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Crochet shell square

Guide

This afghan square crochet stitch pattern is a versatile design that can be worked using any thread or yarn. Most yarns have the recommended crochet hook size on the label. But you can play around with different options to get tighter or looser crochet fabric.

How to grow your square pattern:

You could make a lovely-to-look-at baby blanket or pillow cover of any size. Grow the square pattern for as long as you want. Simply repeat rows (given in diagram and step-by-step instructions) until you get the desired size of your project.


Techniques used in this stitch

UK / US crochet term:

Chain stitch – ch

Slip stitch – sl.st

Double crochet / Single crochet – dc / sc

Treble / Double crochet – tr / dc

Round 1: 5 ch, work 7 times: 1 tr/dc + 1 ch in last ch; sl.st in 4th of 5 ch.

Round 2: 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in space of 1 ch, work 4 times: 7 tr/dc in next space of 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in next space of 1 ch; sl.st in dc/sc.

Round 3: 4 ch, work in the same dc/sc below: 1 tr/dc + 3 ch + 1 tr/dc + 1 ch + 1 tr/dc;

after work 3 times: 5 ch, 1 tr/dc + 1ch + 1 tr/dc + 3 ch + 1 tr/dc + 1 ch + 1 tr/dc in the same dc/sc below;

at the end of the round work: 2 ch, 1 tr/dc in 2nd of ch.

Round 4: 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in middle (fourth) tr/dc of 7 tr/dc group below. The chain of 2 stitches and tr/dc should be inside the dc/sc.

Then work 7 tr/dc in space of 4 ch, 1 dc/sc in space of 3 ch, 7 tr/dc in space of 1 ch.

Work 3 times: 1 dc/sc in middle tr/dc, 7 tr/dc in space of 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in space of 3 ch, 7 tr/dc in next space of 1 ch; at the end make sl.st. in ch.

Round 5:

Work next steps:

"Beginning of middle stitches 1": 4 ch, 1 tr/dc in dc/sc below.

Make 5 ch.

"Point 1": 1 tr/dc + 1ch + 1 tr/dc + 3 ch + 1 tr/dc + 1 ch + 1 tr/dc in the same dc/sc below.

"Middle stitches 1": *5 ch, 1 tr/dc + 1 ch + 1 tr/dc in dc/sc below; rep from *, 5 ch.

Work 2 times: "Point 1" + "Middle stitches 1" (see above), after that work "Point 1" again, 2 ch and 1 tr/dc in 2nd of ch.

Round 6:

Work next steps:

"Beginning of middle stitches 2": 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in middle (fourth) tr/dc, 7 tr/dc in space of 1 ch.

Make 1 dc/sc in middle (fourth) tr/dc.

"Point 2": 7 tr/dc in space of 1 ch, 1 dc/sc in space of 3 ch, 7 tr/dc in next space of 1 ch.

"Middle stitches 2": *1 dc/sc in middle tr/dc, 7 tr/dc in space of 1 ch; rep from *, 1 dc/sc in middle tr/dc.

Work 2 times: "Point 2" + "Middle stitches 2" (see above) , after that work "Point 2" again, sl.st in ch.

Round 7:

Work next steps:

"Beginning of middle stitches 1" (see Round 5).

"Middle stitches 1" (see Round 5).

"Middle stitches 1" (see Round 5).

"Middle stitches 1" (see above).

Work 2 times: "Point 1" + "Middle stitches 1" (see above) , after that work "Point 1" again, 2 ch and 1 tr/dc in 2nd of ch.

Round 8:

Work next steps:

"Beginning of middle stitches 2" (see Round 6).

"Middle stitches 2" (see Round 6).

"Point 2" (see Round 6).

"Middle stitches 2" (see above).

Work 2 times: "Point 2" + "Middle stitches 2" (see above) , after that work "Point 2" again, sl.st in ch.

Repeat rows 7 -8 until you have reached your desired size of square.

Colors & rows: 1 - 2 Rounds: beige yarn. 3 - 4 Rounds: blue yarn. 5 - 8 Rounds: beige yarn. 9 Round: yellow yarn. 10 Round: blue yarn.

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