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Little Shell Ripple Afghan

Pictures don’t do this one justice. The tiny shells are so delicate and ripple adds a little extra complexity to the look.

The example is made in light worsted weight mercanized cotton.

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small28.53820.641064
Small37.0949.4534.951801.95
Medium45.6860.953.012733.18
Large54.2772.3674.823857.67
Extra Large62.8683.81100.385175.44

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
Size H (5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet

Special stitches:
dc3tog – double crochet 3 stitches together (uses three stitches, decreases by two stitches) – [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 44 plus 14.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
28.5″ = 146
37″ = 190
45.75″ = 234
54.25″ = 278
62.75″ = 322

There is also a chart available for this pattern.

After the first row, make all stitches in both loops.

Row 1: Dc in 5th chain from hook, dc in next 4 ch, 3dc in next ch, dc in next 17 ch, dc3tog (uses 3 ch), dc in next ch, dc3tog, dc in next 17 ch, 3dc in next ch, ** dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 17 ch, dc3tog (uses 3 ch), dc in next ch, dc3tog, dc in next 17 ch, 3dc in next ch. Repeat from ** across to last 6 chains. Dc in next 6 ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch1, sc in first dc. Sc in each stitch to end of row. Sc in top turning chain. Turn.

Row 3: Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc in second sc, dc in next 4 sc, 3dc in next sc, dc in next 17 sc, dc3tog (uses 3 sc), dc in next sc, dc3tog, dc in next 17 sc, 3dc in next sc, ** dc in next sc, 3dc in next sc, dc in next 17 sc, dc3tog (uses 3 sc), dc in next sc, dc3tog, dc in next 17 sc, 3dc in next sc. Repeat from ** across to last 6 sc. Dc in next 6 sc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch1, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch3, sc in next dc, (ch3, skip three dc, sc in next dc) four times, ch3, skip four stitches, dc in next dc (this is the dc between the two dc3tog), ch3, skip four stitches, sc in next dc, (ch3, skip three dc, sc in next dc) four times, ch3, dc in next dc, ** ch3, sc in next dc, (ch3, skip three dc, sc in next dc) four times, ch3, skip four stitches, dc in next dc (this is the dc between the two dc3tog), ch3, skip four stitches, sc in next dc, (ch3, skip three dc, sc in next dc) four times, ch3, dc in next dc . Repeat from ** across to last 4 dc and turning chain. Sc in next 4 dc, sc in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 5: Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc in second sc, dc in next 3 sc, 2dc in next dc, (sc in next ch sp, 3dc in next sc) five times, sc in next ch sp, ** 3dc in next dc, (sc in next ch sp, 3dc in next sc) five times, sc in next ch sp . Repeat from ** across to last dc and 5 sc. 2dc in next dc, dc in each of the next 5 sc. Turn.

Row 6: Ch1, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 4 dc, ch2, skip one dc, sc in next dc, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, skip a shell, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, ** ch3, sc in first dc of next shell, ch3, sc in third dc of same shell, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, skip a shell, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times. Repeat from ** across to last 6 dc and turning chain. Ch3, sc in first dc after last shell, ch2, skip one dc, sc in next 4 dc, sc in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 7: Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc in second sc, dc in next 3 sc, sc in next ch sp ** 3dc in next sc, sc in next ch sp. Repeat from ** across to last 5 sc. Dc in each of the next 5 sc. Turn.

Row 8: Ch1, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in next sc, ** (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, ch3, skip a shell, dc in next sc, skip a shell, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, ch3, dc in next sc. Repeat from ** across to last 4 dc and turning chain. Sc in next 4 dc, sc in top of turning chain. Turn.

Repeat rows 5 through 8 until afghan is desired length. End with a row 8 then complete the next three rows.

Third to last row: Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc in second sc, dc in next 4 stitches, 3dc in next stitch, dc in next 17 stitches, skip next chain and sc, dc3tog (uses 3 stitches), dc in next stitch, dc3tog, skip next sc and ch, dc in next 17 stitches, 3dc in next stitch, ** dc in next stitch, 3dc in next stitch, dc in next 17 stitches, skip next ch and sc, dc3tog (uses 3 stitches), dc in next stitch, dc3tog, skip next sc and ch, dc in next 17 stitches, 3dc in next stitch. Repeat from ** across to last 6 stitches. Dc in next 6 stitches. Turn.

Next to last row: Ch1, sc in first dc. Sc in each stitch to end of row. Sc in top turning chain. Turn.

Last row: Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc in second sc, dc in next 4 sc, 3dc in next sc, dc in next 17 sc, dc3tog (uses 3 sc), dc in next sc, dc3tog, dc in next 17 sc, 3dc in next sc, ** dc in next sc, 3dc in next sc, dc in next 17 sc, dc3tog (uses 3 sc), dc in next sc, dc3tog, dc in next 17 sc, 3dc in next sc. Repeat from ** across to last 6 sc. Dc in next 6 sc. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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26 Comments to “Little Shell Ripple Afghan”

  1. WOW this is so nice. I adore the little shells.

  2. I am trying to crochet the Little Shell Ripple Afghan and it just isn’t working out starting with row 5. I have done row 4 four times and row 5 just doesn’t work out. Row 5 is saying to stitch in double crochets where there aren’t any double crochets. Could you please let me know if there is a mistake in the directions. I would really love to be able to make this afghan. It is so beautiful.
    Thank you for your help with this problem.

    • Do you like charts? If so, I can try charting it and see if that helps.

      • Going back to map it out I did find a couple of errors in row 4. That was probably the entire problem. I had left out a couple of ch3′s after a couple of the dc’s. I am so sorry that you have been trying this over and over with my errors. I completely see why row 5 wouldn’t work with those missing ch3′s in row 4.

  3. Have you fixed the pattern to include the ch3′s after the couple of dc’s? I want to try this pattern very much! Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.

  4. As there appears to be a problem with row 4 will you be posting the corrected pattern? I would also be interested in a chart of the pattern.

  5. Love your pattern !!! Thank you so much for sharing it. Only “disappointment” was ~~ when I printed out the pattern and the chart, the ONLY location identifying it as yours with the web site, was on the first page. To make muti-page patterns easier to keep together and identify, I like your name and web site location on each page.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing such a lovely pattern. I have moved it to the top of my to-do list. :o )

    Linda.

  6. Does the pattern include the border? I am confused as it looks as if the dc3tog starts right off, but the border looks like plain dc to me.

  7. that is such a wonderful pattern ,thank you for sharing it with me. I hope I can make it. It would even be pretty with small amounts of leftover yarn that would blend together . Like one row dark blue than a different next row and etc, do you think that would work, not good at crocheting
    thank you

  8. i see this with double varigated: one in green-khaki colors and the other in spring green colors…. i love that combo! :D

    thanks for giving me so many lovely patterns to choose from for the Warmth For All collections! the kids and homeless will love these!

  9. I am working on this afghan now. I found a problem in row 8. Row 8: Ch1, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in next sc, ** (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, ch3, skip a shell, dc in next sc, skip a shell, (ch3, sc in center dc of next shell) five times, ch3, dc in next sc. ((SHOULD THERE BE A SKIP A SHELL AND A CH3 PRIOR TO ENDING THE ROW?))

    Repeat from ** across to last 4 dc and turning chain. Sc in next 4 dc, sc in top of turning chain. Turn.

    • The skipped shells are in the “valleys”. The end of the row ends on a “peak”. You will have a sc in the top of the shell right before the edge, a ch 3, a dc in the sc that is next to the edge then sc in the 4 dc and turning chain at the edge.

      It should work as it is written.

  10. Thanks, Mama. I love the pattern. This is the part that is missing in the instructions: a ch 3, a dc in the sc that is next to the edge then sc in the 4 dc and turning chain at the edge. The instructions only take us to the “peak” and then skips to the edge.

  11. Mama, I apologize, I found I have an extra shell. I am going to start over.

  12. You’re wonderful! Thanks so much for giving the various sizes of afghans. I crochet afghans for the needy and homeless vets, people whose homes have burned to the ground, etc. Your afghans are easy and very lovely. I make my afghans as “gifts” to those in need and your afghans fit the bill. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve copied several more patterns. Again, thanks so much for giving me the choice of size, without having to do the math myself!

  13. So the directions for row 4 are corrected in the directions above? because I am still having trouble…

    • They are now correct and have been used successfully many times now. Tell me what is happening so that I can help figure it out.

  14. Mama,

    I am having problems with row 5. It is not adding up. I think mm it is the same problem the others were experiencing but I don’t see the corrected pattern. I have done the above pattern twice now and row 5 is not working. Can you please send me the corrected pattern

    thanks

    • I corrected the original problem which was that the end of the row directions were completely missing. I followed the directions as though I’d never made the pattern and made it through row 5 fine, so I haven’t found a problem. Could you give me some more details of what is happening?

  15. How can we copy the pattern without copying all the comments! Love them!

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