Crochet Tutorial: Baby Blanket using a Shell Stitch

In this video I share how to make a wavy baby blanket using the shell stitch (5dc in same stitch). Watch this video to learn how you can make one too!
Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Email: put “Shell Stitch Baby Blanket” in subject line
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Sensations Rainbow Classics in light pink (1-one pound Skein Approx. 615 Yards)
Red Heart With Love in White (2-half pound skeins–Approx. 365 Yards Each Skein)
Size K hook—6.50MM (you may use a J-6.00mm hook for a tighter stitch)
Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
YO: Yarn over
Sl st: slip stitch
DC: double crochet
Sk: skip
St: Stich
Sc: single crochet
Shell: 5 dc in same st
-This baby blanket will be 36 inchees x 40 inches
-Ch 3 at the beginning of rows counts as a stitch.
With Pink
Ch 110 (Or chain any amount in groups of 6 until you get the width you like)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with a sc. Ch 3, turn,
Row 2: 2dc in first st (same spot where you chained up 3), *sk 2 sts, sc in next st (middle dc of group of 5 dc from prev. row), sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (sc from prev. row), repeat from * across. Ending with 3 dc in last st, change color to white in last st. ch 1 with new color, turn (See video for guidance)
Row 3: sc in first st, *sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from *across. Ending with sc. Ch 3, turn
Rows 4-68: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for the rest of the pattern. Make sure you change color every 2 rows if you are copying my exact pattern. (You will end your work on a row 2 repeat)
Do not fasten off if you are using the same color as the last row for the border. If you are using a different color for the border, fasten off.
Border: (I highly recommend watching the video to learn this portion)
Round 1 of border:
Connect yarn in corner if you fastened off.
Working along the side of the blanket:
Ch 3, 2dc in same space, ch 1, *work 3 dc around dc row along edge, ch 1, repeat from * when you come to the corner, put [3dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in the starting chain in the corner. Ch 1 turn your work to look at the bottom side of your blanket
Along the bottom edge of your blanket:
*3dc in st where 5 dc group is in, ch 1, repeat from * across. In corner, put [3dc ch 2, 3dc] in the last ch in corner, ch 1, turn your work to look at the side of the blanket.
Working up the side of the blanket:
*work 3 dc around dc row along edge, ch 1, repeat from *. When you come to the corner, put [3dc, ch 2, 3dc] in the last ch 3 (or “double crochet”) of row, ch 1 turn your work to look at the top side of your blanket
Working on top side of the blanket:
Work *3 dc in sc from prev row, ch 1, 3 dc in middle dc of shell, ch 1, repeat from *when you come to the corner, put 3 dc in same st as the first 3dc group, ch 2, sl st to first ch up 3.
Round 2 of border:
Turn work to look at the WS of work.
Ch 1, sc in corner sp, ch 5, sc in same corner sp, **[ch 3, sc in next ch 1 sp] repeat across until you hit the next corner. sc in corner sp, ch 5, sc in same corner sp, Repeat from ** all the way around. Ending with ch 3, sl st to beginning sc.
Round 3 of border:
Sl st into ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc 6 in same corner sp, *sc into sc from prev. row, Shell in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around. When you hit the corners, put 7 dc instead of 5.  Ending the round with sc and sl st to first ch 3 of the round.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat

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34 responses

    • I used 1 pound of the pink in Sensations yarn and I used 2 skeins of the white which is Red Heart with Love yarn. Hope that helps!! Thank you!!

  1. I can’t seem to get this to work with multiples of six on the chain, then noticed that you used 110 chains (according to the instructions above). So is it multiples of six plus two extras on the chain?

  2. Do you have a pic of the blanket? I like to print it out to save with the instructions. Looking forward to making this soon.

  3. Do you have a “STILL PHOTOGRAPH” of your afghan? I printed the instructions, but I like to attach a photo to print so I remember what it is supposed to look like. Thanks! I have a couple projects to finish up, then I’m doing this one!!

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  5. For this tutorial baby blanket how many shells did your baby blanket come up to across one roll?

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  7. I’d love to save this tutorial as I will be in an Internet no no area for a whole week how can I do this?

  8. Thank you so much for the beautiful blanket pattern! My question is when you get to the end of the row and are about to change colors, can I just carry the color up the side of the yarn or do I need to cut the yarn after every color. I’d like to avoid having to tie knots at the end and try to weave in so many Rows worth of yarn. Thanks!

    • You can definitely carry up the yarn so you don’t have to cut and tie knots. I did, but it would probably be much easier to carry the yarn along. Great idea! ~Nadia

      • I made this blanket a few months ago and carried the yarn up. It worked out well because the border hid the messy edges.

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  10. What ply is the yarn you used 3/DK or 4ply . I use mostly dk yarn can it be used for this pattern also? Thank you

    • You can use DK yarn. The yarn I used is Worsted Weight which is a little thicker than DK, but you can definitely get the same results with DK yarn. Good luck on your next project!! ~Nadia

      • Thank you so much, Will be giving it a try very soon. Have been looking for a pattern like this.

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