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Nautical Rug Pattern

This Nautical Waves Rug makes a great addition to any home.  Great for both indoors and out, this crochet rug is versatile and quick to work up.  Using a textured shell stitch pattern, this rug feels great on bare feet and can be made in any color combination of your choosing. This free rug pattern will be an essential part of your home décor once you display it. Worked up in a dark navy and white, the stripes on this too cute piece of crocheted home décor adds a subtle sailor-inspired look to your space. This rug would look adorable in a sea-worthy bathroom or out by the pool. You could even work it up in two different colors if nautical hints are not your style.



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How to Crochet a Rug


  • 9 balls Red Heart® “Eco-Cotton™ Blend” in Denim (A)
  • 6 balls Red Heart® “Eco-Cotton™ Blend” in Vanilla (B)
  • 6mm [US J-10] crochet hook
  • Yarn needle


Gauge:  4 shells = 4” holding 3 strands together. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


Rug measures 22½” x 29”.


Use 3 strands of same color held together as one throughout.

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): With A, ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch; turn – 1 shell.
  2. Row 2: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch – beginning shell made; (slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all over ch-3 of previous row – shell made; turn – 2 shells.
  3. Row 3: Beginning shell, * shell; repeat from * across changing to B in last dc; turn – 3 shells.
  4. Row 4: Beginning shell, * shell; repeat from * across; turn. Repeat Row 4 for pattern, increasing 1 shell each row, in the following color sequence: 2 more rows B, 7 rows A, 1 row B, 3 rows A, 3 rows B, 2 rows A – 22 shells at end of last row.
  5. Row 23: Beginning shell, [shell] 21 times changing to B in last dc; turn – 22 shells.
  6. Row 24: Ch 1, slip st in first 3 dc, [shell] 22 times; turn – 22 shells.
  7. Row 25: Beginning shell, [shell] 21 times; turn – 22 shells.
  8. Row 26: Ch 1, slip st in first 3 dc, [shell] 22 times changing to A in last dc; turn.
  9. Row 27: Repeat Row 25.
  10. Row 28: Repeat Row 26.
  11. Row 29: With A, ch 1, slip st in first 3 dc, * shell; repeat from * to last shell; slip st in last ch-3 changing to B; turn – 21 shells.
  12. Row 30: Ch 1, slip st in first 3 dc, * shell; repeat from * to last shell; slip st in last ch-3 space; turn – 20 shells. Repeat Row 30 for pattern, decreasing 1 shell each row, in the following color sequence: 2 more rows B, 3 rows A, 1 row B, 7 rows A, 3 rows B, 3 rows A – 1 shell. Fasten off.
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Hi there I am very much a beginner and have no idea how to crochet this shell motive. Is it possible to load some images to assist with this? Thanks. Elsab from the West-Rand in Gauteng

Hi there! I just checked the original pattern and it does not come with additional stepout photos unfortunately. YouTube is a fantastic resource for learning how to do specific stitches like the shell stitch. I'd also recommend searching for resources on YouTube or AllFreeCrochet on crocheting on a diagonal. This is a sort of corner to corner pattern where you work the pattern diagonally, increasing as you go. This is a bit more challenging for beginners, so that is what I would recommend doing! Good luck!

I agree, I'd like to know the finished measurements of this. I did not see that listed unless I missed it somewhere. The "Nautical Waves Rug" requires you to work with three strands of cotton yarn all at once. I have done this before. A word of advice is to take frequent breaks because your forefinger on the left hand is going to get sore at some point! Other than that, it's a cute rug suitable for your hot tub or pool areas.

Hi there! Thanks so much for the comment. I've updated the pattern! Rug measures 22 x 29. - Dana from FaveCrafts

I thought this is an afghan but it's okay. It's a rug and it looks so cute. It can be placed in the living room or dining room and when this happens it will be the envy of guests and relatives. Thanks for having the pattern right in front of the page.

How big is this?

Eco-Cotton Blend by Red Heart is discontinued.


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