A classic made modern, the Mocha Ripple afghan is the perfect beginner crochet blanket pattern!
When Lion Brand first created their Skein Tones collection, I instantly knew I wanted to make a project to highlight the diverse shades in the 12-color collection. The Mocha Ripple Afghan is a celebration of the beauty and harmony these colors can create when they work together. With the free crochet pattern and helpful tutorial video, crocheters of every skill level can appreciate this throw blanket.
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Get the Mocha Ripple Afghan
- FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the free version of the Mocha Ripple Afghan with tutorial video, available to view in this blog post.
- PRINTABLE PDF: Print off the 4-page full-color PDF pattern. It’s easy to read and gives full details on the yardage needed for each color. Purchase the pattern HERE.
- ALL IN ONE KIT: Customize your Mocha Ripple Afghan kit from Lion Brand. Kit includes a PDF version of the pattern (sent digitally) and all of the yarn you need. Optionally, add the crochet hook and tapestry needle to your order. Purchase the kit HERE.
Beginner Crochet Blanket Pattern
The very first project I learned to crochet with was a blanket. It’s no wonder that blankets are my favorite thing to make now. If I had to guess, I’d say I have over 15 handmade blankets in my collection.
I love making blankets because they are great for beginners. The repetitive nature and basic stitches of the Mocha Ripple Afghan make it a great beginner crochet blanket pattern. The excitement comes from the constantly changing colors.
Make a Statement with Yarn
I’ve always been a big fan of using color in my crochet. The Mocha Ripple Afghan was inspired by the beautiful color palette available in Lion Brand’s Skein Tones collection. Skein Tones is an extension of the Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling line of yarn, and it serves to represent and celebrate the diverse skin tones of makers.
As a black crocheter, I was so excited to get my hands on this yarn. I’ve gotten used to not seeing others who look like me in the craft space. That’s why I make it a point to show my hands and face as often as I can – to show other makers of color that they are represented and welcome. Even something as innocuous as yarn can be a place to take a stand and I’m grateful that Lion Brand did it.
Lion Brand has been a wonderful partner since the early days of my maker career. I’m so glad to keep creating with them and I really hope you like the beginner crochet blanket we’ve designed together.
The Mocha Ripple Afghan is available as an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand! Customize your kit now – Shop the Mocha Ripple Afghan Kit.
Get the Mocha Ripple Afghan
- Get the ad-free printable pattern HERE.
- Customize your project kit from Lion Brand HERE.
- Shop the yarn for this pattern HERE.
- Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue HERE.
- Pin this pattern on your Pinterest board HERE.
Mocha Ripple Afghan Details
- Lion Brand Skein Tones yarn, 2 balls each of Cocoa (A), Mahogany (B), Truffle (C), Nutmeg (D), Cedarwood (E), Hazelnut (F), Almond (G), and Ivory (H).
- 5.5mm crochet hook (like THIS ONE)
- Yarn needle
60″ long x 48″ wide
4″ = 6.5 rows x 12 stitches in double crochet
Ch(s) = chains
Dc = double crochet
Dc2tog = double crochet 2 together (decrease made)
Rep = repeat
St(s) = stitches
Tch = turning chain
- Starting ch-3 counts as a double crochet throughout the pattern
- Fasten off color no longer in use after each color change, then weave in ends as you go to prevent having to weave them in later.
- After Row 1, the afghan is completed by repeating the Pattern Row with the color changes instructed in the pattern.
Would you like a little help along the way? Use this video as a guide while making your Mocha Ripple Afghan:
Mocha Ripple Afghan Pattern
ROW 1: Ch 3, dc in st at base of ch, dc in each of the next 4 sts, (dc2tog) 2 times, *dc in each of the next 4 sts, 2dc in each of the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts, (dc2tog) 2 times; rep from * to last 5 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts, 2dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.
ROW 1: With A, ch 157, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of the next 4 chs, (dc2tog) 2 times, *dc in each of the next 4 chs, 2dc in each of the next 2 chs, dc in each of the next 4 chs, (dc2tog) 2 times; rep from * to last 5 chs, dc in each of the next 4 chs, 2dc in the last ch, turn.
ROW 2: Rep Pattern Row one time with A.
ROWS 3-4: Complete Pattern Row two times with B.
ROWS 5-6: Complete Pattern Row two times with C.
ROWS 7-8: Complete Pattern Row two times with D.
ROWS 9-10: Complete Pattern Row two times with E.
ROWS 11-12: Complete Pattern Row two times with F.
ROWS 13-14: Complete Pattern Row two times with G.
ROWS 15-16: Complete Pattern Row two times with H.
ROWS 17-96: Continue in pattern, repeating Pattern Row and changing color every 2 rows, working sequentially through colors A-H. There will be 6 repeats of colors A-H when complete.
Weave in all ends. Block lightly to finished dimensions if needed.
Prefer an ad-free printable pattern? Get the Mocha Ripple Afghan pattern for just $5 HERE.
Thanks for joining me to make the Mocha Ripple Afghan! Now that I’ve made one in these muted colors, I’m planning a bright and colorful palette for the next one 🙂