The Ripple Stitch, also known as the Chevron Stitch and has been called an Afghan Stitch, is one of the classic stitch patterns known and loved by many. No grouping of stitch patterns would be complete without including it. This was the first stitch pattern that I learned, and to this day (more than 40 years later) I still love working with it.
The fun thing about this stitch pattern is that you can do it in Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Treble Crochet (and any of the extended stitches as well). I will show you the stitch pattern in Single Crochet. Below the description I will share the small changes to make for other stitches.
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Multiples of 3 + side + side For each Ripple. (detail in text)
You can watch a video of how this is done at the bottom of this page.
First let me explain the multiples. The '3' represents each point in each ripple. You decide how many stitches you want to be on each side of a point. So if you want 4 stitches on each side, your calculation would look like this: 3 + 4 + 4 = 11.
Also, you can use a single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch or a double crochet stitch. You could even use a treble crochet stitch but treble crochet is a little loose for this pattern.
* Using half double crochet count it and work it the same as single crochet.
* If you are going to use double crochet or extended double crochet add 1 chain stitch at the end - NOT at the end of each ripple, but at the total end.
* If you are going to use treble crochet or extended treble crochet add 2 chain stitches at the end - NOT at the end of each ripple, but at the total end.
Do a swatch of about 4 inches by 4 inches to calculate your gauge. If you're going to use this stitch for a garment, gauge is going to be very important as your ripples end up being much different than your chain.
First calculate your beginning chain (see notes above).
This example uses Single Crochet
and 4 stitches to the point.
Row 1: Your first single crochet stitch is in the second chain from the hook, just like normal.
Follow the first single crochet with 3 more single crochet stitches, 1 in each chain. Total 4 stitches.
In the next chain stitch single crochet 3 stitches.
Single Crochet 4 stitches, 1 in each chain.
Skip the next 2 chain stitches.
*** Single Crochet 4 stitches, 1 in each chain. Single Crochet 3 stitches into the next chain stitch. Single Crochet 4 stitches - skip the next 2 chain stitches. ***
Repeat the pattern between the stars (***) until you reach the end of your chain.
There should be 1 extra stitch in your chain at the end. SKIP the extra chain, and Single Crochet 1 into the last chain. NOTE: There should only be a total of 4 Single Crochet stitches (after the 3 in the point) on that last side.
All Following Rows: Chain 1 and turn. Skip the first stitch and single crochet in the next - this is your first stitch to count up to the point. 3 stitches in the next stitch, count side stitches down, skip 2 stitches.
Count side stitches - 3 stitches in the next stitch - count side stitches - skip 2.
At the end skip one stitch below and single crochet your last stitch into the last stitch below.
Tip: If you want to give your Ripple Stitch more 'ripple', crochet into the back loop of each stitch instead of into the whole stitch.
Half Double Crochet: You do not add any additional stitches to the beginning chain to work Half Double Crochet. Because of this you simply follow the instructions above, only use a Half Double Crochet stitch instead of a Single Crochet Stitch.
Double Crochet (or Extended Double Crochet: Because you added 1 chain at the end of your normal chain, you would begin your work by starting in the third chain from hook (versus the second).
Treble Crochet (or Extended Treble Crochet: Because you added 2 chains at the end of your normal chain, you would begin your work by starting in the forth chain from hook (versus the second).
The Little Ripple Stitch Bag is one of the free beginner crochet patterns for you to enjoy. This bag uses Half Double Crochet and that's what it's meant to teach. However, if you are just learning the Ripple Stitch (or Chevron Stitch) you might enjoy this pattern too.