Rickrack crochet, also known as ripple crochet, is a classic way to make an afghan. This wavy pattern is attractive in a single color and is also a good way to use up scrap yarn in a striped piece of work. Although rickrack crochet looks complicated, it is a relatively simple pattern and can be completed successfully by crocheters with novice skills.
Make a loop at the end of the yarn and begin to make chain stitches. Make a multiple of five stitches, until your chain is slightly wider than you wish your finished afghan. For a smaller afghan you may only crochet 100 chains, but for a blanket for an adult you may do 250.
Turn and make a single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Make a single crochet in the next two chains. Do three single crochet in the next chain, making them all in the same chain. This will begin to create the peak in your rickrack.
Make a single crochet stitch in the next four chains. Skip the next two chains and then single crochet in the next four chains. This skipping of the stitches will begin to create the valley part of the rickrack.
Do three single crochet in the next chain, then single crochet in the next four stitches. Continue on in this pattern, making four single crochet and then either forming a peak or a valley, until you reach the end of the chain.
Turn, chain one and skip the first stitch in the next row. Make three single crochet stitches in the next three spaces, then make the peak or valley, depending upon where you are in your pattern.
Continue making rows in this manner until the afghan is the desired size. When you need to add more yarn because you have reached the end of a skein, tie on the new yarn at the end of a row. Leave a 3 inch tail on each end so that you can weave these ends into the crocheting.
Hide all the loose yarn ends in the stitches when you are finished crocheting the afghan. This will make your piece look neater and eliminate any chance of the ends being pulled and the work unraveling.
Change colors every five rows or ten rows to make a striped afghan.
Chain stitch is the process of pulling loops of yarn through a loop already present on the hook in order to make a chain of loops in a series.
Single crochet is created by pushing the hook through the work in the work below, grabbing the yarn, pulling the yarn loop through, pushing the hook back and grabbing the yarn again, then pulling the yarn through the two loops on the hook.
To turn in crochet is to turn the work around and work back toward the beginning on the back side of the work. Most crocheting is worked back and forth in this manner.
You must already be able to do the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch in order to successfully complete this project.