How to Crochet Ripple Stitch

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Crochet ripple stitch

Curious about the crochet ripple stitch?

If so, you’re in the right place! Before we get to the tutorial though, there’s one thing I want to make sure you’re clear on – the term “ripple stitch” encompasses many different stitch patterns that make a wave.

In it’s most basic form, the crochet ripple stitch is any stitch pattern with “peaks and valleys”, often using increases and decreases to accomplish this shape. The form of crochet ripple stitch you’ll learn today is one of the most basic, yet incredibly popular for afghans, scarves and everything in between.

For my demonstration today I’ll be using my beloved Tulip Etimo hooks in a size 6 mm and a brand new (gorgeous!) yarn from Red Heart called An Italian Story Ombra. The colorways you see in the video and images here are “Terra” (the neutral tones) and “Multi” (that gorgeous multi-colored one). If you haven’t tried this brand new yarn yet from Red Heart, you must! I love the texture, look and feel of it. You can order it directly from Red Heart!

an italian story ombra

The great thing about the crochet ripple stitch is that you can use any yarn, of any color and weight! I’m personally drawn to long sweeping colorways and An Italian Story Ombra is exactly that. It makes my heart skip a beat to see it paired with this stitch! It’s available in 8 different color options ranging from cool neutrals to brights. I’m sure you’ll find a colorway that speaks to your soul!

Let’s Give it a Try!

In this tutorial we’re going to work up a test swatch. Any time you learn a new stitch, it’s always good to make a swatch first rather than dive into a project.

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How to Crochet the Ripple Stitch

To show you how incredibly easy it is to learn and master this stitch pattern, I prepared a video tutorial to walk you through the entire process from foundation to fasten off. In it I’ll work up a test swatch (which I recommend you start with) but if you’re anxious to dive into a project using this stitch, you can continue crocheting your “swatch” until it’s long enough to be a scarf!

As always, I recommend that you watch the tutorial first and then follow up with the written instructions below. When you can see something in action before reading any instructions, a stitch always seems much easier to master!


This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click on the link below to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.

How to Crochet Ripple Stitch with Brittany – Left-Handed


Practice, Practice, Practice!

You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again – with practice you’ll not only memorize the stitches used in this version of the crochet ripple stitch but you’ll also master the way you hold the yarn so your stitches look flawless!

This is a teaching website first and foremost. My job is to not only demonstrate how to do a technique but also teach you so that you can take this new skill and apply it to future crochet projects.

This is also true for reading written instructions. Because you’ll inevitably come across a pattern you love without a tutorial, learning to read a crochet pattern is crucial to you success. As you begin to read the instructions below, follow along with the tutorial again so you can put the pieces together; so you can see what’s written and make the visual connection with the stitches.


Written Instructions

crochet ripple stitch


  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Dc2tog – Double Crochet Two Together
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Sts – Stitches

Learn more crochet abbreviations here!

Stitch Multiple

Create a foundation chain with a multiple of 14 + 3

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in next 4 sts. Dc2tog twice. *Dc next 4 sts. Make 2 Dc in next 2 sts. Dc next 4 sts. Dc 2tog twice. Rep from * to last 5 sts. Dc next 4 sts. Make 2 Dc in last stitch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as Dc) and Dc in first stitch (same as ch 3). Dc in next 4 sts. Dc2tog twice. *Dc next 4 sts. Make 2 Dc in next 2 sts. Dc next 4 sts. Dc 2tog twice. Rep from * to last 5 sts. Dc next 4 sts. Make 2 Dc in last stitch. Turn.

crochet ripple stitch

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