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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

Double treble / Treble – d.tr / tr

Front Post dc / sc – FPdc / sc

Shell: work 3d.tr + 2ch + 3d.tr in the same space.

Stitch - st

Make 6ch and sl.st in last ch.

Round 1: Make 5ch, 2 d.tr/tr in ring of 6ch, * 2ch, 6 d.tr/tr in ring; rep from * 2 times more, 2ch, 3 d.tr/tr in ring, sl.st in 5th ch, turn.

Round 2: 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, * 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr; rep form * 2 times more, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 2d.tr/tr below, 1FPdc/sc over 5ch, 1ch, 1dc/sc in 1st FPdc/sc of the round, turn.

Round 3: Make 5ch, 2 d.tr/tr + 2ch + 3 d.tr/tr in space between 1ch and dc/sc below, * work 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th sts below: insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of 1st dc/sc, then from back to front under the top 2 loops of the 7th dc/sc and work dc/sc, 2 shells in space of 2ch; rep from * 2 times more, 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th dc/sc below, shell in space between 1ch and dc/sc below, sl.st in 5th ch, turn.

Round 4: 1ch, * 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 2ch; rep form * 2 times more, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 2d.tr/tr below, 1FPdc/sc over 5ch, 1ch, 1dc/sc in 1st FPdc/sc of the round, turn.

Round 5:

Work next steps:

1 - "Beginning of the round #1": 5ch, 2 d.tr/tr + 2ch + 3 d.tr/tr in space between 1ch and dc/sc below.

2 - "Middle stitches #1": 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th dc/sc below, shell in space of 1ch, 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th dc/sc below.

3 - "Point #1": work 2 shells in space of 2ch.

Repeat steps: 2 – 3 – 2 – 3 – 2.

4 - "Finishing of the round #1": work shell in space between 1ch and dc/sc below, sl.st in 5th ch, turn.

Round 6:

Work next steps:

1 - "Beginning of the round #2": 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr.

2 - "Middle stitches #2": 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 1ch.

3 - "Point #2": 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr , 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr.

Repeat steps: 2 – 3 – 2 – 3 – 2.

4 - "Finishing of the round #2": 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 2d.tr/tr below, 1FPdc/sc over 5ch, 1ch, 1dc/sc in 1st FPdc/sc of the round, turn.

Round 7:

Work next steps:

1 - "Beginning of the round #1": see Round 5.

2 - "Middle stitches #1": * 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th dc/sc below, shell in space of 1ch; rep from *, 1dc/sc through 1st and 7th dc/sc below.

3 - "Point #1": see Round 5.

Repeat steps: 2 – 3 – 2 – 3 – 2.

4 - "Finishing of the round #1": see Round 5.

Round 8:

Work next steps:

1 - "Beginning of the round #2": see Round 6.

2 - "Middle stitches #2": * 1ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr below, 7dc/sc in space of 2ch, 1FPdc/sc over each of the next 3d.tr/tr; rep from *, 1ch..

3 - "Point #2": see Round 6.

Repeat steps: 2 – 3 – 2 – 3 – 2.

4 - "Finishing of the round #2": see Round 6.

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

Colors & rounds: * 1 & 2 – blue, 3 & 4 – light blue, 5 & 6 – white, 7 & 8 – beige*.

Color combination with blue & white

Colors & rounds: 1 - light blue, 2 – white, 3 – blue, 4 – white, 5 - light blue, 6 – white, 7 – blue, 8 – 11 – white, 12 - light blue, 13 – white, 14 – blue.

Materials: hook size 4/0 - 2.5mm and 100% cotton, 50g - 250m.

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