The Ripple Baby Blanket is one of the most popular free crochet patterns on the Daisy Cottage Designs blog. It’s easy to create beautiful baby blankets using this pattern, but sometimes people have a few questions. I’ve noticed a couple of the same questions popping up over and over again so I wanted to address those in one place.
Why don’t my rows line up? Or, Why don’t I have enough stitches at the end of row 2?
I get many comments and emails asking the same question about the Ripple Blankets: my second row isn’t lining up. What can I do to fix it? I’d say in 99% (if not every case), it’s due to one error. You’re not working into the last stitch of the first row. Check out this video for
Watch this 2 minute, 19 second clip to be sure your rows line up perfectly! I started on a middle row so I wouldn’t have a thin, floppy project to work with, but every row after row 1 is exactly the same!
If you’d like to make a swatch the same size as mine, here’s how you can do it:
Row 1: dc in the third chain from the hook. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc 2 tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last chain. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: dc in the first st (your ch 2 and your first dc are worked in the same stitch) and in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. dc in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last stitch. Ch 2, turn.
Continue repeating row 2 until you’re comfortable with the pattern.
Can I make this pattern wider?
You surely can! This pattern is written in multiples of 14+2. So, my pattern is (14 x 7) + 2 = 100. You could do this any way you want. (14 x 10) + 2 + 142, (14 x 15) + 2 = 212. You can really make this blanket as big as you want!
What is the border you mentioned in your video?
You can find a border from Annie’s Attic in this post. Scroll to the bottom of her post to find it.
Is this in US or UK crochet terms?
Like every pattern on my blog, this pattern is written in US crochet terms. You can find a helpful conversion chart here.