(Music playing) Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd, as well as my friends over at Yarnspiration.com. Today we are gonna work with Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ, and making the EZ Ripple Blanket. Now the Ripple is one of the most popular projects in knitting and crochet, to create the up and down motion. And you can also do it with your Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ. So the project ask you to get 9 balls complete. So 3 balls of one color, 3 of another, and 3 of a final color. Of course, if you would like to make it your own particular style, and make it one color, just grab 9 balls, of your Blanket-EZ Yarn, in order to play. You don’t need any tools, other than a pair of scissors at the end, and you’ll also uh, just need, uh your fingers, and maybe a tapestry needle to hide in the loose ends at the end. So I’m going to just to get to the pattern, uh really quickly, and then were gonna get started. Today you just need your fingers, in order to play. So here’s the pattern, and there’s a lot of words to describe something that’s very simple. This product need a lot of words, but once you see it done, you’ll see it goes pretty quick. So you’re going to notice that it’s gonna go in the up and down motion. And it’s saying to use 85 starting loops. Now if you would like to change the size of this blanket, it’s in sets of 14. So you use 14 loops, and then another 14, and another 14, and another 14. And when you’re satisfied, then you just add one more loop at the end, in order to keep the balance. I also worked it out, that each one of these sections you see here. So one, uh just a chevron, equals 9 inches. So if you would like to change the size of it, if you keep it in sets of 14, you’ll notice that you can get another 9 inches across. So it’s recommending that, but the blanket you see here is 55 inches, um across, by 65 inches tall. Again, you can change the colors. We are also gonna take a look at the instructions here, when it comes to these abbreviations. So let’s go through the abbreviations key. It says K2, or K3 together, and this is knit 2, or knit 3 stitches together. So this comes into play in row number 2. But let me explain row number 1, and why it’s so big. So row number one is the foundation row, and it is from here, all the way here, and I know that’s a lot of words. But once you see this done. It’s going in the up and down motion. It’s trying to give you as much data, uh detail as possible, in order to do it. Once you begin row number 2 you’re gonna notice the instructions get much smaller, because it say K2 made. So it tells you what K2 is. Working with yarn in the back, pull next loop through, working yarn up through both of the next two, together. So all of that means K2. And when you flip it over you’ll see that you end up with K3. And again, pull the next loop through all of the next three stitches together. So as you become more familiar with this pattern, you’re going to notice that these abbreviations, simplify it, in the way it’s done. But of course I’m gonna show you how it’s done on camera. I’m gonna take my time, so if you feel I’m going a little slow, just fast forward me. And let’s begin to try, with your Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ. Okay the first thing we need to do, is we need to get ourselves set up. So you need to do, 85 loops. So you just individually count them. If you would like to change the size, which I’m gonna do 2 sets of 14, for this. So it’s a smaller sample. So you just need, need to uh count out 85 loops, if you’d like to do it like the pattern. And in my case, I’m gonna do sets of 14. So I’m gonna say 1 loop 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 and 14. So this here is one chevron. So if you did this, that’s what that is. So I have 14, and then I’m gonna do another set of 14, because I promised I was gonna do two sets. So starting in the next loop. So 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 and 14. So there is my second set, and we have to add one more if you are doing a customization. So you add this loop. So what I’m just gonna do, is get my, get myself just set up. I’m just gonna lay it down so I can keep an eye on it, because I’m teaching you. And what, you don’t have to do it. But what I wanna do then, is take my time going across, using the remaining of the yarn. You’ll notice the yarn is on, the starting is on my right hand side. So when you finish, then you should, be starting from the left, going to the right. But if you’re not sure about it, just look at the instructions. That’s what it says to do. So we’re gonna take our time going through the next section. So let’s see if we can do it together. So as we begin the outside, what’s gonna happen, is that we gonna put the first two loops together, and then what we’re going to do is, the next five loops in a row, will each be knit. The next loop, then will have three loops put into it, so that it expands. And then the next five loops will have one into each. And then the next loop, what’s gonna happen, is we are going to put this one, this one, and this one, into the same loop, to bring it together. And what this is doing, it’s working in sets of five going up, five going down. We just have to worry about the bottoms and the tops. Let’s begin. Okay, let’s begin. This was the final loop, so it would be your loop 85. So what I want to do, is that I want to take the next loop that’s available to you, that’s working towards the yarn strand, and I wantcha you to turn, uh put in a way that makes sense. So I wantcha to put it coming, going off the right hand side. The reason why is that we’re gonna pick up these loops, and we’re gonna drag it through these loops, and it’s easier if it’s in front of it. And you’ll find yourself being a lot faster. So let’s begin. And you’re just going to start off with you’re 85 loops. So I’m just taking this down. And I want to put the 85, and the 84, the next loop available to you, this is the working one, that we wanna go. Put them together and put the next loop, that’s going to the yarn ball, through those two, from the back hand side. From the back side coming forward. What this is doing, it’s doing a decrease. Okay, so you’re gonna put those two together. Now, what we’re going to do, the next five in a row, will each be one, loop, going through. So let’s start doing that, and we’re just, going to, take the next loop, and bring it through, the back side. So one. Count it. You really have to count the first time through. And then you’re gonna do, two three four and five. Now just put it down, and then just pull up. We’re gonna deal the twisting, if you get some twist. So just make it look, perfect. So just uh, pulling up. So you have 5. So the next, loop, that you have here, is going to be 3 of these loops, because it’s gonna expand to make the point. So put the next three together. So 1 2 and 3, and put it together in your, in your finger, and grab the next loop and push all three, through that one loop. And that’s the very top peak. And once you get that in, just kinda pull them, and all three, will be coming out of that one loop. So the next five, going down, is going to each be, one loop each. So it’s 5 up, 5 down. So we have 1 2 3 4 and 5. Okay, so we’re at the bottom, bottom now. So the next three loops here, on the working one, we wanna put it together. So just stack them, with each other. And grabbing the next loop, to the working yarn, and you are going to, pull it through all three. So it’s the very bottom. So that’s a decrease. So that’s knit 3, decrease K3 uh together, sorry. So the next loop that’s available to you, here, the next 5 will go up. Just make sure you grab them all, all the loops. Don’t leave any of the loops behind. And just go 1. Getting started is always the hardest. For anything really. And then grab the next one for 2. Next loop for 3. Next loop for 4. And the next loop for 5. And now you’ve just gone all the way back your hill. You can see you’re starting to get the up and down motion. So this next one, loop here, is the top. So you just stack 3, to the yarn, to the, to the um strand that’s going to the yarn, put 3 together, and pull, uh push it through, the one, and there’s the top, and pull them all, 3 through. 1 2 3. And then going down. So you’re just gonna up and down in the same motion, and I, eventually you’ll come to the end, like I’m about to. So that’s when you do your knit 2 together. It’s on the ends, so 1, so going down the hill, 2 3 4. and 5. And if your math is right, you should end up with two loops left at the end, which I do. And so the two loops that I have, stack them together, and push the yarn, uh the last loop through, and that’s two together. So that’s K2 together. Okay, so you’re gonna do that all the way across. Just go back through, and just kinda pull up on your loops. Make sure every thing is good to go, and make sure everything looks good so far. So let’s, uh continue along, and we’ll work on row number 2. Okay now that you’ve gone all the way across, I want you to shift the yarn that’s going to the yarn ball, towards the left hand side now. So you’re gonna scoop it up, and drag it into the project. Let’s take a quick review. So what’s happened now, is that the blanket has a bit of a structure now, going up and down. You’ll see that all the way across And you’ll notice in the peaks, there should be three, um loops. Just like you see. So just three loops, and then in the bottom, the three loops that were in the chain work, is only has one, coming out of it here. So that’s one thing you have to pay attention to. The ends are always gonna be the same. Is that two loops, will be put together, and the tops will always be the same, of three loops in the very middle one, of there. The bottom, the next three loops will become together, to form that, and this will keep the motion. So let’s start, on row number two. So let’s begin row number two. Starting in the next loop, going to the yarn ball, I want you, just to take that loop, and put the next two loops, that are in the project itself, and put them together. And then take the loop that’s going to the yarn ball, and push it through the two. And that’s uh, knit two together. So two loops were just put together, and then continue along. So the next, five in a row, that go up, are going to go into the regular loops. So, you can count that. So 1 2 3 4. And I’m gonna show you a secret in just a moment. And this was 5. Now, how would I’ve of known, that the next one is the middle one? Because when you go up five, you’re ending up in the three, that were there. So the next one here, must be the middle. So when you do that one, the middle, will have three loops, that will come through there. So just stack them, and push it through the next loop at the top. Okay, so you wanna keep an eye, on where your sets are, at the tops, and then work your way down. So how many goes down, in the down motion? Do you remember? It’s going to be 5. I just wanna make sure you’re, understanding this pattern. So starting in the next loop, going down. So 1. And then just grab the next one, 2. Getting started with this, is always the hardest. That I can promise you. But once you get the motion, it’ll become easier. So this is 3 4 and the 5th one. So technically the next 3, are gonna come together, because they are at the bottom. So you have 1.This one, see how it already has 3 in there? So this is 2, and then you grab the next one, which is 3. And then you’re going to grab the next loop, and push through all 3 of those. And that becomes knit 3 together. There you go. So now we’re gonna go up. So do you remember how many to go up? If you said the number 5. That’s right. So starting in the very first loop, that’s available to you. So 1. Next one 2 3. This is 4. And this is 5. What you wanna pay attention to, is to make sure none of these loops, are twisting on you. So this one, see how it looks twisted? So you can just undo that one, and fix it. See? Now it looks right. So whatcha wanna do, is just kinda scan your eyes over the project, at the end of each row. And make sure all the loops look correct. So I had 5 going up, and this is the middle one, of the last grouping of 3. So stack the next 3. So 1 2 and 3, and push it through. So there’s your new top, the peak. And open it up, and than start again in the next one, going 5 down. So you’re gonna go up and down. Just like you know it, all the way across your blanket. So when you’re knitting these kinda things, it’s referred to as a blanket. Um in crochet, when you make a blanket it is usually referred to as an afghan. It all depends on the, the project you’re working on. So I’m going 5 down. And do you hear me counting at all? No. Do I need to count? Technically not really, because what I wanna pay attention to, is that, I had my 3 at the top. So 1 2 3 4 and 5, down. And the last 2 become together. So I know the last 2 are becoming together, so I don’t really need to count, if you trust yourself. So put the last 2, together, and pull a loop through. And then just go back though your project, and just make sure nothing looks twisted, and you’ll see that the up and down motion, is really starting to take, into play. Let’s begin, row number 3. Okay let’s begin row number 3, you put the first 2 loops together, and then just put the 1 loop through the back. So it’s knit 2 together. And now, just, push the yarn over to this side, because you’re gonna scoop it up, in. And moving to your next loop available to you, the, you’ve got 5 going up. So 1 2 3 4 and this one will be the 5th. Now, as an experienced crocheter, I wouldn’t necessarily count 5 up, because I can see the top 3. So I know the middle one of the 3 is always gonna be the peak, and that’s where the 3 that I’m gonna stack in, is gonna be pushed through the back of that one loop, to make the next grouping of 3, for next time I’m coming across. Open it up, and then go down, 5. So we have 1 2 3 4 and 5. So the bottom 3, are gonna come together. So just stack them up, and push, 1 loop through. It’s gonna be a nice tight, thing trough. If it’s too tight for you, what you can do, if you have a crochet hook, just push it through, and pull the loop through, you can do that too. (little giggle) Just make sure you don’t twist, the loop, in a way that doesn’t make any since. So you’re gonna go 5 up. So we have 1 2 3 4 and the next 3 should be the middle, and they are, so this is the 5th one. So the next one should be the top of that peak, and it is. So you’re gonna push, uh stack 3 loops together, and push it through that one. Open it up, and then move, move along down. Okay, so there’s gonna be, uh 5 going down. So 1, and technically I don’t need to count it, but 2 3 4 and 5. And there should be 2 loops left, and there is. So stack the 2, and you’re gonna knit 2 together, by using the same, one loop, from the back. So you’re just gonna go back and forth on this project. And you will notice the stitch work is starting to line up really nicely. You can see you have a decrease in the middle. You have your points, to do. So, if you wanted to change colors on this, all you just would need to do, let cover, uh what you would do if you had to do that. So what you would just do, let’s just change the color here. So let’s, just trim, um 2 loops. So just cut it after 2 loops. And then what I wantcha to do, is run the scissors up through the bottom side of the loop, and open up the loops. Okay. Okay, so now that you got that, take the new stand that you want to start, and open up the 2, loops that are at the end of the strand. So say that this was a different color. I only have dark colors here in stock. I only have black, which is harder to see on camera here. So you take the new color, and then you start with the new color, so you would just start, stack the first 2, and grab your new color, and start as you normally would. And pull that through, and continue to do it as you normally do. What you can do with this one here, at the back, you can just tie it in a quick knot. And then that puts it together. And then, all you just have to do is put it onto a tapestry needle, and then just weave it into the backside. So just dragging it through the stitch work in the back. Try not to go in the front side, and just hide it. So go in once. It’s not a very long strand, so you don’t waste much. And then 2 and then 3. And you’ll do that with both of the strands you have. Now what if, you wanted to bind off at the end of the project. I’m gonna show you how to do that. And when you bind off you’re gonna go from right, to left. And the bind off is really quite simple, and we’re gonna end it the same way, that we’re kinda doing it right now. Just hide in your loose ends, if you’re changing colors, and continue along in the process. And don’t worry about the extra fluff stuff. It’s just because I’m cutting, some fibers. So let’s, uh show you how to bind off next. To bind off, what we’re gonna do, we are going to then, uh just start immediately, and we are going to just, not worry about this tail anymore, and we’re gonna go from right, to left. We’re gonna take the next, loop that you have and feed it through, the first loop, This is how you would do regular knitting as well. And then you take the new loop, and feed the next loop through it. And now the new loop. And you’re gonna do this, all the way across your project. So you’re doing a nice finish. This is called a bind off. In crochet when we finish, it’s called a cast, uh a fasten off. But in, um knitting, um it finishes uh, it says cast off, or in this case it’s bind off. So we’re just feeding the loops, one after another, all the way across. Okay once you get to your last loop, you’re just gonna feed it through, and now you have one lonely loop left. Now don’t do too much of it. Just let it sit there. So you’re gonna take the new, the strand that you started with over here, and you’re just gonna cut it 2 loops, and leave 2 loops in to the project, and then just cut it. And then just open up those 2 loops. It’s like a horse shoe shape. If you go in the bottom you can open up the strand that holds them together as a loop. You’re gonna take this one, and just release 3 loops. And then open that up. So this here, is going to be used for the other side, for securing that final loop in. So you can see I didn’t cut it in the right space, I accidently cut, cut the loop open. But this is enough for me. So what I wanna do is, I wanna take that strand through, and I wanna lock it into the existing one. So you can use a crochet hook, or a tapestry needle, and I’m just gonna pull it through, so that it traps it, in, and then you’re gonna tie a knot. And like I showed you before, you wanna through the tails through a tapestry needle, and then just weave them into the project. So grabbing you’re tapestry needle, just drag those in and out, a total of three times. So that sides in, once you’ve got that done. This side here, because you opened it, you’re just gonna take it through a tapestry needle, and again, just drag those through, the underside. So the underside looks like complete knitting, and you’re just gonna drag it through the stitch work . So just drag it through three times. So 1 2 and 3. And once you have it in three times, it should be good to hold. And that would be how you would complete that. So you would just have to change your colors as often, or as little as you wish. And this is how you would do the Bernat Alize Blanket EZ, Ripple Blanket. And this is a really neat idea, and I think that you will enjoy it, at the same time.