Welcome to Week 16 of the Stitch Adventure Blanket! This week’s pattern is a variation on the shell stitch with a bit more lace and alternating stitch heights. I hope you enjoy this open shell stitch crochet pattern as much as I do!
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I love this stitch combination and if you do, too, I used it in one of my earliest free crochet patterns, the Pinky Circle Scarf. Open shell stitch crochet patterns add a little bit of lace to a classic stitch pattern.
By the way, I’ve gotten a few questions about “right side” and “wrong side” of the blanket. Since very few of the stitches we have used so far have a distinctive “right side,” I haven’t been listing it this information each week. However, there will be times when it is important to know. So, I have updated Part 10 to indicate which side is right and wrong.
If you don’t want to go back to that week’s pattern, your bobbles from Part 10 were worked on the wrong side and should be “puffy” on the right side of your blanket. It may help to put a stitch marker on the right side of your blanket going forward.
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Stitch Adventure Blanket 16
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This open shell stitch crochet pattern combines shells with lacy rows of stitches at alternating heights. If you enjoy this stitch, try my free crochet pattern for the Pinky Circle Scarf.
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
- CE – Color E
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
Notes for Part 16
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. For this section, my Color E is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in 247 Pansy Purple (CE).
- For Modified Shell Lace pattern, repeat Rows 1-4 as desired.
Modified Shell Lace (worked over any multiple of 6 sts + 2 sts for edge)
- Do not turn, join CE with sl st to last hdc of previous section.
- Row 1: Turn, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch-2 sp), sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2, dc in next st; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *sk ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next st, sk ch-2 sp, sc in next st; rep from * across.
- Row 3: Rep Row 1.
- Row 4: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st, *2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next st; rep from * across.
- All sizes: You have completed Part 16.