Ripple Stitch Patterns also known as Old Shale Stitch, Feather and Fan Stitch, Wavy Stitch with most of their variations have been around forever.
This family of stitches, like other familiar stitches, were predominately used throughout the whole garment, usually in a standard style with flat yarn.
Variegated yarns, eyelash type yarns and mohair gave the stitch some variety but it still was used in standard stripes.
What is truly exciting about the new generation of knitters is the fearless willingness to experiment with guage, texture and form.
Mixing yarns, whether it's weight or texture or throwing out old notions of colour combinations, isn't a problem.
Ripples can be very effective design elements in small areas such as cuffs, neckbands, buttonbands, borders and used as edgings.
Any design with a knitted rectangle would benefit from this stitch such as shrugs.
Colour blocking with this stitch would definitely take the design to a new level and perhaps mixing that with narrow ripple stripes.
Read further for further inspiration, variations of this stitch and free patterns featuring the Ripple Stitch.
Texture is highlighted above, both in the large image and the inset. The large image features heavy textured yarn matched with a finer, smoother yarn creating areas that are almost transparent and allowing the garment to drape.
The inset design is made from a thick and thin yarn, quite heavy in areas and thin, threadlike in others also creating texture and drape.
Should you wish to experiment with ribbon yarns, fur-type yarns or other special yarn types, it is very advisable to create large enough swatches to see how the fabric behaves and if it is stable.
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Both images above feature the ripple stitch in different and creative ways - one as a bottom border and the other as a neckband.