A rainbow colored blanket with tassels.

Granny Ripple Stitch Ideas

Granny Ripple stitch is a prominent member of the Granny Family, and I’m sure you already know other members – Granny Stripe Stitch (free tutorial available here!), Granny Square, and projects that use granny stitch, such as 6 Day Kid Blanket. Well, I can assure you, that today’s hero is as cool, or even more cool than the rest of the pack!

Grab your crochet hook and try it!

Classic with a twist

Why granny ripple?

This technique is beloved by crochet blanket makers specifically, because the structure it creates is beautifully visible on bigger pieces. Zig-zaggy pattern makes interesting edges, so you can showcase them or square them up if you prefer.

Like all granny stitches, it combines nicely with other basic techniques, and leaves a lot of room for experiments with colors. If you are looking for a nice, easy stitch to add up to your library, this one is a must-learn!


To make granny ripple stitch, you can use any yarn and corresponding hook you want. To see what tools you need, read the yarn label carefully. Weight of your yarn and size of your hook, as well as your crocheting style, can affect the final size of the piece you are making.
To start out with your granny ripple, you need to find a crochet pattern to follow, or use a technique to count the stitches for your foundation chain. Crocheter behind JustBCrafty explains it very nicely in her article. Below you can see her beautiful version of granny ripple stitch.

How to start?

Granny ripple is basically a variation on granny stitch, which allows you to nicely shape up rows of double crochet clusters (which are the basis of granny!). Spikes and valleys are designed in such a way, that clusters are joined at the top or worked in the same chain space. Clever!
For full instructions I highly recommend you going to justbcrafty.com, where you will find cheat-sheet for counting the stitches, and amazing video tutorial. The designer behind it definitely knows what she’s talking about! 🙂

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crochet roundup!

Granny ripple stitch is one of the most popular crochet techniques, because it’s easy and so fun to make! Making the research for crochet roundup was challenging, but ultimately very satisfying. There are so many fantastic creations by so many talented designers, that choosing final pieces was a hard call. Enjoy my selection and get inspired!

Read carefully for free crochet patterns and tutorials.

Stripy Beauties

Granny Ripple Blanket by SewHappyCreative

Washed style of Scheepjes iconic yarn looks great in granny ripple, and this project by SewHappyCreative is a perfect example. Designer behind this creation used tiny skeins from Scheepjes’ colour pack, but you can use leftover yarn ends for similar effect. Adding one row of white-ish yarn between every color makes it lively and cheerful, so take a look at the photos below and see for yourself!

To make similar blanket, you can use beloved free crochet pattern for Done in a Weekend Baby Blanket by Jess Coppom – it’s available on makeanddocrew.com, or Ravelry.

You may also like this article – Ripple Stitch Crochet Ideas.

Confetti Waves Blanket by Kate Rowell

Kate Rowell is a splendid crochet designer, and this blanket pattern is one of her finest creations – just take a look below! Simple premise of classic granny ripple was tweaked in terms of colors – each color wave is intertwined with the next. This easy trick makes the whole pattern lively and emphasizes the nature of granny stitch.

You can purchase the pattern for Confetti Waves Blanket by Kate Rowell on Etsy, or read more about it on Ravelry.

Granny Ripple Blanket by Charmain of agirlandherneedle

Why not go for bold contrasts? They work great, too! Charmain combined blue, yellow and dark grey in two different combinations. In the bottom photo you can see them next to each other – one with three rows for each color, and the other with majority of blue. Which one do you prefer?

If you need free crochet pattern, use Throw-back Granny Chevron by Ellen Gormley – it’s available on yarnspirations.com and more info is on Ravelry.

Rainbow Colorways

Rainbow Granny Ripple Blanket by Sun Örgü

My selection of projects wouldn’t be whole, if it hadn’t included at least one rainbow design, so here it is! This colorful blanket by Sun features so many juicy hues, that it will become central point in any bedroom or kids’ room. As you can see below, the zig-zag pattern of granny ripple is mesmerizing!

If you like this project, you may like free crochet pattern for Blanket Spring Landscape by Justina Kirkwood – it’s available on colourceilidhcrochet.com, or Ravelry. It incorporates granny squares and popcorn!

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Sunshineyalex

Well, I must admit that Alex had the guts to go for such bold color palette, because it pops right out of my screen! It’s vibrant and energetic, so it will suit the most vibrant characters! Go out of your comfort zone and get inspired by this crochet creation – just take a look at the pictures below.

contrasting colors blanket

Rainbow Granny Ripple with Pom-Poms by tonton_orgu_evi

If you want to go all the way down the playfulness road, you must remember to add pom-poms! Without them your work won’t be complete, because they are the perfect finishing touch to any rainbow-colored blanket. Take a look at the photos below and see how nice is the color flow here, too – a crocheter behind tonton_orgu_evi did a fantastic job!

bright rainbow blanket with pompoms

If you want to make some pom-poms by yourself, check out tutorials I linked in this article: 10 Best Crochet Hacks.

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Little Cosy Things

This big crochet blanket by Nat serves the whole family – her kids love to play with it, and she loves to snuggle under it. That’s exactly what handmade items are for, and that’s called making memories. In the pictures below you can see how nicely one color transforms into another – beautiful!

colorful rainbow blanket

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Sam Hermes of Little Bud Creations

Tassels make everything better! Especially when they are attached to the bumps on the edge of a wavy blanket, so keep it in mind. Sam decided to go for a pastel rainbow, and I must admit that I adore this colorway. When I look at the photos below, I can easily see it in a living room somewhere, because these colors are not reserved for kids!

pastel rainbow granny ripple blanket

Moody Color Stories

Dark Granny Ripple Blanket by SewHappyCreative

I love moody palettes, so this one by SewHappyCreative is right up my alley. A baby blanket like this will be a perfect gift for a baby boy, or nice addition to modern nursery of a baby girl. It’s a great color combo for an elegant throw, too, so consider using the same or similar colors, if you want to add stylish accessory for your home.

One of the most popular free tutorials for granny ripple is called Crochet for Knitters – Granny Ripple Blanket by Staci Perry. You can find it on Ravelry, and I recommend you taking a look at a big library of users’ versions.

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Hanan Hannaway

Hanan is very well known to my readers now, I hope, because she’s definitely one of my favorite crocheters! Her colorways are to die for, and this version by Kate Rowell’s Confetti Waves Blanket is one of them. Take a look below to see how she arranged deep sea hues, and how flawlessly they flow on a baby blanket she made.

You can purchase the pattern for Confetti Waves Blanket by Kate Rowell on Etsy, or read more about it on Ravelry.

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Whimsy Hen

Kaisha is first and foremost an amigurumi artist, but she obviously couldn’t resist trying out granny ripple pattern! Her colorway is subdued and elegant, which you can see in the pictures. Greens, creams and greys create a perfect neutral palette, so it will fit in every interior.

greys and greens blanket on white

Granny Ripple Afghan by Bessy79

Can you believe that the blanket in the picture is made with multi-colored yarn? Well, it is and it looks stunning. Speckles of rusty brown, passages of cream and contrasting panels of black and emerald create a fantastic scheme together. Kudos to Bessy for such great work!

ripple blanket with pops of white and emerald

  • photos by Bessy79 on Ravelry: source

Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Willow Cottage Crochet

Another lovely version of Kate Rowell’s design features one of my favorite color combinations, which is deep burgundy and dusty blues. The darkest hues create anchors for other colors to flow between, therefore making the blanket both balanced and interesting. Take a look below and admire fantastic project by Willow Cottage Crochet.

You can purchase the pattern for Confetti Waves Blanket by Kate Rowell on Etsy, or read more about it on Ravelry.

Black and Gold Granny Ripple by Sam Hermes

Modern crochet design alert! This blanket is simply one of my favorites, because I’m a sucker for contrasting, contemporary color schemes. Sam Hermes used the potential of granny stitch to its limits, creating eye-catching rows of gold and white dots. Dark grey background is a perfect choice for such endeavors, and just look at these tassels – they add so much style and finish it up so nicely.

If you like modern designs, try out free crochet pattern for Granny Ripple Afghan
by CrochetDreamz – you will find it on crochetdreamz.blogspot.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

You may also like this article – Granny Square Crochet Ideas.

Subtle Color Palettes

Pastel Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Broken Butterfly Crafts

A blanket like the one you can see below would be a perfect gift for a little girl. This colorway is delicate and feminine, and reminds me of fresh spring flowers. Crocheter behind Broken Butterfly Crafts chose popular Confetti Waves pattern to create this color flow, so look closely how it’s done and keep it in your library!

pastel chevron blanket on wood

Pastel Granny Ripple by gulay_degirmenci

This masterful crochet blanket looks more like chevron than waves, because the zig-zags are nice and crisp. Simple pastel colorway uses white to create optical spaces between the colors. It’s a great trick if you are not sure if your hues will look good right next to each other.

pastel colored stripy blanket

Granny Ripple Blanket by catnicamhlaidh

If you want to keep the palette nice and soft, but don’t want it boring – learn from Catherine! She introduced mustard yellow in between her delicate hues, and you must admit that it adds to the color story, right? Take a look at the photos below and see how nice it looks.

delicate colors granny ripple blanket

Granny Ripple Blanket by May’s Handmade Crochet

So many of you love pastels, and I know that this project by May’s Handmade Crochet will be right up your alley. As you can see below, delicate peachy hue works great with light grey and white. Finish it up with fun edging, and you are good to go! A blanket like this will be a lovely handmade baby shower gift.

You may also like this article – Granny Stripe Crochet Ideas.

Granny Ripple Blanket by MyBeautifulDisasters

Ever thought about putting mint green next to pink? Now you can see, that this combination works great. Below you can see a lovely blanket by MyBeautifulDisasters, in which simple stripes of colors create classic zig-zaggy pattern.

You will easily make similar blanket using free crochet pattern for Granny Ripple Afghan by Mary Garrow, so be sure you download directly from Ravelry.

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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  1. Do know of a place in the U.S. that sells the Kokonki Yarns? Navigating their site is really difficult.

    1. Hi Steph! Sorry, but I don’t know that 🙁 It’s a Polish brand that makes yarn cakes on demand and as far as I know, they don’t even ship to US… I recommend Scheepjes Whirl or YarnArt Flowers for ombre yarns!

  2. Hi Kate, thanks for sharing! Do you know what brand yarn and color names were used for the Confetti Waves Blanket Version by Whimsy Hen?? It’s so gorgeous!!

    1. Thanks, Grace! Sorry, but I don’t know 🙁 you can always see original project by clicking on the links provided below the photo. Maybe you can find yarn info there!

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