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Coral Reef Crochet Pattern

Coral Reef Crochet Pattern

Rows of flowers and double crochet stitches in peach, bluish-green and cream colors gave this crochet blanket it's name: Coral Reef.  The flower stitches look complex but are actually very simple! This easy crochet blanket is really just a clever placement of double crochets!

Coral Reef Crochet Pattern

You can make this blanket as a baby blanket, like you see in my photos. Or, keep adding rows to make it longer into a Lap-ghan!


1 skein each of three different colors in worsted weight yarn 
5mm/H8 Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Sharp Scissors


Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Gauge: 1.5" from petal to petal
Multiples: 3
Size: 30" x 33"

Ch 114

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and across. Change color to begin next row.

Row 2: ch 2, turn, dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook of the ch 3 just made (petal made), *dc3tog using next 3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook of the ch 3 just made (second petal made), repeat from * across to last 2 dc, dc2tog using last 2 dc

Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc in 1 stitch directly beneath ch 3, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook of the ch 3 just made, *sk next chsp, 3 dc in top of dc3tog cluster from previous row, repeat from * across to end. 2 dc in tch, change color

Row 4: ch 2, turn, dc in next dc and across

Repeat rows 2-4 for pattern to desired length

Coral Reef Crochet Pattern

dc - double crochet
tch - turning chain
ch - chain
dc3tog - double crochet 3 together
dc2tog - double crochet 2 together

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  1. I just started the afghan and am on row 3. At the beginning of the row it looks like I make a petal, but it only seems like there is the one on this row. Everything else looks like it is just 3dc in the top of the cluster below. Is this correct? It seems odd that it is just at the beginning. Please let me know, as I don't want to continue until I find out. Mary V.

    1. The first part of the flowers is three double crochets together, then chain 3, then put a double crochet in the first loop of that chain 3 just made. Then move to the next stitch and do it all over again. 3 double crochets together, chain 3, double crochet in first loop of the chain three just made (or 3rd ch from hook)
      Hope this helps!

    2. If it's the top of the petals, then you begin the row with just a couple of double crochet in the very first stitch, then three double crochet shells in the top of each dc3tog across.

  2. How did you get the blue border down the sides of the blanket? It doesn't look like a separate border when you start the first row with the blue. I really want to make this but would love to know the answer to this.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Beth!
      I just did a double crochet around the entire blanket evenly in the color that I used in between flower rows. I hope that explains it. I didn't really do anything special. :)
      Happy Hooking and thanks so much for stopping by!

    2. So did you start with the blue or did you start on the flower row? I can only see a one dbl crochet row of border versus starting with blue (dbl crochet row). If you started on the flower row, how do you do that?

    3. Sorry about that Beth. Yeah, I started my foundation chain and first row with blue then went from there.

    4. Thank you. Going to do one is shades of green. Hope it looks as nice as yours. Going to try some of your other patterns too. I make and donate to a pregnancy crisis shelter and Sick children's hospitals.

  3. How did you finish it off. It looks like you went around the whole thing with dc in blue but it isn't in the pattern.

    1. In my reply to Beth Kennedy above, I put double crochet around one time in the same yarn I did the dc rows in between.

  4. I also am confused how the beginning of row 3 should be? if i follow your reply to Mary V i think this should be a couple of dc but the pattern says to do a petal so i am confused
    Really like this pattern and want to thank you for sharing it with all of us ;)

  5. In Row 4 could you please elaborate "dc in next dc and across". I am unclear how to recognize what is considered "next dc". Only the first dc from the previous row is clear to me. Thank you.

    1. When you chain up at the beginning of the row, that typically counts as the first stitch or first dc in this case. So then you dc in the next dc.. so find the next stitch in the row immediately below and dc into it.

  6. Thank you for your reply. You must have found my quetion rather strange. I realized that the reason I did not see any dc in the preceding row (other than the last one in the preceding row) is that when I did Row 3 my eyes wandered to Row 2 and where I had to do 3 dc in one st, I did a 3dctog! The flower looked like a flower with that extra petal on top, so I thought it as okay and that it would be used later. Reader error! Apologies.

    I did use a foundation double crochet and it was tighter than the succeeding row
    so either I crochet this foundation more loosely or use a bigger hook for the foundation.

    Thanks for your patience.

  7. What size is your skein? I would like to make this for my adult daughter in a larger size, but do want to get enough yarn. Thank you for the multiple so that I can increase it.

    1. Hi Lynda!
      I used the standard sized Caron Simply Soft skeins of yarn plus a left over from Bernat Satin (I think) for the teal stripe.
      I'm what I refer to as an "eye-baller". I've worked with common brands of yarn such as Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart and Hobby Lobby ILTY so much that I can usually tell how many skeins I'll need just by looking at them. :)


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