Summer Waves Baby Blanket: Lightweight Ripple Crochet Pattern

by Shehla Ahmed

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 blanket, I only used 2 skeins of yarn! I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in the colors Pastel Green and White. This yarn is incredibly soft and really easy to care for, which makes it perfect for anything “baby”. It’s a light worsted weight yarn so it’s even great for shawls and thinners sweaters or cardigans. I usually have a skein of white on hand so I just grabbed the green to get this pretty color combination! You can see the other gorgeous colors of this over on the Lion Brand website.



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.




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  • 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



Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Sizing: 40 x40 inches
  • Gauge: 4 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.


Color Scheme


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. 


Related: How to Customize Crochet Blanket Sizes




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Jane Doe December 20, 2020 - 2:07 pm

the pattern is wrong. You cannot end with a peak and then the next row starts with a valley!

LORA October 29, 2020 - 2:07 pm

The end of row one and beginning of row 2 did not work out for me. The peaks and valleys did not match up. Could not locate the video that was mentioned.

Vic November 3, 2020 - 6:18 pm


Laurie November 15, 2020 - 2:01 pm

Same! I’ve been going out of my mind and finally decided to look up the pattern again to see if it might have been changed and saw other comments saying the same.

Amanda S Shaffer May 20, 2020 - 4:49 am

How to make a crib size summers wave blanket instead of the 40 by 40

Shehla Ahmed May 22, 2020 - 11:41 am

Hi Amanda! I have a full tutorial and walkthrough on how to resize blankets here:

Amber June 15, 2020 - 8:29 am

Did you use two co.plete skeins of yarn or was there some left over? I’m using a different type and just want to make sure I have enough.

Shehla Ahmed June 15, 2020 - 1:41 pm

I used the large 1 pound skeins so I had about half left for each color!

Sarah Elliott May 19, 2020 - 3:48 pm

I keep coming up with extra stitches. I’m on row 4 and it’s trying to turn into a round . Like it won’t lay straight

Julie April 3, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Does this Afghan have a right and wrong side to it?

Shehla Ahmed April 3, 2019 - 5:09 pm

No, it’s the same on both sides.

shannon May 29, 2019 - 10:31 pm

is this pattern updated yet? thank you.

Shehla Ahmed June 26, 2019 - 7:16 pm

I’ve gone through the pattern and had others test it again, and it’s correct. I’m not sure where the confusion is, so I’ll be adding a video to this post to hopefully explain it better. Sorry about the confusion, but give it a try!

Shehla Ahmed May 19, 2020 - 4:02 pm

Check how many stitches you have. You should have 2 increases at each peak and 2 decreases at each valley. It sounds like you’re adding more increases so your overall count is increasing.

Terri March 1, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Same as Liz. At the end of row 1 I have 3 spaces after the last DCtog 2. It says to 2dc in next space twice. I’ve counted my stitch 3 times and frogged 3 times help!!

Tanya February 28, 2019 - 6:34 pm

Thanks for the feedback! One more question – I’m 4 rows in, and it seems to be getting wider. At the start of each row, is it chain and then 4 DC (DC in same space as chain and then 3DC), or does the “DC in same space” count as the first of the 3 DC in the repeating pattern?

Shehla Ahmed February 28, 2019 - 6:42 pm

Hmm, you may be adding extra stitches. It’s chain then 4 DC starting with the same space. Count your stitches to make sure you aren’t getting more stitches somehow

Tanya February 26, 2019 - 10:49 am

Thanks for the pattern! I have a June niece coming, so I’m glad to find something lightweight :^) From the photos it looks a bit ribbed – did you do back-loop only rows? If not, do you think that would work with this pattern?

Shehla Ahmed February 27, 2019 - 2:18 pm

Hi Tanya!

Congrats!! The actual blanket isn’t ribbed, the pictures seem that way because I took the swirling blanket picture first and didn’t smooth it out before taking the rest. My bad! You can absolutely work back loops only for a more textured look though.

Liz February 22, 2019 - 9:09 am

I’m confused by your directions. I cannot get past the first row – I DC in fourth space and then in the next 3 spaces. But then it gets confusing – “DC2tog over next to spaces TWICE” – what do you mean twice? As in do a DC2tog twice using the same 2 holes or do a DC2tog in 2 holes and then do another DC2tog in the NEXT two holes after that? Same question with the “2 DC in the next space TWICE” – Do I put 2 DC in one stitch and then 2 DC in the stitch after that or am I putting 4 DC into 1 stitch? Maybe I am overthinking, but I am working myself into a square with these instructions as I am not understanding them. Thanks!

Shehla Ahmed February 22, 2019 - 9:31 pm

Hi Liz,

For the first part, you’re working a DC2tog over the first two stitches, and then the NEXT two stitches. Same with the next part: you work 2 DC into one space, then 2 DC into the NEXT space. Hope that helps!

Dawn September 2, 2019 - 5:40 pm

Love your blanket and I’m having a little trouble. Have you posted the video yet?

Jeanie Hijazin February 14, 2019 - 1:28 pm

What does the “back bump” mean? Thank you. It is a beautiful blanket

Shehla Ahmed February 16, 2019 - 10:18 am

When you make the chain, there’s a V on the front of the chain and you normally insert the hook into that V. On the other side of the chain, there’s a little loop or the back bump, and when you work your stitches into that loop, you get a clean edge.

angie December 6, 2018 - 6:47 pm

what a beautiful pattern

Shehla Ahmed December 8, 2018 - 10:27 am

Thank you, Angie! It’s very easy to do!

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Julie June 27, 2018 - 4:17 pm

This is so beautiful. Thanks for the pattern.

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Thank you!