In an effort to use up all the less than full balls of yarn as well as the "odds" and "uglies" in my DK Acrylic stash, I rolled two 8ply strands together to make some "Super Bulky" 16ply yarn!
Note: It may be easier to "double-strand-as-you-go" - by that I mean crocheting the yarns together as you go and not pre-rolling as I did!
After a bit of trial and error I came up with this ripple pattern for a blanket! Since there was quite an odd collection of colours and quantities, I crocheted random stripes!
This "Super Bulky" yarn works up in no time at all and is the perfect project for a rainy weekend!
I estimate having used approximately 1800g to 2000g of yarn.
I decided to keep the fun element by not bordering the blanket and making a beaded fringe with the tails instead!
The fringe adds such a happy hippie vibe to the blanket! (I will be posting a pattern for a border for those of you who do not like the fringe idea!)
HOLIDAY RIPPLE BLANKET
The Print Friendly version of this pattern can be found HERE
Pattern Terms: US
Materials: 2 strands of DK worked together (equivalent to 16ply OR Super Bulky yarn)
Quantity: Approximately 1800g to 2000g of DK (8ply / light worsted weight yarn)
Measurements: 180cm x 180cm (216 plus 4 ch over 120 rows)
Stitches used: chain and double crochet (US) (for UK readers this would be chain and treble)
The pattern is worked in multiples of 9 plus 4
(If you have never rippled before it is a good idea to make yourself a practice swatch - 18ch (2 x 9) plus 4ch = 22ch)
My son made this fabulous chart to explain the pattern:
(Leave a fairly long tail with every colour change - this will be used to make our fringe.)
Foundation Chain: 216 plus 4 (220)
Row 1: Into fourth chain from hook work 1dc (counts as 2dc); (1dc into next ch)x3; skip 2ch ("valley" formed); [(1dc into next ch)x3; (1dc, 1ch, 1dc) into next ch ("mountain" formed); (1dc into next ch)x3; skip 2ch] repeat to last 6ch; skip 2ch; (1dc into next ch)x3; 2dc into last chain; turn work
Row 2: 3ch, 1dc into first dc (counts as 2dc); (1dc into next dc) x3; skip 2dc [(1dc into next dc) x3; (1dc, 1ch, 1dc) into 1ch space (at the peak of the "mountain" on the previous row); (1dc into next dc)x3; skip 2dc (across the "valley" on the previous row)] repeat to last 4dc; (1dc into next dc) x3; 2dc into last dc (this "dc" is actually the 3ch start at the beginning of the previous row)
Keep repeating Row 2 until your workpiece is the required length.
Thread beads of choice randomly onto the tail at the end of one row and the tail at the start of the next row.
Hold one tail between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand and the other between the thumb and forefinger of your right hand. Start twisting the yarn tighter in the same direction as the twist of the yarn tails.
Bring the twisted tails together and gently twist them in the opposite direction. Knot the ends