Sunday, February 28, 2010

What to do when the ripple goes straight

Hello and thanks for letting me join!

I am desperate to make my first Ripple blanket but have hit a problem with the lack of rippling of the first row.

I have made the mistake of retaining in my little head a tip about making your foundation chain. I think it said 'use a smaller hook than the main pattern' but fear now I may have made that up. Is that a real hint? So, my incredibly long foundation chain was quite a wiggle to get the hook into for the first row but I persevered.
It was rippling on the first, green row.
However, subsequent rows has made it straighten out, and the latter rows to bump up most unbecomingly.

I have never seen a Ripple anywhere that has bumps and ridges in like mine. They cannot be flattened so my too tight green row is effectively gathering them.
It is far too long anyway, taking a ball of wool a row so I am right aren't I in calling it a day and starting again?
Just thought I'd ask before I pull the whole lot.
Hope someone can tell me if my theory is the problem.
Many thanks and nice to 'meet' you all!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hooking for Grandma

I'm so glad I found Lucy's pattern. I don't know when I've enjoyed working with a single pattern so much before. The granny square Grandma Wagner taught me when I was young is the only thing that halfway compares. Grandma made lots of ripples in her crocheting career, so I hope she's pleased with how this one turned out.

Last year, my cousin's youngest daughter, Katie, got married, and Grandma asked if I'd crochet an afghan for her to give her as a wedding present. (Grandma's in a nursing home now and unfortunately doesn't see well enough to make the stitches.) Yeah, I will! I did that one in hdc blues, Katie's favorite color. This summer, her sister, Jennifer, is getting married, so I'm hooking for Grandma again. (I sort of want to put that on a T-shirt!) Jennifer's favorite color is, you guessed it!, purple, so that's what I used.

(Cross-posted on my blog and Grannies and Ripples.)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Funky Ripple

54 x 51

This is my 1st ripple. I started it in Jan. I love the bright colors. I just used leftover rolls of yarn from another afghan I made. Its not perfect, theres alot of little mistakes in it. But thats ok cause I just made it for myself :) My side seem to grow if I'm not careful. I've already started another ripple and its not perfect either. I will keep trying til I get a perfect or almost perfect ripple.

Thank You for letting my join the group.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Granny Ripple Finished

I used a "G" hook and Simply Soft yarn in Brites. The Pattern comes from a small booklet called Nursery Favorites by Leisure Arts. But I simplified the pattern and if you want to do that also or prefer not to buy on line you can use this pattern.

The colors are Coconut, Mango, Watermelon, Lemonade, Lymelite, and Blue Mint. The pattern I used was five rows of each color and two rows of Coconut separating each color. I worked my way up to the center (blue) and as you can see I did a double center and then worked my way back down the color spectrum. I am pleased with it and hope they will be also but I would call it more of a crib blanket at this point since it is so large.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Baby Ripple Hat

One more hat done. This one is called Ripple Baby Hat and was made using the cotton flocked ribbon yarn and Sassy Stripes by Moda Dea in the color Rave. This was a quick hat to work up and would of been even faster if I had not chosen to change colors.

Thanks for looking,