#2 Valentine Ripple Dishcloth – Maggie Weldon Maggies Crochet

Annabelle and I have been snowed in all day. Annabelle is buried under the ripple afghan my dearly departed Fran crocheted for me. (see picture) She hates to be cold.  Luckily I have crochet to keep me busy. Today I designed several dishcloths for free patterns.
This ripple design is my favorite so far!  I just love the color combination.

Follow the story on to Dishcloth #3…

The Ripple Stitch is a challenging stitch for many crocheters. The problem usually starts with the sides having too many stitches. Instead of the sides being nice and straight they land up shooting off at an angle.

This Ripple Dishcloth is a great way to practice perfecting the Ripple Stitch. On each row make sure you have only 3 stitches before the 3-sc group.  A single crochet stitch and a decrease single crochet stitch each count as one.

If you want to make a larger dish cloth or even an afghan, just begin with a much longer chain.  The chain length should be about 25% wider than the width you want. Work Row 1 across the chain increasing the number of repeats. When you are happy with the width continue on with the Pattern Rows until you reach the length you want. Don’t worry about the extra chain on the starting chain. Cut off the extra chains a few chains away from the last sc of Row 1. Unravel the chains and secure the end.

Have fun!

Valentine Ripple Dishcloth

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Original Design By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Easy
Size: About 7 inches square.
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn:
Pink – ⅓ oz, 18 yds (9 g, 15 m)
White – ⅓ oz, 18 yds (9 g, 15 m)
Red – ⅓ oz, 18 yds (9 g, 15 m)
Crochet Hook: Size H-8 (5.00 mm)

Special Stitches
Single Crochet Decrease: (sc dec):
 Draw up a lp in each of next 2 sts, yo and draw through 3 lps on hook.

CLOTH
Row 1:
 (Right Side) With White ch 34, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, * draw up a lp in next ch, skip next 2 ch, draw up a lp in next ch, yo and draw through 3 lps on hook, sc in next 2 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch; rep from * twice more, sc in next ch. (33 sc)

Pattern Rows
Note:
 All stitches are worked in the back loops of each sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc dec, sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in center sc of 3-sc group, sc in next 2 sc, * draw up a lp in next sc, skip next sc, draw up a lp in next sc, yo and draw through 3 lps on hook, sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in center sc of 3-sc group, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * twice more, sc dec. (33 sc) Finish off and weave in ends.
Row 3: With right side facing, join next color with sc in back lp of first sc, sc dec, sc in next sc, 3 sc in center sc of 3-sc group, sc in next 2 sc, * draw up a lp in next sc, skip next sc, draw up a lp in next sc, yo and draw through 3 lps on hook, sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in center sc of 3-sc group, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * twice more, sc dec. (33 sc)
Rows 4-18: Rep Pattern Rows 2-3 seven times and then Row 2 once alternating White, Red and Pink colors.
At the end of Row 18, finish off and weave in ends.

All Rights Reserved ©2011 Maggie Weldon

Enjoy,
Maggie

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