When I was visiting my parents recently, I had the chance to go through my grandmother's crochet collection. What stood out the most for me, was a hand written pattern for a ripple afghan. She made this afghan for every new great-grandchild. My grandmother crocheted every day. Whenever I would call her and ask her what she was up to, she would always respond: "crocheting". I always knew that is what she was going to say, but I loved to ask just to hear it! I found it comforting. She was the first and most avid crocheter I have ever known. She taught me how to crochet little by little whenever I visited, and I loved being able to sit side by side with her and chat about crochet and crafts in general.
Today would have been her 89th birthday, so I decided I would pay tribute to her by posting her favorite pattern. Thank you Grandma Evie, for inspiring me and teaching me to crochet, I love and miss you!
1 G/6 (4.00mm) crochet hook
3- 3 or 4 oz worsted weight skeins of any 4 colors of your choice, or about 12-16oz
Chain 168 stitches. Turn.
Row 1: Skip first stitch, *dc in next 9 stitches, 3 dc in following stitch, dc in next 9 stitches, skip following 2 stitches. Repeat from * to end of row.
All remaining rows: repeat row 1, alternating, and changing to one of the 4 colors, every row. Repeat the set of 4 colors until the afghan reaches the length you want. Work in all ends, or you can make tassels on the sides, including the yarn where you changed colors.
I enjoyed crocheting this swatch and thinking of her. The ripple is such a satisfying pattern, and once you have done the first row, you don't really have to count anymore, since you can see clearly where to put the increases and where to skip stitches, since it is in the same place every row. I think it would be fun to make one by working in the back loop only for added texture.