Sunday, July 8, 2007
For some inexplicable reason I caught the ripple bug last year. Must have seen a particularly pretty one and I was hooked (ahem). I didn't start one straight away, I just began complusively collecting ripple patterns in anticipation.
Then my dad decided to send me all my mom's stash (she died a few years back) - boxes and boxes of the stuff! It's still coming. Mostly odd balls of this and that but I did find enough Roly-Sport (lovely squishie stuff) in different colours to finally make my very own ripple afghan. I started it on New Year's Day - haven't progressed very far because I'm also using Mom's yarn to make scarves and hats for all the family and I'd like to get them all done this year.
The picture shows one complete repeat. It's a simple 5 up, 5 down, 5 at the points, worked in the back loop ripple. And I love it.
Details: Pattern: Soft Waves from 200 Ripple Patterns by Jan Eaton (#19, I think)
Yarn: 17 balls of Cascade 220 superwash in various colors. Each color was used three times in 3 rows of dc
Hook: Size H
Finished size 55" x 75"
With this yarn and hook size I started with 195 chains, but probably could have gone a bit wider. The photo at left shows the blanket spread out on my full bed, so it should hang down a bit on each side of CD's twin at school. The length is perfect for him. I am very, very pleased with the results, and I think he is too. While I have enjoyed working on it immensely, I am taking a week break from The Girlfriend ripple to focus on socks.......and lace.
I have a few ripples in the works, but I'll post about this one first. My hubby's coworker is having a little girl in November, which means... Yeah! I get to make a PINK ripple blankie! I love pink, but all my friends and family that have had little ones lately have had adorable boys, so I'm totally excited to get to use girlie colors for once :) Here's the progress with just over 2 color repeats done...
I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon, Soft Pink and White. The pattern is from Jan Eaton's 200 Ripple Stitches, #16 "Pink Ripple". I think I like it :)