Welcome to Week 1 of the Stitch Adventure Blanket! In this post, we will crochet the foundation chain, foundation row, and our first stitch pattern, the crochet shell stitch. This is a very simple version of an alternating crochet shell stitch, where increases are placed decoratively to create arches. This pattern is best highlighted using at least 2 different colors.
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Stitch Adventure Blanket 1
Crochet Shell Stitch Pattern by Underground Crafter
Crochet shell stitches use increases decoratively to create arched shells. This pattern alternates the position of the shells on every row and is best highlighted in 2 or more colors.
The Stitch Adventure Blanket is a mystery crochet along. Unlock the mystery of this crochet sampler blanket, row by row, on Saturdays in 2020.
- To fit the following U.S. mattress sizes: Twin (Twin
XL/Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, California King). Mattress sizes are listed
below. Finished blanket size will be larger to include borders.
- Twin (38″ x 75″/96.5 cm x 190.5 cm),
- Twin XL/Long Twin (38″ x 80″/96.5 cm x 203 cm),
- Full (53″ x 75″/134.5 cm x 190.5 cm),
- Queen (60″ x 80″/152.5 cm x 203 cm),
- King (76″ x 80″/193 cm x 203 cm), and
- California King (72″ x 84″/183 cm x 208.5 cm).
- Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 201 yd/184 m):
- Twin: 17 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,330 yards/3,044 meters of any medium weight yarn
- Twin XL/Long Twin: 18 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,500 yards/3,200.5 meters of any medium weight yarn
- Full: 24 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 4,810 yards/4,398 meters of any medium weight yarn
- Queen: 28 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 5,550 yards/5,075 meters of any medium weight yarn
- King: 35 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 7,030 yards/6,428 meters of any medium weight yarn
- California King: 37 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 7,400 yards/6,766.5 meters of any medium weight yarn
- US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 13 dc x 7 rows in double crochet = 4” (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Stitch Adventure Blanket Pattern Notes
- The Stitch Adventure Blanket is constructed in one piece in rows with borders added in the round. New “clues” will be released on Saturdays during 2020.
- I am using 5 colors for my version of the blanket: Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in 200 Paper White (CA), 241 Dusty Rose (CB), 245 Pale Lilac (CC), 246 Dusty Lilac (CD), and 247 Pansy Purple (CE). This is a “dye lot” yarn, so be sure to get enough of each color you plan to use so that the colors match. If you substitute a “no dye lot” yarn, the dyes are consistent between batches so you can order additional yarn as needed and the colors will match.
- You can use as many or as few colors as you like for your version. I recommend at least 2 colors to show certain stitch patterns.I change colors in the last yarn over (yo) before the next color is used, usually in the last yo of the row.
- Whenever possible, I recommend crocheting over your yarn tails as you work. Sometimes, a stitch pattern will be too lacy to effectively crochet over your yarn tails. In that case, I recommend weaving in ends.
- Because the border will be crocheted in the round over the unworked sides of rows, when changing colors often you can carry your yarn tails up the side of your work. AllFreeCrochet has a helpful video tutorial for carrying your yarn tails up the side of your work here.
- Stitch multiples for individual stitches vary. However, the blanket rows are crocheted in multiples of 24 stitches, + 2 stitches.
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often.
- Unless otherwise noted, stitch count remains the same throughout the blanket as your stitch count at the end of Clue 1 Foundation Row – 122 (122, 194, 218, 266, 242 sts).
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
Notes for Part 1
- This pattern begins with a long foundation chain. You can find easy fixes for a foundation chain with too few or too many chains here or watch the video on IGTV here.
- Stitch counts are shown for the blanket sizes as follows: Twin (Twin XL/Twin Long, Full, Queen, King, California King).
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. For this section, my Color A is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in 200 Paper White and my Color B is 241 Dusty Rose.
Part 1 Pattern Instructions
- With CA:
- For Twin and Twin XL/Twin Long sizes, ch 123.
- For Full, ch 195.
- For Queen, ch 219.
- For King, ch 267.
- For California King, ch 243.
- Or, chain any multiple of 24 sts, + 2 sts, + 1 for foundation chain.
- Foundation Row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next st and in each st across. – 122 (122, 194, 218, 266, 242 sts)
Shell Stitch (worked over a multiple of 6 sts, + 2 sts for edge)
- Row 1: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st, changing to CB in final yo of last sc.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in next st, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts,** 5 dc in next st; rep from * across, ending after ** at last st, 3 dc in last st, changing to CA in final yo of last dc.
- Row 3: Rep Row 1.
- For Twin and Full sizes ONLY: You have completed Part 1.
- For Twin XL, Queen, and King sizes
- Rows 4-5: Rep Rows 2-3 once more. You have completed Part 1.
- For California King size ONLY:
- Rows 4-7: Rep Rows 2-3 twice more. You have completed Part 1.