Monday 30 August 2010


Slight change of plan little bit of shopping set sail at 1pm walked to the Boat House Inn for lunch instead of doing the Cider Festival... it looked soooo good as we sailed past...very busy and we had a long wait but the food was  good when it arrived

Hope you enjoy the journey......

Hugs All 
hope everyone had as great a Bank Holiday as we did


Very quick this morning friends coming over for lunch on board the Sabrina on the river Severn today then the Cider Festival afterwards.....but just to let you know l didn't quite make 2/3rds..just 2 rows short!
Alway crochet in the ends at the start of a row but haven't been with the end of the row but now l thread them in before starting the row so now have a neat and tidy beginning and end...why l never thought to do this from the beginning!

new target of 3/4 done by Wednesday..that's 90 rows......decided l'm aiming for main blanket finished by the weekend coming!!!........wish me luck
PS....don't think l will be making another one this big going to be almost 7' square when it's finished completely
have a great Bank holiday all
hugs xx

Sunday 29 August 2010


IF...the small bedroom had a bed and was looking like a bedroom l might have been tempted to stop here!!!

At 60 rows it fits perfectly on the top of a single bed with a border of flowers and then a band of sc it would look great but right now l to need to finish the 
6' wide bed throw.
Wont make the 3/4 by Monday morning though but might make 70 rows..too much time spent out and about over the last 2 days so not spent 
that much on it!!


 Neapolitan Ice cream Ripple Pattern

A Basic 16st Repeat Ripple Pattern

TIP 1: When you are making a very big ripple throw or blanket then add on an extra few stitches in the first ch st row, then remove them later..this allows for any miss counting of stitches when you get to 200 and something its easy to miss count.

TIP2:If you are creating your own ripple with more or less stitches on the up and down always always start with a set of decrease sts you go down then up with the ripple first then the straight edge people find so difficult will be easy to achieve

This is a ripple with a decrease of three sts, and a increase of 3 sts, with the in-between count of 6dc sts (6tr sts) this up and down 6sts count, could actually be any number of sts, depending on the ripple you want.
The in-between sts, will give a deeper or flatter ripple.

This 16sts, count Ripple.
You need a multiple of, 6sts up, 1st, for the increase then 6sts down then 3sts tog, for the decrease so that makes a st count of 16sts
I've worked out with a small sample how many sts you need to make the blanket you require....

Using a 4mm hook and the dk
16ch sts, measures approx. 3.5" (9cm)

I am actually making a Baby Blanket size approx:25/26" by 30"
 7 ripples of 16sts, making a base ch of 112sts
after crocheting a few rows this has worked out to be...

112sts is approx. 25.5"
8rows is approx. 3.5" (9cm)

US Tems in black and UK Terms brackets
 ch 112 (7 ripples of 16 sts) plus 2 as the first dc (tr)

I decided a single row of shell stitches was all it needed so it wasn't going to be quite as wide as a stroller blanket, if you want a wider blanket nearer to the stroller size add another 16sts to make 8 ripples across and not the 7 ripples of original pattern...making 128ch st base +2sts as first dc

ROW 1: (the ch2 counts as the first dc (tr)), 1dc (tr),is in the third st from the hook, (you now have 2sts)

1dc, (1tr) in the next 4sts. (= 6sts) 

Half make a dc (tr) in the next 3sts, you will have 4 loops on hook, 

pull yarn through all loops to cluster tog, the 3 sts (this is the decrease, the bottom of the ripple)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 

 3dc (3tr), in the next st (this is the increase of the ripple and the top)

*1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts

half make a dc (tr), in the next 3 sts and then pull yarn though all 4 loops on the hook drawing 3 sts tog, (this is the decrease and the ripple bottom)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 

 3dc (3tr), in the next st (this is the increase of the ripple and the top)

then repeat from * to make 6 complete ripples
the 7th and last ripple...
1dc (1tr) in next 6sts, half make a dc (tr), in the next 3 sts and cluster tog.
1dc (1tr) in the next 4sts, 2dc (2tr), in the last st.

Row 2:Turn, ch2 counts as first dc (tr), 1dc (1tr) in the first st, 

1dc (1tr), in the next 4sts,
(so including the ch 2 st, you should have 6 dc [6tr],)
cluster tog the next 3 sts (bottom of ripple)

1dc (1tr), in the next 6sts

3sts in the next st ( this should be the middle st of the 3 increase sts of row below)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 
 cluster tog. the next 3sts

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts repeat the 16st ripple pattern to end, 
finish with 1dc (1tr), in the next 4sts, 2dc (2tr), in the last st, turn

Row3: repeat row 2 until your ripple is as big as you want it to be in length.
dk and 4mm hook is working out approx. 8rows = 3.5" (9cm).

 I will be making my baby blanket approx. 28-30" Long...
approx.64 rows and I'm working the colours in double stripes,
so that will be 32 coloured, ripple stripes.

Colour changing.
When you get the the last st of every pair of ripples (a double stripe)

before completing the second part of the last st, pull the new colour yarn through instead of the last colour to complete the st,

  cont. with the new colour.
Change colour every 2rows

Happy Hooking


Use the 16sts repeat ripple pattern and start with a chain of 8 ripples x 16sts (128ch sts)
as the base chain
Work 36 x 2row stripes to give a Stroller size baby Blanket 

 Finished the Baby Ripple with a simple Shell Stitch Edging keeping the ripple ends......if you spent time doing a ripple why fill in the ends?

ROUND 1: Attach yarn in the first corner sp (1st stripe), of straight side, 5dc (5tr)into the next sp, (2nd stripe),

 sc (dc), into next sp, (3rd stripe) 5dc (5tr) into next sp (4th stripe), 

repeat the shell pattern to the end of the straight side.
finish with a sc, (dc) in the last side sp (last stripe),

miss first two sts, 5dc (5tr) into the next st, miss 2st, sc (dc), into next st,

 miss 1st, 6dc (6tr), into the st at top point, miss 1st, sc (dc), into next st, miss 2sts, 5dc (5tr) into the next st, miss 2sts, 

sc (dc), into the botton st, (dip of ripple, the st that pulled the 3sts together) repeat the shell pattern to end of ripple end

Repeat shell pattern to the second side, repeat shell pattern to second ripple end sl st to complete. 

Cut and weave in end

 An easy 16sts repeat Ripple