When you need a showstopper stitch, go for Apache Tears! This amazing technique is one of the easiest, and yet one of the most effective out there. Colorful blankets, home decor or accessories will add a playful energy to your home and everyday life. Beginners, this article is for you, because these playful ripples are easier to pull off than you think 🙂
With these free resources and inspiration, you will be well equipped to start your own journey, so don’t wait and try this stitch!
This easy stitch can be made with any kind of yarn, but remember that the thicker the yarn, the bigger your work will be. It’s perfect for blankets, especially those made with scraps of yarn, so go for it! Works well for cushions and winter accessories, too!
Crochet Lovers chose colorful yarn in seven different colors, as well as 4.00 mm crochet hook. The yarn is not specified, but looks like cotton to me 🙂 You will need scissors as well, and yarn needle if you wish to weave in ends instead of leaving them as fringe.
You can make the ripple in any module you want, so that the ‘tear’ can be made after 4, 5 or 6 stitches. Density you choose will affect the final pattern, so be sure that it’s right for your liking.
You start by chaining multiple of module you chose, in the case of this tutorial it was multiple of 6 + 1. Three rows of single crochet stitches create a base for the first ripple row. Next one is a start of our ripples – you add 1 treble crochet every 6 stitches, by working it trough the loop three rows down.
Sounds difficult? It’s easy-peasy! Check out full video tutorial here, and see for yourself 🙂
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Today’s theme is Apache Tears, so I chose a selection of the best inspiration on the topic. Crocheters are extremely inventive, and there are as many color combinations as there are creative minds. Find projects that speak to you, get inspired and try out free crochet patterns, which I included in the descriptions 🙂
Apache Tears Cowl by Make Create Do
- photos by Make Create Do (@makecreatedolondon)
Do you have a lot of assorted yarn ends, that you don’t know what to do with? Densely packed Apache Tears stitch is a lovely idea for a standout winter accessory. This lovely cowl and other creations can be seen on author’s Instagram feed linked above!
Apache Tears Blanket by MariaLaLarga
- photos by MariaLaLarga (@maria.la.larga)
Introducing white yarn every other row and using it with contrasting blacks and browns is a great idea! It creates fantastic bold pattern, which looks interesting and is perfect for modern blankets. See more photos on Maria’s Instagram feed!
If you prefer written pattern to video tutorial, try this free pattern by Lucy Croft – Hook ‘n’ Learn Part 9 – Apache Tears.
Apache Tears Blanket by Ollie and Bella
- photos by Ollie and Bella (@ollie.and.bella)
If classic color combinations of apache tears are too busy for you, try making more than one row in the same color. This way you will create more of a geometric pattern that pleases the eye. Ollie and Bella know what’s up, so check out their Instagram!
2020 Temperature Blanket Apache Tears by Kountingsheeps
- photos by kountingsheeps on Ravelry
It’s still the beginning of the year, and many crocheters undertake big projects. One of the most popular are temperature blankets, in which each day or week is illustrated with colored row. Apache tears is perfect for this.
Apache Tears Blanket by Pia / pippasliv
- photos by Pia (@pippasliv)
Stunning color flow of this blanket made me gasp! The coolest thing about this technique is that it looks as neat on the wrong side, as it looks on the right side. This blanket will be a crown jewel of every home.
Check out tutorial for Apache Tears by Sarah London, because it’s available for free on her blog!
That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!
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