Monday, October 11, 2010

PATTERN: Ribbon Afghan

This afghan was something I came up with because I wanted a very quick and very easy pattern that could be done by touch - it's repetitive and simple, the perfect afghan to work on in front of the TV. And it's an excellent scrapbuster! It starts with a smidgen of maths, I'm afraid. It also involves a bit of gauge. (I know, I know, but bear with me: it'll be over soon.)

This pattern is in American English terms [British English terms are in brackets]

GAUGE
Important! Don't skip this bit, no matter how tempting!

Take your chosen hook and chosen yarn, chain 12 stitches. Crochet 1 dc [tr] in the fourth chain from the hook (counts as first dc [tr]), then 1 dc [tr] in the next nine chain stitches. You now have 10 dc [tr]. Take a ruler or measuring tape and measure the length of these 10 stitches.


If I wanted to make a full-length blanket, say 2 metres long, my starting chain would be 290 chain + 2 chain to form my first "dc [tr]".
10 dc [tr] = 7 cm
290 dc [tr] = 203 cm
Chain 290 + 2 chain to form my first "dc [tr]"

I want to make a baby afghan and I'd like it to be approximately 80cm long, including a border.
10 dc [tr] = 7 cm
110 dc [tr] = 77 cm
So I need a starting chain of 110 chain (+ 2 chain to form my first "dc [tr]".)

So for my baby blanket, I chain 112

ROW 1
Crochet 1 dc [tr] in the fourth chain from the hook (counts as first dc [tr]), then 1 dc [tr] in the next nine chain stitches. *Chain 1. Then crochet 1 sc [dc] in the next ten chain stitches (don't skip a stitch). Chain 1. Crochet 1 dc [tr] in the next ten chain stitches. Repeat from * to end of chain (depending on how long your chain is, you may finish with either 10 dc [tr] or 10 sc [dc], it doesn't matter.)
Cut yarn for colour change, weave in your tail, turn your work and start with a new colour.




If you finish the row with dc [tr], you'll start the next with sc [dc]. If you finish with sc [dc], you'll start with dc [tr]. As you can see, I've finished the row with dc [tr] so when I turn my work, I'll start with sc [dc].

ROW 2
Crochet 2 chain to start the row (this functions as a 'fake' first sc [dc],) then 1 sc [dc] in the next 9 dc [tr] of the previous row. * Chain 1. Crochet 1 dc [tr] in each 10 sc [dc] of the previous row. Chain 1. Crochet 1 sc [dc] in each 10 dc [tr] of the previous row. Repeat from * to end of row.



ROW 3
You do 10 of the same stitches in the stitches of the previous row: in other words, 1 dc [tr] in each of the ten dc [tr] in the previous row - or 1 sc [dc] in each of the ten sc [dc] in the previous row. But don't forget to do your chain stitch between each group of ten stitches - this allows for the difference in height between the stitches. If you don't do it, your work will curl.


And so you continue: after a single row in the starting colour, two rows in each new colour. Here you can see I'm starting my fourth row in white, doing 1 dc [tr] in each of the 10 sc [dc] of the previous row.


And on it goes, up and down the blanket, till it has reached the desired width. You finish by doing just one row in your finishing colour, this gives it an even edge. You can then do a single row of dc [tr] or sc [dc] around the afghan to make it neat.

After a few rows, the pattern clearly emerges:


You may not reproduce this pattern in print or claim it as your work. You may not sell the pattern. Do not copy and paste pattern to another website, please use a link.


Download this pattern as a PDF here!

Update: see this post for some pictures of other people's Ribbon Afghans!

49 comments:

Clara said...

Love all of the colors.

Alli said...

What a beautiful pattern! Thanks for sharing!

PK said...

I REALLY like this pattern a LOT. I love how the thick and thin stitching gives it the look of a pieced quilt, and I love that, even with my limited ability to follow crochet patterns (I'm really mostly a knitter; my crochet is pretty much regulated to squares and crocheting up interesting creatures on the fly), I could actually make this one.

Neicee said...

Wow I love this, I also love how you used these colors for a baby afghan. Thank you so much for sharing!

BabySnapz.com said...

I love the pattern! Think the colours are so cool!!! And yes, I too am a printers daughter and have only just now stumbled upon that website that makes the pdf's. How groovy is that?!!! Well done, it looks great.

Jace said...

Very nice! :) Thanks for sharing.

teacherspet04 said...

Beautiful! And an explanation of gauge that FINALLY makes some sense to me.

MamaMay said...

Lovely! I need to make one of these too now...

renee said...

Gorgeous and simple. My favorite kind of pattern.

Sherrie said...

For a generous sized blanket, how much yarn? How many colors? I like grays/beiges/creams but I don't crochet. A friend will make this for me. Thanks

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Sherrie, I looked at some of the projects on Ravelry, where others have used the pattern to make their own blankets. For a single-bed, one person used 1100g worsted weight yarn, another person used aprox. 900g of the same weight for a single bed blanket. Mine was a stashbuster, so I didn't take much note of the amount of yarn I used, I'm afraid.
I hope this is a good guideline to start with!

NikoKnits said...

Hi there! I love this pattern, but I'm afraid i'm not clear on how to do this... I'm using several colors in the russian join method, so I don't have 'rows' per say of colors, just little splotches. this is coming out nicely. I'm confused about one thing though - I started and ended with 10 DC, then I worked 10 SC on top of that. (In my 'crochet language' I have a 'start row;, and then an 'opposite row') If you could just give me what to start the first four rows with, I'd really be appreciative. Thanks and God Bless - beautiful work I love this pattern!

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Niko!
Thank you for posting a comment and I'm really looking forward to seeing your blanket - will pop over to your blog in a minute!
Okey-dokey, it goes like this:

Row 1: starts with 10 DC ('start row')

Row 2: starts with 10 SC ('opposite')
Row 3: starts with 10 SC ('opposite')

Row 4: starts with 10 DC ('start row')
Row 5: starts with 10 DC ('start row')

You begin whatever way you like, starting with 10 DCs or SCs, it doesn't matter. But you only do ONE of these rows. After that, you do two of each row (in other words, the same row twice, one on top of the other). You start with a single row to give it a straight edge.

I hope this makes sense!

Sue said...

when afghan is complete do you single crochet around the entire thing on outside edge to "close" it up?? or not??

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Sue,
Yes, I did one row of single crochet (double crochet in Br.Eng) and after that, one row in double crochet (trebles in Br.Eng.)
I like a simple border, especially because it's so colourful anyway :-)

Callie's Calico said...

I'm loving this!!!

Unique2wh0 said...

Was looking for afghans to use up some of my stash for winter. Thank you so much this is so pretty. Found you on Ravelry.

Gramma Rita said...

*Love* this! Your colors are gorgeous and I can see it's an excellent way to use up leftover yarns. Thanks so much for pointing us in the direction of the pattern. :)

Gramma Rita said...

Oh for goodness sake, I am sorry for my last post. I thought I was commenting on the blog that pointed me in this direction. Oopsie! So to you I would like to say a big thank you for sharing your pattern with us. I *love* how it turns out and I can just picture it in so many color combos. I love having mindless projects to work on when I'm watching TV, and I am really looking forward to trying this. Right now I'm working on a 12 pt. round ripple, and hopefully your pattern will be my next project. Thanks again! :D

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Gramma Rita,
No worries - lovely to hear from you! You know, I'm just about to start another one of these because they make excellent bedspreads - I put the one in the picture on the guest bed, but it's been dragged around the house as the go-to blanket for naps/ sick days/covering up shabby sofa. So I need another for the bed :-) They're really warm and colourful and, yes, you're right, you can use up all kinds of everything as all the colours blend together when the blanket's done. And the best thing really is that you do it by touch, no need to look down, your fingers quickly feel the stitches - and off you fly!

Gramma Rita said...

Hello again Gingerbread Lady. :) Just wanted you to know I made a baby afghan using this pattern, and I have a blog post about it. Here is the link in case you'd like to check it out. Thanks again for this wonderful pattern! :)
http://grammaritascrochetetc.blogspot.com/

Leslie Henderson said...

I just started this pattern about an hour ago, and I love it already. I am hoping it will help me use up my yarn stash (I have a 50 gallon tub full of yarn). If it works out right, my hubby won't be able to complain about my stash and I will have room to get more yarn!

Joan said...

Thank you SO much for this great pattern! Your afghan is gorgeous, wish I could just take it and run, but will attempt to make my own. :-) Printing it out right now, will post pics on Ravelry and drop you a line when it's done. Cheers!

Trisha Guinn said...

I'm so excited to make this blanket! :D That is, after I finish up all of my last-minute Christmas present crochets, haha. Once I get around to it, I'm going to try creating it from side to side (instead of top to bottom) and see if I can tie the end threads from each color change into fringe instead of weaving them in! :) One question - you said that users cannot sell the pattern (of course), but are we allowed to sell blankets we make from the pattern?

JennyB said...

Hi,

I saw your tutorial for the Ribbon Afghan and I love it! I am the editor of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would just love it and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It's really that simple. Your project will look similar to this project already on my site: http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Baby-Blanket-Afghans/Train-Tracks-Baby-Blanket
I look forward to hearing back from you, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!
Jenny

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Jenny,
I hope you get this message - will contact you directly via your site as well. Please feel free to link to the pattern. Your site is lovely - I'm sure all your readers really appreciate your hard work!

Gramma Rita said...

Me again. :) I made another afghan using your pattern, and thought I'd share the link. http://grammaritascrochetetc.blogspot.com/2012/07/afghan-for-grandbaby-3.html I love how easy it is, and how it turns out so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with me. :D

miss jamee said...

how fun! I have been looking for something special for a baby blanket...something little fingers and toes wont get caught in! thank you soo much for this pattern!

Quiltingranny said...

This is so beautiful and warm I bet. We are raising quilts/afghans for Aurora Colorado and all blankets go directly to Aurora. I would love to see a crocheted or knitted blanket make it. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-Colorado-Emergency-Responder-Quilts/401592493230782

pans and needles said...

Love this pattern. I have a lot of stash and will try this to make a baby blanket.

Babajeza said...

This pattern looks very TV suitable. :-) Thanks for sharing. I found the link to your blog on FB/Ravelry.
Have a great week. Regula

Lynn Reedy said...

Love this pattern. It gives a neat "ripple" effect. Thanks for sharing your pattern this is my next project. Found your blog on Pinterest I will be following for now on !!

Andie Schweizer said...

ohmy! I love the look of this! :) I have yet another crochet project to do! Not complaining, though! :) I have friends having babies so I think this will be the go-to pattern! Thank you sooo much for posting! :D

Marty fry said...

Love love love this! I am almost finish with a baby afghan for my daughter's friend and have to do another so decided to use this pattern for a change. I just have not figured out what color combination to use yet since the girl does not know what she is having yet. Your pattern looks fast so I thought I might make one for girl and boy. Thank you for the inspiration!

Gramma Rita said...

Tired of me yet?! LOL Just finished another afghan using your wonderful pattern. If you'd like to check it out, here is the URL: http://grammaritascrochetetc.blogspot.com/2013/05/blankets.html :) Thanks again for the great pattern!

Haafner said...

Hello there!

Just wanted to say that I simply adore this pattern & I made a blanket with it myself. I posted about it on my blog. (Of course with a link to your blog and pattern!) Hope you like it.
Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern!

Haafner

Michael Swann said...

oh wow what a lovely pattern but may i say ... i would kill for a crochet hook like that its beautiful!

The Gingerbread Lady said...

@ Michael Swann - don't kill, please! You can buy one of these lovely hooks from a wood turner called Bill Schmidt, his website is
http://www.turn-of-the-century.com/hooks.htm

They're beautiful hooks and really lovely to work with, hand-made, each one is an original.

Shana Eirin said...

I'm currently making a king sized blanket with your pattern. However, even though I'm chaining between the sequences, the bottom is tighter than the rest, making it wrinkle a bit. Is this normal, and does this go away as you get further along, or am I doing something wrong? Would really love an answer asap, seeing as now it wouldn't be so bad to frog what I have so far...

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Shana, you probably chain tighter than you crochet. This means that your starting chain is probably smaller than what you later crochet into it. This is quite normal, I do it too when I crochet fast. If the weight of the rest of the blanket isn't pulling it straight, you might have to (and I hate to say it) frog back and start off with a looser chain - maybe try a bigger hook size (or two)? I hope this helps, it's the only thing I can think of right now that might be the cause of the curling ...
In any case, let me know how it goes!

Lika said...

Where do I go on the "Media" website to print the PDF of the Ribbon Afghan? I do not want to subscribe to them just for a copy of the pattern. I very excited to begin my project and do not have a working printer and am trying to print it at a friend's however I'm not understanding where to go on the site to paste your link to get a copy? Can you please help!!!

Lika said...

I don't know if it's just me...but this "Media" website to print the Ribbon Afghan doesn't work. I do not care to join their site just to get a free pattern. I love your pattern and am so ready to get started but the site referred doesn't give instructions on how or where to get the pattern. Can you help please!!!

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hello Lika!
This website was originally free access, with no registration :-( I definitely don't want you to have to sign up with them to get a PDF version of this pattern, so I've published it using Dropbox, which means that if you click on the link above, it should take you to the pattern straightaway!

Thank you for letting me know and I hope you enjoy making this blanket :-)

Lika said...

Thank you so much Gingerbread Lady, I really appreciate such a quick response!!! I am so excited to begin this blanket. I have so much scrap yarn left over that I wanted to make the "Perfect Blanket" and I chose your pattern. All of the blankets made using this pattern are incrediblely beautiful, and I too want one!!! I will share photos with you later. I enjoy visiting your blog and your creativity my friend. Blessings to you always! Thanks again! :)

rei said...

Thank you!

Leelou Crochet said...

Waouuuuhh ! what a splendid association of colours !! thank very much for sharing free !! Leelou

Unknown said...

Your wonderful pattern was just suggested on a FB blog! What a great yarn buster. I'm a little confused as to starting chains on each row. I see that you do a 2 chain to begin a sc row, what do you suggest for a starting row of dc? Do I start right in into the first stitch of 10 no matter the chain still added at beginning? Does this make sense? Thank you in advance!

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Hi Unknown,
You start a row that begins with SC by doing 2 chain and then 1 SC in the next NINE stitches. The 2 ch counts as the first SC. Similarly, start a row that begins with DC with 3 chain (or 4, if you crochet tightly - there's a bit of leeway here, but I prefer to do 2 for SC and 3 for DC) and then 1 DC in the next NINE stitches. These chains always count as the first stitch, SC or DC!

I hope this makes sense, but if not, just ask :-D

Lee Ann said...

Great pattern; I love it! Thanks very much! :)
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Lee Ann
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