Shell Stitch Afghan

Shell Stitch Afghan

To be honest, the shell stitch afghan shown here I made over 15 years ago. It has been used and washed and it is still in great shape. It was very easy to make, even for a person with not much crochet experience.

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Shell Stitch Afghan
Heirloom Shell Stitch Afghan

Easy Crochet Afghan

Believe me, I am not an expert, but I continue to try new things and keep learning. Once I had the foundation row complete, I never counted the rest of the way. I just kept going until I had the size I wanted. I made this afghan 86 rows so it is a very nice size.

Shell Stitch Afghan
Shell Stitch Afghan on chair

Crochet a Treasured Gift

As I previously mentioned, this beautiful afghan was made many years ago. Therefore, when the recipient could no longer use it because she passed away, I was lucky enough to receive this back. It holds many great memories; I know that the person that used this loved it.

Crochet an heirloom for someone special in your life too.

Close up of Shell Stitches used in crochet blanket pattern
Close up of Shell Stitches used in crochet blanket pattern

Directions for the Shell Stitch Afghan

I made this in a rich, dark red color. Most likely Red Heart Yarn. I do not remember the color number. I am guessing I used about 10 skeins of yarn; at least if I was going to make it again today, that is how many I would get from the store.

Materials:

Size J Boye crochet hook

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Abbreviations:

Dc = Double crochet
Ch = chain stitch
St = stitch
SS = Shell stitch

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Instructions: Shell Stitch Afghan

Foundation chain: ch 160

Row 1:

In 4th ch from hook, work 3 Dc.(like a ½ shell) *Skip two stitches, Dc in the back loop of the next St. Skip two stitches. Complete 5 Dc in the back of the next St.* Repeat from * until the last St. where you will work 3 Dc in the back loop of the last St. (like a ½ shell).

Row 2:

Turn, ch 3. *In back loop of the Dc that is between the shell stitches, you will work your Shell (5 Dc in the back loop of the St). In the middle St. of the shell (3rd one in), work a Dc. In the next Dc that is between the SS, work the next Shell*. Repeat from * until the third St. from the end where you will work a SS, skip 2 St. and work a Dc in the last St.

Rows 3-86:

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired size. Finishing: Fasten off and weave in ends.

Close up of Stitches in Photo

I have included a closeup of the stitches used in this pattern to help you visualize the directions.

Close up of Stitches with Details Noted
Close up of Stitches with Details Noted

Enjoy using your heirloom crochet afghan!

Afghan Folded
Afghan Folded

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