5 Beautiful Free Shell Stitch Crochet Afghan Patterns

Practice a fun stitch while making a beautiful blanket

Shell stitch crochet
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The crochet shell stitch is a beautiful stitch that has a number of variations, such as the v-stitch shell. You could take any version of the shell stitch and work it in rows to make a lovely textured blanket of any size. (Moo Moo's Makes has a nice example of that style of crochet shell blanket pattern as does The Philosopher's Wife.) But you can also go beyond that, combining colors and working the shell stitch in unique ways, to make even more impressive crochet afghans. The five...MORE shell stitch crochet blanket patterns shown here are fun to make and exciting to share with others.

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    Shell Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket
    Shell Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket. Amy Solovay

    Grab this versatile, classic shell stitch pattern -- for free. The shell pattern might be simple but the use of four colors in the design is unique. If you make the colorway pictured here, it would be fab to use for decorating a baby girl's nursery.

    However, please don't feel limited by these color choices; you may want to dream up a new, magical color combination that would be perfectly suited to the sweet new baby on the way. And of course you could always increase the size of the...MORE blanket if you wanted an adult afghan in this style.

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    Shells and Chevrons Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
    Shells and Chevrons Free Crochet Blanket Pattern. Simply Collectible

    This free crochet baby blanket pattern designed by Simply Collectible Crochet combines the shell stitch with an even more popular design - chevron crochet (also called ripple crochet). Half double crochet stitches make easy, pretty shells that are laid out strategically to form the chevron shape. Work the blanket in a single color as shown or change colors across rows for a varied design.

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    Shells and Stripes Crochet Lapghan Free Pattern
    Shells and Stripes Crochet Lapghan Free Pattern. Missed Stitches

    This crochet blanket is worked in very basic crochet stitches including single crochet and double crochet. The placement of the stitches creates the shells that make a bold statement across the piece. The three colors alternating from row to row give additional style to this crochet blanket. The free pattern from Missed Stitches is designed as a 48" x 48" square lapghan, perfect for donating to various charities. It could easily be adapted to suit other sizes.

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    Shell and Wrapped Stitches Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
    Shell and Wrapped Stitches Free Crochet Blanket Pattern. Mama's Stitchery Projects

    The simple crochet shell stitch that is used in this blanket pattern is complimented by a unique advanced crochet stitch called the wrapped double crochet (wdc). The pattern, designed by Mama's Stitchery Projects, is written for five different sizes so that you could easily make blankets for everyone in the family using the same pretty design. This same designer also has a beautiful round ripple afghan crochet pattern that combines shell stitches with chevrons worked in the round.

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    Ocean Tranquility Afghan Free Crochet Pattern
    Ocean Tranquility Afghan Free Crochet Pattern. Anastacia Zittel

    The large crochet shells in this pattern are separate by vertical columns that give a regal look to this pretty design. Crochet designer Anastacia Zittel offers instructions for three different afghan sizes from one small enough to donate to pet shelters to a 60" square blanket suitable for adults.