Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern


Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern

This tutorial includes instructions for making a shell stitch baby blanket, lap blanket, or any size of your choosing!

Shell Stitch Crochet Blanket
Shell Stitch Crochet Blanket

Discover a crochet shell stitch blanket pattern that will become your go-to housewarming gift, baby shower present, and more! This beautiful pattern features a calming green and white color combination perfect for that living room couch or nursery.

From the Designer: "The Shell Stitch Blanket is a nice crochet afghan pattern to wrap yourself in during the winter. Imagine sitting next to the fireplace all cozy in your own design. The crochet instructions also provide sizes for a baby blanket. The shell stitch gives it an artsy look."


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge4" = 11 stitches and 13 rows

Materials List

  • Vanna's Choice Worsted Weight Yarn (4ply): 2 skeins White, 2 skeins Lime Green
  • H/8 or 5 mm hook


Pattern Notes:

How to shell: Work 5 dc in specified stitch or chain

To change colors: work last stitch until there are 2 loops on hook, yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook.

For the blanket, I changed colors each row. They will not be specified after row 6, but continue to change colors.

For baby blanket: chain 90 and you will work 55 rows. You can increase the blanket size by increasing in increments of 10 chains (100, 110, 120...etc). 

  1. Using White Ch90,

  2. Row 1 (continue with white): Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across (89 stitches); join in green.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, Repeat across row [skip 2 stitches, shell in the next sc, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc]; join in white; turn.

  4. Row 3: Chain 3, place 2 more dc in the same stitch

  5. Repeat to the end [skip 2 dc, sc in the next dc (the center of the shell), skip 2 dc, work shell in the next sc]; in the last stitch 3dc; join in the green; turn.

  6. Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first dc, Repeat to end of row: [skip 2 dc, shell in the next sc, skip 2 dc, sc in the next dc]; join in the white, turn

  7. Row 5: Repeat row 3.

  8. Row 6: Repeat row 4.

  9. Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you reach your desired rows. For baby, I recommend a minimum of 55 rows.

  10. For the last row: end on white. Fasten off. Weave in ends. 

For the trim/edging:

  1. Using Lime Green.

  2. Sc along the top in each sc. In the last stitch of the row 3sc for the corner.

  3. For the sides: in each dc place 2 sc in it. Sc one time in each sc. Sc 3 times in the last stitch. Repeat for the bottom and opposite side.

  4. 2nd-5th row: Sc along the top. When you reach the corner, find your previous 3sc and in the 2nd stitch of the 3---that’s where you’re going to place the next 3sc. Do that in each corner. Fasten off. Weave in ends

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If made as is, what are the dimensions? This is a pretty stitch, and I plan to use it for a Project Linus blanket (or several).

Tried this craft? What did you think?

Would you please tell me what the stitch multiple is so I can make this bigger? can't seem to find it in the directions. Thanks

I need clarification on joining the sleeve to the left front of the "sideways chain stitch short sleeve cardigan "designed by Elaine Phillips. I am trying desperately by any way to get help. Gail Eiben

Hello! We would recommend joining our AllFreeCrochet Facebook group, which is a friendly place to ask questions, interact with fellow crocheters, and share your creations: I hope this helps, and happy stitching! - Laura, editor of AllFreeCrochet

Hi banshee 0933060, according to the designer, "You can increase the blanket size by increasing in increments of 10 chains (100, 110, 120...etc)." This info is available in the pattern notes section below the trim/edging instructions. I hope this helps, and happy stitching! - Laura, editor of AllFreeCrochet

I like the color combination of this Shell Stitch Blanket - white and light green. Very subdued and laid back. Perfect for Mother's Day present or Birthday gift.

I really like the look of this Shell Stitch Blanket. After reading the written pattern right here on this page, it doesn't sound so hard to do. With basic stitches and color changes it will look great! I never thought of doing the shells in a different color to make them pop, but wow, it does look good. I can't wait to try this one. Thank you so much for sharing this free crochet blanket pattern.


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