This afghan is made from a very simple shell crochet stitch that can be mastered by a beginner, yet results in a beautiful throw that anyone would be pleased to own.
While it can be crocheted in a striped manner in your choice of colors, I prefer the look of a single color for this particular afghan pattern. The afghan works up very quickly and requires only a basic knowledge of the single and double crochet stitches and virtually no counting – easy to work on while watching TV without having to worry about losing your place.
Because every other row is simply double crochet, it gives a somewhat open, lacy appearance, the perfect afghan for curling up on the couch when there’s a bit of chill in the air, without being too heavy and cumbersome.
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Size K crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn in color of your choice. Model shown is Red Heart’s Aran Fleck.
(5 7-oz skeins should yield an afghan approx 52″ wide x 54″ long)
Directions for Classically Simply Shell Afghan
Skill Level: Beginner
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
HDC = Half-double crochet
The starting chain is a multiple of 3 plus 1. A chain of 145 will result in an afghan approximately 52″ wide. If you would like the afghan to be wider or narrower, simply add or subtract the starting chain in increments of 3.
With size K crochet hook and worsted weight yarn in your choice of colors, chain 145.
Row 1: SC in second ch from hook and SC in each remaining stitch across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Skip first two stitches, *3 DC in third stitch, skip two stitches*, repeating from * to * across, ending with DC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Skip first stitch, DC across row. Ch 3, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern, until afghan measures the desired length.
Last Row: After last row 2 of pattern, ch 1, turn. SC in second stitch and remaining stitches across. Bind off, weave in ends.
I have also made this afghan with a row of SC or HDC between the rows of shells, in place of the DC rows. It works up quicker with the DC rows, but play with a swatch before deciding which works best for your needs.
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