Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chevron or Ripple, do you know the difference?

It's always fun to pick at the knowledge of other designers around me and see a little difference of opinion on things.  Many things in the crochet world are not "Set in Stone".  I love crochet stitch books and my favorite is this one from Robyn Chachula called Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia (**this is an affiliate link**)
I really enjoy looking through it to get ideas and see all the colors she uses and learn the names of the stitches she has worked.  The funny thing is with stitches, sometimes 2 people can see a stitch and call it 2 completely different names.
Reversible Textured Chevron Afghan

Which brings me to my questions...Is it a Ripple afghan or a Chevron afghan?  I was always of the opinion that the designs with the sharper angles are Chevron and those that are softer angles are considered Ripple.  To me, it's like a ripple in the water - more of a wave and that's how I relate them when designing.  Now,  in conversations with other designers, there are some that agree with me and others who consider my opinion backwards   lol, and that's ok! 

Recently, I've been designing 2 Chevron afghans and not just your plain jane play with the color chevron.  While I do love playing with the color, I didn't want my designs to be just "another chevron".  I wanted them to stick out and be unique. 

Crating Friends Designs Chevron Afghan

The first one I completed was the Reversible Textured Chevron afghan and I Absolutely LOVE it! It is completely textured and the front and back each have very different texture appeals.
Braided Cable Chevron Afghan

 The second one is a little more of a "Classic" style.  As most of you know, I'm the founder of the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge.  I always design something along with the challengers in each round.  Round 3's theme was "Winter Wonderland" and the focus stitch was the "Braided Cable".  Well, what could be better than a Braided Cable Chevron Afghan!?   This design works the Braids and Cables directly up the peak of each section to add a beautiful, simple and classic look to the afghan.  I'm excited to be able to give this specific afghan to my mom for her birthday this weekend.  It will be a perfect fit to her Living Room and I know she will love it!

So,  what do you think?  What do you consider Chevron and what do you consider Ripple?

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