I learned to crochet when I was 9 years old, using a book that my mom bought for me at a craft store. My parents had been going through infertility issues, and had decided to begin the adoption process. I was elated at the news that a baby was coming, and I would finally have a sibling. So, I wanted to make things for the new baby, and of course, why not begin with crochet blue and white bunny slippers? My mom still teases about those slippers to this day. I think she still has them. They are horrendous. And darling at the same time.
Now, all these many years later, I still can’t resist the feeling of a hook in my hand, and the smooth gliding of yarn through my fingers. For me, it’s mindless work, something I can easily do while “watching” football and the news with my husband. He calls it a nervous habit. I call it productive. And relaxing at the same time.
It also gives me an opportunity to work in a few service hours here and there. I have a goal of 520 hours of service each year, and I keep track of it in my Instagram account. You can check it out @thegreenapricot, #520in2014 or #520in2015. With that in mind, I recently whipped up this darling baby blanket for an organization called Threads of Love. Busy Needles is a guild that I attend, and they support a number of charitable organizations, including this one. One of our members is particularly active with a local chapter of Threads of Love, and she is wonderful about reminding us of opportunities to support the Piedmont Henry neonatal unit. So, that’s where this Triple Ripple is headed to.
Now, since I learned how to crochet from pictures in a book when I was 9, I’m no wiz at showing anyone else how to crochet. But I can write up the pattern. I did look and see if there are any good crochet tutorials online, and I have to be honest with you, I didn’t really find any that I can honestly recommend. I know, that means I should do one myself, and I will. Sometime. But not today. Today, it’s just a pattern, or else I am never going to get this blog post done.
Crochet hook- Size I
17.5 ounces white med wt cotton yarn
10 ounces yellow med wt cotton yarn
10 ounces blue med wt cotton yarn
sts=stitches, ch=chain, dc=double crochet, dc3tog=double crochet 3 together, rep=repeat
Chain 129 sts with white.
Row 1- Skip 2 ch (count as 1 dc), 2dc into next ch, *1dc into each of next 3 ch, [over next ch work dc3tog] twice, 1dc into each of next 3 ch, [3dc into next ch] twice; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc once in last ch, turn.
Row 2- 3ch (count as 1 dc), 2dc into first stitch, *1dc into each of next 3 sts, [over next stitch work dc3tog] twice, 1dc into each of next 3 sts, [3dcinto next stitch] twice; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc once in last stitch, turn.
Row 3- Change to yellow. Repeat Row 2.
Row 4- Repeat Row 2.
Row 5- Change to white. Repeat Row 2
Row 6- Repeat Row 2.
Row 7- Change to blue. Repeat Row 2.
Row 8- Repeat Row 2.
Row 9- Change to white. Repeat Row 2.
Row 10- Repeat Row 2.
Row 11- Change to yellow. Repeat Row 2.
Row 12- Repeat Row 2.
Row 13- Change to white. Repeat Row 2.
Row 14- Repeat Row 2.
Row 15-40- Repeat pattern from Row 3 to 14, ending with white.