Soothing waves of color greet the eye of the beholder. When done correctly, the lacy chevron, also known as the granny ripple stitch, undulates with colors. Depending on the choices you make, you can create a soothing look, a cheery splash of color, or a taste of various seasons.
Crochet for Knitters rates the lacy chevron as an advanced beginner stitch primarily because of the foundation row. Once that is finished, the rest of the project should be pretty easy. Projects tend to move very quickly since you don't have to do any seaming, and you're placing stitches in the existing gaps and not the top loops. For the most basic lacy chevron, all you need to be able to do is the chain stitch (ch) and double crochet (dc).
How to crochet the lacy chevron stitch video tutorial:
What can you make with the lacy chevron stitch?
This versatile stitch shines through when used in afghans.
Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can change the color of yarn every row, every two rows or even farther apart.
Varying the number of rows you do with each color will achieve the effect seen below.
Knitting Paradise points out that one of the advantages of the lacy chevron and its color changes is that any spills that may occur during the regular use of your afghan will blend in.
If you like the look but are uncertain where to find a pattern without having to buy a book, Ravelry is a great source of free patterns (you need to create an account for it, though).
Crochet for Knitters states that the lacy chevron should be calculated in sets of 18 plus six. To do a test run, make a chain of 50 (42+6). Place 3 dcs in the sixth chain from the end. Skip 2 chains, place 3 dcs in the next chain, and then repeat the process from the skip one more time. Now, skip 5 chains. This will create the bottom of your chevron. Place 3 dcs in the next chain, skip 2 chains, place 3 dcs in next chain, and skip 2 chains. Place 3 dcs in the next chain and chain 3. This creates the top of the chevron. Place 3 dcs in the same chain as the previous dcs. Skip 2 chains, place 3 dcs in next chain, skip 2, place 3 dcs, and do a bottom chevron. Keep rotating between top and bottom chevrons until you reach the end of the row. At the end, chain 5 and turn. At this point, simply work your double chain clusters into the existing gaps and follow the ups and downs of your foundation row.