Monday, January 12, 2015

Crocheted Double-Sided Shell Blanket Pattern


As promised, I am sharing the pattern for this beautiful crocheted double-sided shell blanket today!
In case you missed the story behind this blanket and why it is so important to me, head on over to my post: A Crocheted Christmas Story.

This pattern is very time consuming, since it is double-sided, but I promise it is so worth it when it is done! The original pattern is for a baby blanket, but I used a bigger hook to make it work as a normal sized blanket. The pattern I am sharing makes a large blanket of over 5 feet wide and 5 feet long.
To make the pattern smaller or larger, you can add or subtract in multiples of 5 chains.


CROCHETED DOUBLE-SIDED SHELL BLANKET PATTERN

SUPPLIES:
6 SKEINS OF CARON ONE POUND YARN (3 SKEINS OF EACH COLOR)
SIZE K HOOK


ROW 1 (SHELL-ST ROW) WITH COLOR A, CH 198 LOOSELY. WORK IN 1 DC IN 5TH CH FROM HOOK (TURNING CH), 3 DC IN NEXT CH, 1 DC IN NEXT CH (1 SHELL COMPLETED) *SKIP 2 CH, WORK 1 DC IN NEXT CH, 3 DC IN NEXT CH, 1 DC IN NEXT CH. REPEAT FROM * ACROSS TO WITHIN 1 CH FROM END. DO NOT WORK IN LAST CH. DROP LOOP FROM HOOK.

ROW 2 (CHAIN-LOOP ROW) DO NOT TURN. WITH COLOR B, MAKE A LOOP ON HOOK.
STARTING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LAST ROW, JOIN B WITH A SC IN THE 4TH CH OF TURNING CH (THE CH BEFORE FIRST DC OF FIRST SHELL-SC ROW). WORKING IN FRONT OF THE LAST ROW, *CH 6 SKIP NEXT SHELL, WORK 1 SC IN FIRST CH OF THE 2ND SKIPPED CH IN FOUNDATION CH (BETWEEN SHELLS) REPEAT FROM * ACROSS, ENDING WITH CH 6, 1 SC IN END CH (THE FREE CH AT END OF LAST SHELL-ST ROW).

ROW 3 (SHELL-ROW) WITH B, CH 2, TURN, WORK A SLIP-ST IN FIRST DC OF LAST SHELL-ST ROW, CH 2 *INSERTING HOOK THROUGH THE DC AND UNDER CHAIN-LOOP, WORK A SHELL (5 DC IN SAME ST) IN CENTER OF NEXT SHELL, REPEAT FROM *ACROSS ROW, DROP LOOP FROM HOOK. DO NOT TURN.

ROW 4 (CHAIN-LOOP ROW) PICK UP DROPPED A LOOP AT END OF THE SHELL-ST ROW BEFORE LAST. *CH 6, WORKING IN FRONT OF LAST SHELL-ST ROW, SKIP SHELL, WORK I SC IN SPACE BEFORE NEXT SHELL (SAME COLOR SHELL AS CHAIN-LOOP BEING MADE), REPEAT FROM * ACROSS, END WITH CH 6, SKIP LAST SHELL, 1 SC UNDER CHAIN-LOOP AT END OF ROW.

ROW 5 WITH A INSTEAD OF B, WORK SAME AS FOR ROW 3, DO NOT TURN.

ROW 6 PICK-UP DROPPED B LOOP AT END OF THE SHELL-ST ROW BEFORE LAST AND WORK SAME AS FOR ROW 4.

REPEAT ROWS 3,4,5,6 FOR PATTERN AND WORK UNTIL BLANKET MEASURES DESIRED LENGTH.

LAST ROW: SC IN EACH DC IN ALL SHELLS TO FINISH BLANKET.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD FRINGE:
CUT 5 1/2" LENGTHS OF BOTH COLORS USING TO STRANDS OF EACH COLOR FRINGE. ATTACH FRINGE BETWEEN SHELLS ON STARTING EDGE. WHEN ATTACHING FRINGE ON LAST ROWS FINISHED, CATCH LOOSE LOOP IN BETWEEN SHELLS.




I made this blanket for my sister for Christmas, and she has informed me she carries it with her everywhere she goes in the house. I am so glad she likes it as much (if not more) than I do! 




As for me, I still can't decide which side I like better! And now that my big crochet project is complete, I hardly know what to do with myself. I am already itching to make another!

If you decide to make this blanket, or a variation of it, send me a picture, I'd love to see the finished product!

One more day of winter break and then it's back to the books for me.
Happy Monday!


13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful blanket! I wish I could crochet!

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  2. I'm pretty amazed at these mad crochet skills, Melanie! It looks so cute with the two-tones on your bed. Bravo!

    xo,
    Kylie

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I love the way your blanket turned out! The pattern and the colors your chose are perfect. I've never done a double sided blanket like this, but I think I'm going to have to try it.

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  4. Very pretty! I have not tried to do a project as large as a blanket yet, still working on knitting scarves and hats. Love the two-tones and the pattern!

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    1. Thanks Renee! I totally know the feeling. A blanket is a huge commitment... one I usually get bored of before finishing :)

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  5. This is a stunning blanket you have created. And, it's so so big. It's really quite a unique stitch that you have used. I'm sure it will be cherished for many years to come.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it at our link party... featuring you on Thursday! Hope to see you back :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  7. Wow, SO gorgeous!! I wish I knew how to crochet, because I'd totally make this. It looks so warm and cozy!!

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  8. Love this pattern. Thank you so much for sharing. This is going to be my next project I hope I can do a great job like you did.

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  9. Love this pattern. Thank you so much for sharing. This is going to be my next project I hope I can do a great job like you did.

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  10. What are the dimensions approximately of your finished blanket?

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  11. Love your pattern but you didnt say what thickness of yarn - dk? or 4 ply?? I suppose it could be either but then the size will differ - so if I wanted it at least 5 x 5 I need to decide on the hook size. Please advise if you get this message. Thanks Lydia

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  12. I am absolutely going to steal lots of yarn from my Mother and make my own blanket. I love the pattern.
    Yeah! She has a store full of whatever colours I decide to pick.
    Will send pic when done.

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