Close up of first few rows
I'm using Red Heart, Cherry Red and Soft White. Size H hook.
Here's a close up (so I could use it as my cell phone wallpaper and my computer desktop wallpaper).
As you can see I didn't follow the pattern exactly. Because what happened is I was making the pattern, the first row of FPTC-SC and couldn't see the hearts. I was confused. I then stopped and even did a bit of the second row of off white to see if I could see them better. Nope. I looked at the picture as closely as possible, looked at the instructions, frogged (ripped out) the 2 rows and crocheted some of the row again. Still couldn't see the hearts. I wondered if there was a mistake in the pattern. So I changed the pattern, did the fptc-sc one stitch off with an extra 2 sc in the valley part. This gave it a heart look in the valley section. Then I did that entire row. Then the second row. And then it dawned on me.... the hearts are worked from the top to the point in the "hill" part of the ripple. I turned the photo in the magazine upside down and there is how my crochet would have looked. Well they didn't say that in the magazine, anywhere, so I was confused. But I like mine better because now I have hearts going both ways, the afghan won't be upside down or if it is, it won't matter because the hearts go both ways! I like it much better.
HOW I DID IT
Someone asked on crochetville how I did it, so here are the instructions:
I don't have the pattern with me so let me see if I can write this by memory...
To begin the fptr-sc row, I did a sc decrease, *fptr-sc (rep twice), 2 sc, then the increase of 3 sc in one stitch. 2 sc, fptr-sc (rep twice), 1 sc, skip 2 sc, 1 sc, rep from * across, ending with sc dec in last 2 stitches.
Then I just did the ripple for 3 rows. Doing the way I did it was easy to do the ripple.
Sweetheart Ripple Progress & Correcting Mistakes
Sweetheart Ripple Finished ! the finished afghan!