Thursday, May 31, 2007

cotton classic ripple

Has any one seen or made a ripple using tahki cotton classic? I did a google search but all I found were people who were thinking about it. I'm wondering what hook size, pattern and how much yarn it would take ,as well as how long it took. It's pretty small guage wise. I think I use a 6 or 7 when I knit with it.

Help with Susan B's Easy Ripple Pattern!

Hi all- I'm knew to crochet. I've tried several times over the last few years to learn, but always ended up frustrated - not able to read the patterns. I decided to call it quits until I stumbled onto this website and was inspired by all the beautiful ripples. I pulled out yarn from my stash of incomplete (knitting and crochet projects) and am raring to go.

I have a question for all of you that have used the easy ripple pattern. When you get to the end of the chain/row do you complete six dc before you dec2? I chained 178 and when I got to the end of the chain I dc 6 then 3 dc in next chain and then decreased the last 2 stitches. Does that sound right?

This is my second attempt, I ripped out my first because after the 3rd color change my rows weren't lining up. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

loomed ripple? - treasure hunt

While looking for patterns for my kniffy knitter loom I stumbled across this blog, and a ripple!

A ripple done on a knitting loom... how cool is that! She's still writing up the pattern, but it will soon be available. There are a few more pictures on her blog, and another made with just 1 color. It looks so fun... I have to do this!

New ripple started & another planned

Well I couldn't wait too long before I started a new ripple blanket. I'm using Jan Eaton's Soft waves pattern again, I like the flow of it.
Don't know how big this one will be, I'm using up more of my stash & don't want to buy more yarn.
It's about 90 cm wide, so only time will tell how long it will be, it's a present for a family member.
I also have a new ripple planned & bought the yarn for it yesterday, check out the photo on my blog
I haven't started it yet, I will when I've finished the black/red ripple.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Camo Round Ripple

Hi All!
I've been following this blog for quite a while and finally decided to take the plunge. This round ripple is for my youngest son. It's not done yet, he wants it big. I thought about redoing the center as it's a bit loose, but I've decided it's ok as is...does that make me lazy? LOL. Anyway, I love everyone's ripples...What great inspiration!!

New Rippler

I kept coming back to this site just to drool and then finally decided that I must have a blanket for my very own. Here's a photo of the blanket as of this afternoon (the fuchsia edge is the working edge). I'm using a bunch of worsted weight wools and acrylics and I think I may need a few more colors, but then I'm just going to repeat colors until I run out of yarn. The one stripe I'm not a fan of is the deep green in the middle. I used a chunky weight acrylic thinking it wouldn't really matter and it just looks so bulky. I didn't have the heart to rip it out, though.

I love ripples! I want to make a dozen of these blankets. I will, when I have enough money. It's summer and hot, but I can't wait for the temperatures to fall again so I can cuddle under this growing beast.

Also, feel free to check out my fairly new blog:

Happy rippling!



Ripple is growing. I just laid out my first ripple to measure it and discovered it's growing. Very slightly but it is growing. The row I just finished is almost 2 inches longer then my first row. It's turning into a strange non rectangular shape. It's not very obvious unless you really get it laid out that's whay I hadn't noticed. I'm going to take it apart and start all over. I'm so sad!! I don't want to make the same error again. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? I thought I had that darn soft waves figured out. I can't believe I have to take it apart..

I've STARTED! Finally!

I think the pattern is #179 from Jan Eaton's book (Old Shale), but the link to the post with photo is here. I started because it's one of the most meditative knits I know, and I needed the calming influence. The colors work in my living room beautifully - and this will be throw-sized, not bed-sized!

Ripple Cushion Finished

It's done and I'm in love with it! What do you think of the pompoms!! I adore them and was so pleased with myself finding a way to use up those remnants of wool that were left after finishing the cushion.

And this is the back. Because I ended up making the ripple a bit too long, I overlapped it on the back as a flap, closed with buttons. Blogged in more detail here -

DONE :-)

...with my first ripple so far. I'm more than satisfied with this one. I was in a 'party-mood' all day after finishing this :-).

  • It measures 140 cm X 160 cm
  • Yarn used: 'Bali' from GGH - a soft cotton/acrylic blend, about 18 balls
  • Needle used: nr. 3½ or E
This will NOT be the last one. I think I've got a new habit - a good one :-).
But I already miss making the blanket...and the cure must be to make a new one.
So that's what I do. I have found/bought the yarn - the colors are a bit different than these ones:

I love them! This yarn is thinner than I'm used to - so I will have to use a small needle. But it's ok. I will make use the pattern called 'soft waves' from the Jan Eaton book. And I will start today :-).

Have a nice day.
Gitte B

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My Ripple Mat

Hey ripplers, wanted to let you see my first ripple. I've been watching and lurking here for a couple of months, the anticipation of my own ripple building....

I decided to go small to start with, so a mat in Sugar & Cream 100% cotton was started...

This was to help me decide if I wanted to start a larger project, because, to tell the truth, the idea of a cotton blanket really appeals to me....

Had to run to the store to pick up 2 colors for the mat, and look what I found:

Yep, I'm in it for keeps now!!! Blankie here I come....

See my blog at bumpydoink. blogspot. com

Got It!

Thanks everyone for your help- I was definately not decreasing correctly!
Now I just need swatch again to decide if I should move up a hook size so the fabric will be drapier... that and await the arrival of the rest of my yarn! (Pretty much every color of Cascade 220 Superwash that WEBS had on sale)
I've seriously been obsessed with you guys' ripples for MONTHS now, and I'm glad I'll finally get to join in :)

The Curve of Duh!

So, I just looked up the dc2tog on and I was leaving out a huge chunk of the process. I was basically doing this: YO, draw through 1 loop, then drawing through 3 loops. (twice)

The Curve of Doom

Okay, Ripplers. I took some close-ups of my doomed ripple and marked the increases with pink markers and the decreases with aqua markers. Take a look-see and see if you can figure out what I'm doing wrong- in other words, why the *&%^$$#* is my ripple curving? (I'm using the Soft Waves pattern)

Thanks for your help!!

Changes, they are a comin!

Hey All!

Just a note to state the obvious...the site revamp is kicking in to high gear! I've made some preliminary changes, so do me a favor and check the new sidebar features out for me before I spend loads of time entering all the bio info, patterns, online links. The labels are, for now, gone...need to figure out how to make them useful. I think we really need to try to stick with labeling only with your name "tag" so folks can search by person to find their various projects and the details. With 200+ ripplers, additional labels for fiber type, pattern type, yada makes the list quite daunting.

Let me know what you think, or what you'd like to see, or what you think could be done better.

Ta for now!


returned from hiatus

Hello Fellow Ripplers!
I haven't posted in a very long time here, as I didn't have anything new in the works, ripple-wise. The baby blanket turned out great, and was well received too! The new mommy's grandmothers were also adept with the hook and made some precious layettes as well.
Here's a pic of the finished blankie, just to remind one:I decided to make a bigger throw for a friend who is getting married soon, with two rows of DC's in each color, with my favorite gorgeous L hook(made of tiger wood in vietnam):All the yarn is from my stash, washable acrylic and other fibers--lots of red heart soft, mixed with more scratchy red heart cheap, then some fuzzy stuff and yarn from a recycled sweater, and some lion suede (which I normally hate the feel of, but was 99c at a discount store! 6 bucks off!). I am trying to keep all the color values in the same family, no lighter colors or pastels, and it's turning out really well so far. I think there are about 17 different colors:Enjoy!

There is an End!!

Don't mind how I look, it was 7 am :( And I finally got a picture of it flat when my daughter Shade felt like getting off of it! :) It came out to be 70 inches from tip to tip. I used 6 skeins of RH Buff and 3 skeins of fun fur! I already have another one planned out but right now I need to get some small projects done to get my motivation back up!! Hope everybody ahs a great day.

Finished the baby ripple!

I have finished the baby ripple I was asking you all for advice on last week (thanks a ton, by the way!). Boy, were there a lot of ends to sew in (I guess that is what you get for changing colour every two rows!), but two hours later it was time to block (my favourite part!)

For more info you can check out my blog.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yeah I finished the Spiderman Afghan

I finished the Spiderman round ripple afghan for a friends grandson. I still have to do another for my youngest grandson. I got this pattern off the internet. I just love the ripple afghans.

The End of the Ocean

...of ripples!

I finally got the pictures of my finished Soft Waves Ripple off my camera!
It took me one week and one day to make this blanket for a friend of mine back at the end of April/beginning of May. In order to use up some of my scrap yarn, I used two main colors of three rows each, with one row of scrap yarn in between. That way, if I only had a little bit of something left, I only had to do one row with that color. The finished size came out to be approximately 40x60", perfect size for a lap blanket.
I really liked the way it came out and my friend was speechless when I gave it to her. I didn't know what her favorite colors were, so I picked something I knew I would like, and it was perfect. She teaches, so she keeps the blanket in her office to wrap up with when it gets cold in the building. I really liked the Soft Waves pattern a lot. I found the pattern to be easier to use with a larger size hook, which helps the project go really fast and makes the fabric drape really well. For this afghan, I used a size K, which seems to be my hook of choice right now because I made another ripple using size K that I also love, love, LOVE! I don't have pictures of that one finished, but it turned out beautifully, as a gift for myself (hey, I can't give all my ripples away!). I even put an edging around the finished piece, which I thought might not work, but ended up making the afghan absolutely perfect! Ripple afghans seem to be hard to put edges on; you have to find just the right one to balance the ripples in the body of the afghan.
So far, I have made three ripples to date, I am almost finished with my fourth ripple, and I have plans for another one already! There truly is no end in sight for my ripples!

Help, O Humble Ripplers

This is my first crochet project and I learned the stitches from the videos at I'm practicing swatches using the Soft Waves pattern, but my swatches keep coming out curved. At first I thought it was cause I was using too small of a hook. The top two were done with worsted weight yarn and 4.0mm hook. I then switched to a H8/5.0mm hook for the third swatch, and then to a I9/5.5mm for the bottom swatch. Now, I'm thinking the curve must not just be my gauge, but something else. Is this normal- will it straighten out as I go along? Have any of you had this?

Random Stripe Generator

Granted, I haven't added any new posts to my ripple 'ghan, because I've stalled work on it for a while. Will be able to post when the weather turns cooler in the fall. It's too big and heavy to work on during Spring and Summer.


I thought I'd share this link to a Random Stripe Generator. I think someone out there might find it a usefull tool in selecting colors for their next ripple.

Ripple 1 ,2, and 3 ?

This is the original ripple that I started. ripple #1
Ripple #2 using Manos Del Uraguay
And Ripple #3 Maybe...See I was teaching someone how to amke a ripple and it seemed like it would be easiest to just start one from the beggining, so here it is #3 it would have to be made using a variety of yarns because this yarn is hard to find and cost too much for a whole blanket.

I haven't seen many ripples that use a variety of yarns. I would need to vary my yarn gauges slightly because this is an odd yarn. It's slightly thicker then a worsted .
To get all the info on my 3 ripples you can check out my blog. I have more pictures there too.

Call Me Crazy.

Call me crazy. Call me obsessed. Both are accurate at this point. I started another ripple. The first is almost 50% complete. My son suggested that I make his girlfriend a ripple as her graduation present from us. Sounded like a good idea at the time. Yarn was purchased (Simple Soft in a mixture of Brites and regulars). Rippling commenced. Soft Waves pattern, in case you were wondering.You can read a few more details on my blog.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wow, Ive finally finished up on my Granny Square Along afghan so now Im starting my Round Ripple Soft Waves afghan. Im making it for a friend of mines friend. huh? I cant write poetry!
I got the pattern from Mik Knits & Crochets, Too!. Its a great pattern very easy and simple to read. I love the colors. Its going to a baby boy that is due in September. Its my first ripple attempt. If I like it Im thinking of making a big one for my king bed.
Ok Ill send more pics as I progress along. Have a very Happy Memoria Day!

Say ooooh! Say aaaah!

I just had to show off again. The little-boy-big-bed-blanket arrived at its intended destination. This picture made it worth the pricey shipping it cost me to get it there. My daughter says he loves it and I can't believe it was the perfect size because it was my practice peice and I was just using up odd skeins of yarn plus a few I had to buy to make it big enough. I was guessing at the size. I think I guessed pretty good.

Addendum to the finished ripple

I just wanted to share this: I just washed my purple ripple in cold water with Ivory Snow, on the delicate cycle, and fabric softener in the rinse. Then dried it on delicate low heat setting. OMG it is so soft and cuddly I just wanted to wrap up in it and nap! It turned out beautiful!

My first ripple-DONE!

I finished it today......Caron Simply Soft in every shade of purple available. I am pretty happy with it. This one will go to my daughter. Now I'm going to start a Halloween granny square afghan I found on is AWESOME. But I have been toying with the idea of making an orange and black Halloween ripple too. Then some Christmas throws...maybe a granny and ripple. I will be crocheting nonstop to the end of the year..........then start all over!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

What kind of yarn is everyone using?

Just wondering what kind of yarn everyone is using, and what they think of it. I'm sure there's posts on this, but not in all one spot. For my first ripple I used wool-ease thick and quick, and I love the softness, how fast it works up and it drapes really well. Discuss!!

Another granny chevron

Because the last blanket got such good reviews, and I liked doing it so much, I'm starting another granny chevron. This one will be in Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Patio Pinks.

I have about 8 full skeins of the stuff and no clue what I bought it for... hehe so a blanket it shall now be. We'll see how far they get me... each ball is only 1 1/2 oz. so I may not get very far...But I can always add a bunch of rows in a similar pink to the ends, or the middle somewhere.. who knows. We'll see how far I get with 4 skeins then think about adding a middle section.

I'm using an "H" hook and going for an adult cover up blanket. Pictures to come later, once I get past the first few painful rows.

more patterns

I found a few more free patterns if anyone is interested. : )

Zig Zag Picnic Rug (crochet)

Crochet Zig Zag Afghan

Rainbow (knit baby blanket)

Miranda (knit, fan stitch throw)

Friday, May 25, 2007

One for me, one for you

Here's the first blanket I started - big long rows of double crochet. Now I think I'm going to go in the opposite direction and do some thicker vertical stripes, assuming I can figure out how to do that. It's Rowan soft wool, and I don't really like working with it.

And here, also being modelled by my sofa, is the Ripple, made using Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora, so much nicer on the hands. It's an overdue wedding gift. If I can bear to give it away...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Rippling Soft Wave Baby Blanket

I started my first great grandson's baby blanket. He's due in July. I'm doing the soft wave ripple, using Lion Brand Yarn-Baby Soft sportweight and G hook. At first I was doing a lot of frogging because I was not paying attention. When I first wanted to do this project I couldn't decide whether or not to knit it or crochet it. Now that I'm doing it, because I frog so much, I'm really glad that I chose to crochet and not knit. I love the soft feel of the yarn. It should come out to about 45" square. Right now I think I'm going to use white to scallop edge it. I'll see how that looks when I'm finished.

Questions... answered

I'm glad so many of you enjoyed my granny ripple. A few people had questions and just incase your like me and forget to check comments... I'll do them here.

Freda: I bought one skein of each color I used. I used 8 different colors, so 8 skeins. But I doubt I even used half of 7 of them. I used more of the teal since that was my border color. For an adult blanket, I'd suggest at least 3 of each color you are wanting to do. Just to be on the safe side!

Laura: Oh I love using the Simply soft. I'm actually in the process of doing wholesale yarns and carrying the simply soft. About the color changes, I just left a tail about 3 inches long after each color change and then did my border over them, covering them up as I went.

The end is near :-)))

It's been a while since I was here the last time - but I have been working hard :-) With my ripple...And now it's almost 'closing-time'. 15% left to go....and I can hardly wait. The blanket is now 140 cm long - it will end up being about 170 cm. So I'm more than satisfied....and I now have most of the yarn for ripple nr. 2 :-).
Last night I did some pattern-work. Sitting there with Jan Eatons book I took the ones I liked the most - and tried and tried. To see how they worked with the new yarn etc. I think I will try the 'soft waves' - but must face that the needle will have to be 2 numbers smaler than now. Rather thin acording to my taste. But: the yarn rules, so this is it. I will put some photos in here when I have all the yarn...
For now you can take a look on my 'almost-done-ripple' :-)))

Have a nice day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Granny Chevron FINISHED

I have had this finished for several days now, but just haven't gotten around to taking and posting pictures. I've been busy trying to get things done for the shop, buying new yarns *yea!* and working up some quick things to sell. So back to the granny chevron.... the pattern is from the 200 ripple book #190. It is 5 repeats done in Caron Simply soft. Some are brights and some are just the normal. The first set of colors are random, picked by my hubby. The 2nd and 3rd are more planned. A color could only touch another once. Which made each color look different in each section.
I made sure to end it with the teal color, as that was the one I started with, and would also be the border color. I think it helps bring it all together nicely.

Specs at a glance:
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
Hook: G / 4.25 mm
Pattern: #190 from 200 stitches 5 repeats of pattern

Ripple Love

This is my first post to the collective blog and I already have one finished afghan under my belt. I named it the Blue Sand Ripple. It's a mish mash of yarns from my stash. There's some Patons Canadians, Red Heart, and some Mainstay. I used SusanB's Easy Ripple Afghan pattern and I just loved it. I loved it so much I decided to use it for another afghan.

For the next blanket I'm using Caron Simply Soft. The colours I'm using are Dark Country Blue, Country Blue, Dark Sage, Sage, and Off-White. I was a little disappointed with the colour Sage as I wanted something more muted, but I think I can live with the end result.

I'm so in love with ripples right now I have more yarn coming for a third blanket. This time I'll be using some Red Heart with Patons Canadiana. And after much lusting after, I finally ordered the book 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. I really don't foresee the ripple love ending anytime soon. :-)

the Akamai Knitter