Friday, November 9, 2012

Simple Shell Blanket

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day.  Today, I am going to be sharing the pattern I used to make this absolutely adorable baby blanket.

This is one of my favorite blankets that I have ever made!  The colors are so vibrant and the pattern is mesmerizing.

This pattern is simple and works up very quickly!

You will need your favorite size hook (I used my 5.5mm/I hook), and your desired colors.

I recommend using an odd number because it makes the resulting pattern more interesting.

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Chain a multiple of 3
For this size blanket I chained 141

Row 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, skip two chain, *1 sc in next chain, skip two chain, 5 dc in next chain** Repeat from * to ** until 3 chains remain.  If your last stitch was a sc then skip two chain and 3 dc in last chain.  But if your last stitch was a shell (5 dc), then skip the last 2 chains and sc in last chain.

Now, if you are using more than one color for this pattern, then you have a big decision to make here.  You can 1) finish off that color or 2) pull out a big loop and simply keep all of your skeins attached to your piece as you are working.  

I chose option 2 because I hate weaving in ends.  If you are using 3 colors like I did, that is a lot of ends to weave!  So, I worked the yarn up the side.

This is what my sides looked like before I crocheted a border.

If you are changing colors, then at the beginning of each row, slip stitch the new color into the last stitch from the previous row.

Row 2: Again, this depends on how you finished your last row. 
If you ended with a sc in the last chain: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, skip two dc, sc in next dc (the 3rd dc in shell from previous row), *skip two dc, 5 dc in sc crochet from previous row, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc (the 3rd dc in shell from previous row)** Repeat from * to ** sc in turning chain from previous row.
If you ended with 3 dc in the last chain:  ch 1, sc in same stitch, and then follow the above instructions starting from * and ending at **

Basically, sc in the top of each shell, and shell stitch (5 dc in same stitch) in each sc.  Once you get the first couple of rows done, you will fall into the pattern, and it will start working up quickly.

I know this pattern is roughly written, and for that I do apologize!  If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or email me, and I will be more than happy to answer your question or point you to somebody that can.

I hope you all have wonderful day!

Happy Hooking!!!!

~Best Wishes~


  1. I found your blog through instagram which I found while browsing the crochet hashtag. I'm new to crocheting and just want to tell you I love your work, particularly this blanket! (my next project) Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank you Trina! Welcome to the world of crochet! Just a little warning, it is very addictive. If you ever have any questions, please, feel free to email me and I will be more than happy to help. I would love to see your blanket when you are finished!

  2. Thank you, it is very addictive! I've already bought so much yarn and tools. I'm starting my blanket in a few minutes, just came on to write the pattern down. I will surely let you know how it go and link the finished product when I'm done. I'm excited. Thanks again!

  3. Thinking of trying this pattern for my next baby blanket. Doesn't look too hard to make. You'll be seeing it on Instagram if I decide to make it. Thanks for sharing this pattern!

  4. Thinking about making the blanket. With the option of not dropping the yarn it shows on the sides. So my question is did you make a boarder and which stitch.

    1. I did do a border of single crochet. Nothing fancy :)

    2. I did do a border of single crochet. Nothing fancy :)

  5. With you doing three colors, how many skeins did you use?

    1. I made this blanket so long ago, that I don't really remember exactly how many skeins. But I believe that it was under two of each color. Sorry, I cannot be of more help.

  6. What was the size of this blanket with the beginning chain of 141

    1. To be honest, I don't remember, and the blanket is no longer in my possession.

  7. Allison,
    This a wonderful pattern,,, thanks so much for sharing. Your generosity is very much appreciated SMILE


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