Well it has taken me longer than I expected to get started but here is the story if how I decided on the pattern I would use.
While I was still making my hexagon blanket my mind was already looking forward to the next blanket I would make.
I decided that the choice was between a granny stripe and a ripple blanket but wasn’t sure which, so I made a couple of samplers as cafetiere cosies. I decided that I preferred the feel of the granny stripe but liked the look of the ripple though I might have preferred bigger ripples. So the idea of seeing if I could make a ‘granny ripple’ was born.
I like a challenge so I decided I wouldn’t look for patterns but try to work up my own.
My first attempt at a sampler turned out like this:-
I felt it was more of a granny zig-zag than granny ripple and that the zig-zags were too frenetic so I tried again:–
I thought this was better but it was still a zig-zag rather than a ripple.
I knew that it was the double increases and decreases that had created the pleasant ripples in the pattern I used for the cafetiere and so far I had been unable to see how to incorporate more than one in a granny blanket. But then I had a breakthrough and realised that the problem was that the granny rows alternated between an odd and even number of treble groups whereas for the ripple blanket all the rows were the same. So I decided to only work the increases and decreases every other row.
Later I wasn’t sure if the way I had worked the increases and decreases was less symmetrical than that on the ripple blanket and so I tried a few variations:-
But decided it was a case of ‘first time lucky’ and that I liked the first one best.
Then I tried another version of the above ripple but interleaving the colours in a 1 2 4 2 1 pattern instead of a 2 4 2 pattern but I have decided that I find the single rows a bit bitty.
Finally I decided to reverse the rows as worked originally so as to start with the easy row with no increases or decreases as seen below.
I have decided the colours and showed you them in THIS POST
As you can see it is going to incorporate a spectrum array of colours and will use Stylecraft DK yarn and it will be a little larger than the last blanket so as to be more of a winter bedcover.
I will hopefully have finished enough of the blanket by next week to show you how it is getting along.
An edging would be appropriate for this pattern
I have not yet decided exactly what I am going to do for an edging but it seems to me that you could either use trebles singly or in groups or double crochets for a firmer edge.
I am planning quite a deep edging.