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.
- 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 2 loops still on the hook, YO, pick up a loop from the next stitch, YO, pull through 2 loops. YO and pull through all three loops to finish.
- 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 here and throughout). *DC into each of the next 3 spaces, DC2tog 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 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.
Down below I have a short Instagram video explaining how I work the row and the increase ad decrease stitches.
You should have 26 decreases (2 in each valley) and 26 increases (2 at each peak and one on either end of the row). This way, the stitch count remains consistent since you aren’t adding or removing any stitches from the total once you’re done with the row.
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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 then 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
Looking for a grown up version or something with more of a defined chevron? Check out the Mocha Ripple Crochet Pattern!
This blanket is another crochet pattern in a similar look but much bigger and with sharper V’s typical for a chevron. This is a great pattern that also only uses a few basic stitches to make.
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Sunday 20th of December 2020
the pattern is wrong. You cannot end with a peak and then the next row starts with a valley!
Monday 19th of July 2021
Each row ends at the top middle of the peak, right after the first increase. This way, when you turn the work and start the next row, you're always working down that side you just worked, back to the decrease. Think of it as walking up the hill, turning around, and walking back down to where you started. This way both sides of the blanket are symmetrical.
Amanda S Shaffer
Wednesday 20th of May 2020
How to make a crib size summers wave blanket instead of the 40 by 40
Monday 15th of June 2020
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.
Friday 22nd of May 2020
Hi Amanda! I have a full tutorial and walkthrough on how to resize blankets here: https://www.theblueelephants.com/2019/06/how-to-customize-crochet-blanket-sizes-free-printable-cheat-sheet.html
Wednesday 3rd of April 2019
Does this Afghan have a right and wrong side to it?
Wednesday 3rd of April 2019
No, it's the same on both sides.
Thursday 14th of February 2019
What does the "back bump" mean? Thank you. It is a beautiful blanket
Saturday 16th of February 2019
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.
Thursday 6th of December 2018
what a beautiful pattern
Saturday 8th of December 2018
Thank you, Angie! It's very easy to do!