Experience said...

Either is fine. It all adds up the same.

The KC Experience said...

That’s a good question. I haven’t worked this pattern in several years, so I don’t have a good estimate at this point.