How to Crochet a Bargello Ripple

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Ripple patterns are a versatile, exciting way to add interest to any crochet project. They can be used to create afghans for house-warming gifts, to whip up quick dishcloths for craft sales or fundraisers, or can be added to sweaters or hats as an attention-getting accent. On their own, they can be turned into headbands when a piece of elastic is sewn on the inside. Learning to crochet a bargello ripple stitch adds a traditional element to your library of pattern stitches, recalling the Mediterranean and classic upholstery patterns in your creative projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum crochet hook, size J
  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn, in three colors
  • Scissors
  • Create a slip knot with your first yarn color and slide it onto your hook. Chain a multiple of six stitches, plus two.

  • Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across the row. Chain one and turn.

  • Single crochet in each single crochet across the row. Chain one and turn.

  • Complete four additional rows of single crochet in your first color. On the fifth row, change to your second color in the last single crochet of the row. Finish off the first color and cut the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail. Chain one and turn. Work the next row over the tail of yarn to cover it in your work and secure it.

  • Single crochet in the next single crochet. Single crochet in the stitch two rows below the next single crochet, drawing the yarn up evenly and not pulling tight, so as to keep the work flat. The yarn should stretch over the previous rows of work.

    Single crochet into the next stitch three rows below the working row. Single crochet into the next stitch four rows below the working row -- row three. Single crochet into the next stitch five rows below the working row -- row two. Single crochet into the next stitch six rows below the working row --row one. This creates the bargello pattern.

    Continue across, beginning by stitching two rows below the working row and repeating to the end of the row. Single crochet in the last stitch, chain one and turn.

  • Single crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Chain one and turn. Repeat, working in single crochet for four additional rows. Change to the third color in the last stitch of the fourth row, finishing off and cutting the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail. Chain one and turn. Work the next row over the tail of yarn to cover it in your work and secure it.

  • Using the third color, use the bargello ripple pattern across the row, as established in Step 5.

  • Continue to work in the established pattern until you have created the length of ripple pattern desired. Finish off and cut yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail. Weave the end through the previous row of stitches.

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