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Title: 280 Crochet Shell Patterns
Author: Darla Sims
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc
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Need inspiration? This book is filled with 280-crochet shell stitch patterns! Each pattern includes a colour photograph of the finished swatch in white yarn.
Each design begins with the “chain multiple” instructions to allow you to use the pattern with any yarn and hook combination.
The special stitch instructions are included within the individual patterns so you do not need to flip back and forth to complete your chosen project.
This is especially helpful when you are using the eBook version of the publication.
The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. Import information is presented in bold print so it is easy to find quickly.
Out of all the “stitch dictionaries” I currently own, this is the one I return to time and time again – I love to flip through the pages.
There is just something about shell stitches that I seem to LOVE!
Some of my favourites in this publication are:
Little Boxes (279)
Stepping Up (272)
Ooops (265) ~not just because of the name! ~
Old Fashioned (4)
I chose the following stitch to create this free crochet pattern for you 🙂
Perfect Profile (3)
Mya’s Baby Blanket
Available in 11-sizes!
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable
Hook: 5.50 mm (I)
Gauge: 4 sts = 1″, 2 rows = 1″
Finished Measurements: please review the chart below to create this blanket in the size of your choice!
For the colour repeat I worked, I crocheted 2 rows in each colour, carrying my yarn loosely on the one side of the blanket. I worked over the carried yarn with my border. You can alternately finish off and rejoin the colours every two rows and then sew in all the ends.
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R1: chain (see above chart) * chain loosely or crochet the starting chain using a 6.00 mm hook*
R2: (Right Side): 4 dc in the 6th ch from the hook (Note: the 5 skipped chs count as the first dc and 2 skipped chs); *skip the next 3 chs, 4 dc in the next ch* repeat from * to * across until you reach the last 4 chs. Skip the next 3 chs and 3 dc in the last ch of the row; ch 1, turn.
R3: 1 sc in each st across
R4: ch 3 (Note: this ch-3 counts as a dc st, now and throughout – you may wish to mark this st so you remember to work into it when you return to it!), turn, 2 dc in the next st, *skip the next 3 sts, 4 dc in the next st*, repeat from * to * across to the last 2 sts of the row, skip the next st, 1 dc in the last st, ch 1, turn
R5: 1 sc in each st across (Note: remember the ch-3 from the previous row counts as a dc so remember to work 1 sc into it!!)
R6: ch 3 (Note: this ch-3 counts as a dc), turn; skip the 1st 3 sts, 4 dc in the next st, *skip the next 3 sts, 4 dc in the next st* repeat from * to * across until you reach the last 4 sts of the row, skip the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the last st, ch 1, turn
Repeat R3 – R6 until your blanket measures the length you want – please see the above chart for the examples. You can either crochet until you reach the measurement for length (minus 1.5″ for the border) or crochet until you have a total number of Rows as indicated by the Rows section of the chart.
Note: Make sure you end after completing either R3 or R5. If the total rows indicated in the chart only brings you to R2 or R4, complete the colour sequence (one more row – either R3 or R5) before switching to your border colour.
The border adds approximately 1.5″ to the height and 1.5″ to the width of your blanket. If you crochet to a certain height (instead of counting rows) make sure you finish your repeats when you are 1.5″ from the final measurement you want to reach 🙂 I have included this in the maths of the chart above. If you are counting the repeats you will crochet until you have reached the total number of rows indicated in the chart and then add the boarder to reach your finished blanket measurement.
You will be working around the outside of the blanket now:
R1: ch 1, turn (Note: this will bring you to the Right Side of the blanket), 1 sc in each st and 1 sc in each row end, around making 3 sc in each corner (Note: the 3 sc in each corner is in addition to the 1 sc in the row end and 1 sc in the st end)
R2: [1sc in the front loop, ch 2, 1 dc in the back loop] of each st around. Finish off and weave in ends.
My blanket required a little bit of ‘blocking’ to make it ‘square’. I put it on the floor and then placed the four corners under my kitchen chairs (weighted down with some books) and in the morning the square shape was perfect. I have to admit this is the first blanket I have ever needed to ‘block’ – but it was simple enough to do 🙂