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!


Ghost said...

The foundation row hint is to use a hook size LARGER not smaller. That keeps your edge from being too tight and drawing up slightly. You went in the other direction. But as to your ripple. I am not seeing it. Perhaps you are not decreasing in your valleys and increasing in your peaks. I can't tell.

tft said...

Thank you!

I will try again, not going to be defeated.
Typical of me to get half the facts,(hook size larger, hook size larger.....)

Anne said...

It looks like you didn't do the decreases? You have to do increases and decreases in every row in order to get the ripple effect. Just rip it all out and start over, that is what i would do. That way you can start your foundation chain with a larger hook size as well.

Lallee said...

All of us have probably done lots of ripping out and starting over. It is worth it in the long run. Good for you for sticking with it. You will conquer!

Nancy McGill said...

Several posts in this group blog refer to a specific pattern- Linda's Pattern, I think? anyway, I'm using it right now and I think it's great. Maybe you should look it up and give it a try?

And it definitely looks like you'll need to start over on this one. Alternatively, you could keep it as is and use it as a ruffle on something else. :P

Lori said...

Can I ask about the Linda's pattern ? Location ifnpossible. Thanks .

Nancy McGill said...

Lori, I think what I actually meant was Lucy's pattern, from the attic24 blog. You can find it at