05 October 2011
I've been looking up patterns for ripple afghans and making swatches! There is enough yarn to make a decent sized afghan and I'd really like for this to be a project that gets finished this autumn/winter season.
The first ripple swatch I tried is from Crochet Cabana. It crocheted up quickly, and was quite easy, but I don't like the holes occurring in the valleys. If they also occurred at the peaks, I'd probably be happier with it. As it is, I thought it comes out looking a bit messy.
The second swatch was made by following instructions from Attic 24. It crochets up very quickly and has a nice soft feel to it. It makes efficient use of the yarn as well.
The third swatch is a pretty traditional ripple afghan stitch from Caron. It is my favorite as far as looks go. And I love the texture of the ribs. But the swatch feels awfully stiff, and it takes much more time to crochet all those rows and it uses more yarn. If I did choose this one, I'd use a larger needle size, just to soften the feel of it and use 6 stitches on the slopes rather than 4. Using half double crochet stitches instead of a single crochet might also help it go faster. Guess I need to make another swatch!
Which would you choose?
I'm really leaning towards the Attic 24 ripple as I think it would make the most use of the yarn I have and the overall feel of it would be cozier.
p.s. I'm still working on finishing the Cream/White Crazy Quilt. There was a lot of hand stitching to sew the lace down and to tack the flannel batting to the front. It's taking me much longer than I thought it would!