Corbin’s Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket

Back Loop Single Crochet Ripple Blanket Pattern

Have you ever had a project that you just couldn’t seem to finish?
You want to, really you do! But for some reason things just aren’t moving along as smoothly (or as quickly) as you’d imagined, and you find yourself setting it aside to work on other projects instead. Every few months or so, you’ll have one of those “I going to finish it!” moments. You’ll drag it out of whatever box, tote, or closet it’s been relegated to, and dig right in. Hardcore. This sucker is getting done!
…until it doesn’t. A few days (or maybe just hours) later, it’s back in some cubby alone and semi-forgotten.
THIS is one of those projects.
Free Ripple Blanket Crochet Pattern

When I was small, I had a pink, white, and blue ripple blankie that I absolutely couldn’t live without. I loved it, and until I was almost 13, there wasn’t even the slimmest chance you’d find me going to bed without it. I’m not kidding – Tantrums were involved. BIG time. 
So when my Dad mentioned that he had found my beloved blanket stuffed in a closet and “would I like to have it?”, you completely understand why my (then 5 month pregnant) brain decided that this would be the perfect thing to make for the little man on the way. Nostalgia is a wickedly powerful drug, and four whole months should be plenty of time to finish one little baby blanket right? 
Throw sized Ripple Crochet blanket pattern
Of course four months is plenty of time to make a baby blanket! But my pregnancy brain wasn’t letting me get away with that. Oh no. Corbin was going to love this blanket . He’s going to take it to college with him, and if that’s the case, I better make it big enough to cover a growing boy. And while we’re at it, lets not make the stripes all the same size either. We wouldn’t want him to get picked on by his college friends for having a boring baby blanket now would we? Heck no, we gotta mix it up! 
(Did you just read that in your best frat boy voice? Good. That’s why I love you.)
So just before Thanksgiving 2011; I visited my favorite random stripe generator (LOVE!), chose my colors, hoarded my yarn, and chained out the 341 stitches that would later become the most awesome crochet blanket in history! (Well, at least in Corbin’s history. Which if I think about it is rather short, and doesn’t actually involve any other crocheted blankets. Oh well, the lack of competition in no way diminished it’s awesomeness. Umm…because I say so, that’s why!)
Free ripple crochet baby blanket pattern
Anyway moving on…I actually got a good three-fifths done during those four months before Corbin was born, and I’m pretty much blaming his week early arrival as the reason that it took me so long to finish in the first place. You see, I’m kinda weird (big shock I know), and only like to crochet during the colder months. Corbin showed up, and umm…distracted me, yeah that’s it – He distracted me, and then it got hot outside, and then well…stuff. Lots of stuff. In all honesty though, it’s probably all my fault for being stubborn enough to make the blanket with single crochet. I mean, wouldn’t a triple stitch have gone 3 times as fast? Oh well, at least it’s done now.
Single Crochet Ripple Blanket Pattern

Back Loop Single Crochet Ripple Blanket

I used an H/8 (5mm) hook and roughly 10 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in the colors: White, Soft Blue, and Dark Country Blue, for a 44 x 65 inch blanket. (approx. I crochet rather tightly) Stitching through the back loops will give the blanket a ridge and valley texture between each row, that compliments the ripple pattern nicely. Also, if you stitch through both loops for the first and last two stitches of each row, it adds a nice flat edge to the sides that gives it a more finished look. (Of course I forgot to get a close-up, but if you look carefully, you can just see what I mean on the edge right next to the letter C in the picture of Corbin below.)

With your first color, Chain 341. 

Row 1: Sc in second st from hook, sc 1 st, sk 1 st, * Sc in each of next 11 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 11 ch, sk 2 ch, repeat from * across until you reach the last 3 stitches. sk 1 st, sc in last 2 st, ch 1, turn.

Single crochet ripple blanket symbol chart
Just a little example for those of you who prefer symbol charts.

Row 2: Sc in first 2 sc. Now begin working through the back loops only of the remaining stitches – sk 1 sc, * sc in each of next 11 scs, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across until you reach the last 3 stitches. sk 1 st, sc through both loops of the last 2 stitches, ch 1, turn. 

*repeat Row 2 for another 260 rows alternating colors as desired.*
Want to make a smaller blanket? Simply decrease the original chain by increments of 24 to remove each peak.
Any multiple of 24 + 4 (2 border stitches on each side) with create a workable chain. 
Free ripple crochet baby blanket pattern

Two and a half years is an awful long time to work on a single project, but it was definitely worth it.

Look at that face! This blanket is soft and cuddly, and even if he doesn’t ever take it to college,

he loves it right now and that’s enough for me!

What’s the longest it’s every taken you to finish a project? 

Or maybe you aren’t even done yet! In that case, what are you stalling on?

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Don’t know how to crochet but want to learn? 
Check out Rachel’s awesome crochet-along to learn all the basics you’d need to make this blanket! 

26 thoughts on “Corbin’s Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket

  1. LOVE it! Totally worth spending 2.5 years on πŸ˜‰ The random stripes are so cute (you are brave–my 'random' projects always end up looking very planned-out and methodical, dangit), I love the colors (not too babyish, he will absolutely be bringing it to college with him), and the pattern is so classic. Awesome job!

    1. Thanks! Now you won't have to listen to me whine about it anymore. πŸ˜€
      That's exactly why I love the stripe generator! You can put in whatever colors and stripe sizes you want and just keep hitting refresh until it spits out a version you love. So easy. You definitely need to try it!

    1. Ha! He was probably hopped up on jellybeans at that point, but that's seriously one of my favorite pictures of him ever! I can't wait til he starts rattling off some of those gems that you hear from Forrest!

  2. Love your blanket! I just recently finished my daughter's blanket as well. I started it when I was about 3 months pregnant and then placed on bed rest at home. I thought I would finish in no time, too! I didn't realize my pregnant brain couldn't keep count very well, and then I was admitted into antepartum around 7 months. It's difficult to crochet laying on your side; I was not allowed to sit up. Oh, well! The blanket is finished a year later, and it's about 66 in x 50 in. I love seeing how much he is enjoying his blanket in the photos. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Jess! I think my guilt just doubled now. I mean you were in the hospital, and still managed to finish in a single year. That makes my excuses even more pathetic. πŸ˜‰ It's so true about counting with pregnancy brain though. I tried to make a star shaped blanket when I was pregnant with my daughter, and it ended up so wonky from my mis-counting that I didn't even want her use it. Of course now it's a house favorite. Who'd have thought?

    1. Thanks Crystelle! I think over the years stitching so many amigurumi have made my stitches ridiculously tight. You can actually see in the pic of him laying down how I started out trying to stay loose at the bottom, and them gave up somewhere along the way. πŸ˜€

  3. I'm stopping by from the link up at the Funky Polkadot Giraffe. Your blanket came out so modern looking and I am sure Corbin will love it until college and beyond. I totally know what you mean about only liking to crochet in the cold months. I'm the same way. Then there's other crafts like scrapbooking and sewing that I do way more of during the warmer months. Thanks for sharing the instructions for how to make the blanket.

    1. Thanks for visiting Vicky! Glad I'm not the only Seasonal crafter. To me it just makes more sense to cuddle under an afghan while you're making it!

  4. so beautiful!! I want to get started on one right away! I usually have a hand project going all the time, but dont at the moment!! LOVE and pinned… also, featuring at my weekend Create Link Inspire features.. I've spread the news all around my social media and tagged you ;o) Would love a reshare or two ;o)

    1. Thanks so much Emily! I do the same thing – usually having one project in a tote next to the sofa that I can work on in the evenings. Now that this blanket is finally finished, I'm waffling between another afghan for the living room, or hexies!

  5. Gorgeous blanket – and even cuter little guy! I started a ripple for my daughter a few months before she was born. Like you, it had to be big enough to last her through college. And 3.5 years later…I'm still working on it, ha! I figure, by the time I'm done, she'll need it for her own kids πŸ˜›

    1. Thanks Jen! It's good to know I'm not the only one with pregnancy induced "Overly Ambitious Afghan Syndrome." πŸ˜€ Good luck finishing up your blanket!

  6. This is gorgeous! Love it! If I want to make it bigger (wider) since my bf is a big guy, how many more stiches should I add? Thank you! πŸ™‚

  7. I love working on ripple afghans and have made several over my 30+ years of crochet. That said, I still have a granny ripple I started 10 years ago stuffed away in my sewing room closet. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually finish it. It combines regular granny squares that are crocheted to the ripple so the number of stitches across each granny square has to match perfectly to the ‘peaks and valleys’ of the ripple. I have no pattern for this as I tried to ‘invent’ it myself. Probably one of the reasons it’s not finished yet.

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