Friday, April 22, 2011

Sampler Square #4: Five-Double Crochet Shells

Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions

Stitches Used: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)

Special Stitches:
Five Double Crochet Shell (5-dc shell):
Work 5 dc in one stitch. For this pattern, shells are worked into each sc from previous row with a sc in the top of the center of each shell. (Video)

Pattern:This pattern is now exclusively available in the ReCrochetions Presents: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan Book. Available in Right and Left-handed Editions (see links -->). The book also contains 4 more simple baby blanket patterns and a newborn hat, and 30 complete step-by-step tutorial.

Notes: A Shell is simply a group of stitches worked into the same stitch or space. There are many varieties of shells from 3-dc Shells (used in Granny Squares) to 8-trc Shells. An odd number of stitches in the Shell is required if you want to work into the center of the Shell on the following row (as in this square). The number of stitches or chains skipped in between your Shells should equal the number of stitches in your Shell, plus 1 for the stitch you are working in. The Shell is a very common stitch in making afghans and garments.

Happy Earth Day! Hope Everyone has a great Easter Weekend! I have finished the first sample of the completed afghan, so there will definitely be pictures up here soon!

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