Granny squares and ripple stitches are perhaps two of the most iconic types of crochet. How about combining the two?
Going along with my color theme and playing along with the popularity and staying power of granny squares and ripple stitches I decided to try out the granny chevron stitch, or granny stitch ripple. If you’ve worked either alone than this will likely feel immediately familiar.
I’m using ZZ Twist yarn in the colors Taupe, Silver, Grape, and Sky Blue with a US I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook. The yarn calls for a J (6mm), however, I tend to crochet loosely, so I opted to go down a hook size.
I chose Taupe and Gray as “safe” colors to pair with my “pops” of Sky Blue and Grape. Having a neutral background makes adding color into a project a little less scary. I was still hesitant with this combo until I started to get several rows in on the color repeats. A lesson I’ve had to learn with many projects is to have the patience to see some progress before making the decision to send it to the frog pond. (Fancy craft lingo for rip it out. Rippit, rippit. Get it?)
To begin I worked a few rows of just the taupe color. After the Taupe I’m going to work single row stripes of my other colors before I go back to a color block. All while maintaining the granny stitch ripple.
Since we’re not working a pattern here, I’ll just be discussing a single repeat of the granny stitch ripple (35 stitches). You can add multiples of 35 (+12 for the foundation row) to create larger pieces. It’s a great stitch for a blanket!
To begin, chain multiples of 35 +12 for your foundation row.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch to end of row.
Row 2: ch 3, skip first 3 sc, [3 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc] 3 times, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next sc, *[skip next 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc] twice, skip next 2 sc, dc3tog in next sc, skip next 4 sc, dc3tog in next sc, [skip next 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc] twice, skip next 2 sc, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next sc; rep from * to last 12 sc, skip next 2 sc, [3 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc] 3 times, 1 dc in last sc, turn
Row 3: ch 3, skip first 3 dc, [3 dc in next space, skip next 3 dc] 3 times, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 space, *[skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next space] twice, dc6tog working 3tog in the next space and then the second 3tog in the following space*, [skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next space] twice, skip next 3 dc, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 space; rep from * to last 3 dc groups, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in each of the next 3 spaces, 1 dc in last space, turn
**see a step-by-step on how to work the dc6tog stitch below.
Continue working Row 3 for pattern.