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Scallop Shell Crochet Baby Blanket: Quick and Easy Crochet Pattern

January 30, 2022
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You are going to love this easy, beginner friendly crochet pattern. A Scallop Shell Crochet Baby Blanket that is a riot of gorgeous colour and easy and fun to make!

This blanket uses only very simple stitches – the double crochet stitch and chain. You will create a striped blanket that has great appeal because of the texture effect of the 3 double crochet scallops. It creates a wavy design through the pattern and each ‘scallop’ is like a small puff in the rows of crochet.

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I have always loved making crochet blankets with a ‘spike stitch’. I have previously used the Granny Spike Stitch in some of my blanket designs – you can check them out at the following links: Poppy’s Blanket and Winter Bright Blanket

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Stitches

The scallop in the design is simply 3 double crochets worked into the middle stitch, 2 rows below. The effect is gorgeous creating a puff and textured effect

How to get the Pattern for Scallop Shell Crochet Baby Blanket

  • Free Pattern: Scroll down this blog post for the Instructions
  • Printable PDF: Adfree printable pattern with 5 pages including all details. Thank you for your support! – Purchase on Ravelry and on Etsy

The Yarn

I used one of my favourite aran weight yarns – Stylecraft Special Aran. It is widely available and is a beautifully soft acrylic that is lovely to use. And easily washable which is very important for a baby blanket! Any alternative aran weight/worsted weight yarn can be used for this blanket.

I choose 6 colours to create my baby blanket. You can find the list of colours below. Enjoy experimenting with your own favourite colours!

The border edging is finished using the Crab Stitch (also called reverse single crochet) You can finish it with a final single crochet row if you prefer.

Materials

Stylecraft Special Aran – 100% Acrylic / 196m/214yrds / 100g

5.5mm Crochet Hook

One ball each of the following colours (approx. 75g of each colour)

•           Yarn A: Teal (1062)

•           Yarn B: Mustard (1863)

•           Yarn C: Aqua (1725)

•           Yarn D: Fondant (1241)

•           Yarn E: Pomegranite (1083)

•           Yarn F: Gold (1709)

Measurements

Blanket in pattern measures 30in x 38in [76 x 97cm] unblocked

Abbreviations

US Crochet terms

dc      double crochet

ch      chain

st       stitch

rep     repeat

UK Crochet terms

tr         treble crochet

ch       chain

st        stitch

rep      repeat

Changing Colours

Work the last yarn over of the row with the next colour, for a neat colour change

Special Stitches

Check out Instructions and Video in this post Crochet Crab Stitch

Notes

  • You can use any Aran Weight/Worsted Weight yarn to make a similar sized blanket – approx. 900 – 1100m. If you make a smaller or larger blanket, keep in mind your yardage requirements will vary.
  • 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 (+3) for foundation row
  • Ch 2 at beginning of a row always counts as your first dc
  • The pattern is written in US Crochet Terms
  • Gauge is not important for this pattern

Colour Sequence

Row 1 – Yarn A

Repeat [2 rows Yarn B, 2 rows Yarn C, 2 rows Yarn D, 2 rows Yarn E, 2 rows Yarn F, 2 rows Yarn A]

You will finish the sequence with final row – Yarn A (instead of 2 rows)

Instructions for Crochet Scallop Baby Blanket

With Yarn A chain 91

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 dc), dc in next ch, * ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next 5 ch; rep from * across until 6 ch remain, ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in last 3 ch. Fasten off yarn A. Turn.

Row 2: With Yarn B, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), dc in next 2 sts, * work 3 dc (loosely) in centre ch (of 3 skipped chs) in foundation row below, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 3 sts remain, dc in last 3 sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in next 6 sts, * ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 2 sts remain, dc in last 2 sts. Fasten off yarn B. Turn.

Row 4: With Yarn C, ch 2, dc in next 6 sts, * work 3 dc (loosely) over the next ch-3 sp into the middle stitch 2 rows below, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 2 sts remain, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, * ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 6 sts remain, ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in last 3 sts. Fasten off yarn C. Turn.

Row 6: With Yarn D, ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, work 3 dc (loosely) over the next ch-3 sp into the middle stitch 2 rows below, * dc in next 5 sts, work 3 dc (loosely) over the next ch-3 sp into the middle stitch 2 rows below; rep from * across until 3 sts remain, dc in last 3 sts. Turn.

Row 7: Ch 2, dc in next 6 sts, * ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 2 sts remain, dc in last 2 sts. Fasten off yarn D. Turn.

Row 8: With Yarn E, ch 2, dc in next 6 sts, * work 3 dc (loosely) over the next ch-3 sp into the middle stitch 2 rows below, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * across until 2 sts remain, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 9 – 73: Rep rows 5 – 8 for the remainder of the pattern, finishing with Yarn A for the final row. Fasten off and weave in all threads.

Border

Round 1: Join in Yarn B, ch 1, sc evenly around 4 sides of blanket, working (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in each corner. Join to beg ch and fasten off yarn.

Tip – On the 2 long sides, I worked 1sc in each ch-2 row end and 2sc in each dc row end. Experiment and see what works for your tension.

Round 2: Join in Yarn D, ch 1, hdc in each st around, working (1hdc, ch2, 1hdc) in each corner. Join to beg ch and fasten off yarn.

Round 3: Using Yarn E, repeat round 2. Fasten off yarn.

Round 4: Using Yarn A, work crab stitch (reverse sc) in each st and ch sp around edge of blanket. Fasten off yarn and weave in all threads.

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  • Reply
    Sandy B
    February 15, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Carmen, I am about half way thru the rows and this blanket pattern is great. Its clever how the stitches fit into the 3 chain gap. Im using 10 ply cotton with a 5mm hook and its working up really well.
    You have to be careful to get that last stitch right in each row too. It likes to hide doesn’t it?
    Thank you for another great pattern
    Sandy 🧶

    • Reply
      [email protected]
      February 16, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      That last stitch has to be watched! When I teach crochet it is one of the first things I show pupils as it often gets done incorrectly. Thank you so much and I appreciate your feedback:)

  • Reply
    Bonnie
    August 15, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for written crochet patterns. I’m from the old school and do appreciate them. Would like more of these!!!

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