Finally Finished – Ripple Blanket

TTB is snoozing in his pram so I thought I’d dodge the washing up for now and write this post that I’ve been wanting to write for ages. I took the photos before TTB was born! I wanted to post it before it became a year since I started the blanket, but I have missed that deadline by a fair amount. This is the ta-daah moment of my Cashmerino Ripple blanket that I started last September in a ripple-along with Lucy. You can see the original post here, and it has all of the colour information for the yarn used as well.

This blanket was a long time in the making – I started stashing the yarn for it in 2010 before we bought our house. That was the only way I could afford to make a blanket in such gorgeous yarn! I also asked for yarn (or John Lewis vouchers) from my family for Christmas and birthday presents in order to make this blanket. I started hooking the blanket in September last year, I remember it was the weekend Andy stayed with some friends in Bradford to watch The Scaramanga Six and I stayed up late, sat in bed and watching Calender Girls on iPlayer.

 

I took this blanket home with me when we went for Apple Day, I took it to Preston when I visited Jenny, to Leeds when I visited Rach and was just generally very in love with this snuggly blanket. I worked hard on it in the new year and did eleven stripes in just two days but then my interest turned to the three baby blankets that I made earlier this year and the ripple got pushed to one side until Easter time when I thought that I had finished it. It was lovely working on it over Easter, I sat on the bed with it, stroking my bump, listening to the rain outside while Andy and his dad tiled the bathroom.

(These are my two favourite colour sequences on the blanket)

I thought I had finished it, but when Lucy borrowed it to photograph with her own ripple blanket it was about a foot shorter. Ah. Then when we got a bed in the baby’s room and I laid it out on there, it didn’t come anywhere near the pillows. Ah. So instead of adding a border and finishing the blanket off as I had intended to do, I rooted around in my bag of yarn and pulled out any full balls that I had left (I was making the Granny Square blanket with the leftovers at this point) and managed to add nine more stripes to the blanket to make it come up to the pillows on the bed. I did this very quickly as I kept trying to lure TTB out by saying “You can’t be born until the ripple is finished!” (this didn’t work.)! Then when the stripes were done, I added the border. I had grand plans to make a tutorial on how to make a ripple straight, but I am afraid that it will have to wait!

I straightened the edges using red yarn, then did two rows of TR stitches up the sides in green, then another round of red yarn (HTR stitches), two more rounds of green around the whole blanket, and then finally another round of red (HTR). I was pretty desperate to finish it by this point! I think the border could be better, but I was pushed for time and I just wanted it finished. I do love it though.

 

And here is the finished blanket … tricky to photograph but you get the idea!

It seems like SUCH a long time ago that I took these photos! At this point I was sleeping in that bed with a massive bump and using lots of pillows to prop myself up.

I’ve just checked the datestamp on the photo and it was taken on the 17th September. Oooh Heather, that was the day before it all started off! If only you’d known.

I miss my CK pillowcases. TTB puked on them once so I have put them away until I’m back in the proper bed again. They’re too nice to be used near a baby!

 

 

34 thoughts on “Finally Finished – Ripple Blanket

  1. lovely ta-dah! the ripple blanket is beautiful. Well done for finishing!

    I’m tempted, and people have been asking me what I’d like for Christmas…

    x

  2. This is awesome! *sigh* I just finished my very bright Baby Cashmerino Ripple in October and now I want to do one like yours in thicker yarn. Never thought that urge was coming back what with being so fed up with ripples after finishing mine. *haha*

    Heather, your blog is such an inspiration! I’m in the middle of making my version of your latest Granny Blanket and now you got me hooked with a new project ;-)

    Hope TTB is fine – and yes- precious things and babies (or toddlers in my case) do not fit together very well. Just wait until your baby is old enough to love yarn. Mine is now and thankfully prefers Stylecraft Special DK if he wants to cuddle a skein (which happens VERY often ;-) )

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I once attempted a ripple… but it involved so much frogging that I gave up… I really should try again… and yours is so inspiring… Jill x

  4. It looks amazing. That yarn is really lovely and it must have taken real patience to start collecting little bits of yarn here and there before knitting it up. I would say the long haul has been worth it as that is gorgeous.

  5. Totally sumptious…wish I could afford that yarn….it does make such a difference.
    I have just today finished my second ripple ‘throw’ for christmas presents….I didn’t ‘straighten’ or do anything with my ends of the ripple.(but did dc the straight sides)..they just ripple….and although you’ve done yours very well I prefer to leave mine rippling!!
    Well done anyhow, such a lot of work but so worth it all.

  6. That blanket is really really beautiful. A ripple is on my to do list. I have often wondered about how to make the edges straight :-)

    Babies and puke, yes I remember that well. My youngest threw up every time she cut a double tooth – yuk. I am not good with puke.

  7. It’s gorgeous Heather. I’ve started a Ripple baby blanket in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and I love doing it, the yarn is so nice to work with and the Ripple pattern is really good. Like Joyce I think I’m going to leave the wave on the ends.
    Glad TTB gave you some time to do the blog, it’s great to see your finished blanket.

  8. Hi Heather , It’s totally gorgeous !! I love the colours you have used and I’m sure you will all enjoy it for many years to come.
    Still building my stashmerino :0)
    Jacquie x

  9. Your blanket is beautiful, I have recently started a ripple blanket and you inspire me to keep going! My baby is 5 months old, I wish I could breastfeed and crochet at the same time, lol x

  10. Yaay, it’s finished and it’s gorgeous!! Yours is still my all-time favourite ripple, and this after seeing hundreds and hundreds of them on Ravelry and the web! You have such an eye for dashing colour combinations, it’s perfect! :-) xxxx

  11. The blanket is beautiful..as usual. I love reading about you being a first time mom. It takes me back to 20 years ago when I had our first little one. Such joy!! And it is a joy to read your blog and think back to when I felt many of the same wonderful feelings and experienced all of the first time events with our daughter. Keep up the good work! We were blessed with 3 more and they just are always a joy in the midst of hard work. Our oldest is off to college and it is so hard to have her away, but good to know she can stand on her own two feet and do well. Hold on tight, while you can :) Love from across the pond. Joyce

  12. Would love you to do a staightening of the ripple tutorial at some point. I’ve just finished a baby ripple and managed one straight edge, the other defeated me so I ripped it out and settled for waves at either end and just a couple of rows on the sides to hide the joins – sigh!

  13. it’s a thing of beauty! love it. I’ve recently started a ripple blanket and the first row was a killer but once the pattern is there its just luverly to work on. I think it was you and Lucy’s ripple-a-long that inspired me in the first place so thank you both.x

  14. Such a beautiful blanket!
    Some of the colour combinations you have used are really lovely, I keep looking at the full length picture and spotting more and more.
    I bought some Rico Creative Cotton last month to start my own ripple blanket in a whole spectrum of colours, so far I have starred at the yarn way to long putting off starting, however I’m going to crack on shortly as I want to own something as lovely as your is!
    I know you have a very little guy to care for now, but if you could get around to detailing how my make ripple edges straight I would be really really truly grateful! I can’t find any details online or ravelry to how this is done. Even if you just lost the stitches and in what order without any photos I would be forever grateful!
    It’s been so lovely reading about your first time mum experiances. I’m the same age and although not close to expecting its refreshing to read about the parts that arent all rosey!
    Thank you do much :)

  15. Such a beautiful blanket!
    Some of the colour combinations you have used are really lovely, I keep looking at the full length picture and spotting more and more.
    I bought some Rico Creative Cotton last month to start my own ripple blanket in a whole spectrum of colours, so far I have starred at the yarn way to long putting off starting, however I\’m going to crack on shortly as I want to own something as lovely as your is!
    I know you have a very little guy to care for now, but if you could get around to detailing how my make ripple edges straight I would be really really truly grateful! I can\’t find any details online or ravelry to how this is done. Even if you just lost the stitches and in what order without any photos I would be forever grateful!
    It\’s been so lovely reading about your first time mum experiances. I\’m the same age and although not close to expecting its refreshing to read about the parts that arent all rosey!
    Thank you do much :)

  16. Such a beautiful blanket!
    Some of the colour combinations you have used are really lovely, I keep looking at the full length picture and spotting more and more.
    I bought some Rico Creative Cotton last month to start my own ripple blanket in a whole spectrum of colours, so far I have starred at the yarn way to long putting off starting, however I\\\’m going to crack on shortly as I want to own something as lovely as your is!
    I know you have a very little guy to care for now, but if you could get around to detailing how my make ripple edges straight I would be really really truly grateful! I can\\\’t find any details online or ravelry to how this is done. Even if you just lost the stitches and in what order without any photos I would be forever grateful!
    It\\\’s been so lovely reading about your first time mum experiances. I\\\’m the same age and although not close to expecting its refreshing to read about the parts that arent all rosey!
    Thank you do much :)

  17. Hi!
    I have found your blog on web just few weeks ago and I must say- I am absolutely fascinated!:) great blankets, great photos and great inspiration! I am crocheting too but I’m just a beginner for now, looking for nice and easy patterns and tutorials:) would you please help me and tell which one pattern did you use for this ripple blanket and what was the size of your hook? thanks a lot! :)

  18. Hi!
    I have found your blog on web just few weeks ago and I must say- I am absolutely fascinated!:) great blankets, great photos and great inspiration! I am crocheting too but I\’m just a beginner for now, looking for nice and easy patterns and tutorials:) would you please help me and tell which one pattern did you use for this ripple blanket and what was the size of your hook? thanks a lot! :)

  19. How very lovely it is. I’ve not done much on my ripple lately, had other things to do, like crochet mitts done sideways and doing the hole for the thumb all in one and joining down the side with slip crochet.

    Hey, I just followed your link to PRESTON. I found that post ages ago and then lost it. I am so glad I found it again. I didn’t realise it was your blog, thought it was another crochet one. Love those two cats BTW.

  20. That is georgeous! What kind of yarn is that? I love all the different colors, and have always liked ripples. Great Job! Julie

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