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'Think Spring' Crochet Afghan plus pattern

The stitch used for this lap afghan is a shell plus V stitch variant. I felt the original workup of 9 double crochet in the shell didn't set well across the line, so I made changes to suit my own workmanship.

Turtle Shell Lap Afghan
(Think Spring)

Crochet Blanket Pattern

It measures 31" x 57", for my finished version. It's similar to the Twilight Shells Throw from Red Heart, but I didn't like how their pattern was for the shells. So I made my own version.

Here is the pattern for mine!

3 Skeins each of  Dark Sage, Pistachio, and Off White.
Size H8/5mm crochet hook.
I'm not experienced with gauge, I mainly just use a 5mm crochet hook and medium yarn.

Ch 151
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. 150 sc
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first sc, *skip next 3 sc, 7 dc in next sc**(shell made), skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat to end at **, skip next sc, sc in last sc
Row 3: change color, ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, *ch 2, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc (top of shell), ch 2, skip 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next sc*, repeat to last sc. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) all in last sc
Row 4: ch 3, 4 dc in ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, *shell in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc*, repeat to the end of row, 4 dc in turning ch
Row 5: change color, ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next sc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc* repeat to end of row, sc in top of turning ch
Row 6: ch 1, sc in first sc, *shell in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc* repeat across to end of row, sc in last sc
Repeat rows 3 through 6 to desired length.

Other colors work well too, so long as you have a contrasting color added in!


  1. Shelly thank you for this pattern!!! I was like you and after doing 4 rows of the Red Heart Pattern I tore it all out and searched for a much neater and cleaner shell .... Yours is working out great for me !!

  2. To make this wider, what would the increments be for the starting chain?

    1. I'm not certain on the multiples for this as it is my very first pattern that I have ever put together and it was based on another pattern, which does not tell you multiples either. My guess right now is add 8 ch for each 'set' till you get what seems to be wide enough for you. Then test it with the second row. If you do, please let me know how it turns out!

  3. It very pretty! I'm going to add it to my growing to do list!

  4. I love this! After a trip to Ireland and seeing the "40 shades of green" I've been collecting greens and rainbow yarn to make an afghan for my daughter (named Colleen and born on St. Patrick's Day). I have been looking for over a year for a pattern that I thought would look like the hills and dales of Ireland and this is it!! Hooray, my search is over, thanks so much.

    1. Hi Julie! I love your description of inspiration for an afghan and I'm thrilled you loved mine best! :D

  5. This is so beautiful! I only looked for a few minutes and found it. Oh, lucky me. I'm going to do this in something in the red shade for my Mother-in-law who loves the color. Thanks!

  6. OH, do u know how many skeins and the yardage you used to make this? I didn't see it mentioned.

    1. I used Caron Simply Soft, which is 7 oz skeins. I believe I used 3 of each color. I'd buy four to be safe! Happy Hooking!

  7. I am making this one right now & will donate it to a local retirement/nursing home. I will have pics on my blog when finished. My blog is named I am also a quilter, love to knit, crochet, bake, cook, share cleaning tips, etc. It's a problem because I simply can't do everything I love! Thanks much for sharing this - the folks at the home will LOVE it!!

    1. Thanks Mary! And Thanks for being such a caring person! Happy Hooking!

  8. i am making this now also but with only 2 colors. in doing it this way it makes one of the colors dominant on each side it looks awesome so far

    1. Sounds wonderful! Would love to see a photo!

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    1. Julia, did you find the issue you were having? Hope so! Happy Hooking!

  10. I am confused.. on row 6 it says "shell in next ch1 sp" is this supposed to be the original shell from row 2??? Sorry if that is a dumb question lol. Thank you! !!

  11. Hi Kayla! Yes, that is why it says in row #2 (shell made). That's the shell you'll be using throughout.

  12. Oh I am sorry I must have missed that. Thank you for your reply to my dum dum question. lol onward I go!

  13. How did you edge or trim your Afghan? It is very beautiful

  14. Because of how I weaved my ends in, and hadn't begun to learn about making borders, I didn't add any to this one. However, current projects that I'm working on will have borders. Check out my facebook to see more!

  15. THROW
    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.
    This is the original pattern....

    1. Nancy, yes that is the pattern that mine is based from. However, when I originally published my version, I had said that I didn't like how they created their Fan & V Stitch blanket so I created one of my own. I use the same Stitch (which can be found here: but I put mine together a bit differently. I found my own version to be easier to crochet.

  16. Thank You so much! I searched & searched for the just right pattern! I'm making it for my mother in laws' 100th birthday next month! She's in a wheel chair & is so cold natured . And, it Had to be Purple!....even though she has dementia ... She remembers Purple is her favorite color! I'm making it in cream, aubergine & lilac. Looking pretty!

  17. reading the pattern, i think the Shell increments are 7. so the starting number of stitches is a multiple of 7 plus 2. Hope this helps

    1. Thank you, I wasn't able to figure that out.

  18. Thank you very much for posting this! I also started out using the other pattern and did not like it. Your pattern is much cleaner and it looks awesome!

  19. Totally going to add this one to my list of things to make, though I'll probably try mine in autumn colors!

  20. I have started this pattern but at the end of the third row, I got to the end of my row; the last sc then supposed to skip 3sc then sc the last sc. Well at the end where I have my sc, there are 4sc after that to the end of the row. If I put in the 7 DC then there will be none left to skip to sc in the last sc. Then of course the turn and starting of row 4. Do you think I need to start back over and make sure I have counted my stitches correctly?? Thanks in advance for your reply. Lisa

    1. I would take it out and redo the row just in case. It's been a long time since I worked on this blanket.

  21. I like doing shell stitch baby blankets and I found this one a nice difference and a little lighter. I also live using Caron for baby items. So soft and shiny. Thank you!

  22. I saw you used Caron simply soft. Is that a worsted weight 4? Any idea how it would change with a lighter fingerling yarn?

  23. I LOVE this pattern. However, I made 1 small change. I don't like the 'tightness' of doing the starting chain then a single crochet row. I used a chainless single crochet foundation row. I also only used 2 colors. Turned out GREAT! Well done.


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