Grandma Spiked My Ripple Blanket by Darlisa Riggs
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Grandma Spiked My Ripple Blanket

Crochet
December 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
gauge is not critical but will affect yarn quantities and finished measurements.
5.0 mm (H)
2500 - 3000 yards (2286 - 2743 m)
Determined by yarn selected, hook size, and how big or small you want to make it.
US
This pattern is available for free.
Errata available: crochetuncut.com

Granny squares are regaining popularity but I really didn’t want to do more squares. A ripple seemed like it would be fun but still wasn’t tickling my fancy. After some thought, I suddenly realized that a spike stitch would make a good alternative … so here we are.

My brother-in-law said that the colors I used made him want a Guinness so I believe I’ve named this pattern appropriately.

Use whatever size yarn and hook you want, make it as wide or as long as you want … just have fun with it! Just remember that because of the spike stitch, the blanket will be dense and get very heavy as it gets larger - but it is so very warm!

Errata: 8/6/14 - Row 1 correction; removed all standing dc instructions.
2/10/16 - Updated row 3.

Hook(s): Use recommended hook for selected yarn. Use larger size hook for a lacier version.

Colors & Approx. Yardage: Ah heck … Just buy lots of yarn and no one will get hurt … Yardage given is for the sample size which is 40”x36”.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Skill Level: Easy

Yarn Choice:

  • This pattern is not suitable for eyelash or similar yarns that would obscure the spike stitch definition. The spike stitch needs a yarn with little or no halo in order to look its best.
  • The greater the contrast between yarn colors, the more dramatic the spike stitch effect will be.
  • The sample used up almost the entire skein of six of the seven colors I’d chosen, plus more for the one I used for the border, It is sized for an infant or child so for an adult sized afghan, you’ll need to at least double the amount of yarn used if the yarn is worsted weight.
  • Although I used the Yarn Bee Soft Secret yarn for the sample project, I would not recommend its use. It had knots every few feet/yards in several skeins, it splits and frays easily, and knots are inconsistent (some are made over all strands, some over half the strands). It is also slippery so slip knots tend to, well, slip apart. Other Yarn Bee yarns I’ve used have not had this problem so don’t hesitate to use them.

Variations:

  • Instead of making two rows of ea color, try making one or three or four.
  • Make the width one or two reps and 50-60” long for a scarf.
  • Make the width 50-60” wide and 15” long for a wrap (or 15” wide and 50-60” long).

Video on YouTube for Spike Stitch