Thursday, 9 October 2014

Sweet Summer Ripple Blanket

I am so pleased I was able to finish my first ripple blanket last night. It is perfectly soft and cuddly to keep our grandchildren warm. I imagine them snuggling under it in the car, double stroller, wagon or even just on the sofa to read, watch tv or take a nap. I used 100% acrylic yarn that is durable enough to stand up to multiple washings; always an important consideration for baby blankets.

The mix of pastel colours with bright rose pink and aqua have prompted me to call this my Sweet Summer Ripple Blanket. I finished this blanket with two days to spare. Can you believe it? Our daughter and her family will be visiting in just two days. I can hardly wait to see them again as it's been 6 long months since our last visit.

I bet you would like to see a photo of my Sweet Summer Ripple blanket. I love this combination of colours. Isn't it gorgeous? 
Do you think of summer when you look at these ripples? Do you see soft, sweet, summery images? I sure do and I hope our grandchildren do too. 
I like it draped over a chair. It matches the little clown sitting on our lamp. Do you see that pile of yarn beside the chair? I think I will use it to make my next ripple blanket. A perfect winter project incorporating brighter, bolder colours.
Neatly folded so it's easy to pack and take back to Boulder.
I think there is even enough yarn left over to make a big, colourful doily. That sounds like a fun project too. So many choices. It will be tough to decide what to start next. I'll take a break while our grandchildren visit but it is still fun to plan.
To make this blanket, I followed free instructions covering Ripple Blanket Know How posted by blogger Lucy at Attic24. I was inspired to make a ripple blanket when I read Lucy's description of her Coastal Ripple Blanket. I always enjoy reading her posts and I especially loved the look of her Coastal Ripple Blanket.  

Technical details for my Sweet Summer Ripple Blanket are listed below for the crocheters out there who might like to make one too. 

Starting Chain - 171 (14x12+3)
Finished Size - 43"x60"
2 rows per stripe 
53 stripes
10 colours
Time to Complete - Approximately 29 hours (30 mins per stripe + border)

Yarn Used (10 colours):
Bernat Softee Baby - Soft Peach
Bernat Softee Baby - White
Bernat Softee Baby - Antique White
Bernat Softee Baby - Flannel
Bernat Softee Baby - Aqua
Bernat Softee Baby - Pale Blue
Patons Beehive Baby Sport - Violet Mist
Patons Beehive Baby Sport - Spring Clover
Patons Beehive Baby Sport - Rose Bud
Baby Marble - Shade (blues, pinks, purples)

Hook size - 4 mm

Stripe Colours in this Sweet Summer Ripple Blanket:
  1. Flannel
  2. Spring Clover
  3. Aqua
  4. Violet Mist
  5. Shade
  6. Soft Peach
  7. Rose Bud
  8. Shade
  9. White
  10. Aqua
  11. Flannel
  12. Violet Mist
  13. Rose Bud
  14. Spring Clover
  15. Pale Blue
  16. Antique White
  17. Soft Peach
  18. Flannel
  19. Shade
  20. White
  21. Violet Mist
  22. Antique White
  23. Rose Bud
  24. White
  25. Aqua
  26. Pale Blue
  27. Shade
  28. Soft Peach
  29. Violet Mist
  30. Spring Clover
  31. Flannel
  32. Antique White
  33. White
  34. Shade
  35. Pale Blue
  36. Violet Mist
  37. Soft Peach
  38. Rose Bud
  39. Spring Clover
  40. Aqua
  41. Spring Clover
  42. Rose Bud
  43. Soft Peach
  44. Violet Mist
  45. Pale Blue
  46. Shade
  47. Antique White
  48. Aqua
  49. White
  50. Spring Clover
  51. Antique White
  52. Soft Peach
  53. Flannel
Border Colours:
Round 1: Flannel
Round 2: Antique White
Round 3: Aqua

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  1. The blanket is beautiful - you must have worked very hard to get it completed. I'm sure it will be appreciated for a very long time.

  2. The colours show up well when draped over the chair. It's lovely. Your fingers must be sore!

    1. Thanks Kath. My fingers are fine actually. I use Addi Swing hooks which are ergonomically designed to reduce discomfort. I highly recommend them.

  3. Very nice, Beth! The colours are beautiful. I agree, bold colours would also look great in this pattern.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I plan to make one in the colours I've used for doilies and cushion covers in our family room so we'll have a bright, cheerful blanket for the back of the sofa.

  4. Your work is lovely as always you are such a talented woman.

  5. Beautiful, love the colors and pattern!