Finding lightweight projects to work on during the summer can be tricky. You want to crochet but it’s too hot to be holding a thick blanket next to your skin for hours. I usually make toys and small things in the summertime, but I really had the urge to make a blanket. So I came up with a lightweight ripple crochet pattern that is perfect for summer.
The colors of this blanket are so pretty. The seafoam green and the white go together so well and make the blanket feel even lighter and airier. Along with the ripple crochet pattern, this beautiful pale green reminds me of the sea and waves rushing over soft sand. I can imagine this being a blanket you wrap your little one in when it’s windy but so nice out you just need a beach day! The pattern itself is really simple to recreate and there’s just a thin border around the edge to finish it off and keep it wavy.
To make this baby blanket, I only used 2 skeins of yarn. They were BIG skeins, but only 2. I always have a skein of the Lion Brand Pound of Love in white on hand since I use white in most things. It’s a giant skein of yarn and it’s a slightly thinner worsted weight, so I was curious to see if I could make a blanket with a full ball of that and a contrast color. I ended up using almost the full skein of the green, but I still have about a fourth of the white left. Each ball cost me $8 on sale so it worked out to be the cheapest baby blanket I’ve made. Even at the full price, it would be less than I usually spend on yarn for blankets.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 2 skeins of Lion Brand Pound of Love – 1 in White and 1 in Pastel Green
- 5.00mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- ch – chain
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- DC2tog – YO, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through two loops. With to loops still on the hook, YO, pick up a loop from the next stitch, YO, pull through two loops, YO and pull through all three loops.
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 40 x40 inches
- Gauge: 3 sts/inch x 2 rows/inch
Summer Waves: A Ripple Crochet Pattern
With the white, chain 159 or a multiple of 12 + 3.
Row 1: Work into the back bumps of the chain for this row. DC into the 4th space from the hook (count ch 3 as DC). *DC into each of the next 3 spaces, [DC2tog over the next 2 spaces] twice, DC into each of the next 3, [2 DC into the next space] twice*. Repeat everything between the *s along the chain, ending with 2DC in the last space.
Row 2: Chain 3, DC into the same space. *DC into each of the next 3 spaces, [DC2tog over the next 2 spaces] twice, DC into each of the next 3, [2 DC into the next space] twice*. Repeat everything between the *s along the row, ending with 2DC in the turning chain of the last row.
Row 3-71: Repeat row 2 until the blanket is the desired length.
TO create the ripple crochet pattern for my blanket, I started with 5 rows of white, then 5 rows of green. Then, I alternated between 2 rows of white and 5 rows of green until I had 9 thick green stripes. Then I finished with 5 rows of white.
For the border, I attached a new piece of green and worked one row of SC, then SC 3 into the last space and turn to work into the side of the blanket. Work 2 SC into the side of each DC and the work 3 SC into the corner. Turn and continue all the way around the blanket and bind off. Weave in the loose ends and you’re done!
I can’t get over how summery this baby blanket feels! It’s light and airy, and the ripple crochet pattern just makes it that much more beachy. I used a pale green color for my blanket, but there are lots of other colors in this line that would look beautiful too. I think I’ll make one in that peachy coral next. This blanket is a receiving blanket size, so it’s 40×40 inches. I tend to work my blankets to whatever size I like if I’m just playing around, but I do need exact sizes sometimes. I put together a little freebie for you guys if you want to keep track of different blanket types and sizes.
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