Happy Friday Crocheters! I have a new free crochet pattern for you today. This post includes my Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern. I have written this pattern for a baby sized afghan (33 inches wide X 36 inches long) and I have included the instructions to make this blanket in 11 additional sizes.
I chose to use a variegated yarn for this blanket so it worked up very quickly! If you would like to make it by changing colors every row it looks lovely but it does require that you sew in your ends on every row end. I have a second blanket sample I’m working on using 2 colors and I will add a second image of that for you at the end of the post so you can see what it looks like so far, (hopefully tomorrow!) but it will require some more time for me to completely finish it because of all those ends!
I hope you love this quick and easy shell stitch blanket pattern and can put it to good use this season making warm and cozy blankets for those near and dear!
Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern
- Yarn: Red Heart, Bunches of Hugs. 10 oz (284 g) and 678 yds (620 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight Yarn . Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not iron. Do not bleach.
- Colors: 2 skeins in Magical, E866_6348.
- Hook: 5.5 mm (I-9). I used this hook.
- Finished Project Yardage: 33 inches x 36 inches: 12 oz (350 g) / 836 yds (765 m)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker
Solid Shell Stitch Baby Blanket length approximately 36 inches X 33 inches width
For the other sizes please check which size you want to make and then chain the number of stitches indicated in the CH column below. Follow the pattern as written, for the number of rows indicated in the ROW column below for your size. I have provided an estimate of the yardage you will need for each size in the YDS column below.
|SIZE||W (inches)||L (inches)||CH||ROWS||YDS|
Approximately 2 rows per inch and 3 sts per inch
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
R – row
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
Helpful Video Tutorials
- Initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc
- Stitch multiple is 6 + 1 (for the starting ch)
- See the sizes section above for additional Solid Shell Stitch Afghan Pattern sizes and the number of chains you need to start with.
Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern Instructions
33 inches wide X 36 inches long
The solid shell stitch blanket is crocheted back and forth in rows, in one piece.
A simple edging is added to complete the blanket.
Using your 5.5 mm (I-9) hook (or size required for gauge):
R1 (RS): Ch 97, 2 dc in the fourth ch from the hook (the sk 3 chs count as 1 dc), sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch. *Sk the next 2 chs, 5 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [78 dc and 16 sc]
R2-R62: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the first sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Sk the next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Rep from * to ** across, Turn. [78 dc and 16 sc]
The simple edging is worked around the outside edges of the blanket in rounds.
Work 3 rounds. Work the same number of sc down each side edge (lengthwise) and the same number of stitches for top and bottom edges (widthwise). The width and length will not have the same number of stitches since this is a rectangle. Work 3 sc in each corner.
This is how I worked the edging for the baby blanket.
With RS facing and beg in the top corner of the first side edge:
R1: Work 3 sc in the corner, work 102 sc evenly down the side edge to the bottom corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 92 sc evenly across the bottom edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 102 sc evenly up the side edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 92 sc evenly across the top edge. [400 sc]
R2: Work 3 sc in the corner, work 104 sc evenly down the side edge to the bottom corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 94 sc evenly across the bottom edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 104 sc evenly up the side edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 94 sc evenly across the top edge. [408 sc]
R3: Work 3 sc in the corner, work 106 sc evenly down the side edge to the bottom corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 96 sc evenly across the bottom edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 106 sc evenly up the side edge to the next corner. Work 3 sc in the corner, work 96 sc evenly across the top edge. Finish off with an invisible join. [416 sc]
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