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Learn how to Crochet the Ripple Stitch

Updated July 26, 2023
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Looking for a mindful and relaxing stitch to learn? Dive into the gentle waves of the crochet the ripple stitch. This versatile stitch pattern is perfect for creating a range of beautiful projects, from cozy blankets to stylish shawls and sweaters. With its soothing, undulating pattern, the ripple stitch adds a touch of elegance and charm to any crochet creation. So why not make a splash and try the ripple stitch for your next project?

Crochet ripple stitch swatch in green, cream, pink, purple and peach yarn.
Ripple Stitch

what will I learn?

In this blog, I share the basics to create this ripple stitch pattern so that you can use it in any crochet project you choose. If you’d like to adapt it to create a ripple stitch blanket, just ensure your beginning chain length is the correct size for the type of blanket you want to make – it’s as simple as that! I’ll also share materials and tools you will need to get started, any pattern notes you need to know and any terms and abbreviations that might appear in the pattern.

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Crochet Patchwork Blanket

Need a little guidance on blanket size? I can help! Check my blog post, How Many Chains For A Blanket? to grab a handy little guide on how to size your crochet blankets.

Sarah-Jayne

materials & tools

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terms & abbreviations

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.

Treble Crochet(s): tr(s)Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Treble Crochet 2 Stitches Together (tr2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert into next stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.

Stitch(es) (st/s)

Space(s) (sp(s))

pattern notes

This pattern is written in UK terms.

Turning chain does count as a stitch.

Working tr2tog twice creates the dip or lower part of the wave while working 2 tr into 2 sts creates the top or peak of the wave.

You will need to change colour as part of this project. If you’re not sure or want to learn and easy, neat way to change colour, here’s a YouTube video to help.

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Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. Learn more about the eBook here.

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ripple stitch pattern

Foundation chain: Ch a multiple of 12 to desired length plus 3 for the turning ch.  (Tutorial Video is 24 +3)

Row 1: Tr into fourth ch from hook, *work 1 tr into each of next 3 ch, [tr2tog over next two chs] twice, work 1 tr into each of next 3 ch, [work 2 tr into next ch] twice; repeat from * across.  Your last stitch will be an increase.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, tr into first st, *1 tr into each of next 3 sts, [tr2tog over next 2 sts] twice, work 1 tr into each of next 3 sts, [work 2 tr into next st] twice; repeat from * across. Make sure your final stitch is an increase in the turning ch-3 of previous row. 

Repeat Row 2 to desired length.

Colour Change: Fasten off first colour, tie new colour to last st of previous colour, insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop with new colour, proceed with next row as usual.  

A close up of the crochet ripple stitch in green, cream, pink and purple yarn.
Ripple Stitch

video tutorial

Below you’ll find the video tutorial where I take you through the Ripple Blanket pattern step by step. If you haven’t quite grasped reading a pattern yet, I recommend following the video tutorial and reading the written pattern above at the same time to improve your pattern reading skills.

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more inspiration

Looking for more inspiration? Check out this Pinterest board full of ideas for your next project!

more ripple, wave stitch techniques

Looking for other techniques to add to your next crochet blanket? Why not try these…

The lacey ripple stitch in blue yarn on a white background.

lacey ripple stitch

Learn to crochet the lacey ripple stitch to give a beautiful intricate texture to any project. It creates a gorgeous surface texture and gives me beachy, nautical vibes.

chevron stitch

This fun colourful Chevron stitch is a super cute way to add a pop of colour to any project. Suitable for beginners, this would make a really lovely scarf design.

The chevron crochet stitch in grey yarn with blue, pink and orange chevron stripes. The crochet swatch lays on a wooden background and the words Chevron Tutorial are in white over the top.
The rolling waves crochet stitch as a swatch in cream and burnt orange yarn. The swatch lays on a white background.

rolling waves

Whether you are using 2 colours, 3, 4 or 5 or more the Rolling Waves effect is simply beautiful.  This pattern works on a 4 row repeat- once you get into the flow, its easy peasy!

almond ridges

The almond stitch uses a four row stitch repeat to build up a beautifully ornate pattern that’s much simpler to crochet than it looks! Perfect for beginners, if you can manage the slip stitch and a half treble, you’re good to go! 

Almond Ridges crochet swatch on a marble background with a plant.

projects to try

Love the almond ridges stitch? Why not grab the Homeware Collection and make the draft excluder project?

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Bella Coco Homeware Collection – Draft Excluder Project
A granny ripple blanket with pink, fuchsia, white, purple and peach stripes.

granny ripple blanket

With its easy-to-follow repeat pattern, the granny ripple is a fun and satisfying way to create a blanket. This beautiful stitch pattern creates a delightful blend of texture and colour.

the brook cowl

Hayley Hall from @hellomooncrochet has designed this gorgeous Crochet Brook Cowl using the beautiful rolling waves stitch. This has a lovely ombre look using a different colour for each of the waves. This quick and easy wearable makes a gorgeous gift.

A cowl crocheted in 5 different types of blue in an ombre stripe look. The cowl is on a wooden plank in an outdoor setting surrounded by leaves and foliage like it's been left in the woods.

If you’re looking for a project to work on gradually whilst learning new crochet stitches then the Patchwork Blanket might be the project you’re looking for. Crochet 30 stitches and construct this beautiful Patchwork Blanket following my 65 page Ebook. Click below to find out more or alternatively click the image below.

Patchwork Blanket

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

sarah-jayne
 
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Ripple Crochet Stitch in Aqua, Pink, Purple, Peach and Cream yarn.

Learn how to Crochet the Ripple Stitch

Looking for a mindful and relaxing stitch to learn? Dive into the gentle waves of the crochet the ripple stitch. This versatile stitch pattern is perfect for creating a range of beautiful projects, from cozy blankets to stylish shawls and sweaters.

Materials

  • Yarn: Paintbox Simply DK

Tools

  • Hook: 5mm or size required for gauge
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Foundation chain: Ch a multiple of 12 to desired length plus 3 for the turning ch. (Tutorial Video is 24 +3)
    2. Row 1: Tr into fourth ch from hook, *work 1 tr into each of next 3 ch, [tr2tog over next two chs] twice, work 1 tr into each of next 3 ch, [work 2 tr into next ch] twice; repeat from * across. Your last stitch will be an increase.
    3. Row 2: Ch 3, turn, tr into first st, *1 tr into each of next 3 sts, [tr2tog over next 2 sts] twice, work 1 tr into each of next 3 sts, [work 2 tr into next st] twice; repeat from * across. Make sure your final stitch is an increase in the turning ch-3 of previous row.
    4. Repeat Row 2 to desired length.
    5. Colour Change: Fasten off first colour, tie new colour to last st of previous colour, insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop with new colour, proceed with next row as usual.

Notes

This pattern is written in UK terms.

Turning chain does count as a stitch.

Working tr2tog twice creates the dip or lower part of the wave while working 2 tr into 2 sts creates the top or peak of the wave.


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4 Comments

  • jennifer smith
    May 17, 2021 at 4:49 am

    could you please tell me how to start doing rows of ripple stitch on to several rows od trebbles.
    Is it just doing your adding straight row added to ripple stitches? many thanks, your instructions are very clear,
    jenny, Queensland, Australia

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Jennifer Normally when working the ripple stitch you have to begin by working into the starting chain, due to the design of the pattern. I’m not sure if you would be able to work the ripple stitch into rows of plain trebles, as it wouldn’t sit flat

      Reply
  • arlene
    October 29, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I want to make a scarf using this pattern. 12×3 +3st. Are you doing [work 2 tr into next ch] twice; repeat from 4 times? Thanks Beautiful pattern!

    Reply

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