Friday, January 29, 2016

Peaked Shell Afghan Crochet Pattern

Peake Shell crochet patternIt's been a busy January!  I have so many fun new designs in the works, but it will be a while before I can share them with you.  To help fill in the gap of releases, I've worked up this pretty Peaked Shell Afghan crochet pattern for you.  It's simple, quick and has a fun little texture!
An ad free printable PDF of this pattern is available for a small fee in my Ravelry shop here:

Materials: I chose to use Caron Simply Soft because I had a bunch on hand and my girls loved the colors.  You could use any yarn for this project and just work it to your desired size.
The qty of yarn will depend on the size of the afghan that you make.  This will take around 2,500 yards for a 4'x4' size.

Peaked Shell crochet pattern
Hook:  I used a Boye size H.  Again, you may use your preferred hook size that works best with the yarn you choose.

Gauge: 3 DC & 2 Rows = 1"

Finished Size: Customizable

Skill Level: Easy

Stitches: St - Stitch
               Ch - Chain
               Sk - Skip
               Sp - Space
               Sl St - Slip Stitch
               SC - Single Crochet
               DC - Double Crochet
               PS - Peaked Shell

Special Stitches:
       Peaked Shell: 3 DC, Picot, 3 DC in same stitch
       Picot: Ch 3, sl st in 3rd Ch from hook
       HDC Foundation Chain: 

Notes: Ch 3 at the beginning of each row counts as a DC
            Change colors every 2 rows for a fun ripple color pattern

Begin with a HDC Foundation Chain in multiples of 4 + 1
       61: 2'     89: 3'     121: 4'     153: 5'            
       (2 Shell rows = 2" wide & 1" tall)

R1: Ch 1, turn, SC in next st, *sk next st, PS in next st, sk next st, SC in next st,* Repeat from *to* across

R2: Ch 3, turn, DC in same sp as Ch, working behind picot, SC around the strand just below the picot of next PS (see photo),  *PS in next SC, working behind picot, SC around the strand just below the picot of next PS,*  Repeat from *to* across, 2 DC in end SC

R3: Ch 1, turn, SC in next st, sk next st, PS in next SC, *working in front of the picot, SC around the strand just below the picot of next PS, PS in next SC,* Repeat from *to* across, sk next st, SC in end st

Repeat R2 & R3 to desired height

SC evenly around the edges to finish off.  (I prefer to leave the shell section on top of this one instead of squaring it off)
Peaked Shell Afghan crochet pattern

Below is the result of changing colors every 2 rows
Peaked Shell Afghan Crochet Pattern


  1. this sure is busy. I'm going to try it. thanks so much

  2. This is awesome. Gonna have to try.

  3. I think the texture makes the blanket look extra inviting to cuddle with! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What an absolutely GORGEOUS afghan stitch and pattern. Thank you so much for so generously sharing your patterns. I believe this will be the next afghan I make.

  5. very beautiful, but, I would not rate this pattern as easy.More like intermediate

  6. Is the number of chains the same for a regular chaining and doing hdc?

    1. If working a basic chain, you would need to work the multiples of 4 + 3 and then hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across

  7. This pattern is fun and gorgeous! I used it to make a baby blanket using lavender and variegated yarn. It's soft and cuddly. Thank you for sharing

  8. How do I end R1?? I did not do the HDC, I made it the 'normal' way (4 + 3, turn, 2nd chain from hook do sc). After the last PS that can be made in that row how many stitches should be left? Confused and in need of help! TY

    1. The repeat for the stitch pattern is multiples of 4+1 so if you worked a basic chain and then made a row of sc, just make sure that your sc's are in multiples of 4+1. (61, 89, 121, 153 were given as examples for specific sizes if matching my gauge)

    2. I thought I read above where you told someone it was 4+3. So at the end of r1 there should be no sts left over, ends with the PS? I greatly appreciate your help, had a couple of strokes so I do need a little extra help at times.

    3. Oh, yes because they did the first row as hdc and you mentioned you did sc. Working in the multiples given, there shouldn't be any stitches left over.


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