Inspired by Snowmageddon 2010: The Burial, and several ripple patterns by Jan Eaton (200 Ripple Stitch Patterns), this ripple pattern stitch, done in any white yarn, is meant to evoke the layers of snow and ice from storm after storm after storm, with high snowbanks and icicles hanging precariously from rain gutters. With metallic, iridescent, or pale green/blue/brown threads in your chosen yarn, the glittering of ice and the barest hint of trees can be seen peeking out of the snow drifts. If you wanted to get really funky and realistic with it, alternating rows of sc (1 sc in each st) between the main (white) pattern rows in green, brown, black, or a green eyelash yarn could add ribbons of fallen trees or exposed blacktop.
In pale blues and bluish-greens, the same pattern could evoke the high seas, and with blues/greens/brown, the beach of a tropical paradise.
This pattern would be great for large blankets, lapghans, and shawls, especially in a knobbly, chunky yarn like Lion's Brand Homespun or Thick and Quick.
dec cl = Decrease Cluster; YO, draw up loop in st. indicated, YO, draw up loop in next st, YO, draw through 4 loops on hook, YO, draw through last 2 loops on hook (looks similar to a dc2tog, but with a more clustered appearance)
inc = Increase; 2 dc in same st
cl = Cluster; YO, draw up loop in st. indicated, YO, draw up loop in same st., YO, draw through 4 loops on hook, YO, draw through last 2 loops on hook
*'in next st' is implied after all st directions (dc, cl, dec cl, inc) unless otherwise noted!
Foundation: Ch multiple of 24 + 3
Row 1: (start dec cl in 3rd ch from hook) *[dec cl, dc] twice, dc in next 2 ch, [inc, dc] 4 times, dc in next 2 ch, [dec cl, dc] twice, repeat from * to end, ch 2, turn
Row 2: *[dec cl, ch 1, skip next st] twice, cl, ch 1, skip next st, [cl, ch 1, cl in next 2 st, ch 1] twice, [cl, ch 1, skip next st] twice, dec cl, ch 1, skip next st, dec cl, dc, repeat from * to the end, ch 2, turn
Row 3: *[dec cl, cl] twice, ch 1, skip next st, [dc, inc, ch 1, skip next st, inc] twice, dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next st, [cl, dec cl] twice, cl, repeat from * to end, finish with a dc instead of a cl, ch 2, turn
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5-8: Repeat row 1-4 in order; continue to repeat row 1-4, end with row 1.
**Pics coming soonish!