Let me show you how to crochet a Simple Shells Baby Blanket. All it takes is one ball of Bernat Baby Sport yarn to make this beautiful baby afghan. This pattern is free on this post, but if you would like to pick up the complete pdf with “Designer Notes” that include how to make a preemie blanket and other tips, along with embellishment info that includes a pretty cool embellishment hack, please go to Ravelry or Etsy.
I was beyond excited to be take part in the 1st annual “Preemie Crochet Challenge”. The event has come and gone, but there are still great designs for you to choose from, so that you can create and donate items to hospitals for those precious preemie baby’s.
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Remember, this pattern is free on this post, but if you would like to pick up the complete pdf that includes Designer Notes and embellishment info, along with a pretty cool embellishment hack please go to Ravelry or Etsy.
If you could give this pattern a heart and add it to your que at Ravelry I would appreciate it so much. You can also give it a heart on Etsy as well.
I am pretty excited that I now have two blankets made for the next baby shower. The church I attend has a nursery full of babies, and there were two little ones born on the same day not too long ago. What a joy it was to be able to chat with them and all of the ladies in our church on that special day. They were able to let us know what stage of labor they were in, and then happily make the announcement that their little girls had arrived. They are birthday twins and will be a big part of our church’s nursery when the stay at home order is lifted. It was an exciting day!
One Ball Simple Shells Baby Blanket
Hook: H/8-5.00MM hook
I used one ball of Bernat Baby Sport. Approx. 861 yds.
Gauge: 4” across = 3 shells; 4” height 10 rows
Special Stitch Guide
Shell: 5 dc in stitch indicated
Corner Shell: 9 DC in stitch indicated
sc = single crochet
dc = Double Crochet
ch = chain
slp st = slip stitch
sp = space
nxt = next
beg. = beginning
st = stitch
repeat between * * = repeat the sequence that is between the * * as many times as stated
x = times, will follow number, example repeat sequence 8 x or 8 times
Base Ch 91
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, Skp 2 ch’s; Shell in nxt ch; *skp 2 ch’s; sc in nxt; skp 2 ch’s, Shell in nxt;* repeat across; skp last 2 ch’s, sc in last ch; Turn (15 Shells)
Row 2: ch2, 2dc in 1st st; sc in 3rd st of prev shell; *Shell in nxt sc; sc in 3rd st of prev shell;* repeat across; 3dc in last sc; Turn
Row 3: ch1, sc in 1st st; Shell in nxt sc; *sc in 3rd st of prev shell; Shell in nxt sc;* repeat across; sc in or under ch2 sp. Turn
Row 4-60: Repeat Rows 2 & 3 consecutively or until your rectangle is 27” in height. Do not turn at the end of the last Row.
Measurements: 24” across x 27” height
sc around the edge of the blanket, executing 3sc at each corner.
Round 1: Turn slightly, ch 1, 3sc in corner. Crochet down the 1st side of the blanket, execute corner st, then crochet across the bottom of the blanket with a stitch in each of the base ch’s. Execute a corner st, then proceed to sc up the opposite side of the blanket. Execute the last corner st; then proceed to sc across the top of the blanket; join w/slp st to beg. 1st sc of 1st corner.
Beading Round (hdc, ch1, skp st, hdc in nxt) (corner = hdc, ch3, hdc in 2nd sc of previous corner)
Round 2: slp st into 2nd sc of corner st; CH 5 (counts as hdc ch3), hdc in same st. (1st corner made) proceed to *ch1, skp st, hdc in nxt* down the side, make sure there is a ch1 right before executing the corner. Continue around the entire blanket in the same fashion to make the beading round, making sure to execute a Corner at at each corner. Join w/slp st to 2nd ch of beg. ch5.
SC in each st around, with 3 sc in each corner
Round 3: slp st in to ch3 sp; 3 sc in ch sp; proceed to sc in each ch and hdc st executing 3 sc’s at each corner. Join w/slp st to beg. sc
Round 4: slp st in 2nd sc of corner st, ch3, 8dc in same st; (1st Corner Shell made) Proceed in this pattern around the blanket *skp 2 st’s, sc in nxt; skp 2 st’s, Shell in nxt* making sure there is a sc right before the Corner Shell at each corner *; Repeat * to * around; join to top of beg. ch3
Round 5: *ch1, slp st in nxt st* Repeat in each st around, join w/slp st to beg. st. End off weave in ends.
Measurements. (Border is 1.5” and compete blanket is 27” across x 30” height)
Run satin ribbon through the beading, and then make a sweet pull tie bow and add it to the corner. This is great for photo opportunities with your little one. Disclaimer: Please do not leave the ribbon in the beading round for every day use.
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I made this for my sister-in-law, who’s also named Krissy, who’s due in early July and was supposed to have a baby shower this weekend. I used almost 2 cakes of Lion Brand’s Mandala Ombré yarn in Balance. I added 2 rows so it’d begin and end with the lavender. I think she’ll love it! Thanks for a great pattern!
Oh that sounds so pretty! What an encouragement it is to see your note! Thank you! I am sure she will love it! I would love to see a photo of your blanket. Please join my facebook crochet and craft group and post a photo there. I know everyone would love to see it!
MaryAnn Thompson says
I want to make this larger is the pattern multiples of 3 or 6?
It is a multiple of 6
KIMBERLY HELMICK says
It’s a multiple of 6
Love this pattern, hope to make it bigger and use Bernat Baby Blanket yarn – what do you think?
I think that’s a great idea! I wold love to see it when it’s finished! Well you use a larger hook?
I think i might need to. Could be a while for the finished product, but happy to share
I understand it taking time…life just doesn’t let us crochet all day long does it? It would be nice if we could!
HI. Your chart shows chain 3 on row 2, but your written instructions say chain 2. Which one is correct?
Judi Combs says
Please give me the color yarn for the blue simple shells baby blanket. I can’t find the Bernat sports yarnr color in the blue
Debbie Doebley says
I been making baby afghans/blankets since I was 10, too lazy to pull out 1 of my patterns as there’s over a thousand books to go through so I thought I look for something on Pinterest for now. I had no used of my hand for a year and am starting to get back into my projects but in the meantime my sister called, said she sold the last 2 baby afghans I made for her to use and she needs me to make her more.
I’m more interested in trying to get caught up on my needleworks instead of looking through books.
Oh the many patterns we all have in our arsenal.
When using camo yarn, it will pool differently for each size. Meaning the color pattern will look different for each size. The hat pictured is the children’s size.
Can you please tell me the width of the ribbon you used in the border?
Any size ribbon will work, but the ribbon I used was 1.5” wide.
Sylvia henderson says
In the process of making this blanket as a gift. I’ve come to the border and am unsure as to how much space apart should each single crochet be along the sides
Sylvia, I feel like I have replied, but I can’t find my response. I apologize.
The general rule of thumb is one sc in the side of each row, but if it pulls and is tight, then 2 sc in the side of each row.
Beverly Harl says
I love the one ball of yarn variegated baby blanket. Thank you for the free pattern and the lovely pictures.
Thank you, and you are so welcome!
Marsha Mason says
Looking forward to making this blanket for friends and family. Thank you!
Thank you Marsha! And you are so welcome! I hope it brings you and your family great joy! God Bless, Kris
Hello. I’m new here. I just finished onlyu first row of this blanket and already in trouble. Instead of 15 shells I have only 12.😔
I am so sorry to hear that. It is important to count all stitches. It can be a challenge, but once you get the base of the blanket correct, it’s smooth sailing from here on out.
Hello, I will double check my stitches. Thank you for your reply.
Mary Ellen says
I would have appreciated a link to the free version of this pattern rather a pattern sprinkles between a ton of advertisements. But thank you for the pattern just the same!
Hello there, I appreciate your feedback. Can I just say that this is a free crochet pattern. You clicked a link and it took to this pattern that is free. I have to pay a considerable amount of money to present my blog to you and others. The advertisements help me recoup “some” of that cost. If you would like an ad free pdf that you can store on your computer, you can purchase an adfree pdf from my etsy or ravelry shop. I’ll post the links below.
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