This is the first ripple I’ve crocheted primarily from sport-weight yarns, rather than worsted or a double-strand of fingering-weight. I learned a few things during the process.
15,986 stitches – 506,924 stitches donated so far this year
I added stitches (148 in a row, instead of 136) hoping to make up for the difference in gauge. When I measured after crocheting its first few rows, it was 32″ wide, narrower than my usual 35″, but o.k. for a baby blanket. But, after I was completely finished, I found the weight of 99 rows had pulled it down to only 31″.
Luckily I had enough of the gold and light orange yarns left to add a border, so I started off using the gold yarn and added one row of half-double crochet, then one row of double crochet, just on the sides. That got me up to a 32″ x 50″ blanket.
After switching to the light orange, I did one row of half-double crochet on the zigzag ends and a half-double crochet all the way around. As you can see, I squeezed every bit of blanket that I could out of my yarn!! The finished measurement is now 33″ x 52″, a nicely proportioned blanket. Happy, happy!! It’s a good size for a baby or a senior’s lap robe.
Although I love the soft drape and light fabric of this blanket, it sure seemed to take longer than usual to crochet. The number of stitches in it gives a clear picture, 15,986 stitches compared to an average of 11,500 for a worsted-weight ripple! Even minus those extra side border stitches, I’m left with 14,794, which is almost 30% more stitches than usual.
I have another all-sport ripple on the hook and I will finish that one simply to satisfy my curiosity. I want to know how many stitches, how many rows, and how much sport yarn it takes to make a “real” child-sized (35″ x 54″) ripple. After that, I think I’ll follow Edith’s advice (in her comments on A Yarn Inventory) and use a double-strand of sport-weight yarn for any future sporty ripples.
P.S. Did you notice? I just went over the half-million mark in the total number of crochet stitches!! I don’t know what to think of such a figure. It sounds like such a humongous number and yet, it doesn’t feel like much of a feat. Maybe it’s because crocheting ripples for kids has simply become a regular part of my life! Forty-two blankets, half a million stitches, ho-hum. LOL!!
I’ll tell you how I got started with ripplemaking on Thursday.