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Shells in the Meadow Throw

By: Mary Jane Protus for Red Heart Yarns

 The shell pattern is a classic. Worked in three colors, it is visually stunning, harmonious when the colors are from one family, and confetti-like when they're different. Crochet a Shells in the Meadow Throw from Red Heart Yarns with these shell afghan instructions today.

Throw measures 47” x 59”.
 

Shells in the Meadow Throw


MATERIALS:

  • Red Heart® “Super Saver®” (Art. E300) Solid 7 oz (198 g), 364 yd (333 m); Multi, Fleck and Print 5 oz (141 g), 244 yd (223 m) skeins: 3 skeins each 406 Med Thyme A, 661 Frosty Green B and 316 Soft White C
  • Crochet Hook: 6mm [U.S. J-10]
  • Yarn needle
     

GAUGE: 1 Shell plus 1 sc = 3”; Rows 1-5 = 3½”.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to
obtain the gauge.


ABBREVIATIONS:
A, B, C = Color A, Color B, Color C;
ch = chain;
dc = double crochet;
dtr = double treble crochet;
mm = millimeters;
sc = single crochet;
st(s) = stitch(es);
tr = treble crochet;
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated;
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.

INSTRUCTIONS:
With A, ch 152. Row 1 (Wrong Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 151 sc.
Row 2 (Right Side): Ch 1, sc in first sc, * skip next 4 sc; 9 dtr in next sc – shell made; skip next 4 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, changing to B in last sc; turn.
Row 3: With B, ch 5 (counts as a tr and ch-1 space), 2 tr in first sc, * ch 2, skip 4 dtr, sc in next dtr, ch 2, skip 4 dtr **, (2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr) all in next sc; repeat from * to last sc, end at **; (2 tr, ch 1, tr) all in last sc; turn.
Row 4: Ch 5 (counts as a dtr), 4 dtr in ch-1 space, sc in next sc, * shell in next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * to last space; 4 dtr in ch-1 space, dtr in 4th ch of ch-5 changing to C; turn.
Row 5: With C, ch 1, sc in first dtr, * ch 2, skip 4 dtr, (2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr) all in next sc, ch 2, skip 4 dtr, sc in next dtr; repeat from * across working last sc in top of ch-5; turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * shell in next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across changing to A in last sc; turn.
Repeat Rows 3-6 for pattern, working color sequence of [2 rows A, 2 rows B, 2 rows C] 12 times, then 1 more row A (wrong side); now turn and work Edging around all edges:
With A, ch 1, sc evenly around, increasing at corners to keep work flat; join to first sc. Fasten off. With right side facing, attach B and work 1 round sc, increasing at corners as before; join. Fasten off. Repeat last round with C, then again with A.
Weave in ends.

Shells in the Meadow Throw


 

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What idoes dtr mean? Thanks

Thanks so much for asking! dtr stands for Double Treble Crochet, and the stitch is done as follows: Yo hook 3 times, insert crochet hook in st, yo, draw lp through, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 4 times. You can find diagrams and a video here: https://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/content.html?content_id=6 I'll also update the pattern to include the abbreviations. Thanks so much for pointing this out!

What is dtr in " skip next 4 sc 9 dtr in next sc"? Thanks

What is dtr in " skip next 4 sc 9 dtr in next sc"?

could I make this into a shawl by just making it a rectangle - maybe 24" wide x 59" long?

Oh I'm sure you could!!! That's a great idea!

This is a gorgeous afghan the color scheme is really beautiful. I love the shell stitch because it seems to be faster than others and it is always eye catching. I also think you could use different color schemes to make them more personalized for family and friends. My problem will probably be changing the colors as that is not my strong suit.

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