I was so hot, I just had to take a break, so here you go . . . Please note, I am not referring to FIFA again for four years (well, except for the women’s matches, of course! None of my teams made it to the finals . . . 😦
Note: awesome linkies are at the bottom of this post, but first, here is the pattern for the
REVERSIBLE SHELL AFGHAN
Supplies: 20 x (50 gm skeins), 10 each of two colours (one can be variegated, if you like; I haven’t tried this with two variegates, but if you are super adventurous, do make sure the colours create a strong contrast. 4-ply Sayelle knitting Worsted is what’s suggested in my pattern. That will make an afghan approximately 50″ x 60″ (4 feet by 5 feet). Use a Number 5 crochet hook.
Since I was using yarn I already had, I simply used a hook the right size for that yarn. If your yarn and hook are larger, then the afghan will be larger (and you may need more yarn)
The first two rows need you to pay close attention; after that, you’re sailing!
Row 1: (Shell stitch row) With either colour, chain 203 loosely.
Work 1 dc in the 5th chain from the hook (turning chain), 3 dc in the next chain, 1 dc in the next chain (1 shell completed)
* Skip 2 chains, work 1 dc in next ch, 3 dc in next chain, 1 dc in next chain.
Repeat from * across to within one chain from the end, do not work in last chain. There will be 40 shells in the row. Crop loop from hook (leave the loop long enough so it doesn’t pull out).
Row 2: (chain loop row). Do not turn.
With your second colour, make a loop on the hook.
Starting at the beginning of the last row, chain with a sc in the 4th chain of the turning chain (the chain before the first dc of the first shell stitch row)
Working in front of the last row, * ch 5, skip next shell, work 1 sc in the 1st chain of the 2 skipped chains in the foundation chain (between shells). Repeat from * across.
End with chain 6, 1 sc in end chain (the free chain at the end of the last shell row)
There are 40 chain loops in a row.
Row 3: (Shell stitch row) Ch 2, turn.
Work a slip-stitch in first dc of last shell-stitch row.
(NB: make sure the new colour thread doesn’t twist around the first colour, or you will spoil the look of the edge)
Ch 2, * inserting hook through the dc and under the chain loop, work a shell (5 dc in same st) in centre of the next shell, repeat from * across row, drop loop from hook, do not turn.
Row 4: (chain-loop row) Pick up dropped first colour loop at end of the shell st row before last ch 6, working in front of last shell-st row, skip shell, work 1 sc in space before next shell (same colour shell as cahin-loop being made); repeat from * across, end with chain 6, skip lst shell, 1 sc under chain-loop at end of row.
Row 5: With first colour, work same as for row 3. Do not turn.
Row 6: Pick up dropped 2nd colour loop at end of the shell-st row before last and work same as for row 4.
Repeat rows 3, 4, 5 and 6 for pattern and work until afghan measures approx. 60 inches from start.
Fringe: Cut 10 inch lengths of both colours. Using 2 lengths of each colour, attach fringe between shells, catching chain loops also.
Notes: A baby afghan is made the same way, but use baby wool.183 chains and is usually 32″ by 40″ For a baby afghan, cot or pram blanket, I like the look of white on one side and a baby colours variegate on the other. (see photos below).
Be careful with the first 2 rows – and after that it’s a piece of cake!
For me, a dc (double crochet) is made with a loop on the hook, then wrap the yarn around once, insert hook through next chain and grab yarn, pulling yarn through to make a loop (on the hook you will have a loop, a wrap and the original loop); pull yarn through the loop you just made and the wrap (leaving two loops on the hook), then through those last two loops. I know that dc is different in some countries, so I hope this helps. If it’s not clear, let me know, please.
If you have any trouble with this pattern (especially if you are new to crochet), please let me know and I’ll do what I can to help.
Here are the photos again, to save you having to go back and forth with the earlier post:
Note: these photos show the work upside-down to what it looks like when you are working on it. In the picture below, the working edge is at the bottom. The shells have the wide edge up and their base is worked through the chains of the previous row (same colour) as well as through the top of the opposite colour shell. Don’t worry; all becomes clear as soon as you have the first four – six rows done. Honest!
In the top piece in the above photo, the work is seen with the beginning on the right side and the working edge on the left.
Now for that awesome link:
This pattern belongs to Robin Sanchez, of the Once Upon a Pink Moon blog, which I’m sure you will enjoy browsing. I know you need another project as much as I do. I think these would be stunning in tones of teal, aqua and sea-foam, don’t you, Boomdee? 🙂
If you make this and blog about it, please be sure to give Robin the credit and link back to her blog. She does some great work! Narfie7, stop reading here!
I think this Flower Power valance would be lovely over sheer white curtains, too, or on the side windows of a motor home or van . . . hmmm, my era is showing again . . .