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Pastel Shells Afghan
Pastel shells Afghan

Designed by Eleanor Albano-Miles
For Designs For America from Solutia

Size: approx 53" x 71".

Materials: Worsted-weight yarn Berella "4" (100% Acrylic; 240 yds per 3.5 oz skein) by Bernat: 4 skeins #8921 Rose (Col A); 3 skeins each of #8853 Pale Damson (Col B), #8863 Pale Colonial Blue (Col C), #8846 Pale Teal (Col D) and #8761 Light Ocean (Col E). Size J/6 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain Gauge.

Gauge: 3 shell clusters = 5". To save time, take time to check your gauge.

Special Stitch
Shell cl: Shell Cluster--Work 3 dc in specified st, ch 1, work (sc, hdc, dc) around post of last dc just made.


  • Change colors as follows: In last st before changing to new color, work until 2 loops remain on hook. With new color, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook.
  • To work 2 dc tog: *yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops; rep from *, then yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

With Col A, ch 184.
Row 1: (WS) Sk first 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next ch, *sk next 2 ch, shell cl in next ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across to last 3 ch, sk next 2 ch, 4 dc in last ch, changing to Col B on last st (see Notes), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: (RS) Sc in first st, *shell cl in next sc, sc in ch-1 sp of next shell cl; rep from * across, end last sc in top of turning ch, changing to Col C on last st, ch 3, turn.
Row 3: (WS) Work 3 dc in first st, sc in ch-1 sp of next shell cl, *shell cl in next sc, sc in ch-1 sp of next shell cl; rep from * across, end with 4 dc in turning ch, changing to Col D on last st, ch 1, turn.

Rep Rows 2 & 3 for pattern, continuing col alternation as established. Continue in this manner until a total of 110 rows have been worked from beg, changing to Col A on last st of last row, ch 3, turn.

Row 111: (WS) (Work in each st on this row) Dc in next dc, *hdc in next hdc, sc in next sc, sc in next ch-1, sc in next dc, hdc in next dc, work 2 dc tog over next dc and next sc; rep from * across, end dc in last st; fasten off.

Rnd 1: With RS of work facing, join Col E with a sl st in any st, ch 1, sc evenly around all four edges, working 3 sc in each corner, join with a sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, sk next sc, *sc in next sc, ch 3, sk next st; rep from * around, join with a sl st to first sc; fasten off.
Rnd 3: Join Col D with a sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, *sc in next sp, ch 3; rep from * around entire piece, except work as follows on three ch-3 sps at each corner: (sc, ch 3, sc) in first sc-3 sp, ch 3, sc in second ch-3 sp, ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in third ch-3 sp, ch 3; work in this manner around entire piece, join with a sl st to first sc; fasten off.

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Rnd 4: With Col C, work as for Rnd 3, eliminating corner directions.
Rnd 5: With Col B, rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 6: With Col A, rep 4.

Weave in all ends.

Standard Abbreviations
beg  . . .  begin(ning)
ch  . . .  chain
col  . . .  color
dc  . . .  double crochet
hdc  . . .  half double crochet
lp(s)  . . .  loop(s)
rep(s)  . . .  repeat(s)
rnd(s)  . . .  round(s)
RS  . . .  right side
sc  . . .  single crochet
sk  . . .  skip
sl  . . .  slip
sp(s)  . . .  space(s)
st(s)  . . .  stitch(es)
tog  . . .  together
WS  . . .  wrong side
yo  . . .  yarn over

We hope you enjoy making this fine pattern, which features yarns made with quality acrylic fibers. Please write and tell us what types of hand-knit and crocheted items you would like to see on future crafting shows. Our address is:

Solutia Fibers Division
3391 Town Point Dr., Suite 200
Kennesaw, GA  30144
Attn: Designs for America


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