Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket

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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Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket
Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket

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.

First Photo of the Living Room
First Photo of the Living Room

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.

Second Photo of Living Room
Second Photo of Living Room

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.

Close-up of Sofa Fabric
Close-up of Sofa Fabric

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.

Folded Afghan on Chest
Folded Afghan on Chest

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.

Crochet Shell Blanket Folded Over Chair
Crochet Shell Blanket Folded Over Chair

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.

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Directions: Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket Pattern

Gauge

12 Stitches per 4 inches

multiples of 5 plus 4

Size

52 inches wide X 74 inches long

Materials

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

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations

CH = Chain

DC = Double Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

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SK = Skip

ST = Stitch

STs = Stitches

TR = Treble Crochet

Special Stitches

Shell = 5 Double Crochet in same space

Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket Printable
Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket Printable

Directions

Begin 149 Chains

Row 1

(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

Row 2

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

Row 3

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

Row 4

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

Row 5

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 Shell Afghan Close Up
Crochet Shell Afghan Close Up

Crochet Border Directions

Round 1

[SC evenly along edge to corner, in the corner complete 3 SC] Repeat around between [ ]. Join with a Sl ST into first SC.

Round 2

[SC in each ST, in the corner, complete SC, CH 1, SC] Repeat around between [ ]. Join with a Sl ST into first SC.

Round 3

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.

Finishing

Weave in yarn ends and remove excess yarn.

Video Crochet Tutorial of Pattern

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I hope that you liked this pattern. If you are looking for more ideas for crocheted projects, here are a few others you may enjoy.

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14 thoughts on “Classically Simple Crochet Shell Blanket”

  1. Please think of leaving a “print instructions” option for us old fogies that need to have it with them. I’m one of them. Thank you, beautiful looking afghan.

    1. I love hearing this from folks. Bet she will love hers. I did get a chance to give my brother his this past weekend. Feels so wonderful when people appreciate the time, effort, and love that is in each handmade item. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Vicky,
    Thank you for such a divine pattern – I am going to be making it in pale lavender. Just wondering is it a misprint in Row 5 where it says to DC in next 2 stitches (at top of shell in previous row) – should it possibly be to DC in next 3 stitches – which is what I think you do in the video tutorial? Thank you for the time and effort you put into your patterns and videos- it really helps a novice crochet like me. Cheers. Carol Millington

  3. Hello Vicky,
    Although an avid crafter especially crochet for 40+ years. I often get confused by the math when needing to change the size of an item.
    I would VERY MUCH like to make this in a crib size etc. As a baby shower gift.
    Any suggestions on starting chains would be extremely helpful.
    I LOVE this blanket & intend on making on for myself like one other person in a lilac/lavender color .
    Thanks again,
    Anita aka Anita3kids

    1. Hi Anita, I am happy to help. This pattern is worked in multiples of 5 plus 4. That means the number needs to be divisible by 5 and you add 4 to the final number. However, with that said, I think for a crib blanket, you probably want one that is about 36 X 54 inches.
      Therefore, I would start out with a chain of 104. Which 100 (20X5) plus 4.
      With the crochet border, it might turn out to be 37 inches wide, but I really wouldn’t worry about that.
      The other person that is making this in lilac sent me a photo of her swatch – it is a beautiful color with this stitch pattern. I love to see the creations of others. You are welcome to post a photo on any of my social media platforms or even email me at v@patternprincess.com
      Glad you reached out.
      Vicky

  4. Is this possible to do without a foundation ch but foundation double instead I struggle with that first row of crochet into the chain.

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