How to Crochet Waves (pattern)

After attempting a Zig-Zag pattern (which I still can’t quite figure out to my liking)

I accidentally came up with a fairly pleasing wavy/ripple pattern:

A few things you might want to know before hand:

A shell stitch is a cluster of Single Crochets, Double Crochets, Triple Crochets, etc. In this pattern, our shell will be a cluster of 3 Double Crochet.

Throughout the pattern I prefer to crochet through the back loops only (with the exception of the shells) because it brings a lot of texture to the pattern. It is really up to you whether you do that or not.

I am not too picky about what size hook I use, but I do prefer using a G or higher, just because it can get hard crocheting into smaller Chains/Stitches, created by a smaller hook.

Abbreviations used in Pattern:

CH- Chain

DC- Double Crochet

ST/STS- Stitch/Stitches

SK- Skip

SP- Space

Begin By:

Ch 26

(NOTE: this pattern is just for a small piece. To elongate the pattern, your foundation chain will need to be in multiples of 24, plus an extra 2 chains at the very end. For Example, if you wanted the piece to be twice as long, you would begin with a Chain 50)

Row 1

DC in fourth CH from hook

(NOTE: The 3 Chains skipped will count as the first Double Crochet)

DC in next 3 CH

3 DC in next CH (first shell)

DC in next 5 CH

*SK 2 CH

(NOTE: This creates an upside down V Stitch. The V Stitch is explained in this post

DC in next 5 CH

Shell in next CH

DC in next 5 CH

(NOTE: If you made a longer foundation Chain, continue on from * until you have reached the end, then move on to Row 2)

Row 2

CH 3

SK next 2 STS

DC in next 4 STS

Shell in next ST

DC in next 5 STS


DC in next 5 STS

Shell in Next ST*

DC in next 4 STS

SK next ST

DC in CH 3 SP of previous row

Repeat from CH 3 until you are satisfied with the size of your pattern.

(NOTE: Again, if you went with a longer chain repeat from * to * followed by DC in next 5 STS. After your very last shell, you will need to

DC in next 4 STS

SK next ST

DC in CH 3 SP of previous row )


And there is your Wavy/Ripple pattern. I’m sure it’s similar to others, it all just depends on what works best for your project.

Keep in mind that it is easy to modify this pattern. You can easily change the distance between each “peak” and “valley” by adding or taking away a few DC.

I’m actually using this pattern (first picture at the top) to make a blanket for my sister, so I’ll document that as I get further along with it.


2 thoughts on “How to Crochet Waves (pattern)

  1. WOW!!! Finally a wavy pattern I can follow. I love the look of zig zag but can’t be so bothered to count all the time and it seems to take forever to get anywhere with it! This looks like actual fun! Thanks


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