Well January just flew by and here we are in February and ready to learn another of my favourite crochet stitches - the RIPPLE STITCH.
Not quite a chevron which is much sharper, but more of a gentle wave.
Crochet fashion and homewares are SUPER HOT right now, so why not make your own ripple stitch wrap skirt, shorts, crop top or drawstring bag. Or why not try a small throw or cushion?
This stitch is super easy to get the hang of once you get into a rhythm, and as you are double crocheting in every row, it grows quite quickly, especially if you use a chunky yarn.
For this stitch I have used FIDDLESTICKS WREN DK (8ply) in LOLLIPOP and it is written is US or American terminology. Fiddlesticks Wren is a 100% cotton, DK (Double Knitting) or 8ply yarn that I love using for baby blankets and washcloths. There are a huge range of colours available in store!
I have used a 4mm hook with this cotton. I am a tight crocheter but I feel I could have gone down to a 3.5mm hook for a nice tight texture.
My favourite hooks to use are Clover Amour hooks. It will of course depend on your tension - if you are a tighter crocheter you could swap to a larger hook size, or alternatively, if you are a little more relaxed, swap to a smaller hook. Start by trying a small swatch, as this stitch is easily unravelled, and you can use your yarn again.
To make this washcloth size square I started with 45 chains. I worked in multiples of 14 plus 3 stitches . *TIP - If you have a tight tension crochet your chain with a slightly larger hook size, then go down to your selected size hook for the remainder of the project. (half a size or a full size should do the trick!)
Double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook and in the next 4 stitches.
You are going to decrease now so - double crochet 2 together , do this stitch twice.
Then double crochet in the next 4 stitches
You are now going to increase so - place 2 double crochet in the same stitch, do this twice.
Then double crochet in the next 4 stitches.
Then continue with your * 2 x dc2tog, DC x 4, 2DC, 2DC, DC x 4
You will always have 1 stitch left at the end of the row which you will place 2DC in the same stitch.
When beginning a new row you will place 2DC in the first stitch then commence your * pattern.
You may make this as wide as you like as long as you are working with multiples of 14, adding an extra 3 chains at the end as your first DC stitch.
There are many tutorials available on YouTube showing you how to do a DC2TOG decrease.
As you can see it looks spectacular in just one shade or in multiple shades!
Pop back in March and check out another favourite crochet stitch of mine.