Friday, November 1, 2013

Shell Look Crocheted Baby Afghan Pattern and Tutorial

Shell Look Baby Afghan




I've had several questions about my Shell Look Baby Blanket pattern.  Some of you are no-reply bloggers, so I couldn't answer your questions directly.  I decided to do a tutorial on this easy to do (but difficult looking) crocheted afghan.  

Click here for the link to my post with just the pattern.  
At the end of the post, there is a Print PDF button if you would like to print and save it.


Here is a tutorial for the afghan with photos.  


Size approximately 30" X 30".

Use 3 - 4 skeins of worsted weight yarn.

Size H crochet hook (or size appropriate for the yarn you are using)

Directions:

Chain 83.    (Multiple of 3 plus 5 stitches) 

Row 1: In the 5th chain from hook work (sc, hdc, dc); *skip next 2 chains, in next ch work (sc, hdc, dc); 



This is what the first row looks like.  Arrows show the two skipped stitches.



Continue *sc, hdc, dc all in the same stitch, skip two stitches* all the way to the end.  When you get to the end of the first row, it will look like this.



Do a double crochet in the last stitch.   Chain 2 and turn.




The arrows show the stitch where you will put the sc, hdc, dc (in the top of the dc from the row below).



When you get to the end of the first row you have sort of a "clump" of stitches.  I tried to show with arrows where you skip the next two stitches (black arrows) and double crochet in the next stitch (white arrow).



This photo shows the end of several rows.  The double crochet at the end and the chain 2 will create a straight edge.




I did a test piece to show you the stitches using a solid color.  But I think this pattern looks really complicated when you use a variegated yarn.



My measurements and hook size are just how my blanket turned out, but depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet, you may get a smaller or larger blanket.  If I work a few rows on an afghan, I sometimes make a decision to rip it out and start with a longer chain.  But more often than not, I keep going and then add a border (or several) around the outside when I'm finished to make it larger.

I hope you are finding some time to crochet a little today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

If you have questions email me at lakrug@comcast.net

3 comments:

  1. I know this seems silly, but will I be able to work this up as a leftie? I have problems following patterns when I have to start kind of backwards. You made the page with the pattern printable.. can you make this printable as well? Thanks!

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  2. Oh my gosh sorry! I was on a different page I guess for your blog and there was no print button. Yeah when I published my comment I was here.. and there was a print button! So never mind.. I am printing it out and if I have a trouble I will let you know.. but with the pictures it does make it easier to understand how it should work out.

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  3. I found your blog on pinterest - I am so interested in crocheting, I would like to do it. I know only basis, but your blog is so interesting, because there are some kind of tutorias. Thank you so much.
    Regards
    Ella

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