Crochet Making a Ripple Straight – Tutorial
You’ve put a lot of work into making the perfect ripple blanket or throw. The finishing touch will be creating the perfect straight edge to frame your project. Don’t let the ripples fool you. It’s simpler than you think. It’s a matter of keeping count and knowing which stitch to use, when. Here’s what you do:
1) Find your starting point. This will be at the very top of the curve on one of the edge ripple sections. Since you are starting in the middle of the curve, place two slip stitches, then 2 DC, 2 HTR and 2 TR. The number will directly correlate to the number of decreases and increases of the valley, or open space.
2) Make your way back up the curve placing 2 HTR, 2 DC and then 4 slip stitches. You need 4 this time since you are going the entire length of the curve. Continue this process the entire length of the ripple side.
3) When you get to the edge, add a slip stitch, chain stitch and additional slip stitch. Continue down the side doing 2 slip stitches per DC. Finish the other corner using the same slip stitch, chain stitch, slip stitch.
4) As you come back along the other rippled side, everything is going to backwards of what it was. This is where the forgiveness of crochet method works to your benefit. If stitches have been miscounted during the process, they will make themselves apparent at this point. You may have to adjust to 4 slip stitch, 3 DC, 2 HTR, 2 TR. No worries! It will still blend beautifully and come out looking straight and neat.
5) You’ll do another corner with a slip stitch, chain stitch, slip stitch, then 2 slip stitches per DC. Finish the last corner using the same slip stitch, chain and slip.
6) Take the completed straight edge and finish the edging however you like. You can add a layer of 2 DC or HTR. You can even do both!