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Offset Shells Afghan

Offset Shells Afghan

Offset Shells Afghan is a fantastic pattern for crocheting beginners and an easy blanket to create for celebrating the 4th of July. The shell stitching makes this a simple crochet pattern. You can use this blanket for a child's room because of the basic stripes and size, and the coloring is light enough for a baby blanket, too. Bring this adorable afghan to a baby shower as a gift and it is sure to be the favorite gift out of the pile. Even so, this red-white-and-blue afghan would be perfect to lay out in the grass to sit and watch fireworks on with your family.

Easy

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • RED HEART Classic (4 ply weight):  
    • 3 skeins each 0513 Parakeet, 0730 Grenadine,
    • 4 skeins 0001 White
  • Crochet Hook: 5.0 mm (US H-8) crochet hook or size needed for gauge
  • Gauge:  4 rows – 3”
    • Shell, 5 dc – 3 ½”
  • Special Stitch: Shell – 5 dc in space or stitch as indicated.
    • Open Shell – (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in space or stitch as indicated.
    • Picot – (sc, ch 3, sc) in space or stitch as indicated.

Note: Afghan is crocheted in multiples of 11 plus 7.

Instructions:

  1. Row 1 (RS): With parakeet ch 128, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 3 chs, *skip 2 chs, Shell in next ch, ch 2, skip 3 chs, dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * across and turn.

     
  2. Row 2:  Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, *Shell in next dc, ch 2, skip 4 dc, dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * across, turn.

     
  3. Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

     
  4. Row 4: Repeat Row 2 and fasten off.





    Color Scheme
  5. Repeat Row 2 for a total of 64 rows as follows:

     
  6. (4 rows grenadine, 4 rows white, 4 rows parakeet) 5 times

    Edging
     
  7. With right side facing and white work along top edge (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in first right corner dc,

     
  8. *skip 1 dc, Picot in next dc, Open Shell in next ch 2 space, skip 2 dc of Shell, Picot in next dc, skip 2 dc of Shell, Open Shell in next dc, repeat from * across ending (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last corner dc.

     
  9. Work along side edge *ch 1, skip 1 dc space, Picot in next dc space, ch 1, skip 1 dc space, Open Shell in next dc space, repeat from * across ending (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last dc space.

     
  10. Work along bottom edge *skip 1 ch, Picot in next ch, Open Shell in next ch 3 space, Picot in ch below Shell, Open Shell in ch below next dc, repeat from * across ending (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in first side dc space.

     
  11. Work along side edge *ch 1, skip 1 dc space, Picot in next dc space, ch 1, skip 1 dc space, Open

     
  12. Shell in next dc space, repeat from * across ending ch 1 join to beginning dc and fasten off.


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Now this is a very unique stitch pattern. The classic stripe but with a mix of double crochets and a kind of sideways shell pattern. I would like to use the Red Heart Soft yarn to create a really beautiful drape. I imagine this in a tonal stripe in pretty purples and orchids with a cream stripe to really make the colors pop. Great project for a nursing home/charity.

This afghan is great for a Fourth of July display at the sofa in the living room or it could also be used as Christmas afghan. Thanks for the pattern which is just right in front. Easy reference for crocheters.

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