Vintage Crochet Patterns – Shell Afghan

by admin on September 18, 2013

This is a crocheted afghan pattern my grandmother Francis used to make the numerous afghans she made. This pattern is at least 50 years old and was published by the Fixler Bros. Inc of Chicago, Ill.

Abbreviations

CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
YO – Yarn Over
DC – Double Crochet

Chain 162 for a 46X60″ afghan. Baby Afghan chain 146 (18 shells wide). Work in pattern stitch, 20 patterns for 46X60 across row.

Pattern Stitch (Multiple of 8 chain plus 2)

Row 1. 1 sc in second ch from hook, * skip 3 ch, 9 dc in next ch, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, repeat from* across row, turn.

Row 2. Ch 2, * yo, insert hook in first dc, draw yarn through st, yo and through 2 loops (loosely), repeat from * in each of the next 3 sts, (5 loops on hook), then yo and through all 5 loops. Ch 1 for eye of inverted Half Shell, ** ch 3, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3 then repeat from * in each of the next 9 sts, (10 loops on hook) then yo and through all 10 loops, ch 1 for eye of Shell, repeat from ** across, ending…..draw yarn through 6 loops on hook, ch 1 for eye of Half Shell, turn.

Row 3. Ch 3, 4dc in eye ofHalf Shell, 1 sc in next sc, * 9 dc in eye of next Shell, 1 sc in sc, repeat from * across, ending with 5 dc of last Half SHell, draw yarn through last loop, turn.

Row 4. Ch 1, 1sc in first dc, ** ch 3, * yo, insert hook in next st, draw yarn through st, yo and through 2 loops, repeat from * in each of the next 8 sts (10 loops on hook), then yo and through all 10 loop, ch 1 for eye of Shell, ch 3, 1 sc in next st, repeat from ** across row, turn.

Row 5. Ch 1, * 1 sc in sc, 9 dc in eye of next Shell, repeat from * across, ending….1 sc in last st.

Repeat pattern from Row 2. Do not break yarn hen you finish last row but continue with yarn around remaining 3 sides of afghan for border, working 9 dc in eye of Shells, 1 sc between Shells.

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