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. But you also can go beyond that, combining colors and working the shell stitch in unique ways, to make even more impressive crochet afghans.
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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, don't feel limited by these color choices; you might 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 blanket if you wanted an adult afghan in this style.
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This free crochet baby blanket pattern 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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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 is designed as a 48-inch by 48-inch square lapghan, perfect for donating to various charities. It could easily be adapted to suit other sizes.
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The simple crochet shell stitch that is used in this blanket pattern is complemented 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.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The large crochet shells in this pattern are separated 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-inch square blanket suitable for adults.