Loop Stitch Ripple Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern



To celebrate the first day of winter we are featuring three free afghan patterns today.
The first day of the winter season in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd).  This day is known as the Winter Solstice.
Handmade afghans keep a lot of our loved ones warm during the winter season.  They warm their bodies and hearts when they reflect on your labor of love.
Cuddle up with a warm cup of hot chocolate, your favorite yarn and hook and enjoy your winter days relaxing with your peaceful crochet hobby.

Loop Stitch Ripples Afghan

FP273
Edited By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2010 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Intermediate Skill
Size: Afghan – About 42 inches by 70 inches
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn:
For Afghan: Watermelon – 33 oz, Orange – 33 oz;
For Pillow: Watermelon – 4 oz, Orange – 4 oz;
Lining Material – ½ yd;
Fibrefill
Crochet Hook: Size J-10 (6.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: With J-Hook – 3 sts = 1 inch.

 

JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

TO CHANGE COLORS
Work last stitch before color change to last step, with new color yo and pull new color through remaining loops on hook. Drop unused color to wrong side. Do not work over unused color.

*For Further Assistance with Changing Colors, see our Help Section on the Website www.MaggiesCrochet.com

Special Stitches

Double Loop Stitch (dlp):
Loop stitch is a variation of single crochet and is usually worked on ‘wrong side’ rows because the loops form at the back of the fabric.

Insert hook through lps on finger following direction indicated by arrow (see Fig. 1), being careful to hook all loops (see Fig. 2), draw through st pulling each lp to measure approximately 1”, remove finger from lp, yo and draw through all lps on hook.

WATERMELON LOOP STRIPS (Make 4)
Row 1: (Right Side) With Watermelon, ch 24, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 10 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 11 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, dlp in first sc, skip next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, 3 dlp in next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, skip next sc, dlp in last sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc.
Row 4: Rep Row 2. Finish off Watermelon and weave in ends.
Row 5: With right side facing, join Orange with sl st to first sc, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc.
Rows 6-9: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc. Finish off Orange and weave in ends.
Row 10: With wrong side facing, join Watermelon with sl st to first sc, working in back loops only, dlp in first sc, skip next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, 3 dlp in next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, skip next sc, dlp in last sc.
Row 11-17: Rep Rows 3-9.
Rep Rows 10-17 until strip measures 70 inches, ending with 4th pattern row. Repeat 2nd Row once. Finish off and weave in ends.

ORANGE LOOP STRIPS (Make 3)
Row 1: (Right Side) With Orange, ch 24, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 10 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 11 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, dlp in first sc, skip next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, 3 dlp in next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, skip next sc, dlp in last sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc.
Row 4: Rep Row 2. Finish off Orange and weave in ends.
Row 5: With right side facing, join Watermelon with sl st to first sc, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc.
Rows 6-9: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in first sc, skip next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, skip next sc, sc in last sc. Finish off Watermelon and weave in ends.
Row 10: With wrong side facing, join Orange with sl st to first sc, working in back loops only, dlp in first sc, skip next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, 3 dlp in next sc, dlp in next 10 sc, skip next sc, dlp in last sc.
Row 11-17: Rep Rows 3-9.
Rep Rows 10-17 until strip measures 70 inches, ending with 4th pattern row. Repeat 2nd Row once. Finish off and weave in ends.

Assembly – use photo as guide.
– Sew strips together, alternating color strips.

Edging
Rnd 1: With right side facing, join Watermelon with sl st to first st of last row, 3 sc in same st, sc in each st across to last st, changing colors to match, (working over unused color), 3 sc in last st, working in sides of rows, sc in each row across; working in unused lps of starting ch on other side, 3 sc in first ch, (sc in next st) across to last ch, changing colors to match, 3 sc in last ch, working in sides of rows, sc in each row across; join with sl st to first sc.

PILLOW
Work 1 Watermelon Strip, working 6 dlp rows, then work 5 row in sc same as 2nd row. Work 2 Orange strips the same way.

Assembly
– Sew strips together same as Afghan.
– Sew 3 sides. Place pillow in position and sew remaining side.

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Enjoy,
Maggie

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