free pattern: vintage fan ripple blanket

Hurray, free pattern day! :)

Today I’m sharing the pattern for the vintage fan ripple blanket, which I finished last week.

Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit patroon, klik hier!


What do you need:

  • yarn (I used Softfun cotton/acrylic yarn by Scheepjeswol)
  • a matching crochet hook (I used a 4mm hook)
  • a darning needle to sew in the ends
  • a pair of scissors

For this blanket, which measures about 1.40 x 1.40m, I used 14 balls of Softfun (two of every colour used, in colour ways 2496, 2531, 2466, 2449, 2451, 2519 and 2514).

Got everything? Let’s get started! (for people who like working from charts: there’s a chart at the end of this blog post!)

Special stitches: triple treble (trtr). This sounds complicated, but it isn’t! To make a triple treble: Yarn over 4 times, insert your hook into the next stitch. Yarn over, and pull up a loop. *Yarn over, and pull through two loops.* Repeat till you’ve worked through all loops. This is a very long stitch, and you might need a little practice to make your triple trebles nice and even. This is totally okay! :)

1. Make a chain, the number of chains being a multiple of 9, plus 1 for turning. In this example I chained 28 (3 x 9, plus 1).

2. Work *4sc, 3sc in same stitch, 4sc* around. Chain 1, and turn. You’ll end up with a really funky looking chain, but don’t worry, it will start to make sense soon!

3. Work *sk 1 st, 4sc, 3sc in same stitch, 4sc, sk 1 st* around. Remember to work all stitches into the back loops only. Chain 1, and turn. You can see the ripple starting to take shape now!

4. Repeat step 3. Chain 1, and turn.

5. Slip stitch into the next 3 stitches (back loop only). Chain 6; this counts as the first triple treble. Work 2 more trtr, 3 trtr in same stitch, 3 trtr. Skip 2 stitches. Repeat *sk 2 st, 3trtr, 3trtr in same stitch, 3trtr, sk 2 st* around. Remember to work all stitches into the back loops only.

6. You can now change colour. To repeat the pattern, begin at step 2 and continue till step 5.




7. Continue repeating the pattern till you feel your project is big enough.

8. To give the last row a finished look, don’t change colour but repeat rows 2 until 4 in the same colour. Then fasten off.

9. Sew in the ends using your darning needle.

And that’s it! :) If you prefer charts over written patterns, here you go. Remember that ALL stitches are worked into the back loops only! *click the image for a bigger version*

Here’s one more look at my blanket, in all it’s finished glory:

If you run into any problems with this pattern, let me know in the comments.

Are you going to make this blanket? I’d love to see! :)


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  1. Dank je! Ik wil hem een keer maken met alleen blauwen en wit.

  2. Tahnks for the pattern. Your blanket is gorgeous. First I have to finish work in progress. After that I’m going to use your pattern.

    Have a pleasant day, Margaret

  3. Hi wink
    Thankyou so much for the pattern and great instructions and pics after i finish the polar bear i am making… ( homage to sochi- well done Norway you are doing great… isnt it good to cheer a few countries on ?) I will get to work on this blanket for my daughter at boarding school to snuggle under whilst she reads away. Will post pics when finished Love Jo ( Australia)

  4. can’t wait to try this. need to find suitable cotton yarn.

  5. Thank you for the tutorial Wink, its really helpful. Love you colour selection too. One question please, at point 3 what does sk means?? And is this in engliah or us terms? Thank you so much

  6. Just beautiful! I love the yarn you use. The colors and the look of softness that comes across in the photos. Thank you for your generosity of sharing.

  7. I would like to order yarn from the attached site for this blanket but to know about how much to order. Thanks and LOVE this blanket!


  9. that is so much easier for me as a beginner in crochet to follow than a written pattern-thank you so much! one question please, do you just judge the beginning chain to the length you want your throw to be? many thanks

  10. What an amazing pattern! It would also make a good scarf! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  11. I love this pattern, but I’m very confused by the first two rows after the foundation chain. Can you explain where you put the 4sc and the 3sc?

  12. This is a lovely afghan pattern – thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  13. Ignore me, I worked it out looking at the diagram! Got myself confused when actually very simple!

  14. Wow, that is beautiful!

  15. Dankjewel! Ziet er heel leuk en heb al zin om de nieuwe techniek te proberen :)
    Volgt er ook een Nederlandstalige tutorial?

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours and how much fun it looks. Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial! I may give it a try if I ever lose my fear to massive projects! :)

  17. thank you so much for sharing this pattern!! may God gracefully bless you. Greetings from Uruguay

  18. What a gorgeous blanket, I think I can feel my next big project coming on. So much more interesting than granny squares :)

  19. Wow! That’s a gorgeous blanket! I have to ask…do you know how much yarn it took? I would like to make it but don’t have a clue how much yarn to buy. Thank you so much for sharing!!


  20. I don’t understand “Work *4sc, 3sc in same stitch, 4sc* around” Do i do 4 sc in the first of the chain next to the hook , then 3 sc in the next one or 4sc in the 3rd sc and 4sc all the way to the end and move on?

    • You work 4sc stitches in the next 4 stitches, then 3sc stitches into the next stitch, then 4sc stitches into the next 4 stitches again. Hope that helps; if not, take a look at the diagram! That should make things more clear :) xo

  21. How many skeins of yarn do you suggest for a full afghan?

  22. Its fantastic. Get it – Fan – tastic. Yes I know corny, but it describes the pattern well. Thank you so much for this, and yes I mean to do one asap or sooner. I shall post a picture of it when finished if I can work out how to do so. M

  23. I’m going to share this delightful pattern with the expert, my granny Olga.

  24. U r sunder bar. Love the picture tutorial. Can u do a YouTube channel? I’ll subscribe

  25. Thank you so much it is gorgeous.

  26. thank you for the tutorial. You make it seem so easy.

    Patricia x (

  27. This is gorgeous! I’m going to find my coupons and get the yarn to start this immediately!

  28. I’ll try to make it and then I’ll show you. Thanks it’s lovely.

  29. Thank you so much for the pattern and th tutorial! The blanket you crocheted is beautiful. I am always looking for unique patterns and this is one I will deffinately try this one

  30. Thank you for sharing, it’s truly beautiful!

    I hope you had a good time at Unravel in Farnham, I so wish I had been able to come down and meet you…maybe one day :)

    Best wishes, Heike from Made with Loops

  31. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing wink!
    Kate :}

  32. Woah this is so cool! Really need to ask my mom if she can help me make this, since I’ve never done anything like that before ;)

  33. Wow! This looks so cool! I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  34. 3. Work *sk 1 st, 4sc, 3sc in same stitch, 4sc, sk 1 st* around. Remember to work all stitches into the back loops only. Chain 1, and turn. You can see the ripple starting to take shape now!
    Hi Wink and thank you for the pattern, I love it.
    I am confused already but then I am a rather novice in crocheting! Am I reading this correctly, slip knot in the first stitch, ( I cannot figure out how to do this) four single crochets and three single crochets in the same stitch and then… Oh I don’t think I am getting this at all. Help!
    I see that I am not the only one who is just not seeing what I am supposed to be seeing or doing.
    Thank you for your help!

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  36. I love this pattern. I love this blanket. Hodgepodge Crochet link sent me over. I’ll be looking for you on pintrest!

  37. Love, love, love it. I have 3 WIP’s, but I surely want to make this. Thanks for the tutorial

  38. Hi Wink. I’d love to have a go at this lovely blanket. Can you please let me know how many stitches you started with to get it to 1.4m? I have just discovered your blog and love it already! Best wishes from Carol

  39. Wink, this is gorgeous! I’m a bit surprised when I read the questions, your pattern is so clear, but I guess some people are really starting from scratch. To the beginners, first, look at the diagram, and you can see 4sc in consecutive stitches, then 3sc in one stitch. That is how patterns are usually written. The sk means skip (or miss one stitch), which is not obvious if you don’t know English well. I admire your courage for just jumping in, so trust yourself, look at the pictures, and think about it for a bit–you’ll get it! I find it also helps to just do one step at a time, without trying to read ahead and figure it out–I’ve been crocheting for a long time and I still have to take new patterns step by step. Good luck, bon chance, etc,

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  41. THIS IS really unusual and lovely. THANK YOU for sharing.

  42. I look forward to trying out this pattern!

  43. Hi I hope u dont mind I posted your link to this on my blog. I just started it and yours is my first post

    Love the design I saw the vintage ripple away ago on pinterest and have even bought yarn to make it with but as usual havent started

  44. I loved your version of this pattern. I had found it on another site but yours was so much easier to follow. I made one and would love to show you but i’m unsure of how to post it for you to see.

  45. Hi ;) ,
    Love you’re blog, love your patterns. Could you please add this one to ravelry? I’d like to book-mark it. (Angela)

  46. Thank you! Wonderful pattern & easy to read!!! Might be awhile, but I will do one of these

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  48. I love this! Thanks, Wink. ;) Just found your website- I’m a crochet fanatic so I will be sure to be stopping by regularly. Great stuff you’ve got, keep it up!

  49. What is the weight of the yarn? #4 is regular worsted weight; DK is #3. Seems to me it is one of these?

  50. Thank you for this free tutorial. I also really like the colors you chose for it.

  51. Hi wink! I’m using a very similar pattern found on ravery to do a scarf! Love your blog so colourful ! ciao :::Silvia

  52. Cannot wait to try this with scrap yarn, what a great pattern. Thanks!

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  54. Beautiful, can’t wait to make it. Groovy-ghan also. Thanks for sharing.

  55. How big is this afghan, in inches only please? How many ounces or yards are the size of skeins you used?

    • I used lily sugar n cream yarn. I used 5 colors. I chose ibe as a mc color and used two super sized skeins 112oz for main color and 1 of each of tge other colors. Mine measured approximately 27 x 38.

  56. I love this and can’t wait to get started!

  57. Hello Wink!
    I have an important question for ya, regarding this pattern. I did my chain of 217 and I’m at the end of the second row, the very last stitch will end up being the 3 sc….is this okay? Or is it going to mess me up? I just want to make sure before I continue because I am making this for my dad for father’s day :) Look forward to your response.

  58. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with us. I aw so Hodge Podge where they mentioned I’d find it here. I’m so very pleased.

  59. YES YES YES!!! IRS copol how you know you need a pattern to do bit don’t know what. Then You SEE IT!!! And you know that is it!! Baby here I come! Roll Tide Roll!!!

  60. Lovely pattern. Am going to use it to make a prayer shawl for the church

  61. Thank you for sharing this pattern, it is going to be the next project I take on. Your finished blanket is gorgeous.

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  63. Lovely pattern, always on the lookout for something different. I may use the stitch in cotton for a shopper, Thanks verymuch