How to Crochet Ripple Stitch

The simple stitch is perfect for scarf, shawls and afghans

A crochet ripple stitch swatch
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    The Ripple Stitch

    Crochet Ripple Stitich
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    The crochet ripple stitch, also known as the chevron stitch, is a basic that’s used for afghans, scarves and everything in between. In crochet, a “ripple stitch” is any stitch pattern with peaks and valleys. Increases and decreases are used to accomplish the ripple effect.

    There are several ways to accomplish the ripple stitch. This simple version will produce a smooth look with very little holes or gaps. Some versions have larger holes for a lace-like look. This stitch is perfect for an intermediate crocheters. You will have to know how to decrease stitches in order to make the ripple stitch.

    You can use any yarn of any color and weight. It particularly looks great in sweeping colorways or with gradient yarn. This amazing pattern is achieved with just three simple stitches! It's such a simple pattern that you will have it memorized in no time. It's the perfect pattern for crocheting while binge-watching TV.

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    Gather Your Materials

    A ball of blue yarn and a crochet hook.
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    Supplies

    • Yarn
    • Crochet hook in your preferred size

    Stitch Abbreviations:

    • CH-Chain
    • DC-Double crochet
    • DC2TOG-Double crochet two together

    Pattern:

    Multiple of 12 and plus 3

    Row 1: DC in 4th chain from hook (first three chains count as a DC.) *DC in each of the next 3 CH, DC2TOG twice, DC in each of the next 3 CH, 2 DC in next CH twice, repeat from * across to the last CH , 2 DC into that last CH .

    Row 2: CH  3, DC in that next stitch, * DC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2DCTOG twice, DC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch twice, repeat from * across to the last chain, 2 DC into the top of the CH 3 turning chain from the previous row.

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    Foundation Row Part 1

    Crochet ripple stitch
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    Start the pattern with a foundation chain of 15 ( or whatever multiple of 12 plus 3 stitches you wish.) DC in 4th chain from hook (first three chains counts as a DC.) DC in each of the next 3 CH.

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    Foundation Row Part 2

    Crochet ripple stitch
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     DC2TOG in the next two stitches.

     

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    Foundation Row Part 3

    Crochet ripple stitch
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     This creates the first peak in the ripple stitch.

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    Foundation Row Part 4

    Crochet Ripple stitch
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     DC in each of the next 3 chain stitches.

     

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    First Wave Complete

    Crochet Ripple Stitch
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     2 DC in next CH twice. This completes the first wave.

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    Continue the Pattern

    Crochet Ripple Stitch
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     Repeat the stitch pattern across to the last CH. 2 DC into that last CH.

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    The Second Row

    Crochet Ripple Stitch
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     CH 3, DC in that next stitch. DC in each of the next 3 stitches.

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    Repeat the Pattern

    Crochet Ripple Stitch
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    Continue in the pattern: 2DCTOG twice, DC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch twice, then repeat to the last chain, 2 DC into the top of the CH 3 turning chain from the previous row.

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    Continue the Pattern Until Desired Size is Achieved

    Crochet ripple stitch
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    Repeat the pattern until it reaches the size you desire. 

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    Tips for Ripple Stitch

    A crochet ripple stitch swatch
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    If you wish to change color, do so at the turning chain. Try using self-striping yarn to eliminate the need to switch yarn colors. Once you get to your desired size, lightly block the piece to make the pattern really pop. Try the crochet ripple stitch in your next scarf, shawl, or afghan project.