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If you're looking for a new challenge, then this Surf's Up Crochet Throw is for you! The intermediate crochet pattern uses a series of ripples, resulting in a blanket that's warm, comfortable, and simply perfect for cold winter nights. The pattern is also easy to follow and memorize, so it likely won't take you long to complete the project. This crochet throw is the perfect size for snuggling while watching a movie or reading a good book on the couch. It would also make a great present for any upcoming bridal showers or housewarming parties on your calendar. You'll definitely think of warm and sunny beaches when you get cuddled up under this beautiful crochet throw!
Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet Gauge 1 ripple = 4½" (11.5 cm) from peak to peak; 4 rows = 3" (7.5 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge
Finished Size45" wide x 55" long (114.5 x 139.5 cm)
- RED HEART® With Love Stripes™: 10 skeins 1975 Sandbar Stripe
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
- Yarn needle
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Throw is made in a ripple pattern which consists of a series of 4-double crochet “peaks” and dc5tog “valleys,” with 5 dc worked between peaks and valleys. You may need to work several rows before the ripple is clearly visible.
dc2tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next chain or stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] twice, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
dc3tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next chain or stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over, draw through all 4 loops on hook.
dc5tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next chain or stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 5 times, yarn over, draw through all 6 loops on hook.
sc3tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
sc5tog = [Insert hook in next chain or stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] 5 times, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops on hook.
Instructions for Throw
Row 1: Ch 162, dc2tog in 3rd and 4th ch from hook (beginning skipped ch and dc2tog count as first dc3tog), [dc in next 5 ch, 4 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, dc5tog] 9 times, dc in next 5 ch, 4 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, dc3tog, turn—111 dc and ten 4-dc groups.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc2tog in next 2 dc (ch 2, dc2tog count as first dc3tog here and throughout), [skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, 4 dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of next 4-dc group, skip last 2 dc of same group, 5 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc5tog] 9 times, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, 4 dc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of next 4-dc group, skip last 2 dc of same group, 5 dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, dc3tog, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 54" (137 cm).
Instructions for Border
Round 1: Ch 1, sc3tog in first 3 dc, [sc in next 5 dc, 3 sc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of next 4-dc group, sc in next 5 dc, sc5tog] 9 times, sc in next 3 dc and in first 2 dc of next 4-dc group, 3 sc in space between 2nd and 3rd dc of same group, sc in last 2 dc of same group and in next 3 dc, sc3tog; *working in ends of rows, sc in first row, 2 sc in each row across to last row, sc in last row*; working in opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch, [sc in next 5 ch, sc5tog, sc in next 5 ch, 3 sc in next ch] 9 times, sc in next 5 ch, sc5tog, sc in next 5 ch, 3 sc in last ch; repeat from * to *; join with slip st in first sc.
Weave in ends.
- double crochet
- single crochet
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- work directions in brackets the number of times specified
- repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
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