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Faded Ripple ~ Free Crochet Pattern


Faded Ripple
a new take on an old pattern
Crochet Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

This ripple pattern puts a new twist on a classic afghan crochet pattern. This stitch pattern works for afghans/throws, or wraps, or scarves, or a variety of other projects. Faded ripple is a great stitch to use with stripes, as it gives a pretty detail to color changes. It can be used with just about any size yarn and the coordinating hook. I do not recommend novelty yarns, as the textures of the yarn can make the stitches difficult or just take away from the look of the stitch pattern.

Whatever size you want to make!

Pretty much any size “regular” yarn. Not recommended for novelty yarns

Whichever size coordinates with your yarn.

Not important! Though you may want to make a 2 repeat (56 chains to begin) swatch that is a few rows tall to determine how many repeats you need for your own finished item. (For example, if your swatch measures 10 inches, you know each repeat is 5 inches. If you are making a baby blanket and want it to be about 36 inches, you will ch enough for 7 repeats (7 rep x 5 inches = 35 inches) in order to get the size you want.)

Stitches and Skills used:
Ch ~ chain
dc ~ double crochet
dc2tog ~ double crochet 2 together (explained)
cl ~ cluster (explained)
St(s) ~ stitch(es)
Sk ~ skip
Beg ~ beginning
Rep ~ repeat

cl ~ cluster: for this pattern the cluster stitch is a cluster of 2 dcs worked together in the same st as follows:
yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo, pull back through stitch (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook) yo, insert hook through same stitch, yo, pull hook back through stitch (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 3 loops.


Ch a multiple of 28


Row 1: dc in bottom loop of 4th ch from hook, (sk1, cl in the next ch) 5 times, sk1, (cl, ch3, cl) in next ch, (sk1, cl in the next ch) 6 times, *skip 3 chs, cl in the next ch, (sk1, cl in the next ch) 5 times, sk1 (cl, ch3, cl) in next ch, (sk1, cl in the next ch) 6 times, rep from * until end of row is reached

Starting with row 2 you will be working in the spaces between the cluster stitches. This means you will be inserting your hook under the v at the top of the previous row, and the bar just below it. Make sure to reference the photos above to be sure you are placing your stitches correctly.


Row 2: ch3, dc in first sp (counts as first cl), (cl in the next sp) 5 times, (cl, ch3, cl) in ch3 sp, (cl in the next sp) 6 times, *skip 1 sp, (cl in the next sp) 6 times, (cl, ch3, cl) in ch3 sp, (cl in the next sp) 6 times, rep from * until end of row is reached, without making last cl. To make last st, work a dc2tog as follows:

yo, insert hook into next sp, yo, pull through st, (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into top ch of the beg ch3 of the previous row, yo, pull through st, (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops

Rep row 2 to desired length


When changing color, do not finish off last st of your row, make the st all the way to the last yo/pull through and stop. Change color and make the final yo/pull though with the new color, then start the next row. This will make your color change look more finished.

Here is a chart for you as well. It does not show that the stitches are worked in between the clusters, but otherwise, it is true to the pattern.



For my baby blanket, I used a #5 yarn (Berroco Weekend Chunky, 5 skeins each of: 6923 Tomatillo, 6904 Pebble, 6957 Grape, 6941 Sea Glass) and started with a chain of 140. I then edged it with 2 rows of sc, placing 2sc in the side of each row, and 2sc in each cl on the top and bottom of the blanket. If I were to make it again, I might start with 112 chains, and make each color 2 rows so that I could carry the yarn up one side for the color changes; I hate weaving in ends!!

Here are some color plan options, my baby blanket used the last one. (They are shown with 4 colors, 1 row at a time, but, as I said before, I would make them each 2 rows so that the yarn can be carried up the side)


And…here are some samples in other weight yarns made by my fabulous testers!!


Brenda Lee Dukeman, Sock Weight (#1) Yarn,
A-Amethyst- premier yarns serenity sock weight
B-Lilac ice-Aunt Lydias iced bamboo
C-Navy/marine premier yarns serenity sock weight
D-antique white Bernat Baby


Becky Dirlam
Sport Weight (#3) Yarn
Bernat Baby Sport in mint


Leah Feild
Worsted Weight (#4) Yarn
Red Heart with Love in Peacock and Pewter
Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Old Rose.

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  • Lorene Eppolite October 18, 2013, 10:47 pm

    I love it. I’m actually going to use it to make a shawl for a Christmas gift.. thank you!!!

    • Jessie October 18, 2013, 10:51 pm

      You’re welcome! Once you get the hang of it, it goes REALLY quick!

  • Kelly Stern October 23, 2013, 10:21 am

    This is really pretty.. I haven’t made ANYTHING for my son yet (and he’s 8 months)!!! This looks like something I want to make for him.. If I ever get the time.. LOL!

  • Amy October 23, 2013, 11:06 am

    My husband has asked me to make an afghan for him for Christmas; I think this one will work wonderfully-thank you for the pattern. I love finding new blogs and will be following this one as of today.

    • Jessie October 23, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Thank you! My husband likes this one as well.

  • Amy November 3, 2013, 1:59 am

    Hi, I’m Amy, I have a crochet site called Crochet Jewel! I really love your crochet patterns! I started a crochet directory on my site and I wanted to know if you would be interested in adding one or more of your patterns on Crochet Jewel. I will feature your crochet photo and direct link on my siite, my facebook page, Twitter, and Pinterest! I would only show your photo and link, but the viewer will have to go to your site to see the pattern, so you get all the credit! I average a few thousand or more viewers daily with my own patterns I created. This will give you more viewers to your site! You would Just go to this link and add your pattern. Hope to see you there!

    • Jessie November 3, 2013, 9:05 am

      Thank you, Amy. I will take a look this week when the kiddies are in school.

  • Indira November 20, 2013, 1:24 am

    This patten is beautiful. I would like to try as a skirt for my daughter. Thank you Amy.

    • Jessie November 20, 2013, 8:07 am

      You are welcome, thank you for your compliment. ~ My name is Jessie :)

  • Abby L Bender December 17, 2013, 6:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. It is lovely. I have made several afghan’s using this pattern for gifts and everyone that received them loved the pattern. It is very easy and goes very quickly. Once again, thank you.

  • Marsha Aronson November 28, 2014, 3:28 pm

    What a lovely pattern! I especially love that it is highly adaptable to different weights of yarn.

    Thanks also, especially, for those very clear pictures to go with it! I am inspired to start it very soon! :-)


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