Seaside Baby Ripple

I’m soooooo close to finishing this little blanket! I haven’t really taken any photos of it as I’ve been working on it as I’ve mainly just sneaked rows here and there throughout the days but nowhere in a place that’s suitably photogenic for blog photos. (So you’ll have to make do with photos taken on my garden chair this afternoon as it tried to blow away in the wind!

I suppose I should introduce you to it really. A few weeks ago I posted this post which featured some super soft Rico Baby Classic dk from The Homemakery. I did end up returning the two light blue colour balls and making this blanket just in three colours. My cousin and his wife are expecting their first baby in March and you know I can’t resist an opportunity to make a new baby a blanket. I asked them if they had any colour preferences and they suggested pastel blues and yellows to match the curtains in what will be the baby’s room. Initially I was a bit deflated because I prefer brights to pastels, but I am really pleased with the colours I’ve picked. They make me think of sand, sea and sky! Seaside colours, which is also apt as they do indeed live by the sea. I was a bit apprehensive about putting so much blue into a blanket for a baby that is not yet confirmed to be a girl or a boy, but then why would that really be a problem? Blue is a lovely colour and it’s not solely reserved for boys.

This blanket is the first time I have attempted to make a straight foundation row and then create the ripple by using the different height stitches. Do you see what I mean?

The practice bit I made turned out ok (the notes are just my workings but if you can understand and follow them then feel free to have a try!) but when I did it on the actual blanket, it did make a slight carbuncle bulge at the start! You can just see it in the picture above this one. It’s ok, I’ve been able to disguise it with the border and you can’t see it at all. I need to work out why its going like that though, perhaps I counted wrong or perhaps it was caused by the increase at the end. Who knows?

Oh and one other thing, I find it easier to work out of just one loop for the foundation row. It makes it feel a bit loose when you’re working it, but it then gives you two loops to work out of when you come to do the border and it just makes that part (which is usually tricky and frustrating) so much easier.

The top end looks really smart as well; this yarn works up very neatly. I’m working it on a 3.5mm hook as although I usually do dk weight yarn on a 4mm hook, Rico yarn (and also Katia yarn, they are both European) tends to be a bit lighter than the UK branded dk yarns like Stylecraft etc.

I’m working on the border tonight and then hopefully I’ll get the ends darned in tomorrow. And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to photograph it and post photos on here before the baby is born? Stranger things have happened!

x

22 thoughts on “Seaside Baby Ripple

  1. That foundation row is very clever! Will try something similar the next time I do a ripple – I remember how frustrating it was to ‘fill in’ last time! Gorgeous blanket, perfect for a baby girl or boy!

  2. This is really useful as I want to put a wavy border up the sides of the ripple I’ve just finished and leave the top and bottom without a border. I just love that wavy shape :)

  3. Cindy says:

    This blanket is AMAZING!! I love the color selections and it is just stunning as are all of your blankets. Thank you for sharing this!!!

  4. The colours look lovely together it, they do have a seaside feel to them…….along with the ripple pattern. Perfect for a baby living near the sea. Whenever I see blankets like this one I wish I could crochet, I have mastered knitting but crochet is not something I have been able to achieve despite friends trying!

  5. claire coffey says:

    your blanket looks pretty! I love the simplicity of the three colours, it looks really effective and classy. I have started working out of the little bump on the back of any foundation chain, it’s really like working on the wrong side of it, but it leaves a lovely chain-like stitch on the bottom to work out of when you want to add a border. it’s worth a try!

  6. Pamela says:

    I like your ripple, lovely soft shades. Your idea of a straight start to the ripple is brilliant, I tried it out this afternoon and a scarf is on it,s way.

  7. charlotte says:

    i love it. i really want to do a ripple but i’ve not been brave enough and i like to plan. Also when i tried to do a sample, and then you turn? do you then work as if backwards? this part stumps me, like with granny squares you can see a front and back.

  8. The blanket is beautiful and very well made with a lovely colour combination. Blue is a perfectly good colour for a girl though I don’t think pink would really be suitable for a boy. Your cousin and his wife will be really pleased with their baby blanket.

  9. The blanket is beautiful and very well made with a lovely colour combination. Blue is a perfectly good colour for a girl though I don\’t think pink would really be suitable for a boy. Your cousin and his wife will be really pleased with their baby blanket.

  10. I love it. I feel very calm looking at those colours – maybe the baby will think that as well when he/she sees it?

    Argh goodness I just want to make everything. Every time I see something that someone’s done I get an urge to do it as well. I’d just quelled my rippling urges and now they’re starting back up again!

  11. I love this and such a great idea to use a foundation row. I’ve got some wool to make a ripple blanket and I will definitely be trying this technique when I start!

    Kate

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