This tutorial has chart and step by step photos showing how granny ripple stitch is done. Also find tip for crocheting flat fabric without frills/ curling.
Granny ripple stitch is usually used in blankets. It is easy, fast growing and it can be made by anyone who knows how to crochet a chain and double crochet stitch. (click links for detailed tutorials of the two stitches). The pattern can be easily memorized so this is ideal for some crocheting while watching TV.
Here is the crochet chart for the granny ripple stitch. Hover mouse over the chart and you can pin it for future reference (my Pinterest board).
Here is a written tutorial with step by step pictures.
The ripple stitch has peaks and valleys. The number of foundation chains will depend on how wide you want the blanket to be. Crochet multiples of 18 (1 peak and 1 valley)
Chain 3 and this will be considered the first double crochet stitch of row 2.
Crochet a double crochet stitch in the 5th chain.
Crochet two more in the same chain.
Make 1 chain, skip 2 chains and add 3 more double crochet stitches.
Repeat one more time. Now it is time to crochet the peak. Chain 3.
Add 3 more double crochet stitches in the same spot.
Add 2 more sets of 3 double crochets (3 double crochet, chain 1, skip 2, 3 double crochet)
Now it is time to create the valley. Skip 5 chains and and add 3 more double crochet stitches.
It will look like this.
Now we will start climbing up again to reach the peak with 3 sets of 3 double crochet stitches.
Continue adding peaks and valleys. When you have reached the end, add one double crochet in the last chain.
Turn work. Change color if needed. Crochet 3 chains to increase height and start the next row.
Crochet 3 double crochet stitches in the next space.
Chain 1 and add 3 more double crochets in the next space. Continue till you reach the valley.
Here we will be skipping one space and adding the next set of 3 double crochets. No chain is added between the two sets.
Continue as usual with a chain followed by 3 double crochet stitches.
The peak is done just like first row. 3 double crochets, 3 chains and 3 double crochets in the same spot.
End the row with one double crochet in the next space. Some end it with a puff stitch (click for tutorial) and this gives a textured edge to the blanket.
Repeat row 2 as many times as you want till you reach the desired length.
How to crochet a flat lying granny ripple stitch that does not frill or curl up
Some crochet patterns call for 3 chains to create the peak as well as the valley instead of 3 for the peak and 5 for the valley as shown in my tutorial above.
There will be a slight difference in how the valleys and peaks look. As you can see the valley is wider when 3 chains are used and the valley is sharper and narrower when 5 chains are used.
What happens when 3 chains are used? When the fabric is laid flat and the tips of the valleys are lied up, the fabric will have folds / frills / waves.
This stitch can also be used to make hair bands, scarfs etc.