This classically simple crochet shell blanket is made in a solid tan color yarn. The crochet stitch pattern paired with the yarn color just give this afghan an heirloom quality look and feel.
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Lovely Crochet Pattern
The pattern is a four row repeat, which provides a bit of variety in your crochet project. For me, if you are going to be working on this for a little bit, it is nice to have some different crochet stitches every few rows. This pattern uses the double crochet and single crochet stitches. Therefore, it is easy to master.
Afghan Design Took Months
It was almost a year ago that my brother and sister-in-law moved into their new house. The house has an antique look and feel to the inside. The outside looks like a large, white modern home that is very upscale.
Handmade Crochet Gift
When we visited them, I took a few photos of the inside because I wanted to crochet them a house warming gift.
Moving into a new home like this was a long time coming for them and I wanted to give them a handmade gift that would work with their interior. Hoping it would be used and treasured for many years to come.
Here is a Close-up of the Sofa
See the black and tan swirls on the fabric? I wanted to make something that would compliment this pattern and color scheme.
Searching and Pondering About Crochet Pattern
So, it was probably six months of searching the internet; Pinterest Love Crafts, Ravlry, and any other crochet designer I could find for that perfect pattern.
At one point, I thought I might make a mile-a-minute afghan with black on the inside and tan on the outer rounds.
Even that, though, was not quite the right pattern.
Eureka, the Perfect Pattern
Actually, I saw a crochet pattern for a shawl/poncho and loved the shells and lacy look. Therefore, I figured out how to turn this into a blanket. Finally, I had a pattern in my head. It was very exciting to finally get this project started.
Four Row Repeat
Once started, this crochet pattern is a joy to make. since the pattern is a four row repeat, there is a bit of variety, which can help me stay focused and complete the project.
Crochet Video Tutorial of This Afghan Pattern is Further Below After the Written Pattern.
Directions: Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket Pattern
12 Stitches per 4 inches
multiples of 5 plus 4
52 inches wide X 74 inches long
Buff Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. I used what I had on hand, 3 jumbo skeins and a regular skein. total yards approximately 2,500. If you are not able to find the yarn locally, you can find it here. or here.
Size K Crochet Hook
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SK = Skip
ST = Stitch
STs = Stitches
TR = Treble Crochet
Shell = 5 Double Crochet in same space
Begin 149 Chains
(work this first row of stitches in the back bumps of the beginning chain stitches).
1 DC in 5th CH from hook. (this counts as 1 TR and Ch 1). [CH 2, SK 2 CH, 1 DC in next 3 STs]. Repeat between [ ] across until 4 chains are left. CH 2, SK 2, 1 DC in last 2 STs. Turn
CH 1, 1 SC in Same ST as CH 1 SP. SK next DC. [Shell in next CH 2 SP, SK next DC, 1 SC in next DC, SK next DC]. Repeat between [ ] across. After the last shell in the last CH 2 SP, SK next DC, 1 SC on top of the beginning CH 3 ST. Turn
CH 5 (this counts as 1 TR and CH 1). SK next ST, 1 DC in next 3 STs [CH 2, SK next 3 ST, 1 DC in next 3 STs].Repeat between [ ] across. After the 3 DC on top of the last shell, CH 1, SK 1 ST, 1 TR in last ST. Turn
CH 3 (this counts as a DC), 2 DC in next CH 1 SP, SK next ST, 1 SC in next ST [SK next ST, Shell in next CH 2 SP, SK next ST, 1 SC in next ST]. Repeat between [ ] across. After the last shell in the last CH 2 SP, SK next DC, SC in next ST, SK next DC. In the previous row CH 5 SP, work 2 DC. End with a DC in the 3rd ST of the previous row CH 5 SP. Turn
CH 3 (this counts as DC). 1 DC in next ST [CH 2, SK 3 STs, 1 DC in next 3 STs]. Repeat between [ ] across. After the 3 DC on the last shell, CH 2, SK 3 STs, 1 DC in next ST, 1 DC on top ST of beginning CH 3. Turn
Rows 6 through 105
Continue repeating rows 2 through 5.
I ended this afghan on a Row 5 pattern.
Crochet Border Directions
[SC evenly along edge to corner, in the corner complete 3 SC] Repeat around between [ ]. Join with a Sl ST into first SC.
[SC in each ST, in the corner, complete SC, CH 1, SC] Repeat around between [ ]. Join with a Sl ST into first SC.
CH 3, CH 1, SK 1, [DC, CH 1, SK 1] Repeat around between [ ] with DC, CH 1, DC in each corner CH 1 SP. SL ST into top CH of first CH 3.
Weave in yarn ends and remove excess yarn.
Video Crochet Tutorial of Pattern
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