Monday, 8 August 2011

Gettin' with the ripple

Hello, hello! What a lovely weekend that was! Just me and hubby with nothing in particular to do but please ourselves, ah bliss! We popped over to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds and had a mooch round there and then a lovely picnic of Spanish tapas (made by me) while using our vintage blue Brexton picnic hamper which is complete with 4 settings of china cups, saucers, and plates. I must say I felt rather smug and very civilised as we saw everyone else had pre-packed supermarket sarnies and paper plates.

Anyway, I digress. Today's post is about getting to grips with rippling!! Learning to ripple crochet is something I've been lusting after for a while and I decided to put it off til I was a bit more 'au fait' with crochet in general. I'd heard it was tricky to get the hang of so was wary but I found some great instructions from Lucy at Attic 24 and after a couple of false starts, I was off! I used some scrap wool to get started and I actually found it easier than I thought. : )

This weekend I was ready to graduate to actually making something, so I've started making myself a scarf for the winter. I'm using some super soft and cosy wool that I got in the sale at Hobbycraft and this is what it looks like so far:

It's not very wide, but that's the plan as I want a fairly narrow scarf which hopefully will go with most things in my wardrobe. The dark pink will be the main colour with the sky blue and duck egg blue being alternated. I'm in love with it already!

The ripples are quite easy to do but this is def a crochet style that needs full attention. There is a lot of counting involved, and I'm not very good at that. It has to be in multiples of 14 too which took some brain cells to figure out. There's not a lot of room for mistakes cos if you miss a stitch here or there it makes the ripples come out wonky. A lot of undoing has been done, but that's what I like about crochet - if you do it worng you can easily pull it out and do it again!

I wish you could feel the gorgeous softness of this scrummy wool...

I can't wait to see how the scarf looks when it's a bit longer!

PS. What are you making at the mo?


  1. Hurray!! No-one understands the annoyance of the ripple more than me! Argh!! You do get into the flow of it I find, although maybe that's harder to do when you're not doing something that's very wide, but it still needs a careful eye on it to make sure you're increasing and decreasing in the right place.

    I'm currently using my scraps to make some little blankets for Preemies UK, they send knitted and crocheted blankets, hats, clothes etc to hospitals for little tiny babies. Good way of using up scraps, plus doing something good - win!

  2. I like the idea of making for preemies, might look into that!

  3. I can't believe you made this Kerry! I mean, y'know, I CAN but it's so impressive!!


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