Lacy Open Shell Crochet Afghan Pattern
If you're looking for a light and airy afghan that looks beautiful to boot, this Lacy Open Shell Crochet Afghan Pattern is sure to catch your eye. This is one of the most versatile crochet blanket patterns you'll ever find. Use the open shell stitch to complete this project and admire the look of this unexpected design. The best free crochet afghan patterns have a ton of character, and this project certainly fits the bill. Discover why so many people love this stitch so much and make a blanket of your own. The soft color and distinct design will help it stand out from a sea of generic afghans and boring blanket patterns.
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook
- RED HEART Classic (4 weight yarn): 5 skeins 0539 Light Lavender
- RED HEART Super Saver (4 weight yarn): 1 skein 0313 Aran
- Crochet Hook: 5.0 mm (US H-8) crochet hook or size needed for gauge
Afghan Measures: 43” x 50”
Gauge: 4 rows – 2 ¼”
Open Shell, Picot – 2”
Special Stitch: Open Shell – [dc, (ch 1, dc) twice] in space or stitch as indicated.
Large Open Shell (Lg Open Shell) – [2 dc, (ch 2, 2 dc) twice] in space or stitch
Foundation Picot – sc in next ch, ch 3, sc in next ch.
Picot – (sc, ch 3, sc) in space or stitch as indicated.
Note: Afghan is crocheted in multiples of 7 plus 8.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 141, sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 chs, Open Shell in next ch, [skip 2 chs, Foundation Picot, skip 2 chs, Open Shell in next ch] across to last 3 chs, skip 2 chs, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 7, *Picot in center dc of Open Shell, ch 3**, dc in ch space off next Foundation Picot, ch 3, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, tr in last stitch, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, [Open Shell in ch space of Picot, Picot in next dc] across ending with Open Shell in ch space of last Picot, sc in last stitch, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2 and fasten off.
Continue repeating Rows 3 and 2 for a total of 79 rows as follows:
(4 rows aran, 8 rows lavender) 5 times, 4 rows aran, 7 rows lavender
With right side facing and lavender work along top edge Lg Open Shell in first right corner sc, ch 1, *sc in center dc of Open Shell, Lg Open Shell in ch 3 space of Picot, repeat from * across ending ch 1, Lg Open Shell in last sc.
Work along side edge ch 1, sc in first dc space, *Lg Open Shell in next dc space, sc in next dc space, repeat from * across.
Work along bottom edge ch 1, Lg Open Shell in first sc, ch 1, *sc in ch below Open Shell, Lg Open Shell in space of Foundation Picot, repeat from * across ending ch 1, Lg Open Shell in last sc.
Work along side edge ch 1, and continue as for opposite side edge matching stitches ending ch 1, join to beginning dc and fasten off.