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seafarer's blanket (crochet)

The gentle ripple pattern of this crocheted afghan evokes the undulating waves of the ocean, and its colors vary from the pale blue of Bahamian tidepools to the indigo waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It's perfect for those longing for more adventures on the high seas.
The gentle ripple pattern of this crocheted afghan evokes the undulating waves of the ocean, and its colors vary from the pale blue of Bahamian tidepools to the indigo waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It's perfect for those longing for more adventures on the high seas.
Time Required :
Over an hour
Difficulty Level :
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

Project Instructions

step 1Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
DC = Double crochet
DC2TOG = Double crochet 2 stitches together
DC3TOG = Double crochet 3 stitches together
DEC = Decrease
INC = Increase
ST(s) = Stitch(es)
REP = Repeat
YO = Yarn over

Finished Measurements: Approx. 48" wide by 76" long
step 2Work 5 rows in each color in the order listed below (beginning with A and ending with M). Next, work 3 rows in colors A – F, in alphabetical order. Then, work 2 rows in colors G – M, in alphabetical order. Finally, work 1 row in each color, A – M.

Color Progression:
A = Red Heart® Soft Yarn – Teal
B = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Dark Sage
C = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Sage
D = Loops & Threads® Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn – Silly Sprite
E = Loops & Threads® Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn – Soft Mint
F = Loops & Threads® Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn – Cool Baby
G = Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn – Clear Blue
H = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Berry Blue
I = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Lavender Blue
J = Loops & Threads® Snuggly Wuggly™ Yarn – Soft Lilac
K = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Lt. Country Blue
L = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Country Blue
M = Caron® Simply Soft® Yarn – Ocean
step 3Stitches:
Ripple (also called chevron) blankets are made by increasing stitches to create a peak, and decreasing stitches to create a valley. You will have to work several rows of crochet before this pattern becomes apparent.
To INC, 3 DC in one CH. Always work each INC (peak) directly over the center of the INC (peak) of the previous row.
To DEC, DC3TOG once, as follows: YO, insert hook into ST and draw up one loop. YO again, and draw through 2 loops. *(With these loops still on the hook, YO and insert hook into next ST, then draw up one loop. YO, and draw through 2 loops as before.) REP from * once more, then YO and draw through all remaining loops on hook (there will be four). Always work each DEC (valley) directly over the center of the DEC (valley) of the previous row.
step 4Instructions:
Using Color A, CH 178, turn.
Row 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook, *DC in next 6 CH, 3 DC in next CH, DC in 6 CH, DC3TOG in next CH. REP across the CH to the end of the row. You will end the row on a DEC, but there will only be 2 ST left to DEC, not 3. DC2TOG, then CH 2 and turn.
Row 2: DC in 2nd CH from hook. *DC in next 6 CH, 3 DC in next CH, DC in 6 CH, DC3TOG in next CH. REP across the CH to the end of the row. DC2TOG in the final two ST, then CH 2 and turn.
Rows 3-5: REP Row 2, continuing to work in Color A.
step 5Rows 6-10: Using Color B, REP Row 2.
Rows 11-15: Using Color C, REP Row 2.
Rows 16-20: Using Color D, REP Row 2.
Rows 21-25: Using Color E, REP Row 2.
Rows 26-30: Using Color F, REP Row 2.
Rows 31-35: Using Color G, REP Row 2.
Rows 36-40: Using Color H, REP Row 2.
Rows 41-45: Using Color I, REP Row 2.
Rows 46-50: Using Color J, REP Row 2.
Rows 51-60: Using Color K, REP Row 2.
Rows 61-65: Using Color L, REP Row 2.
Rows 66-70: Using Color M, REP Row 2.
This completes the grouping of colors worked in 5 rows each.
step 6Rows 71-73: Now, begin working 3 rows in each color. Using Color A, REP Row 2.
Rows 74-76: Using Color B, REP Row 2.
Rows 77-79: Using Color C, REP Row 2.
Rows 80-82: Using Color D, REP Row 2.
Rows 83-85: Using Color E, REP Row 2.
Rows 86-88: Using Color F, REP Row 2.
This completes the grouping of colors worked in 3 rows each.
step 7Rows 89-90: Now, begin working 2 rows in each color. Using Color G, REP Row 2.
Rows 91-92: Using Color H, REP Row 2.
Rows 93-94: Using Color I, REP Row 2.
Rows 95-96: Using Color J, REP Row 2.
Rows 97-98: Using Color K, REP Row 2.
Rows 99-100: Using Color L, REP Row 2.
Rows 101-102: Using Color M, REP Row 2. This completes the grouping of colors worked in 2 rows each.
step 8Rows 103-115: Now, begin working 1 row in each color. Using Colors A-M, REP Row 2 once for each color.
step 9Finishing:
After completing the final row, knot off the yarn. Use a yarn needle or your crochet hook to weave in the yarn tails, and any other remaining yarn tails on the sides of the blanket.

Project Tip:
When changing colors, work the row as usual to the end, where you will DC2TOG. At the last YO (before drawing through all loops, YO with new color.) Draw through all loops on hook (including loop with new color) to complete ST and row. Fasten off old color.
As you change colors, you may weave in the yarn tails as you work, or work over the yarn tails, weaving them in as you DC.
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