Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shell and V-Stitch Crochet Throw Pattern

turtle shell crochet throw blanket

All crocheters love Crochet Shell Stitches, right? Shell stitches add thickness to a blanket, especially when done in repetitive rows. I found a similar pattern online that had this crochet shell and v-stitch, however I didn't like how theirs went together. It seemed awkward and unfitting. So I played with different ways to make the rows and came up with my own method. This pattern is much easier to work and creates a stunning result!

turtle shell crochet throw blanket

I made two. One in luscious grape wine purples and one in fresh field of grass greens. I used cream/off-white yarn to add contrast and really make the colors pop!  Create your own palette of yarn to add coziness to any chair or room!

Please excuse the bad photo quality. These photos are from when I first learned to crochet and use a smart phone. :o)

The original name for this blanket is Think Spring, mostly because of the lush green yarns I used. When it was posted on All Free Crochet, they decided to name it Turtle Shell Lapghan.

Crochet Blanket Pattern

-Details-

Finished size that I made measures 31" x 57". I did not add a border to this.
I am unsure on the gauge for this pattern as I was fairly new to crochet and never remembered to measure my stitches. The blanket has since been washed several times and is stretched slightly so any measurement obtained will be off.

-Materials-

For my Purple version, I used Bernat Satin colors. For my green version, I used the 3 skeins each  Caron Simply Soft yarn:



H8/5mm Crochet Hook
Sharp Scissors
Darning Needle


-Pattern-


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.


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32 comments:

  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 !!

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

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    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!

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

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

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    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!

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  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 Knead2sew.blogspot.com. 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!!

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

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  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

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    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!

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  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! !!

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

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

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

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  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!

    https://www.facebook.com/MissedStitches

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    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: http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-fan-v-stitch/) but I put mine together a bit differently. I found my own version to be easier to crochet.

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  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!

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  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

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

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  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!

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

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  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

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    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.

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  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!

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  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?

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  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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