Jan 24, 2013

Large Stripe Chevron Blanket

This little gem of a blanket came together quite nicely. It’s the first time I’ve ever used a real pattern but I’m happy I finally got one under my belt.  Each row took much longer than usual, at first, because I was constantly counting and counting and counting. Hard to keep track of stitches with two little ones and a dog climbing all over your lap!

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I had to learn how to do stitch increases and decreases but it wasn’t too difficult and youtube certainly came in handy. The only other tricky part of this blanket was the turning stitches at the end of each row. Count those stitches very carefully because if they are off, your entire row will not work out correctly as you count the stitches.  Where losing or adding a single stitch in a regular single or double crochet blanket really isn’t a big, noticeable mistake, it will really mess you up here. Count, count, count!

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Often called a “ripple pattern”, these stripes aren’t too “pointy” if you know what I mean… they rise and fall softly but still look like classic chevron when you finish. Plus- nothing complicated in the pattern! A great place to start if you love to crochet, but like me, are a pretty novice beginner when it comes to reading patterns.

**I have spent the last few weeks revising and adjusting this blanket pattern to make it available in my Etsy shop. Thank you for all the love- it’s one of my absolute favorites!**

Yarn:

Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand

Charcoal Grey, Kelly Green, Fern, Pea Green, Radiant Yellow, Silver Grey, Silver Heather

This took me a few days to complete but moved more quickly once I had the pattern figured out.

**I use a “russian join” to change colors.  I love it because it leaves you with no ends to weave in when you are finished. Search it on youtube to find a tutorial.**

The only question now is to sell or not to sell? Kinda love it. Just a little.

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_MG_5459Someone else wanted their picture taken…

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J

Other crochet blanket posts:

Finished Blanket Post: Sheep(ish) Brights

Berry Lovely Blanket

Color Block Blankets

Pattern for Color Block Blankets

 

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On my radar:

A new quilt for our new queen bed!  I’m going to get brave here, go out on a limb and actually attempt to follow a pattern.

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This beautiful book features my favorite quilt on the cover. The blocks feature my favorite classic quilt block pattern: the log cabin.  Each cross is made up of four log cabin blocks sewn together. Maybe it will be finished by summertime? I’m sifting through scraps once again to pull each of 60 necessary scrap prints.  So far I’ve got about 13 prints ready to be cut and pressed.

I’ll keep you posted!

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While Daddy was out at the hockey game yesterday evening, we discovered a new favorite game.

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It’s not really Denver’s favorite game… but he’ll get over it.
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Love them.

39 Responses to “Large Stripe Chevron Blanket”

ChristieJanuary 25th, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Hi there! I just found your site through pinterest and love your crocheted blankets! I’m glad I found them now, because tomorrow I was headed to Joann to pick out yard for our little girl on the way. I have a quick question on the russian join (so cool!) that I couldn’t find on the videos on youtube. Since you still have a little of the color left that you are on, do you do the russian join a little bit before you are at the end of the row? It’s hard to ask questions clearly when I’m not all that great at crocheting (but I’ve made all three of my kids a crochet blanket, and must carry on the tradition!). :)

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodJanuary 25th, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Christie, I’m going to look for the tutorial I used and post it for you. Love the homemade blanket tradition! Handmade by Momma is always the best :)

LeahFebruary 26th, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Hello there! I found your pattern for this afghan on Pintrest and had to try it!
Quick question, I am just practicing before starting the real thing, but when you say ‘work another row or two and the peak and valleys will then even up’, what exactly does that mean? Because right now I am on Row 2 and its hard to distinguish where the peaks and falls are. Row one it was easy to tell but not row 2. Thanks!

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodFebruary 27th, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I thought the peaks and valleys got easier to see the more rows I had. If it starts to look off or less distinguished, I might try going back and counting your stitches again. In the beginning I was constantly recounting/rechecking and going back and forth. Keep trying! You’ll get it!

RachelMarch 5th, 2013 at 10:16 PM

How long did this take you?? I am a fast crocheter but I have never done an afghan and every time I start one I think I will never get it done so I give up :O lol I figured I can be realistic with a time line and maybe get it done :D it’s beautiful love the colors!
PS one skein in vanna yielded how many rows I am using a couple different skeins with more yardage….

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodMarch 6th, 2013 at 12:02 PM

This took me about an hour for each color. I tried to do an hour each night so it took my about a week! I got faster as I went along and didn’t have to keep counting the pattern out for every row. Hope you try it! Send me a photo if you finish it- I’d love to see.

CrystalMarch 6th, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Love it, great job! One question, how long is the blanket? I see you make a reference to it being 40 inches wide, but how long is it? I count roughly 70 rows, correct? It looks like about 10 for each color, and 7 colors that you crocheted.

I will be doing this in different colors for my son, and alternating colors, that’s why I am asking. I am trying to make sure it’s the length I would like, so I can then plan how many rows in which color before I begin. Thanks for your help!!!

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodMarch 8th, 2013 at 10:19 PM

It’s almost a square! About 38″ x 38″ depending on if you are measuring a peek or a valley… haha. And yes, it is about 10 rows/color (not sure why sometimes I get more/fewer with different colors when I am using the same brand of yarn- but such is life! I’d love to see your finished blanket- send me a pic if you get the chance! Good luck :)

RachelMarch 9th, 2013 at 10:00 PM

After a few bone head mistakes ;p I crochet better in rounds so I was not skipping properly in the cahin and turn so I had to unravel a few rows into my second color….It’s turning out super fab! counting in 6 is making me feel OCD but it’s worth it to make sure your not off which will make you more crazy….I am on to color number 2 about 5 rows I can’t wait till it’s done I will share pics for sure :) Thanks for sharing so easy!

CorinneMarch 25th, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Hello! I’m a new crocheter and am trying my hardest to make this blanket. I have a few questions. On the second row do I grab both the front and back loops or just one? Also, I seem to be fine on the first row but when I start my second row the stitches seem off. I find if I skip the first dc and then dc the next 6, I am past my ripple in the first row by a couple of stitches. Aren’t they supposed to line up? Sorry for the newbie questions but I’m trying to yeah myself to crochet and I don’t know anyone who actually does crochet. I would appreciate any feedback please.

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodMarch 25th, 2013 at 7:36 AM

I always grab both front and back loops for this blanket (grabbing the back loops only will create a rib which is very pretty too- just a different look). On your first for, are you doing a 2 stitch decrease properly? I’d check that first. This is all about counting the stitches to create the pattern BUT you could also eyeball it to match up the middles of your peaks and valley’s. Does that makes sense? You can just look with your eyes (instead of counting) to see when you need to to do an increase or decrease. You might have adding/skipped/dropped a stitch here or there on the first row. Don’t give up! It took me a few tries to get my first 3 or so rows looking right. It will get easier. My other advice is to turn to youtube! There are great video tutorials for every aspect of crochet- you could search “crochet stitch increase tutorial” or “how to crochet a ripple blanket” etc. etc. You might not find my exact pattern (haven’t tried) but you could probably get a better general idea seeing it and being able to watch again and again (I’m a visual learner!). Hope I helped! :)

CorinneMarch 25th, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Thank you for your quick reply! I’m pretty sure I’m doing the stitches correctly. I’ve watched so many youtube videos. I think I figured out that I must have not actually cast on 130 stitches to begin with, and that’s why I’m off. I had a two year old distracting me, so it’s easily to make a mistake! Thanks for your help! I probably could visually see where to make the peaks and valleys but I want to restart and do it correctly. I am not going to give up! Thanks!

darleneApril 19th, 2013 at 9:57 PM

At the end of your post you said sell or keep. Where do you sell them? For how much? I don’t crochet but I love this.

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodApril 19th, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Hi Darlene, I sell on Esty :) You can find a clickable link to my shop at the top of my website (it’s pink!). So glad to hear that you like it!

ChristineAugust 29th, 2013 at 10:21 AM

This is a great blanket and I am trying to do my first blanket (after making so many baby booties). How many chain stitches did you do for the length of the blanket in order to use the whole ball of yarn? I’m trying to get a move on because I’m making a ton of blankets for Christmas and so the sooner I start the better!! Thanks!

ChristineAugust 29th, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I want to make this a bit bigger. I’m not entirely sure what you mean. If I want to add “extra waves”, that’s an extra 16 sts and when I’ve added enough then chain 2? Or ch 2 after every extra 16?

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodAugust 29th, 2013 at 6:21 PM

add extra sets of 16 sts (this is a complete “wave”) then at the end of your row- however many stitches that is- chain 2 for your “turning chain”.

DeaOctober 14th, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Hi there! I’ve been struggling with this pattern for a bit and decided to ask you my question!

In the first row instructions, you say to “work 3 st dec in next 3 ch” – but the directions for the 3 st dec read (to me anyway) that you do the stitch in the first, second and third chain. So, do you mean to do this step once, or do this step in the next three chains so, a total of 9 chains? Does this make sense?

At first I was doing the 3 st dec in the same stitch until I realized the direction says to “yo, insert hook through next stitch” – but then I was confused… maybe I’m reading the pattern wrong.

Help!

Thank you very much!

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodOctober 15th, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Do this step once using the next three chains (i.e. the next three chains are the stitches involved in the decrease) – does that make more sense? You are essentially turning the next three stitches into one stitch… So only do this step one time. (NOT with a total of 9 chains).

Switching Sides | KnitPicks Staff Knitting BlogNovember 5th, 2013 at 9:53 AM

[…] I found out a couple of months ago that one of my cousins was expecting her first baby… very exciting! With her in New York and me on the west coast, I knew attending the baby shower would be unlikely. That being said, I started looking for crochet blanket patterns to provide her with a nice handmade gift while still feeding my new crafty obsession. Narrowing ideas down that I had found on Pinterest was a chore, but eventually I settled on this Large Stripe Chevron Blanket. […]

LyndsayNovember 9th, 2013 at 11:24 PM

When the pattern says dc 7 into next dc, does that mean into the stitch or the gap? I’ve never understood that when reading a pattern!

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodNovember 14th, 2013 at 2:45 PM

you put your hook into the space underneath the “V” of the stitch… does that make sense? Your hook should always go underneath two strands of yarn for this pattern. I would call it the “gap” so hopefully we are thinking of the same place ;)

SuzanneFebruary 26th, 2014 at 12:22 AM

I just came from Pinterest and flew to your etsy shop to purchase this beautiful pattern. It is just what I was looking for, I can’t wait to get started!

KateApril 28th, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Hi there –
I got to the end of row 3 and things didn’t line up. I’m wondering if I started row 3 wrong. When you say skip first stitch, do you mean the chain next to the hook, or are you not counting the chain two from the end of the previous row?

Also, what is the total stitch count for each row?

Sorry for the probably silly questions!
Kate

KateApril 29th, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Ok, so I’ve started this and started over several times now. I’m sure I’m doing something completely silly, but I’ll ask anyway…

After I chain 130 for the foundation row – I DC in the third chain from the hook. But my turning chain looks short. Should it be in the 4th chain from the hook?

How many stitches across should I have once I’ve finished the first row (before I chain two and begin row 2)?

Thanks!

CaliJuly 4th, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Where can I find the pattern for this blanket? I absolutely love it and can’t seem to find it anywhere.

vivi vitaAugust 17th, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Finally this is something i want to try to make ripple wise, also considering i do not really want to change color too much. This is a perfect project for me. Thank u so much for sharing, it is beautiful….and the color is lovely……

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodAugust 20th, 2014 at 7:39 AM

You’re welcome! It is definitely a bit annoying to constantly change colors and have so many ends to weave in!

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