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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Superhero Dream Catcher Afghan, especially for Spiderman Fans

Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan - Especially for Spiderman fans
Copyright 2006 - Gail E and Wendy G

Please Note: if you have difficulties with the pattern, write to me at and I will be happy to help. I can not remember who I have/have not answered via comments, so it is important that you contact me directly for an answer.
Before that, check the NOTES at the bottom, they may have your answer already.  
Thank you! And Happy Hooking!

Each of these afghans have had different numbers of rounds in red and blue. I do not follow a strict rule of how many rounds of each color, nor how many bands of red or blue to make.
They are approximately 53 inches across.

The base pattern for this afghan is found at Please take a look at Lyn's original Round Ripple Baby Afghan, it's lovely and is a lovely gift for a baby.

To make a plain Round Ripple, without the web, simply follow Lyn’s pattern or mine, just drop the sc rounds and use whatever colors & band widths suit you and your needs.

Both afghans are under copyright. The patterns are intended for personal and charitable purposes only. The patterns are not to be sold, redistributed or placed into any collection or compilation at all. Publishing the patterns on other websites, mailing lists, in any print media, electronic media (CDs) OR the selling of these patterns, IS ILLEGAL! Sharing the link to our patterns on the web is not only allowable, but encouraged.

However, you may make & sell as many of the afghans as you can get buyers for. If we can make money from our art, I am all for it. Just don't sell your work for too little. Treat it like the work of art it is, whether it's an afghan or a potholder, your expertise and time are worthwhile.

Always remember, crocheting has three functions -
1. Enjoyment as you create a work of art,
2. Gives pleasure to us as we work & to receipents when we give them a crocheted item,
3. Keeps us from eating all the time~:o)

Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan Materials:
14 oz Bright clear Red
14 oz Bright true Blue
1 skein Black
Size H hook
I always buy more yarn than needed, just in case~:o)

Large shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) worked in space indicated
Small shell: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked in space indicated

Rnd 1: With RED: ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring. Ch 3 (ch 3 counts as 1 dc her and through out). Work 11 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in ea st around. Join with sl st. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 3, *skip next st, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next st.  Repeat from * around. End with 1 dc in base of ch 3, ch 2, sl st in top of turning chain.

Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, * (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp.

Repeat from * around. Join.

Rnd 5: sl st into next st, ch 3, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * across. Join. Finish off. Weave ends in.

NOTE: from Round 7 onward, you will work 1 round with small shell, then 2 rounds with large shell. Red and blue rounds are always dc, black rounds are always sc.

Rnd 6: With BLUE: Join with sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 space, 1 dc in ea of next 2 st, skip the next 2 st, 1 dc in ea of next 2 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st. Join.

Rnd 7: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 st, * (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next 3 st, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st. Join.

Rnd 8: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, 1 dc in next 3 sts, skip next 2 st, 1 dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st, sl st in top of turning chain.

Rnd 9: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next 4 sts, skip 2 st, 1 dc in next 4 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st, sl st into top of turning chain.

Finish off color. Weave ends in.

Rnd 10: With BLACK: Join with sl st in next st, (ch 1, sc) in same st as join, *1 sc in each stitch to ch-2 space. (1 sc, ch-2, 1 sc) in ch-2 space, 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of “V”, skip 2 stitches. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 dc, sl st into ch 1. Finish off. Weave ends in.

Suggested Color Pattern for Rounds: This is not set in stone, it is a suggestion only and you should follow your own likes so that you make it YOUR afghan~:o)
5 rounds – RED
4 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
4 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
4 rounds – RED
1 round – BLACK
5 rounds – RED
1 round – BLACK
6 rounds – RED
3 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
6 rounds – BLUE

The only thing that should not change, is that there is one round of black because it is the “web” and would not look right if made wider.

The afghan can be made to any size with additional yarn.

NOTE: Continue working in rounds in colors and pattern established, always working 1 round with small shell, and 2 rounds with large shell. Continue repeating rounds 7, 8, 9. Work those three rounds over and over, regardless of the color used for the rounds. That is what keeps the afghan flat as it increases in size. Also, make the afghan as large as you want. The size is not ‘set in stone.’

Pattern for webbing:
To make “ribs” of the web, work from outer edge to middle of afghan.

Attach BLACK yarn in the ch-2 sp at the top of any point. (Ch 3, sl st in ch-2 sp of next round) for all BLUE and RED rounds. (Ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp) for all BLACK rounds. Finish off.
Repeat 11 times. Weave in ends.

Border: Attach blue yarn in any stitch. *Ch 1, rev sc in ea st around, with (2 rev sc) in ea ch-2 sp. Finish off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: from Round 7 onward, you will work 1 round with small shell, then 2 rounds with large shell. Regardless of color, follow that sequence. Red and blue rounds are always dc, black rounds are always sc.

Wrap and gift to a Spiderman fan and watch their eyes light up~

NOTE: The round count for the colors used were only the number of rounds that were in each color of the afghan pictured above. Each one I have made has a different number of rounds in red and blue, black rounds are always only one round because it represents the web itself.

NOTE:  With a round ripple, the number of stitches from "sk 2 sts" to the "ch2" space, will increase each time you make a Large Shell round.  So on the round after every Large Shell round you will have one more stitch between the bottom of the "sk 2 sts" to the ch2 space".

If you have any questions about the pattern, don't hesitate to send a message to me at

The pattern is on the blog so that it can be made for Spiderman fans, and I am always happy to give any assistance that I can.

If you want to knit the afghan, a wonderful lady, Anne, worked the Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan crochet pattern up in knit, then translated it from Finish to English! So if you are a knitter and want a lighter finished blanket, give her pattern a try.

And another very kind lady, Ana, has translated the crochet version to Spanish.  You can find this translation at: 

There are these two videos that might help with this and other problems;

This one has helped others with questions about the vertical ribbing -

And this one seems to be in general work on the afghan -



bagleybiker said...

This is such a fun pattern.It would make a great baby blanket for a little boy. Too bad I don't know of any going to be born.

"Never Knew" said...

What a great pattern! My son was so excited when he saw it. :-) Thank you so much for being so helpful and generous by sharing this with us all.

Caz from NeverKnew

jessicalovvorn said...

This blanket completely stole my heart! Let me share a story with you. My 3 year old son "Kaden", was born with a congenital heart defect, known as "Hyplplastic Left Heart Syndrome". Which basically means that his heart was underdeveloped and that he will need 3 stages of open heart surgery to reconstruct his heart so that only the right side will function. He has had 2 surgeries and will be going back on June 7th for the test to prepare him for his last. I recently learned to crochet and absolutely LOVE it!! But have been trying to figure out the right blanket for his hospital stay. One of my friend's referred me to this page and when I scrolled through the pages and saw this pattern it took my breath away. My son loves spiderman and this blanket will be perfect!! I just pray that I am talented enough to make it for him. But I do want to thank you for sharing this pattern, I know this will make his day!!

rockgirl said...

hi i am making this for my nef this xmas and was working on the 1st row of the blue and realized you had forgotten to wright a round of black between rnd 5 and rnd 6.

Brenda said...

I can't wait to start this for my little super hero!! He is going to love it!

Coonie said...

I love this pattern and i am trying it. i seen comment about the missed black row between row 5 and 6 and i know you can put how many rows of each color u want and one row of black. but after i put the sc black row it says keep doing rows 7,8 and 9 which says start off with slip stitch in the next double crochet but in the black round is all single crochet so how do u start it in next double. any help would be appricated thank u

Andi said...

Thank you for such a great pattern. I am so pleased on how my turned out. I will be donating mine to the local chapter of Project Linus.

Paule Jacquet said...

Il est magnifique, bravo.

Jennifer Mitch said...

I really like this blanket and can't wait to make it. I was wondering if you had seen or heard of any easy to intermediate lapghan/blanket patterns with Disney's Cars or Nick Jr.'s Backyardigans. My 5-year-old grandson is nuts about both. thank you very much. Jennifer

Stitch 'n Frog said...

No I've not seen those patterns. But my children are middle aged, my grands are grown but no great-grands yet, so I've not really been looking for that sort of pattern. LOL

Rosanna Villani said...

I would say thank you: I made the Spiderma Anfghan for a baby of a friend of mine.. I'm italian and I need to learnt how to make crochet from english instructions... THANK YOU!!!

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments! I am so happy that people have enjoyed the afghan so much and hope that even more find and enjoy the pattern!

Thank You All~

Angela said...

I am getting ready to start this pattern - is there indeed a missed black row & if there is can you respond to the question about how to start up the next rows after?
Thanks so much.... Angela

Stitch 'n Frog said...
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Stitch 'n Frog said...

This pattern is rather forgiving. There is no missed round of black webbing, I simply did not put one between the red and blue sections. However it is up to each crocheter to decide where and when to put a round of black.

For the black rounds, you may follow in pattern with whichever round is next, either the small shell or large shell round, or just sc in each stitch around, with 2 sc in the ch 2 spaces. Then go back to the next pattern round, either small or large shell.

For more help you may contact me at

Julz said...

I have a couple of questions.
First off I am using a size G hook…I went down a size because I didn’t really care for the bigger hole size. However my work is starting to ripple a little bit…I don’t mind if it does a little bit but I was just wondering if this is something that will make it look silly in the end product?
I am getting ready to start my 9th row. And I just want to make sure I was doing this right…I will start back over with row 7 right? I have tried to do it in my mind and it doesn’t seem like it would work out.
Thank you so much for doing this blanket. I showed this to my Gson and he went nuts over it when I asked him if he would like me to make him one like this. I am making it for his Bday and even tho I am nervous about it, I am loving it so far.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

JULZ -- To stop the afghan from rippling, instead of making 1 round of small shell, then 2 rounds of large shells, You need to make 2 rounds of small shell, then 1 round of large shell.

Every couple of rounds, lay the afghan down to make sure it is laying flat. If it begins to Cup, change back to the 1 round small shell, 2 rounds large shell.

MPintus said...

I have a question on row 5. It says to DC in a DC then 2DC, 2CH, 2DC in the chain two space, then another DC in the next DC. Exactly what DC are you to stitch in before and after the (2DC, 2ch, 2DC) pattern? Should the first DC in the DC space be after all 4 DC, basically within the space created by the ch 2 yet still within the DC grouping? It just looks a bit weird with the first DC being in the ch2 space but the last DC in the DC grouping. I really hope that this even makes sense.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

I am not 100% sure of what you mean, but will take a stab at it.

With a round ripple afghan, when you "2dc, ch 2, 2dc in the ch 2 space" it looks like you have 2dc, ch2, 3dc in the space because the first dc of the previous round is the little "bump" that extends into the ch 2 space.

I will try to dig out a round ripple and take a close-up photo of one of the peaks, so what I am trying to say is shown. Will post it with the pattern. May take a day or two to find one and get a clear photo, but I'll get it up ASAP.

MPintus said...

Yes, that is exactly what I'm talking about. You are amazing! I was just concerned because it seems a little lopsided with the DC before the "cluster" so close and then the DC after the cluster farther away in the next DC space.

Leeanne Boyd said...

Hello, I am making this for my co-worker's first baby. I really would like to know what brand of yarn you used as I want the colors to be correct.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Hello Leeanne, I used Red Heart yarns for it. They hold up well to the rough handling and dragging that kids give things. But any bright true-blue and bright true-red would work just fine.

Thanks for asking~

Leigh Davis said...

I am not sure how you do the black webbing that is vertical after the blanket is made I am assuming. I think I understand everything else in the pattern! This is such a great afghan and my tomboy niece is going to be excited when she opens her birthday present this year! Thanks for helping me!

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Leigh - my email address is at the bottom of the pattern, if you will drop me an email, I will be happy to help you with any problems you have.
I love knowing that Spidey fans are getting their own Spidey'ghan!


Kylie said...
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Yayamama56 said...

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I'm going to try it for my 4 yr old grandson who's a HUGE spiderman fan:-)

Kat said...

I did email this- but then thought maybe someone else ran into this problem and could use the help too, so posted it here:

I'm just starting this pattern and have stopped on the first black row: "Rnd 10: With BLACK: Join with sl st in next st, (ch 1, sc) in same st as join, *1 sc in each stitch to ch-2 space. (1 sc, ch-2, 1 sc) in ch-2 space, 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of “V”, skip 2 stitches. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 dc, sl st into ch 1. Finish off. Weave ends in."

In particular, I'm having problems with : 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of "V", skip 2 stitches. No matter what I'm doing, when I drop to the bottom of the V it sort of pinches the pattern... which I assume is supposed to happen in order to create the web effect, the problem comes in the skipping 2, when I do that, the blanket sort of 'shrivels, and when I move to the next round, my small shells are offset.

Can you think what I may be doing wrong? Or is it possible to show a picture of how to do it right?

Thank you very much for your help and for the free pattern!,

Stitch 'n Frog said...

By skipping the 2 bottom stitches of each “V” the afghan will of course be drawn up a bit.

Many people don’t realize that the first stitch after making the shell is actually into the little bump that extends into the ch2 space, and their count is off due to that.

Also make sure that you attach the yarn as specified, so that the pattern will read correctly.

La'Tonya Richardson said...

I just found this via Pinterest! My nephew is a Spiderman NUT! He would love me FOREVER!!! I recently make him a Spiderman hat, that he tried to wear in almost 100 degree heat. I can't wait to start it.

WooRim Son said...

Thank you so much. : )

andrea duran said...

What do you mean by slip stitch In the next stitch when starting a round I don't know what stitch to go into

Sueying said...

I love this! I am beginner and really want to try this very soon. Have you ever thought about making a youtube video on this project?

Lorraine said...

Jessica it is now Feb, 2014 and I just finished this afghan for the 1st time but wanted to say that I pray by now you're son is healthy and happy!

elaine velez said...

hello! love this ! have a question. after the first row of black, where do I start the blue row????? help!!!

Cynthia Peterson said...

Just wanted to thank you for posting this pattern. My grandson LOVES his Spiderman blanket, and I found your directions very clear. You rock!!!

Debby Jacks said...

Just finished crocheting this blanket for my grandson, Lawson. I cannot thank you enough for posting this pattern. I cannot wait to present it to him, and see his little face light up. I may have done the crocheting, but you, Ma'am, have as much of a hand in bringing smiles to the faces of the children that we love as anyone does! THANK YOU :)

Sueying said...

Still working on my blanket. I'm getting a little worried that it is starting to bunch in the middle a bit. i'm on row 23 - red. will it start to lay flatter the bigger it gets? i think i might have tightend a black row too much which caused it to bunch up a little

Unknown said...

hello, first of all, i want to say thank you for the pattern. i am 1/2 done making it and i need to know how to do the black web afterwards, is it sewn on with a tapestry needle?
thanks again, i am making this for my grandson.

Kim Fary said...

When I slipstitch the end of a round, then slipstitch in the next stitch and chain 3 I always get a space between the ch3 and dc to start the next round. I'm I doing something wrong??

jniharris2 said...

I made the blanket in just over a week, but can't seem to understand how to do the ribs of the web. I can get started, but they don't look as straight as they should, then when I get to the center of the blanket, I don't know how to finish it off to make it look professional. I sure would appreciate either a video or a photo tutorial. I've looked all over the web for help, but can't find any. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it.

Diane Mooneyham said...

I love this afghan..and once I got started (and figured it out) it is super fun to crochet! Do you have a Facebook page for this pattern. I would love to see pics of other peoples projects and how they turned out, compare notes, ask questions etc. I'm finding that my holes for skip 2 at the bottom of the v don't look that great (i'm sure it's just a problem with my crocheting..and not the pattern) but I would love to find out how others tackled this problem. I am starting in the little bump (which I learned to do from watching a Crochet Crowd video on youtube) so I think my problem may just be tension or something. Anyway, I would love to follow you on FB and get advice from you and others. LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern!

pjk said...

Thank you so much! I just finished this blanket today and gave it to my Spiderman-loving three year old son. I found him curled up in his room, on his floor, fast asleep and snuggled up in his new "Spiderwhip" blankie!

Pamela Brown said...

I am struggling with this afghan. I put a sc row of black after the first red. Like the picture. Now Im trying to do the blue. When Im putting the blue on the black row Ive lost my "chain 2" space. do I put it in the stitch of the sc? If I go into the red ch 2 space it covers my black. Will it matter overall to the finished blanket? I went to the Mikey video but it is different than this pattern. Help plz?

Laurie Parazoo said...

I'm also having problems understanding the vertical ribbing? The link to you tube isn't working either. ��

Teresa Fisher said...

I have just finished the first black row and am ready to start on blue again but am having trouble with starting round 7 again...even if i add a stitch it does not end up close to the ch sp?!? please help what am i doing wrong...btw I LOVE the blanket!!

Pamela Brown said... the youtube video with Mikey (crochet crowd) for his round ripple afghan...totally helped me

Teresa Fisher said...

Thank you Pamela!! I have attempting the webbing..hope urs turned out great!!

Rlrx2 said...

Just finished my first, 3 to go! Love this pattern, thank you so much for sharing this.

Unknown said...

hello, first of all, i want to say thank you for the pattern. i am 1/2 done making it and i need to know how to do the black web afterwards, is it sewn on with a tapestry needle?
thanks again, i am making this for my grandson.
(i posted this before but did not hear back about it)
Jo Ann Zavala

Diane Mooneyham said...
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Diane Mooneyham said...

This video really helped me figure out how to do the web.

if that link doesn't work just go on YouTube and look for "Crochet with Chris" and look up the video:

[Crochet] Surface Crochet Down a Round Ripple Afghan. Hope that helps.

Unknown said...

thank you, i will try the videos, and post back later on the results

Terry Ellis said...

This is the second time I have used this pattern and I love it. I asked my grandson what colors he wanted in his blanket and he was very addiment that Spider-Man was a color. Thank you for sharing the pattern was a life saver! My question is(I just remember seeing the answer anywhere) do you rotate the direction of each row as you would other projects? Terry.

Donna Jones said...

HELP.....I have re started this pattern 4 times today, I can not get past the 1 st round after the 1 ST black row, which is row 11, which would follow round 7. I come nowhere near the ch 2 space, what AM I doing wrong??

Laura Wagner-Lutton said...

Can you please say exactly which Red Heart colors you used. I have searched and can't find an exact match. Thank you!

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Sally Wade said...

Argh, would be good to put a note in at the beginning about the missed black round between the first lot of red and blue as the picture shows a round there so I assumed it would be added after, I've now gone too far to unravel so it's not going to be how I wanted it. Hopefully it will still turn out great! Thanks for the pattern..

Corina Garza said...

Found this on Pinterest making this for my little superhero. Thank you this Christmas, once again my grandson Anthony will say "Your the best grandma ever!" Now I'm just like a child right before Christmas morning can't wait to see the look on his face when he opens this gift!

frenesi said...

Please please help me out is there a video tutorial on this pattern as I have tried like crazy to understand this pattern but Im a beginner and I cant understand most of what is written I want to make this for my special needs grandson as a surprize for his christmas stocking

Donna Jones said...
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cynh said...

Tried to email you but it came back as undeliverable. I am wondering if there is another way to do the joining of rounds. The slip stitch chain 3 always gives me a "seam look". Anyone do anything differently?

cynh said...

Tried to email you but it came back as undeliverable. I am wondering if there is another way to do the joining of rounds. The slip stitch chain 3 always gives me a "seam look". Anyone do anything differently?

Maria Montgomery said...

I did it. How do I make the lines from centre to outer edge of web>?