Kimberly Layton

Easy Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern

Looking for an quick crochet pattern to make right now? This one is for you! This easy crochet shell stitch pattern will help you create something beautiful without needing to be a master of all things crochet.

Knowing crochet blankets will give comfort and warmth {like a hug} for so many years makes this one of my favorite handmade gifts. I still have crochet blankets made by my great-grandmother who taught me how to crochet. There were so many times she told me to rip out rows to fix a mistake…argh. She would never believe I was actually teaching how to crochet now!

I’d love to share how to make this fabulous shell stitch blanket with you. Here’s the pattern to help you create something warm and cozy right now.

Easy Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern

Size hook – H/8

Big Twist Yarns {Chunky – 5} 100% acrylic

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Fisherman Blanc 098 – Medium 4 100%acrylic

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Silver Heather 405 – Medium 4 100% acrylic

I’m giving you this pattern in a UK version that I’ve been using for years. I love it! You can covert the stitches to US terms with this chart.

UK same as US

Chain – ch Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss Slip Stitch – ss

Double Crochet – dc Single Crochet – sc

Treble – tr Double – dc

Space – sp Space – sp

Just google any stitch you’re not familiar with and you’ll get lots of videos!

This Pattern is in multiples of 8 sts 1 {Customize it to make whatever size you want!}

Chain 170

Row 1 – dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn. {169 sts}

Row 2 – ch 1 {does not count as st}, 1 dc in first st, *skip 3 sts, 5 tr in next st {makes a shell}, skip 3 sts, 1 dc in next st; repeat from * to end

Row 3 – ch 3 {counts as tr}, 1 tr in st at base of ch, *ch2, skip 2 tr, 1 dc in next tr {top of shell}, ch2, skip 2 tr, 2tr in next dc ; repeat from * to end.

Row 4 – ch 1 {does not count as st}, 1 dc in sp between first 2 tr, * miss next ch-sp, 5tr in next dc, miss next ch-sp, 1dc in sp between next 2 tr; repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until throw measures about 165 cm, following stripe sequence as indicated and ending with a Row 4 and the first color you used.

Final row – Continue with the first color, ch3 {counts as tr}, 1 tr in st at base of ch, *1dc in each of next 5tr, 1 tr in next dc; repeat from * to end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

*I started with one color and made 8 rows before switching colors. The very first 2 rows you made do not count. You can make rows of 4 or 8 for a pretty pattern. I’ve even seen it done with just 2 rows of each color using up yarn stashes. Get creative!

Note: I didn’t mention how much yarn I used for the blanket…sorry about that, but I wasn’t planning on writing a post about this when I made it. It just turned out so pretty I couldn’t help but share my favorite pattern.

I altered the size of mine to 40” wide and 54” tall.

I made this as a gift to a sweet girl that has been in hospital and rehab for over 4 months now from a brain injury. After countless surgeries she is working hard on her way to recovery, but Tina can definitely use your prayers. Read more about it here.

You can wrap up your crochet blanket with one of our free printable crochet gift tags like the one I used here.

Free Printable Crochet Gift Labels Download – Everything Etsy

If you love crochet projects and can’t get enough, you’ll love this…

101 Simple Crochet Projects {free patterns}

Make someone something special right now!

Do you have a favorite crochet project that you like to give as gifts? I’d love to hear about it!


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