Wednesday, 12 October 2011

WIP Wednesday: Ripple Along


So it's yet another miserable rainy lunchtime at work, and rather than browsing Pinterest for pretty things this lunch time I thought I'd share with you a new project I'm really quite excited about.

I'm joining in a Ripple Along that is being organised by the fabulous Heather & Lucy. I was so inspired by their beautiful photos of their colourful selections of yarn.

Photo from Heather's Blog Post - Lucy's Yarn Selection

Photo from Heather's Blog Post - Heather's Yarn Selection

And how pretty are the ripples? I've got a bit of a thing about bright rainbow colours at the moment, particularly in stripes so I'm loving these ripples. Gorgeous!

Photo from Heather's Blog Post - Heather & Lucy's Ripples so far

Photo from Heather's Blog Post - Heather's Ripple: The First 3 Colours

I love the colour selection in that last photo of Heather's Ripple, it's truely gorgeous!

Now at this point, I should really tell you that I can't crochet. Well actually I can, a little bit. And I really do mean a little bit - as in I can crochet a foundation chain for the purpose of doing a provisional cast on for my knitting! However I've been wanting to learn to crochet for some time now, and the announcement of this Ripple Along was the kick start I needed to give it a go. So on Monday evening I raided my stash and found these balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the perfect colours to make a ripple to go in my bedroom. Now I'm no fool, as I really can't crochet I wasn't about to try and do a HUGE King Sized Bed ripple as my first project, but I thought a small runner to go across the bottom of the bed was achievable. And best of all, I wouldn't need to buy any wool initially as I could make a start with these to see how I got on and whether I actually liked it.


Now I'm no fool, as I really can't crochet I wasn't about to try and do a HUGE King Size bed sized ripple as my first project but I thought a small runner to go across the bottom of the bed was achievable. And best of all, I wouldn't need to buy any wool initially as I could make a start with these to see how I got on and whether I actually like it.

So after consulting with the lovely Heather who told me a 3.5 hook would be best for this yarn, yesterday lunchtime I popped out to the local craft shop and bought these! A 3.5 for the Baby Cashmerino and a 4.5 for if I have a go with a heavier weight DK wool.


So last night, I settled down with my laptop and watched some YouTube videos and learnt first how to do a double crochet stitch and a triple crochet stitch. I'm not going to lie to you, there was much ripping out and starting again but eventually I got the hang of it. Or at least enough that I felt I was able to give the ripple pattern a go.

I'd like to point out that Lucy's instructions for her Ripple are amazing. The photos and the written instructions are really good and it's down to them I managed to produce this last night... A baby ripple! By the way please excuse the terrible photo - all these are Instagram photos from my iPhone in poor light (especially the last one) but you get the point!


Yeah OK so this was a particularly sickly shade of baby pink, but it was great to practise on and was a spare ball I'd somehow amassed in my stash. This was done as per the instructions on Lucy's blog (which you can find here) to do a sample before you start properly with a foundation chain of 31 (14x2) +3 for turning.

It really wasn't that hard when I followed the instructions step by step, and got over what I felt was the biggest hurdle - getting used to holding the yarn in my left hand.

By the way, you can just see my knitted chunky cabled blanket in this photo on my knee which is my other current WIP. It's over half way and I love it so much - but more on that one next week.

After this, I also did my foundation chain and first row (is it called that in crochet?!) for my actually ripple. After looking at the size of my sample, I decided to cast on 84 (+3) to make a nice size runner for the bed as I want it so the stripes go vertically along the bed not horizontally. No photos of that, as it was far too late by the time I'd finished it but I'm really chuffed I did it. I think the first row is the hardest, hopefully the next will be a lot easier!

So if you're feeling inspired, why not head other to Heather & Lucy's blogs and check out there posts on the Ripple Along. Heather's post is here and Lucy's post is here.

If you've made you're way over here from Tami's WIP Wednesday or the Yarn Along, hello! I'd love to see what you're making so please leave a comment so I can check out your current work in progress too! Also, if you're joining in the Ripple Along (or have felt inspired to start!) then please let me know as I'd love to see what you're making and follow your progress.

See you soon!

Emma X

17 comments:

steph said...

This is SOOOO funny--I've gotten "hooked" on Lucy's crocheting (must check out Heather, too), and have done a couple of grannies (one started now) and I am most definitely NOT a crocheter, either. I saw that they were doing the ripple-along, but I had just started a HUGE (that bedspread size one you talked about!!!!) granny one, so just can't do ANOTHER!!! Love your colors--and it looks like you are now a crocheter--your start is awesome!

pinkundine said...

The first thing (actually, so far the only thing!) I've made with crochet was a ripple blanket - baby sized of course!

I know what you mean about the biggest thing being holding the yarn in the "wrong" hand - took me ages to get used to!

Love the colours you've selected for your ripple :)

Lee Ann said...

So beautiful!

You know, I crochet, and am trying to learn to knit - but it is so hard to hold the yard AND two needles. I keep dropping stitches....and giant work in progress...

Can't wait to see how your ripple looks when complete :)

simona said...

Hey Emma, it's looking good! Can't wait to see more pictures of how it's coming along!
I only tried to crochet and knit a few times before and never finished anything yet. But my sister knits. So she makes me something once in a while.

Sam Findlay said...

Good luck with the crochet, its looks great so far! I love the colours you have chosen and I love the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino!

whendidibecomeaknitter said...

What a great way to improve your crochet! If it wasn't Christmas knitting time, I'd be very tempted to join in too.

whendidibecomeaknitter said...

What a great way to improve your crochet! If it wasn't Christmas knitting time, I'd be very tempted to join in too.

heather said...

Looks really good to me! Love the ripple...it's actually a good one to start with as it's semi-forgiving too!

And I'm the same way as Lee Ann...I can (barely) knit but I find it harder than crochet. Maybe it's right-brain/left-brain thing?

Amy said...

Looks great - the hardest part of crochet is working into that foundation chain - seriously difficult. Then it all seems to fall into place. A runner will be yours in a matter of weeks!

Becks said...

Wow, you picked that up quickly. Would love to join a ripple along but I'm still hooking away at my Granny Stripe, 3 months after thinking it would be a nice thing to make!
Will be watching your progress.
x

Andria said...

I am so very impressed with your crochet! I can make simple flowers, and that's about it. I think I'll check out the ripple along, thanks!

Heather said...

You're going to love rippling, seriously. I'm so chuffed that you've picked it up so quickly as well :-D and I'm looking forward to seeing your progress when I come to visit in a fortnight.
xxx

Christina said...

While I may be doing a lot of knitting right now, crochet will always be my first love.

I think you've done a good job so far, and I can't wait to see your ripple blanket start to take shape.

Erin said...

I am not a crocheter either, but I might have to try this pattern... looks über easy. The photos are great. I love Instagram for fixing light issues!

Claireliz said...

Well done Emma, I've ordered my yarn & will be rippling along this weekend. It took me ages to get the hang of holding the wool & needle then it felt weird knitting afterwards.
C
xx

Lori ann said...

I'm over from the yarn along, and not a crochter, but this makes me want to. Love all the pretty colors. t

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