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
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.