Classically Simple Shell Afghan - Free Crochet Pattern


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Pretty Enough for the Advanced, Simple Enough for the Beginner

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.

This pattern is provided free and may not be sold. You may sell the items you make, but you may not sell the pattern. Feel free to share this pattern on your site, but please link to this page - do not post the pattern itself.

** Tip ** To learn how to join yarn invisibly when attaching a new skein, look here.

Materials Needed

Size K crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn in color of your choice
(4 skeins should yield an afghan approx 52" wide x 54" long)

Directions for Classically Simply Shell Afghan

Skill Level: Beginner

Abbreviations:

CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = 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.

Written by Marie Anne St. Jean - Featured Crafting Contributor
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Nicely Written :)
Wonderful job! I like how you don''t have to keep count, that gets very tiring!
Reminds me of my grandmother. She was always making something for someone!
I admire those of you who do this, but it''s not for me.
I love the classic simplicity of this afghan. Just my style. Now, if I could only find the time and skill to crochet it. :-)
so creative!
I have not done any for years. You make me want to take it up again.. Thanks
It is a beautiful design! :)
Thanks!
Very pretty and simple too!
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