Crochet Wave – Scalloped Raised Wave Stitch


Welcome back to redheart.com as well as The Crochet Crowd. I’m your host Mikey here at the helm as I show you another fabulous project to work on and this is the Ocean Waves Throw and it’s a free pattern available on redheart.com. Go to the more information of this video you’ll see it direct link can take you right there if you prefer to follow the written directions along with this video. This video will be divided into two different sections. The first half I’m gonna be teaching you how to do this particular afghan. The second half are for cheaters. These are the people that lose count partial way into the project and then all of a sudden their lines start going off to the side or their afghan starts growing like this instead and so what I want to show you is how to cheat the system. There are ways that you can cheat, there’s actually some mistakes in here. I know, I’m not that perfect. You know Riverstone jumps on my lap once in a while. I lose count and you don’t realize in this afghan until your one line above that you’ve made a mistake on the line below. I’m gonna show you exactly where you can cheat the system. There are actually several ways and where you cannot cheat the system and so that’ll be second half of the video there’s gonna be a red button on screen on how to cheat the system just Click that if you’re more interested in learning all the cheating rules because you know how to operate this afghan as it goes. So now let’s get started to take you down to the studio table and let’s begin to work on this right now. Let’s get started working on this free pattern available on redheart.com. If you’re looking for this you just have to go to the search engine at the top, enter in the word Ocean Waves and this pattern will pop up. You simply just have to go look at the pattern and then you can do a downloadable, printable version just like so. You can print it off. It’s nice and printer-friendly. You have all the directions, and it’s only one page. Very nice and simple. We’re using a Susan Bates Bamboo crochet hook today, size ‘I’, 5.5 mm and I’m gonna be using instead of a Super Saver as it’s calling for I’m gonna be using Red Heart with Love and you can find all that information down here at the bottom. So now let’s get started on working on this tutorial. When you’re looking at this afghan you have two different sides. This is side one which is the most desirable side of the two and the way that we change colors and the way that we work on the back loops you can clearly see that there’s a lip happening and so people are asking what the difference between a regular wave and the ocean wave and it’s beautiful cascading effect of the waves going over. When you turn this afghan over because you’ve only back looped on the one side you’ll see that the other side is very flat just like so, just like a regular wave. So basically this lip is only on the top side very fun and very easy and because of that that’s what makes this a very unique afghan to work on. In the rules of crochet it’s called multiple sets and this is one of those afghans that has a multiple set. So you have to keep the stitch count going. So you for example cannot just go 100 chains and then hopefully you’ll get the right perfect balance. You have to keep the stitches in a certain quantity of count. So that for example from the top of here to the top here is fifteen stitches. So if you wanted to make this afghan any larger than what the pattern is calling for it you just have to count one to fifteen. So there’s 1, 2, 3, 4 all the way to fifteen will get you this complete chevron just like so. So if you go one to fifteen again you’ll get the next one and so when you’re working on this and you wanna do a twin size, queen, king size or any different kinds of sizes even if you wanna shrink the pattern all you have to do is count one to fifteen and then keep counting one to fifteen until you get the desired size that you want for the width and it’s actually just a very simple thing. At the end of your chain you’re simply gonna add four extra chains and that counts as your first double crochet when you’re going over and above and starting along. So again multiple chains are fifteen and continue to do that and add four at the very end of your chain in order to make that work. In this particular afghan what we need to pay attention to is where the tops are. If you understand where the tops are and how that works everything in the bottom here falls in line. It’s only in the top peaks that we’re adding more stitches in and then everything from the top peak down to this whole section we start decreasing stitches in order to make it stay in balance. So as long as you understand where the points are the rest of this afghan will fall in line. Okay, in the pattern it’s calling you to do a chaining of 139 and so basically I’m going to start off with a slipknot and they’re slower tutorials available if you need to know how to do that. So I’m just gonna slip in my hook. In today’s tutorial I’m just gonna do a small sample. Remember what I’ve already said is that it’s in multiples of fifteen and in fact what you’re gonna have here is that when you look at chaining of 139 there’s actually 135 is actually the loops going up and down so there’s your multiples of fifteen. And then you add your four on at the end. So today what I’m gonna just do is I’m only gonna do thirty, which is equivalent of going up and down twice, and so let’s do that. So let’s count this out, and I’m not gonna do it all the way. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So what I want you to do is go all the way to 139 if you wish. If you wish to make a bigger you’re more than welcome to and if you wish to make it smaller you can do that as well. So continue along. If you’ve not done the 139 and you’re doing your own particular size I’ve just stopped at thirty and at the end of your chain in the multiples of fifteen. So I have two multiples of fifteen as you can see there’s thirty there. We’re simply just gonna add four more stitches. So four more chain. So 1, 2, 3 and 4 and that becomes your first part of your project just like so. So let’s begin. We’re gonna do row number one together. To begin we’re gonna do fourth from the hook. So it says beginning the fourth on the hook dc two together three times and so it’s got a lot more to it but let’s get started. So 1, 2, 3 and go into 4 my thumb is already there and I’m just gonna wrap and go in just like so, pull through, pull through two and hold. So we don’t wanna finish that double crochet. So we’re gonna wrap, we’re gonna go immediately go to the very next one, next one on the chain. Wrap, pull [through] and go through like that. So you have a total of three on your hook. So this beginning is your first one and these are your two together. We’re just gonna grab our yarn and pull through. So it says to do that three times. So this was number one. So we wrap, going in, pull through, pull through two and hold. Let’s do it again. So we go to the very next chain. Pull through, pull through two and hold and now you’ve got three on your hook again, grab the yarn pull through all three. So let’s do that one more time. So wrap, going into the very next chain pull through, pull through two and hold and then wrap, going into the final one here pull through, pull through two, you have three on your hook and now that is your double crochet together three times. So now let’s move along in the directions, and we say, it says three double crochets in the next three chain. So simply that means is that there’s gonna be three double crochets in the next three chains. So we’re just gonna wrap, going into the next chain for a double crochet. We wrap again, we go into the very same chain space, that was number two of three. Wrap into the next one just like so okay, so there is your one of three. So we’re gonna go into the very next chain again and we’re gonna put three more double crochets in. So just count them out 2, and this here is the very top, the very center top of your project of the wave is right here. It’s the second one in and now it says to do that three times. So we just have to do it one more time into the next chain for three more double crochets. So at the top of your waves you’re always gaining stitches and at the bottom of the waves you’re always decreasing them, make them smaller in order to keep these waves moving around. So now let’s go on to the next part here. It says double crochet two together six times. Okay, so we’re gonna do this six times in the next one. So here we go. So we’re gonna wrap and we’re gonna go into the very next chain. Pull through, pull through two and hold. Okay, we’re gonna wrap, we’re gonna go into the next chain then. Pull through, pull through two and hold and now you’re just gonna pull through all loops. Okay, so that was one of six. So wrap going to the next one and we’re just gonna hold it and this is double crochet two together. Go to the next one and now you have three on your hook again pull through all three. So that was number two. So going into the next one. Pull through two and hold, the next stitch pull through just like that. So there is three of six. So we go to the next chain, pull through, pull through two and hold. Next chain, pull through, pull through two and hold and then you pull through all three. So there is number four. So let’s continue again. So the next chain pull through two and hold next chain, pull through, pull through two and hold. Okay, that was five and we do it one more time. So we want a multiple of six. Once you get working on this afghan it gets very easy to tell where this is in the project. So this is chain we got to really make sure, we’re making sure our counts are good. So we simply now have six groups here of two together. Okay, so when we’re looking at it we can see that we came over the hump, so we came up and around there is your three together, and then you can see from this point we started decreasing down and it’ll become more obvious as we work along. Now it says to do three double crochets together or three double crochets into the next three chain. Okay, so we’re basically on the top of the the wave again, and so simply if you’re working on different size widths this is the repeat pattern. So basically you just have to keep repeating the same thing. Once you get over the first wave you just do everything the same as you work along. So there was three double crochets into the next chain. Okay, this is the second one and the second one is always the middle of the wave on the top part of the peak. So three double crochets and then we do it one more time, and this is the other side of the wave formation starting to go in the downward position. Just like so. So now we’re starting to go down and here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re coming down to an edge. So if you are working along this edge, you’re basically going to come down just like you did before. You’re gonna go down to your six, but now I’m running into the edge. So this basically It’s one of those patterns that it’s very easy to follow just up and down up and down just like so. So let’s begin. Let’s go on to the edge. There’s simply gonna be only three sets of two double crocheted together going down the one edge. So here we go. So we’re gonna wrap, going into the next stitch and we’re doing two together just like we’ve already done before. And then we pull through all three. So let’s do it again, two together just like that and then finally one more time. So we’re simply just gonna double crochet the very final stitch just a normal thing. Now some viewers what they do is they have more chain leftover and simply what I would just do is untangle it if you felt that you did everything right you could have lost count when you were counting 1 to 139 or more and so basically it’s just an easier way to do it then frog this and be able to do it as long as you think it’s been done right. So let’s begin again. We’re gonna turn our work, and we’re gonna start up the one side and going down the other. To recap on where we are we did our chain, we came back all the way and no matter what size that you made it you always had to make sure it was in groups of fifteen stitches, so that you can complete your wave formation and at the end of that chain you should have added four. We came back and we did a decrease coming back up the other way and you can see that these two chains became one, became one and became one. This group of three will always be consistent on the ends. Just like you see on this side these group of three, so if your sides are going all wonky it’s because you’re not maintaining these three here. When you did the three double crochets together in the top three stitches here this will always remain the same. Okay and what changes is, is that when we go and move up to the next row here, when we came back up what we’re just doing is that we would start over here and basically you still need to maintain these three here. But the problem is, is that you don’t have enough stitches unless you’re using this top one here. So you’re gonna use this force, this first section. So these two become one, these two become one and these two become one and that is your three just like you would see underneath. So this first section always remains as part of the decreasing on the edges whether it’s on the inside of the wave or on the edges and the only one remaining untouched, remember that we had our chaining of the three right in the center here where we put three double crochets? Well when we go to do that on this round those three double crochets into each of the three are right in this section only, it’s right on the top. So if you find yourself where you’re missing counts and et cetera and maybe that you’re catching one over here or one to earlier you’re gonna realize that your waves are not gonna grow up perfectly. When you get back to the middle section here this whole section, this first section here becomes one, becomes 1 becomes one and you have a total of six until you get to the other side. So this is the just a consistency to watch for this because these two on the either side of the center one is a really critical factor in order for keeping your counts straight. We’re starting off here, and this diagram was created by me to help you see the pattern. And what we did here is that we’re gonna be moving up and doing a decrease and then on the top here we are just gonna do our three double crochets into each three stitches. So what I did here is that I marked where those three are, this blue here and and with the white yarn and you can see that that’s the middle section. So you have the one on the one side and you have the one on the other but the middle section is this blue one right in the middle. As long as you’re paying attention to that you can actually work out this pattern really quite easily. So we’re simply just gonna chain up three and we’re gonna do a double crochet decrease. So we’re just gonna wrap, going in, pull through, pull through two and hold. Wrap, in, pull through, pull through two and hold and now you have three on your hook pull through all three. And we wanna do that a total of three times. So go into the next stitch and then and the next one so that you pull two together and you can already see here is that when we did it this one and this one became one which is in the first section here. So you should only have two left by the time that you get to the center point over here. And if you have more than that or less than that you know you’ve done something wrong. So we now have our three double uh, crochet decreases. We’re now on the top of the center and then these three which are part of this middle one right here is gonna get three double crochets into each of those three. So this becomes, this becomes the new section then for the edges going up, the middle one becomes the new middle point of your next row when you come back across. Okay, and then your final. So you should have three groups of three double crochets into three top stitches. So now that we have that in you can honestly see we’re now gonna start decreasing coming down and we wanna total of six. So this white yarn marker here is just indicating that I’ve now on to the new group. So you can see this is the group of three that’s underneath and we’re gonna be using that to start doing your decrease as we come back down and around. So the first two are gonna be a decrease, a double crochet decrease. So 1, do the next two together. That’s 2, the next two, so while I’m talking, while I’m doing this, so I just look at it and make sure that you always have just three groups or six groups of two coming together as you’re working all the way around. And the easiest way to look at it on to keep your count without really having to blow any brain cells is that when you come back up to the other side you wanna look to where that middle point is. I marked it with a stitch marker here just to indicate to you. But when you get to that middle section here as soon as you’re in there you should be able to look behind the stitches that you just did and realize that you have groups of six. If there’s only five then you know it something’s wrong and if you didn’t get to all six then something is wrong as well. And we’re gonna be covering that into the cheating aspect at the end of this video. So we now have six groups of the double crochet coming together and you can see it really formed a wave coming down and now we’re back on to the top again and the top stitch there is gonna be three double crochets into each of the, of the three stitches. So as long as you can pay attention to where the center point is on the tops of the waves the rest of this will come really naturally for you. In the next part of this video, we’re gonna be coming back. We’re gonna do a color change I’ll show you how to do that and we’re also gonna be playing on the back loops every time you change color or continue along with the group of two like this you need to work on the back loops. So we’re gonna come down the other side. Remember what I said you went up three this side, you’re gonna come down three on this side, so we’re gonna just put a double crochet together and do it three times and so if your counts are right, you should end up with one stitch that’s left. So you now got three coming down this side and then you should be able to do one double crochet right into the very end. So basically you have your wave formation and you can see that it’s now starting to take shape. So let’s, I’m gonna fasten off at this point and I’m gonna just weave in the ends. I’m gonna show you how to hide in your yarn, your yarn ends at this point and I’m gonna show you what to do next. In the pattern it says to change the colors every two rows and this is when we start doing the back loops every time we do a color change. So I’ve just cut my yarn I simply am just gonna pull up like that, and I’m simply just gonna come and weave it once. Just kind of like tie it onto itself pull it nice and tight and just leave it like so. So now I’m gonna turn my material and I’m gonna leave in my stitch markers just to kind of indicate to you on the tops of these ideas so you can see it kind of works up. I’m gonna grab my new yarn. I’m not gonna do any ties or knots onto it I’m just gonna simply put it into a loop like so and I’m gonna go into the very edge and I’m gonna grab that loop. So you see that there’s no ties. I simply am just gonna allow that to just sit down on top of the line, I wanna grab the other one as well the other straggler that we just finished off with and we’re immediately gonna chain up three. So 1, 2 and 3. So this is where we start doing our decrease going back up the other side again. But this time we’re gonna work on the loops only. Every time you do a color change and in every two rows we’re gonna be doing back loops only. So here we go. So I’m just gonna just wrap and we’re gonna go into the very first stitch. If you do not know what a back loop is when you come into the stitch here there’s always two strings. The string that’s closest to you like this is the front loop, the one that’s been behind is the back loop and this is what’s causing the afghan to lift off and make it really three-dimensional. So we’re just gonna wrap. We’re gonna go into the back loop only and we wanna make sure the stragglers stay on top of the hook and we’re just gonna wrap it around and pull through two. We’re gonna wrap again going into the next one and making sure the stragglers are on top. We’re gonna, this is how you hide in your loose ends. Okay, and now you have three on your hook you bring it all together. And we wanna do that for a total of three times. So wrap, going into the back loop, make sure those stragglers stay on top and do it one more time as we put two together. Okay, I’m pulling those stragglers a little bit tight and then I’m pulling through all three and I’m gonna do it one more time so back loops, just make sure the stragglers stay on top. Now it seems like the stragglers are not behaving for me now. It’s a combo of two things. It’s a combo of that I’m in front of the camera, so I’m a little nervous but also you know you do wanna take your time and get those into position so that they’re secured. So now you’re simply just gonna pull through all three, so now you have three groups of three building up under the one side and if your math is right this middle section which is the group of three should be left alone because this group of three is part of this decreasing as you see down here. So simply I’m just gonna come into the very next one which is the top of the middle three underneath and put in three double crochets into the back loops or you gotta keep those back loops going on this whole round or whole row. So just stay on the back loops only and I just keep that straggler in for that particular one and then I just kind of let the remainder fall out and at the end of the project I kinda just go back and trim it or if you can trim it now if you wish. But again continuing for the three top ones to have three double crochets in to each. So you will be noticing that there’s a big gap that you can see here and that settles down. So that’s something that you shouldn’t worry about at this point. It does settle down as these stitches out work its way out. So now the top three now have your three groups of three double crochets each. We’re now gonna start decreasing. You see underneath here this whole group of three which is the other side of the center point is part of the decreasing again and we want to continue to do that as well, so it’s six two double decrease together. [chuckles] You know what I mean, so you’re putting two stitches together all the way down and back up to the other side. So there should be a total of six of them by the time we get over there. So you can either count it as you go or you can just simply just look and see where the top section is of the next wave. This is the middle section right here so all of this decreasing should be able to take me to that point and it should be equaling a total of six. So I’m a little bit slow in this tutorial than I normally am and the reason for it is that we’ve having a lot of people even that we are reading patterns messing up on the sides. So I’m really trying to really indicate to you what to visually look for so that you can self correct if you have to and that’s part of the cheating at the end of this project. Okay, so we’re now this is the middle section here, so if I’m truly right there should be six in between. So we’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. So we’re right, so we’re right in the middle here and again every time you hit to the middle it ‘s three double crochets into the back loop for this row only. So the the honest-to-god truth at this point is that the back loops are a little bit slower in order to work your way across. So you kinda have one row which will be your next row where you don’t have to think about that and then when you change color just like so this is the row that you need to pay attention to and just be a little more detail with your crochet work. But the results are so worth that extra um, hat you had. So you got three now double crochets into the top. We now start decreasing so you basically have this group of three and we have to remember that we only want three groups going down with a final double crochet. So it should work out to be perfect if that, if you’re keeping count properly. So double crochet decrease, two double crochet decrease, okay, that’s 1 and sometimes I get wondering whether I’m actually gonna have too many stitches left over and it always works out. I just don’t know why it visually just doesn’t look right. And I think that’s where crocheters try to self-correct if they think it doesn’t like right in the spot, and then you realize maybe a couple rows later that you shouldn’t have over corrected, and so basically you got three coming down and so you have one final stitch left. Which is your double crochet. And voila, so you can see by working in the back loops you have a lip that formed up and so let’s turn it over, so this is where we had everything trapping into the back loops here when we did the straggler. So you can come along safely trim that at this point, and then basically crochet is basically knots. So basically it’s gonna tighten up onto itself and so you don’t have to worry about falling apart. So let’s turn this material, you’re using the gray one more time, and I’ll show you what to do next. So I’m gonna turn the material and just basically what we already know you’re doing at this particular point. So we’re gonna just chain up three, 1, 2 and 3 and again three decreasing methods as we go up. So basically we go into both loops at this point and we’re just gonna do it decrease three times, so that’s 1, 2 and then 3. So if your math is right, the middle one should still be untouched but be the next section that you have to do which is right there, so you’re obviously right. So we’re gonna three double crochets into the top. So you can see how much faster I’m going because I don’t have to worry about the back loops but it’s the back loops that separates the ocean wave from a regular typical wave afghan and what is really quite visually stunning as you can probably see on our Facebook on redheart.com as well as The Crochet Crowd Facebook as people are posting photographs of this stuff. So the final one there’s three groups of three double crochets into each and that will take you to the, that will take you over the top then the row below and so now we’re gonna decrease again coming down the other side and back up to the middle. So basically I can see where the middle section is right over here. So that’s where I’m gonna work my way out. Okay, so we’re just gonna do six groups of double crochet together. So 1, so you can either count it as you go or you can count at the end. So I just choose to count at the end. It’s just makes sense for me. When you run out of stitches and you see the visual of where you’re coming up on the other side it just actually makes a lot of sense. So in the part of the cheating that’s gonna be coming up I’m gonna show you what happens is if you realize you don’t have enough stitches or you have too many how to compensate without having to frog your work and taking it apart. So at this point I’m in the middle section right here so there should be a total of six. So I’m just gonna quickly look. So my, I just train my eyes to look for groups of three. So 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 equals six. I just train my eyes to do that. It’s just easier for myself. We’re now on the top of the wave again and the tops are again are always the same, three double crochets into each one of the three. Okay, and now you’re gonna continue along and then when you get to the end you remember how we had three groups of three coming down to one side it’s still remaining the same as the three groups of three coming down. So okay, so 1, 2 and this is the final of the decrease together. So this is your three groups here 1, 2, 3, leaving you an end of a double crochet right at the very end, and we simply just change color once again. So let’s change color. We’re gonna review how to start one more time and then I’m gonna get on to the cheating methods on how to get away with when you’re losing counts in the middle of this project. The pattern originally calls for five different color changes and at that point you can just, you know, you can change the colors as often as you feel like. You can secure these edges the way that you feel more comfortable doing so and I just kinda fastened that off kinda tightened it on to itself. So now we’re just gonna grab the pink yarn here and just form a loop just like so. So you’re not gonna do any ties or anything coming to the first stitch here, top of the double crochet on the row below and we’re simply just gonna start chaining up three. So 1 2 and 3 and now we grab the both stragglers of the gray and the pink together and we’re gonna start by putting our two two double crochet together, decreases together. So let’s do three groups of those so we’re gonna do the first back loop only we’ve changed the color so it’s back loop only and making sure the stragglers are on top like I already explained before and we’re gonna put two together and that’s 1. We have to do a total of three of those This is number 2. So I can either count it or I can look for it. So that’s 2 and then remember to keep those back loops going and then there. So we have our three groups now of the double crochet together and you can see that the next stitch available is right in the center pieces here so that you know that your counts are perfect. Come in the back loops only the tops always get three double crochets each and after I get the first one I kinda let them just kind of fall in behind and I’m gonna come back later and trim those. So the three middle ones on the top get three double crochets in each. And now we start decreasing again as we start working this group going down the other side all the way back up [to] the next sides of the wave and there is gonna be six groups of double crochet together so basically you’re just making, you’re essentially just making twelve stitches into six by doing what you’re doing here with the decreasing of two together six times. So you can see the back loops really provide a really wonderful edge and idea to this whole afghan which really makes it different from many other projects that you see with the waves. They’re not sitting so flat and we’re just visually looking and I can see that I have two more stitches left here and this is in the group of three that’s on the one side of the center point just like so. So it’s a great indication that I have six done already. This pattern does not call, we’re actually at the top now. There’s three double crochets into each I’ll do that while I’m talking to you and essentially this pattern is very simple. There is no border, you simply just go to the length that it’s asking you to do. It’s about 67 inches. You can obviously start uh, stop smaller if you want to do a baby size afghan for a particular project that you’re working on and there’s don’t limit yourself to the creativity and we’ve already put on screen the size of chains that you would require if you wanted to do a larger size bed spread up to king size. So it’s a really great opportunity to do something really kind of funky with your crochet. And we’re simply now just gonna come back down. So we would just go all the way across like this and then when we get to the end remember we have our three groups going down. So essentially this is all this pattern is just very simple and a really quick idea. So the next row I would not do with the back loops I would just do the regular loops, the regular stitches, and then it’s anytime you change color that you stay on the back. So in the next part of this tutorial, by the way the last stitch is a double crochet like we’ve already shown. So the next part of this tutorial we’re gonna get onto cheating and I’m just gonna throw in some extra stitches here because you know what happens if you end up with too few stitches in the middle here and not enough to work on this project. So I’ll show you how to do that next. Well, this is section number two and this is all about cheating and this is the steps that it takes in order to bring yourself back in alignment without having to frog your work. There are several ways that you can cheat the system in order to keep your afghan looking perfect. Now I did change the color to yellow to indicate that there’s a problem here, and I did several errors in along and I’m gonna show you how to be able to correct them. So I’m just gonna fasten on my pink yarn as normal and I’m gonna knot and this would actually work if it was back loops or front or regular stitches so it doesn’t really matter on, on that particular aspect of this. So where I made a mistake is somehow I added an extra stitch here and because I forgot to put two together here on the edges. Now if I try to fake it and follow the pattern as is right now what’s gonna happen is that this center point is gonna start weaveling off like this and then your afghan is gonna start growing off in this direction and not stay square. So here’s how I compensate for that, and I don’t I wouldn’t have noticed it at the time of this mistake and I and I’m at the end and I can actually correct it and take it apart if I really wanted to or if this happens in the middle of the particular project you’re not really we’re going to do that and it’s something that you can cheat the system. So here’s the trick we need to maintain this group of three going up onto the one side here. So we’re just gonna to start off as normal and I wouldn’t have noticed that this error at this point. I’ll be very honest with you. It’s something that I wouldn’t have noticed and I start doing it I put one together and then I put two together and then I look at it, and say you know what I still have 1, 2, 3 more stitches but then there’s the center point here I have an extra stitch, so this is how I cheat going on an edge. Is that I go 1 together, 2 together and you know what I just put the third one in with it I add it right in and that, what this will do is that it will still make all of these stitches still one stitch therefore in the next round you still have your 1, 2 and 3 and so then you basically go up over the top and begin to watch it that way. Now I’m just coming up over the top and I’ve made a mistake coming down the other side and in fact I’ve added an extra stitch by accident because I forgot to double decrease, a double crochet decrease at one particular point and this is where people go mostly wrong is that they wanna maintain the count here but then they’re, they’ve messed up on the row underneath and don’t even realize it until they’ve gotten to the top of the next one. And sometimes they don’t even realize it at that point and it’s a few rows later that they realized that their middle sections are now just not in line with each other anymore. So I’m now looking at it, and you know what I’m about to run out of stitches I have to do one more double decrease here, but there’s only one stitch left before them into the center point but you have to maintain that counting of six sets here, so I can’t do a six one so all I’m just gonna do at this point is just put it in a double crochet to maintain that six count for the next row coming up. You are never gonna notice this in the project. I’m now back onto the top again and we’re just gonna put in our three double crochet together or into the same stitch. So essentially you have to maintain these counts of six and three on the edges and if you don’t maintain those that’s when your afghan grows really kind of weird. So we’re now coming back down the other side and essentially we’ve gotta put three together, three groups, so 1, 2 and this is a third cheating technique. Uh-oh, I have one more decrease to go, but I have an extra stitch left so all I’m just gonna do is that I’m gonna what do 1, 2 together so this would be the normal I still have two more stitches to go I’m just gonna add in that third one just to maintain the count of the three coming down and then finalize it off with the double crochet. So this is a lot of cheating. I don’t ever make that many mistakes in a pattern just like so but now essentially you’ve done all of those corrections there do you notice it, uh, uh. It’s one of those fabulous projects. So if I just chained up three now 1, 2, 3. I’m just gonna quickly do this and I put my two together even though there was this mistake underneath. I’m gonna put my two together three times. So I, this is just completely off the whim. I should be able to check it and I put my three together to maintain that, that counting of three and I’m back on the center. So I know that I’ve corrected myself, I’m ready to keep on going and the project will have no indication that you messed up at this point. So that was cheating technique number three as we go along and essentially, I want to show you one more cheating technique that you cannot get away with and that you literally will have to frog your project and I’ll cover that next. The only time you cannot frog your work is when you add in an extra one of these three double crochets into it. So instead of just three you did four and you accidentally want one more time and that is the only time that you cannot frog your work or sorry, you, you have to frog your work essentially because you have way too many stitches to be able to do any kind of cheating techniques because when you try to cheat the system, and there’s that many extra stitches because you’re added an extra three stitches, um, it’s just gonna cause your work to buckle and you’re gonna see a really big puff mark with inside your afghan and your afghan at that particular point probably will not sit flush. So how do you identify that when you’re coming over the top? So I just put my three and just like normal and then all of a sudden you know this is the three that’s supposed to be decreasing, but then I still have another three here. So you can see that I technically really haven’t gone over the top I’m still on the one side because the fact is that there’s too many double crochets in together. And so if I try to bring everything together and to keep it as normal what’s gonna happen is that you’re just not gonna end up at the middle point and your work is gonna start buckling and really not sit flush, and that’s a big deal for crocheters generally on many projects when the project doesn’t sit completely flat and you can see that it’s clearly an error at some point. So I’m bringing everything together because sometimes I don’t actually notice that I’ve made that mistake at that particular point and then I realize that when I get to this other side, and I’m looking for the middle point of this one over here I’m just keeping going along. I’m minding my own business, crocheting along, and then I come back and I go look! So I’m just gonna do this. So a couple of things what will happen is that you will see that there’s an extra stitch before I get to the middle so I know something’s wrong. So I’m gonna look back and count. Did you see how it’s buckling like that right there? That’s happening because of that. So I’m looking back, and I’m like got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 already instead of six, and I still have one more to go so that I know that my mistake is right here and you can clearly see it that it’s puffing out just like so and not sitting flush like it should and that’s an idea here that and that’s the time that you must frog it at that particular point. Well, thank you for joining me today. It’s been a pleasure to teach you. On behalf of redheart.com as well as The Crochet Crowd. We hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial. You can clearly see in the sample here that this is the Ocean Waves just like so. Many people are asking what the difference is. This is not doing any back loop work so you can see how flat that it is and even when you turn it over you can see a beautiful cascading effect that you see here that you don’t see here, and that’s one of the amazing ideas. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. You’ve got some tips on how to cheat the system if you need to and this is a great and fun little project to work on. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of redheart.com. 👋

99 thoughts on “Crochet Wave – Scalloped Raised Wave Stitch

  • What a great tutorial! I got so fascinated I bailed on my Pilates class to keep watching. I've seen others working in the tails but they did it super quick and I couldn't see how it was done. You're awesome and you have a new subbie. Thank you and cheers from San Diego.

  • another great tutorial Mikey, and the visual pattern i get along with much better than the text type, plus of course your verbal bit, hehe!

  • Mikey, question. How do I get to the graph. With processing disabilities, if I could print that I could get started. Please let me know as I am anxious to get started. I love the look of this afghan. I tried the octagon, but it was too confusing. Please le me in on how to find that. Thanks Marilyn

  • the graph for this is available on the website … we are doing major website construction to include printable patterns at this time so you may have trouble accessing it but please keep checking back…
    [email protected] Crochet Crowd 🙂

  • Love the pattern. An easy way to keep track of the mountain and valley would be to mark the middle set of 3dc in 1 st. with a large safety pin. They are easy to move at the end of each row as you turn and the few seconds will keep you from frogging so often. We all have safety pins somewhere around the house. I've use bobby pins before but they slide out sometimes not as good an idea.

  • Вещи красивые но не понятно сколько петель набирать !? Хотя бы писали… их смотрят все…. говорят то они на своем языке и понять трудно о чем идет речь.

  • gracias por estos videos estan preciosos lo unico seria que por favor les pusieran subtitulos o los doblaran al español por que a qui en México nos gusta mucha ReadHeart pero aparte sus etiquetas siempre bienen en inglés cuando bienen aun mercado de habla hispana

  • Mikey can you please help to get this Rose pattern posted for us? tried to share link, but was told No. lol I Posted the site below.
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    Rose In Bloom Afghan by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

  • this video keeps crashing on me is there a way you i want to watch it for the chart because i get how to do the stitches now i was wondering if you could sent it to my email because i cant find it on the website

  • in the first row after the second " 3 double crochets in the next 3 stitches" I only have 4 chains left, while Mikey seems to have more chains left. I also used the same amount of chains (30 + 4). Can anyone help me out here?

  • i am having problems downloading the free pattern when i download it all i am getting is a bunch of numbers and letters and stuff written in chinese

  • I just checked all of the links on our new website and they seem to be working fine… if you are trying to download form red hearts website you may want to let them know about the issue if you were using our website then the issue seems to be fixed already …Let me know if you still having trouble and need more help [email protected] The Crochet Crowd 🙂

  • When you added that helpful little stitch counter (3:56) it said "Twin: 244", and when it says, "All include chain 4", is it already there or do you add it?

  • I really like Mikey's Videos:) Gonna try his pillow hehe. Excellent work! I am currently trying this wave…hehe.:) Frusterating but i will get it.

  • Mikey, just watched the video & you take the pattern to a new level for me. You explanations & techniques are very clear & succinct. Thank you!

  • When your doing the first row, what is the pattern to keep going, because, I'm doing the twin size blanket, and I need to finish my row thanks

  • there is a link to our website in the more info section under this video …if you find this pattern/info there it will give you the stitch counts for all different size afghans… [email protected] The Crochet Crowd 🙂

  • Thank you for this tutuorial. It explains the pattern very well and makes it easy to follow. I just started with 15 stitches and one colour and I'm going to keep going with those 15 because it looks as though it is going to make a nice scarf pattern and by the time I've done the scarf, I should be ready for the full sized afghan! :-0 Sarah

  • Thank you for this video. Your explanation of the pattern is so great that I've just finished a baby size blanket and it turned out great!!!

  • another scrubby can be made for pans or facial cleaning of dead skin using the type of lace that goes under wedding dresses and little girls dresses to make them fluff out. It is stiffer and you can buy denser lace for pans. Hope that makes sense, since I can't remember the correct name of the material. But it works great. Help! Mikey!

  • Thank you for this tutorial. I'm just learning crochet and find your tips very helpful when discovering mistakes several rows later!

  • Being a visual person, I find it a lot easier now to read and crochet an afghan with your video  tutorials.  You are a very good teacher.

  • I am currently  crocheting a Oean Wave Afghan for my grandson ,its going to be   queen size,he wants me to use maroon and white colors only, no problem  but I need help trying to decite if i go maroon,white,maroon,white.maybe if after making 6 rows of maroon and white,maybe i should crochet maroon for several rows and then white, instead of maroon and white,maroon and white? Any ideas? Please,Micky,anyone

  • I went to download the actual pattern and it said that "This pattern was created before 2008 and therefore does not follow our current pattern format or image size." Is this the pattern you followed or do you have an updated one?

  • Where can I find the printed pages of the pictorial pattern not the wording pattern?? The pages Mickey shows at about 12 1/2 minutes in tell the whole picture, I love it.

  • Thank you for this tutorial, Mikey!  You saved the day!  I found the instructions very difficult and came here for clarification– thanks!  

    By the way, I wanted to mention that I think, before starting an afghan with a new pattern, it's a really great idea to make a sample first, for practice, just to be sure you understand the pattern.  Anyone who has ever gotten 139 (or 244, etc.) chains in and looks at the pattern only to find they are lost knows what I mean.  By making a practice swatch, you can avoid this in future.  

  • I have spent many hours trying to get this pattern to work. I have followed both the video and the written pattern Ripping it apart and starting over. It works for the first 2 rows. Is there are mistake?? Please post correction or any help you can give!! I now have to abandon this as I am totally frustrated!!

  • great video, great aghan, i've crocheted for many, many years,and it is nice to have someone talk me thru it and i can relax and enjoy crocheting.  for me it's not about going fast or hurry up, i'm retired and it's really great to just do it in my own sweet time.  i used to sell, but now i just donate so i pick easy projects. wish you had been there 40 years ago 🙂  thank you so much for being there now,

  • Hi Mikey, I'm very new to following patterns and have a question concerning this wave pattern. In the beginning of the video it says for a baby blanket to chain 109, which includes the 4 extra chains. I just checked out the pattern & there are no directions on how to convert pattern for baby sized afghan. Can you help me with this? Thanks 🙂

  • What does frog it mean? Also, on your last tip "cheat" you crocheted an extra 3 dc in one stitch, but i don't understand how you fixed it?

  • I have taught myself to crochet but never to read patters. I was wondering if there was someone that could translate a pattern for me. I am trying to make an American Flag afghan for my boyfriend while he is in Afghanistan. I cant read the pattern at all!

    http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/stars-stripes-ripple-throw

  • Thanks for the video advice. I have had more trouble in keeping these consistenty. I seem to always be show or over the decreases I need. I think I am not paying enough attention, but even when i stop and recount, I still get fouled up? Don't know why, have torn out rows numerous times, and even with your great video and cheating ideas, it still doesn't come out right. but, I am deternmined to master this simple technique.

  • Your tutorial video is very helpful in learning to increase and decrease to make this wave. However, this pattern you are teaching does not make the afghan on the left which raises to a peak and looks more wave like. I am trying to find the pattern for this older afghan which apparently was made before 2008. Anyway to get that pattern??

  • I honestly am not sure to go when we get to the second row. I can't tell what hole were supposed to double crochet together and etc. in order to line it up properly. Can someone please explain exactly where to go?

  • I'm new at this I don't understand why I can't get this I really want to learn this I watch your videos all the time because I want to learn you have beautiful work

  • Hello, Mickey.. HELP!..I started an afghan with your tutorial but have lost it.I was sure I had subscribed to it but can't find that either..I believe it was a "Ripple" pattern but it was different than others. the foundation row & second row were SC ..

  • does anyone know if you can do this pattern with the bernat blanket style yarn? or would it be too thick to work right?

  • Mikey will you please be my son…what fun it would be..you could answer any question I have at the exact moment…lol…you are great

  • Hi Mikey LOL it's me again! I'm wondering how can I lose stiches on the ocean wave. I WANT tutu make the mermaid tail for my itsy bitsy granddaughter. But I'd like it to appeart to have scale.. Can you help?(I watched other video
    Liked it So much but then stumbled on one with shell stitch. (Honestly only thing liked was the she'll.. .wavey effect. Didn't transition to tail shape properly) what to do Mikey what's a nana to do? Can you help me out? By the way without the diagrams I could not confine crochet

  • Hey can I customise the size ? I was planning to do count of 165 and added 4 extra at the end so it's of 169 but when I do the wave form of 15 stitches at the final edge I couldn't do it mean lotta chain is left over what to do?

  • I've never been keen to look at charts and listen to directions on how things work but I really found it helpful, and I too would love the chart. Thank you Mikey

  • The pattern does not match the one in the picture with the lady which is the ocean wave.

  • Question if want to make it more like a beach and wanted to do more then just two rows before a color change do I still do back loop on third row??

  • omg….Mikey I'm glaaaad i found a video . Because I started it and but i was putting 1 dc in nxt 3 chaind omg 😂😂😂😂. thats y i love u and ur tutorials

  • Great to finally see your smiling face. You are my favorite tutorial. You are clear and never disappoint. You don’t waste time too, like others. Thank you!

  • I made a lovely baby blanket in sea colours using this pattern. I then crochet'd some starfish, seaweed and fish and sewed them on. Thanks for the lovely pattern. 🙂

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