My mind is awash with ripple combinations as I go through the design stage for my lovely new project.
The ripple pattern is so relaxing and satisfying to crochet – as I go up and down along the row I’m wondering what the elements of this pattern are that makes it so soothing.
I think it is the combination of sections of plain sailing and then a little bit of concentration, so the mind can wander for a while, but is interrupted before getting into troublesome thoughts.
And then there is the interest of seeing how one colour plays against the next; do they lie quietly together side by side snoozing; or do they zing together and bounce off each other in a jive rhythm; or glide along to a gentle waltz.
Lucy’s wonderful ripple bedspread – what a joy to behold! is worked in a 2, 4, 2, 2, 4, 2 repeat – I tried that out (the sample on the left)
But when I put that against ‘Summer Flight’ the swirls of the painting and the crocheted ripples looked too frenzied together – not cosy and relaxing. Do you agree?
So I tried a 2, 8, 2,2,8,2 repeat (the sample on the right)
This did not seem quite right either
Next experiment was with a 2, 7, 2,2, 7,2 repeat with some wider bands of colour to keep the energy of the pattern calmer – I think I’m getting close to the effect I’m after.
Just look at those neon colours leaping about on a dull day. (I won’t be using this colour combination for the throw, this will be a cushion cover)
Next I thought I would try out the wider bands in the 2, 8, 2, 2, 8, 2 repeat, for another cushion cover.
Multiples of 22 + 3. 3 times 22 + 3 = 69
Crumbs – I still want to try out another combo now – 2, 10, 2, 2, 10, 2 with the wide bands 3 rows wide rather than 4.
For this combination, x 3 is too big for a cushion cover, so I’m gonna go for it and make it throw size:
Multiples of 26 + 3. 6 times 26 + 3 = 159
So I will Ch 159 for the foundation row in the pale turquoise (aqua), exactly the same colour as the ‘frame’.
I will be on a train for nearly 3 hours tomorrow – perfect!!! I’ll be able to make a good start.
Buzzing with excitement!!!
And then I made another throw with the same ripple size in pinks and turquoise which you can see by clicking here.