Free Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern in 12 Sizes

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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!

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Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern in 12 sizes Oombawka Design Crochet

Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern

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Supplies

    • Yarn: Red Heart, Bunches of Hugs. 10 oz (284 g) and 678 yds (620 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight Yarn [4]. 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

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

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
Lovey 10 10 25 15 70
Security 14 17 37 27 167
Stroller 30 35 91 60 739
Receiving 40 40 121 69 1126
Toddler 42 52 127 91 1537
Swaddle 47 47 139 82 1554
Throw 52 60 157 106 2196
Twin 59 85 181 151 3529
Full/Queen 90 90 277 160 5700
Super-Queen 96 94 295 167 6350
King 108 90 331 160 6840

Gauge

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.

Abbreviations

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 Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

  • 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]

Finishing Instructions:

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.

Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet corner edging

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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12 Comments

  1. Hi Angelan, I apologize. I’m not sure what you mean by my ‘ending stitch’? are you asking what my number of stitches are at the ending of the row? or something else? The pattern is written for a blanket that measures 33 inches wide X 36 inches long
    and my final count for the repeat round of the pattern is [78 dc and 16 sc].This means 78 double crochet and 16 single crochet stitches. Above the pattern there is a chart that gives you other starting chain sizes to make larger blankets. Let me know if I answered the question or if it was something else you were asking. Best wishes, Rhondda

  2. Hello! I have been crocheting for a long time 30+ years, but I am confused. What is your ending stitch? A shell or a single crochet? It just seems like if you start the first row with 3 Double crochets, that you would end that first row with 3 double crochets, so that the start and finish of first row would be uniform. Any guidance would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

  3. I’m so happy you like the pattern Sue 🙂 Thank you for visiting and leaving me a comment 🙂 Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  4. Excellent as a pattern to change sizes. The shell is an elegant look in a simple stitching pattern. Thank you for this posting, it’s a wonderful find for me!!

  5. Thank you for including the information for other sizes! This is super-helpful, and something I have often struggled with when trying to adjust other patterns for size. I can’t wait to try this one.

  6. I love the simple elegance of the shell stitch. It looks amazing in either solid or patterned. Thank you so much for the pattern and for providing the different afghan sizes.

  7. I’m happy you like the design 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂 Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  8. I am SO excited to find a pattern with size variations! I’m constantly making blankets for other people that never seem the right size because I have to guess to increase. This is the BEST!
    And I love shells. So pretty, so easy, and people think it’s so difficult

  9. Hi Barbara 🙂 The pattern is right in the post! Go to the size chart and choose your size then chain the number of stitches required for the throw size. Here is the information:
    Size Width Length chain rows yards
    Throw 52 60 157 106 2196

    So you chain 157 and begin the pattern.
    When you have 106 rows, proceed to the edging.

    Have fun,
    Rhondda

  10. HI;
    I would love to crochet the Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern In 12 Sizes
    Where do I find the pattern for a throw??
    Thank U, Barbara

  11. Looking forward to trying this pattern. Love everything “shell”. Thanks for the very understandable pattern:)