Sand and Sea Baby Blanket

The past few years whenever someone asks me what I want as a gift, I almost always answer, “Yarn.” There was a time when I did not want others to buy me yarn, I was worried that they would not get me a yarn that I liked or a yarn that I could use. Now, I find it intriguing to see what kind of yarn people buy for me and what color(s) it is.

Easter 2017 my mom bought me this beautiful basket and filled it with yarn. I was so happy. As is often the case with yarn in my life, I can have the yarn in my house for over a year before I figure out its perfect project. The perfect project for this variegated yarn came from my mom. She asked me to make a baby blanket for one of her co-workers.

The variegated yarn, Sugarspun, is now a discontinued line of Loops and Threads from Michael’s. My mom only goes to the craft store with me, or when I ask, that means she does not buy yarn often. My mom does not know how much yarn you need to buy to make a project, she does not know anything about dye lots, she does not know yarn weights. At one point this would have frustrated me and I probably would not have used the yarn she bought, but now, it is a challenge.

I had already begun making the blanket when I wandered back to Michael’s to see if I could get more of the Sugarspun yarn, realizing that I could not buy more of it, I looked around, thinking about what I could do to finish the project. I remembered seeing blankets on the internet where people had crocheted a beach scene, and I thought I would use that as inspiration, after all, I had already created the wavy watery area.

The coloring of the Suparspun yarn being blue, green and yellow, I wanted to find a yellow or a green that matched. I thought with yellow it would look like the ocean and with green it would look like a pond. I found this yellow, it is Bernat Softee Baby. The yarns are not the exact same thickness but they are close enough for comfort.

 

The pattern that I am using is from “101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings” by Annie’s Crochet. This kind of project, where there are waves, is a Ripple Crochet project. Ripple Crochet projects can be made using a variety of stitches, but the most common stitch used is a Double Crochet stitch. I think that Double Crochet stitches create a nicer increase and decrease than other stitches; the waves in the Ripples are created by increasing and decreasing stitches. I think this is why Double Crochet stitches are preferred in Ripple Crochet projects.

Increase

To create an increase in a project, you can crochet multiple stitches, or a combination of stitches and chains, into one stitch or space. This project has a two row pattern repeat, this means that everyone other row is created using the same combination of stitches.

For the increase in one row, one Double Crochet stitch is made in the space, three chains are made, then a second Double Crochet stitch is made in the same space.

For the increase in the other row, two Double Crochet stitches are made in the space, three chains are made, then two more Double Crochet stitches are made in the same space.

Decrease

To create a decrease in a project, you crochet incomplete stitches across multiple stitches and then complete them as one stitch.

The decrease in this project extends across three stitches. Yarn-over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Two loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Three loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over, insert hook, Yarn-Over, Pull-Up, Pull-Through two loops. Four loops will remain on your hook.
Yarn-Over and Pull-Through all four loops on hook.

 

Increases and Decreases are important skills to add to your crochet repertoire. Do you like to make Ripple Crochet projects? Have a favorite Ripple Crochet pattern? Let’s Talk!

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