Chevron Waves Crochet Stitch Pattern

The Chevron Waves crochet stitch pattern is easy, great for large projects (like afghans and blankets), and works up fast. It is reversible looking really good on both the front and back. And, it's easy to remember so you can watch T.V. while you work, or carry your project with you without a written pattern.

The first thing I made (back in 1968), using this stitch pattern, was a very long scarf. I had the project done in a few days and wore my scarf to school. If you can imagine the pride a 12 year old girl could have over something she made, you can imagine how I felt when my teacher asked me who made my scarf.

This stitch pattern uses all the same principles as the original Chevron (Ripple) Stitch, the only thing that changes is using single crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet. Plus, knowing the order to use them and how to make it reversible.

By the way, I love this stitch pattern for large projects because it really does crochet up fast. I know I said that above, but I'm not one to work on the same project for years. So having stitch patterns that work up fast are pretty important to me.

Crochet Materials & Tools for the Chevron Waves Stitch Pattern

The Chevron Waves stitch pattern works wonderfully with any size yarn from crochet cotton thread all the way up to the big and bulky yarns. Just pick a crochet hook that works well with your yarn and you are good go.

Other things you will need are a scissors and yarn needle (used to hide your loose ends).

Learn Chevron Waves

As I said above, I learned this when I was 12 years old. So it really is an easy stitch pattern. Once you get the rhythm you'll find Chevron Waves to be one of those stitch patterns you won't need instructions for, and you will always remember.

It will honestly take me longer to explain this, than for you to work it. Enjoy.

You can make the "Chevrons" larger or smaller by your *side stitch count*, so let's begin there. This also shows you how to calculate your beginning chain.

Each Chevron determines your multiples. Calculate this by how many stitches you want to go up to the point, and back down from the point. Always plus 3 for the point itself.

For example: If you want 4 stitches up (always plus 3 for the point), and 4 stitches back down (this is the standard size) you would count 4 + 4 + 3 = 11. This would be your multiple.

If you wanted very large Chevrons you could, for example, do 10 (or even 20+) stitches on both sides, that would equal 10 + 10 + 3 = 23. Each Chevron would then be a multiple of 23.

From there you decide how many Chevrons you want in your project. So, using the 'Standard' (4 + 4 + 3 = 11), if you wanted 10 Chevrons you would then multiply 11 by 10 = 110. That would be your beginning chain.

Note: Below 2 stitches on each side (2 + 2 + 3 = 7) really doesn't work well. Even that small looks very cramped.

In my example I used the standard (4 + 4 + 3 = 11) times 3 Chevrons. That gave me a beginning chain of 33 (11 x 3 = 33 chains).

Begin: Chain your calculated amount. Turn, and you start in the second chain from the hook.

Single Crochet: Single Crochet your calculated side stitches for 1 side. I used the standard so I single crocheted 1 stitch in the first 4 chains.

In the next chain (no matter how many side stitches you have) single crochet 3.

Going back down single crochet your calculated side stitches for 1 side. I used the standard so I single crocheted 1 stitch in the next 4 chains.

To move on to the next Chevron skip 2 chains. Begin the count of side stitches with that first stitch.

Continue as described above until you are at the final side of the last Chevron.

On the final side of your last Chevron, single crochet 1 LESS (for me that was 3), skip 1 chain, single crochet into the last chain.

Double Crochet: Chain 2 and turn. Always start in the second stitch from the end. If you ever have trouble finding your starting stitch, count backwards from the point center stitch.

Just like before you will crochet up to the point, using your side stitches count. Only this time you will be using double crochet. In the top point stitch double crochet (dc) 3.

Use your side stitch count to crochet back down the Chevron. Skip 2 stitches. Remember that the next stitch you do is the first stitch of next Chevron.

When working with double crochet (and the triple crochet of the next row) you will always see a space where you skipped 2 stitches.

At the very end remember to crochet your side stitches, MINUS one. The last stitch is always skip one, crochet into the end.

Triple Crochet: To start the triple crochet row always chain 3 and turn. Start in the second stitch from the side. Remember you can count down from the center point stitch if you have trouble finding your starting stitch.

Triple crochet your side count number of stitches (to the point). Triple Crochet 3 in the top point stitch. Triple crochet your side count number of stitches back down. Skip two and begin the next Chevron.

At the very end of your row always triple crochet 1 LESS than your side count number, skip 1, do your last stitch into the last stitch of the row.

To finish this group do your next row with double crochet, followed by the last row with single crochet.

Chevron Waves always uses single crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet. If you'd like to use the standard Chevron Stitch (also called Ripple Stitch) you can see how here.


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Chevron Waves Stitch Pattern to Follow

Here's the pattern to follow in order to create the Chevron Waves.

Row 1: Is always a single crochet row. Chain 1 & turn. Single Crochet your side count stitches to the top. In the top point stitch, single crochet 3, single crochet your side count stitches down. Skip 2 stitches and repeat for as many Chevrons as you have. At the end single crochet 1 LESS than your side count stitches, skip 1, single crochet into the last stitch on the row.

Row 2: Is always a double crochet row. Chain 2 & turn. Double Crochet your side count stitches to the top. In the top point stitch, double crochet 3, double crochet your side count stitches down. Skip 2 stitches and repeat for as many Chevrons as you have. At the end double crochet 1 LESS than your side count stitches, skip 1, double crochet into the last stitch on the row.

Row 3: Is always a triple crochet row. Chain 3 & turn. Triple Crochet your side count stitches to the top. In the top point stitch, triple crochet 3, triple crochet your side count stitches down. Skip 2 stitches and repeat for as many Chevrons as you have. At the end triple crochet 1 LESS than your side count stitches, skip 1, triple crochet into the last stitch on the row.

Row 4: Is always a double crochet row. Chain 2 & turn. Double Crochet your side count stitches to the top. In the top point stitch, double crochet 3, double crochet your side count stitches down. Skip 2 stitches and repeat for as many Chevrons as you have. At the end double crochet 1 LESS than your side count stitches, skip 1, double crochet into the last stitch on the row.

Row 5: Is always a single crochet row. Chain 1 & turn. Single Crochet your side count stitches to the top. In the top point stitch, single crochet 3, single crochet your side count stitches down. Skip 2 stitches and repeat for as many Chevrons as you have. At the end single crochet 1 LESS than your side count stitches, skip 1, single crochet into the last stitch on the row.

Just so there's no confusion, yes, there are 2 single crochet rows together. This is needed to make the stitch pattern reversible, and also pulls the Chevron Waves to give it a more wavy look.

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