I love bright colourful baby blankets but I also have a love of Vintage Inspired crochet lace stitch patterns. I wanted to make a light and airy baby blanket that is suitable for Summer but also for keeping a small baby cosy and swaddled. The 4-row repeat stitch pattern for this Lacy Shells Crochet baby blanket is perfect, and I hope you like it too! Includes a Video Tutorial further down the page.
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Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket Details
My blanket is 24in x 30in approximately, but you can make a smaller or larger blanket by chaining a shorter or longer foundation chain. I have given the stitch multiple in the pattern so you can make any size you like. The yarn I used is a beautiful soft blend from King Cole called Paradise Beaches, and is perfect for baby crochet. You can get the yarn in lovely colours, so you will have plenty to choose from! Find your local stockists here
The blanket used only 3 x 100g balls of yarn in pink and cream so it was a very fast and inexpensive project. I loved crocheting the open lace shell pattern – very relaxing and easy to work. The final result was a beautiful soft and squishy blanket with lovely texture!
If you want to learn how to crochet a baby blanket with this lovely lace shell stitch, the instructions are further down the page, or you can purchase an inexpensive PDF copy of the pattern. Your support is always appreciated and it helps me provide more free patterns!
King Cole: Paradise Beaches DK – 70% Premium Acrylic / 30% Polyamide / 255m
1 ball each of:
- Yarn A: 3002 White Russian
- Yarn B: 3007 Pink Gin
- Yarn C: 3008 Strawberry Daquiri
- 4.5mm Crochet Hook
- You can use any DK Weight/Light Worsted Weight yarn to make this blanket – approx. 800m. You can also use a different yarn weight to make a smaller or larger blanket, using a matching hook but keep in mind your yardage requirements will vary.
- I use a larger than recommended crochet hook to give a looser drape and more texture but you may prefer a smaller hook – 4mm for example
- Instructions are given to make the blanket pictured in this pattern. You can make a smaller or larger blanket by chaining a shorter or longer foundation chain. Stitch Multiple is 8 ch (+2)
- The pattern is written in US Crochet Terms
23.5in x 29in [60 x 71cm] unblocked
2 pattern repeats of shell and 9 rows in pattern = 4in [10cm]
US Crochet terms
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
UK Crochet terms
dc double crochet
tr treble crochet
Shell: [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in indicated stitch or space in pattern
V–Stitch (v-st): [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in indicated stitch or space in pattern
Work the last yarn over of the row with the next colour, for a neat colour change
You can also see the video on my YouTube Channel
Video for Lace Shell Blaby Blanket
Instructions for Lacy Shells Crochet Baby Blanket
You can find a helpful Video tutorial above
Using Yarn C chain 98 (or a multiple of 8 sts +2)
Foundation Row (Set up Row): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, * skip 3 ch, Shell (see special stitches) in next ch, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch; rep from * across, ending with 1 sc in final ch, turn.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout pattern at beg of a row), 1 dc in 1st st (at base of ch 3), * ch 2, 1 sc in 1st ch-1 sp of next shell, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch-1 sp of same shell, ch 2, v-st (see special stitches) in next sc; rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1 here and through pattern at beginning of a row), 2 dc in 1st st (at base of ch 3), * 1 sc in next ch-3 sp, shell in ch-1 sp of next v-st,; rep from * across, ending with 1 sc in last ch-3 sp, [2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in last st (top of beg ch 3), turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout at beg of row), 1 sc in 1st st, ch 2, v-st in next sc, ch 2, * 1 sc in 1st ch-1 sp of next shell, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch-1 sp of same shell, ch 2, v-st in next sc, ch 2; rep from * across, ending with 1 sc in 3rd ch of beg ch 4, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st st. * shell in ch-1 sp of next v-st, 1 sc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across, ending with 1 sc in last st, turn, fasten off Yarn C.
Rows 5 – 8: Using Yarn B repeat rows 1 – 4. Fasten off Yarn B.
Rows 9 – 12: Using Yarn A repeat rows 1 – 4. Fasten off Yarn A.
Rows 13 – 16: Using Yarn C repeat rows 1 – 4. Fasten off Yarn C.
Rows 17 – 68: Repeat rows 5 – 16 four more times
You will now work a final row to straighten your top edge
Final row: Ch 3, 1 dc in 1st st (base of ch 3), * ch 1, 1 sc in 1st ch-1 sp of next shell, ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd ch-1 sp of same shell, ch 1, v-st in next sc; rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in last st. Fasten off yarn.
You will work a row of sc around all 4 sides of your blanket. At the top of your blanket, you will work 1 sc in each st and ch-1 sp across, working 3 sc in the corner. You will work sc evenly down both sides, working 2 sc in each dc or ch 3 row end, and 1 sc in each sc row end. You will work sc evenly across the bottom foundation row.
Round 1: Join Yarn A in any st, ch 1(does not count as st here and throughout), work sc evenly around all 4 sides, working 3 sc in each corner, join with a sl st to beg sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around working 3 sc in centre st of corner 3 sc. Join with a sl st to beg sc.
Round 3: Repeat round 2. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
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