Since I had plenty of yarn for this blanket, forty ounces,
I decided, after swatching, – yes, I was a good girl and I crocheted a swatch!, unusual for me when making a blanket – to make a generous beginning chain of 153 stitches, enough for seventeen pattern repeats or points. Remember, each dainty little point in Marie’s Ripple Mania Eyelet Ripple pattern has just nine stitches! (9 sts per repeat x 17 = 153)
My ‘Iris Garden’ turned out 41 inches wide, almost 2 1/2″ per repeat.
And with ninety-eight rows, it’s about 60 inches long.
Oooooh! Pardon me for bragging a little, but ‘Iris Garden’ is a Bee-uuuuutiful Blanket! The Eyelet Ripple is a very simple pattern that creates a lovely fabric with drape.
Weighing two pounds, I figured ‘Iris Garden’ has 2.72 rows per ounce of yarn (98 rows ÷ 32 oz.), valuable information for those of you who, like me, use lots of partial skeins for crocheting charity blankets. I’m not sure how accurate this is for planning future Eyelet Ripples, however, because the very dark purple is a chenille yarn that I unraveled from a thrift store sweater and far denser than RHSS, my average acrylic.
I’m changing the size of my next Eyelet Ripple, anyway, and so I’ll being figuring out its rows per ounce too. This time I’ll start with a chain of 135, hoping for a thirty-five inch wide kid-sized blanket like I usually make.
It will be the first of the Christmas ripples I’m making with the three skeins of red/green/white variegated yarn from my sister.
Figuring one skein per ripple, there will be three. I just checked – last year I had to get all my Christmas blankets to the charity drop-off by December 12th. I need to finish three ripples by the 12th!? You know me, I’m up to the challenge, but I’d best get a move on!! Vroom – Vroom.