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Ripples of Joy Christmas Afghan Crochet Pattern

Updated August 02, 2018
Ripples of Joy Christmas Afghan Crochet Pattern
Ripples of Joy Christmas Afghan Crochet Pattern
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Free Christmas crochet afghan patterns are simply lovely. Make this beautiful throw and keep it on your couch all season. It's the perfect blanket for snuggling under while unwrapping presents. If you love ripple patterns, you have to admire the colors and texture in this beautiful throw. Post stitches add interest and even more texture! The variegated stripes look positively lovely with this pattern, and the project is both decorative and practical for chilly December evenings. Celebrate the holidays by making an afghan that will become tradition to use each Christmas.

Notes:

1. Throw is made in a ripple pattern which consists of a series of 3-stitch “peaks” and 2-skipped-stitch “valleys”, with 12 dc worked between peaks and valleys. You may need to work several rows before the ripple is clearly visible.

2. To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Cut old color.

3. To lengthen the throw, repeat Rows 2–25. Lengthening the throw may require the purchase of additional yarn.

Easy

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge1 ripple = 6½” (16.5 cm) from peak to peak; 6 rows = 3½” (9 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeThrow measures 45” wide x 56” long (114.5 cm x 142 cm).

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love®: 3 skeins 1101 Eggshell A, 1 skein each 1909 Holly Berry B, 1914 Berry Red C, 1601 Lettuce D, 1621 Evergreen E, and 1704 Bubblegum F
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

THROW

With A, ch 191.

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sc in next 12 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 12 ch, 3 sc in next ch; repeat from * 5 times, sc in next 12 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 12 ch, 2 sc in last ch; change to B, turn—190 sts.

  2. Row 2 (right side): Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in first st, *dc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, dc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st; change to C, turn.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *sc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 3 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, sc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st; change to D, turn.

  4. Row 4: Repeat Row 2; change to A.

  5. Row 5: Repeat Row 3; change to C.

  6. Row 6: Repeat Row 2; change to D.

  7. Row 7: Repeat Row 3; change to E.

  8. Row 8: Repeat Row 4.

  9. Rows 9 & 10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.

  10. Row 11: Repeat Row 2; do not change color.

  11. Row 12: Ch 3, dc in first st, *bpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, bpdc around next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, bpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, bpdc around next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn.

  12. Row 13: Ch 3, dc in first st, *fpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, fpdc around next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, fpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, fpdc around next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st; change to F, turn.

  13. Row 14: Repeat Row 4.

  14. Rows 15–17: Repeat Rows 11–13.

  15. Rows 18 and 19: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.

  16. Row 20: Repeat Row 4.

  17. Row 21: Repeat Row 3; change to B.

  18. Row 22: Repeat Row 11.

  19. Row 23: Repeat Row 13; do not change color.

  20. Row 24: Repeat Row 12; change to A.

  21. Row 25: Repeat Row 21.

  22. Rows 26–97: Repeat Rows 2–25 three times.

FINISHING

Weave in ends. 

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Abbreviations

Bpdc (back post double crochet)
Yarn over, insert hook from back side of work to front and to back again around the post of indicated stitch; yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook). Skip the stitch “in front of” the Bpdc
Fpdc (front post double crochet)
Yarn over, insert hook from front side of work to back and to front again around post of indicated stitch; yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).

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This is so pretty. It has all the colors of Christmas but isn't overwhelming. The first afghan I made was in granny squares, the second was ripples. I must have made dozens of them as gifts. They are very easy and make up quickly. Some people call them the chevron pattern.

Love this Ripples of Joy Christmas Afghan. It's very simple, very easy to make. It can be an everyday afghan placed on the living room sofa and perfect to used on Christmas Day. The color scheme is just right, not too much red, and not too much green. Cant' wait to start this project.

This is a beauty and of course it would go to someone else. All my afghans, so fat, have gone to others but it is beautiful.

I'd have to keep this for myself. I've given away all of the afghans I've made through the years and never kept one for myself. Love the colors. thanks

I would probably give the first one away, then make a second one for myself.

Most likely it would be a gift. Have WAY too many afgans already. Oh, wait! You can NEVER have too many, right?

I would give as a gift to my lovely little adopted granddaughter. She would love it.

I would make one as a gift and one to keep for my family to enjoy! I have been looking for a dc ripple afghan pattern, I am so excited I found this one!

I would give it as a gift to someone who is very special to me.

I'd want to keep something this grand for myself, but would probably end up giving it away to someone who needs and wants it.

I would make it as a gift. I enjoy making ripple afghans!!

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