This was my first time to use SmoothFox’s Beginner’s Round Ripple pattern. Because I was crocheting with sport yarns instead of the recommended worsted weight and because the two yarns I chose were quite different from each other, fluffy white Bernat Softee Baby and a much denser variegated wrapped with a shiny nylon thread, I expected some trial and ferror. I watched closely for any tendency of the round blanket to either cup or ruffle. By choosing between either increase rounds, which in this pattern are those with shells, and plain rounds, those with V-stitches, I was able to keep my blanket laying flat.
I like how the ripples are nearly scalloped at the beginning, but slowly morph into bold zigzags as the blanket’s diameter grows!
I crocheted round after round after round – Boy, those last few rounds were loooooong ones! – til I had less than one round’s worth left of both the white and the variegated.
My first round baby ripple is 36″ in the valleys, 42 at the peaks, and weighs fourteen ounces.
Presenting. . .
I suspect that using all one brand/type of yarn would have made this project simpler, but you know how much I like the spice a little variegated yarn gives a ripple. It was worth the bother.
Something you may find helpful when crocheting a round blanket, especially if you mix yarns – after every few rounds I folded the blanket in half, hoping to see that the fold was a straight line.
If the fold was starting to curve up . . .
it meant I needed more increase rounds,
and if it curved down. . .
that meant I needed fewer.
Hopefully none of us will ever have a blanket with such a large long curve as in these photos! I manipulated my flat blanket to look that way for demonstration, but if either curved photo was real I seriously doubt whether I could have forced it to lay completely flat when opened. By simply doing frequent ‘fold checks’ we can make adjustments as soon as the folded blanket’s tips, the last few rounds we did, move up or down a little. I find this slight change shows before cupping or rippling becomes obvious on the open blanket.
BTW – I think Bernat Softee Baby is a particularly Niiice yarn – so Smooth and, like the name says, Soft!! – a joy to work with.