The Rolling Waves pattern has become more and more popular lately and it’s easy to see why. Whether you are using 2 colours, 3, 4 or 5 or more the effect is simply beautiful.
Here I give you all of the information you need to know in order to create your own rolling waves pattern including the written pattern and a video tutorial at the bottom of the page.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
YARN: The pattern can be created with any weight yarn but I would suggest a DK or heavier if you are creating a blanket. I have used Caron Simply Soft DK in Off White and Persimmon. You can use two or more colours
OTHER SUPPLIES: You will need some scissors and a Darning needle
TERMS: I will be using UK terms throughout this tutorial
STITCHES USED ABBREVIATIONS:
ch = Chain
dc =Double Crochet
htr = Half Treble Crochet
tc = Treble Crochet
dtr = Double Treble Crochet
*instructions* = Repeat instructions
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PATTERN NOTES: This pattern works on a 4 row repeat- once you get into the flow, its easy peasy! From row 2 onwards, you will be changing colour every 2 rows.
Foundation chain: To begin with, you need to determine the size of your work. This pattern works in a multiple of 10. Keep chaining your foundation chain in multiple chains until you reach your desired length and then chain 3.
Row 1 Colour A: dc into the 2nd chain from the hook. *dc in next ch, htr, tr in next 2 ch, dtr in next 2 ch, tr in next 2 ch, htr, dc* Repeat until you reach the end of your chain. dc in last ch (Change colour- Photo and video instructions can be found below)
Row 2 Colour B: Ch3 and turn (this will count as your first stitch) *dtr, tr in next 2 stitches, htr, dc in next 2 stitches, htr, tr in next 2 stitches, dtr* Repeat to the end. dtr into last stitch
Row 3 Colour B: Ch3 and turn (this will count as your first stitch) *dtr, tr in next 2 stitches, htr, dc in next 2 stitches, htr, tr in next 2 stitches, dtr* Repeat to the end. dtr into last stitch (Change colour)
Row 4 Colour A: Ch1, and turn. *dc in next stitch, htr, tr in next 2 stitches, dtr in next 2 stitches, tr in next 2 stitches, htr, dc* Repeat until the last stitch. dc in last stitch.
Row 5 Colour A: Ch1, and turn. *dc in next stitch, htr, tr in next 2 stitches, dtr in next 2 stitches, tr in next 2 stitches, htr, dc* Repeat until the last stitch. dc in last stitch (Change colour)
Repeat row 2- 5 instructions until you reach your desired length.
Complete your edge by working Row 1 with Colour A
EDGING: Do not tie off yarn. Ch 2, this will count as a stitch. Work 4 dc into the corner of the work and dc evenly along the side edge of the work. Too few or too many stitches can cause your work to wrinkle or pull at this point. You are looking to get around 5 dc stitches per the widest part of the wave. Work 5 dc into each of the corners and a dc into every stitch along the top and bottom of the work.
HINTS AND TIPS
Odd rows on the pattern will leave your work with a wavy edge where as even rows on the pattern will finish with a straight edge.
Changing colour instructions:
Perform your stitch as normal but leaving 2 loops on the hook (In the first example I have done a double crochet)
Instead of pulling your current colour through (cream in this example) pull through your new colour (Orange in this example) Pull on both colours gently in order to secure. Drop the colour from the previous colour and chain your desired amount (this pattern required a chain 3). As a personal preference, once I have cut the previous rows colour, I secure the loose ends with a knot read to sew them in later.