Melu Crochet Free Pattern: Shells and Pearls Baby Blanket

This beautiful blanket is ideal for adding modern texture and style to your nursery. The Shells and Pearls pattern uses bobble stitch and open shell for a unique texture. 

I use UK terminology, click here for a handy conversion chart to US terms

Materials 

7mm hook

400g Bulky/Chunky/12 ply yarn 

Needle for sewing in ends

Size

Finished blanket measures approximately 75 X 90cm or 30 X 35 Inches

Adjusting the size of the blanket

To alter the width of the blanket, add or subtract chains from the foundation
chain; Chain needs to be a number that ends in 5 and then +1. 

Tension 

3 ‘open shells’ =10cm (4 inches) pattern will work if tension is not exactly the same.

Abbreviations

ch chain

sts stitches

sl st slip stitch

ExDc extended double crochet  Insert the hook into indicated stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through first loop on hook (2 loops left on hook). Yarn over,  pull through both loops on hook.

Dc Double crochet

Tr Treble crochet 

Open shell 2 treble, ch1, 2 treble into the same stitch or chain space

Bobble *Yarn over, insert into indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 (two loops left on hook) Repeat * four more times until there are 6 loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook. See the Melu Crochet Bobble Stitch Guide for step by step photos.

Shells and Pearls Baby Blanket by Melu Crochet

Pattern

Chain 66, turn

Row 1: ExDc into 2nd chain from hook, continue to ExDc in each stitch (65st), Ch2, turn. 

The ch2 at the end of each row is a turning chain and does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

Row 2: Tr into each of the next 5 st, *skip 2, open shell in the next st (or into chain space of open shell from previous row), skip 2, Tr in each of the next 5st repeat from * 5 times (65st) ch2, turn

Row 3: Tr into each of the next 5 st, *skip 2, open shell into chain space of open shell from previous row, skip 2, Tr in each of the next 5st repeat from * 5 times (65st) ch2, turn

Row 4: Tr into each of the next 2st, bobble in the next st, Tr in each of the next 2 st *skip 2,  open shell into chain space of open shell from previous row, sk 2, Tr in each of the next 2st, bobble in the next st, Tr in each of the next 2 st repeat from * 5 times (65st) ch2, turn

Row 5: Tr into each of the next 5 st, *skip 2, open shell into chain space of open shell from previous row, skip 2, Tr in each of the next 5st repeat from * 5 times (65st) ch2, turn

Repeat Rows 2-5 until required length 

Last Row: ExDc into each of the next 5 st, *ExDc into the top of the next 2 Tr that form the open shell, ExDc into the chain space of the open shell, ExDc into the top of the next 2 Tr that form the open shell, ExDc into each of the next 5 st, repeat from * 5 times (65st)

Edging

Round 1: Join yarn in any corner, ch1, Dc in each stitch evenly around each side of the blanket, with 3Dc in each corner, sl st to join to the first Dc. 

Round 2: (Join new colour if required) ch1, ExDc in each stitch evenly around each side of the blanket, with 3ExDc in each corner, sl st to join to the first ExDc. 

Repeat round 2 until required size

Last round: Ch1, Dc in each stitch evenly around each side of the blanket, with 3Dc in each corner, sl st to join to the first Dc, cut yarn. 

Weave in ends, that’s it, you’re finished!

For a PDF printable version of this pattern, click here

I’d love to see your finished Blanket! Don’t forget to add #melucrochet when you post your photos 🙂

The pattern and all photos within the pattern are protected under copyright and are the property of Melu Crochet. Please do not resell or share my patterns.

You may sell the finished products that you make from this pattern. If selling online, please include a link back to my shop melucrochet.etsy.com -thank you!

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The Melu crochet guide has lots of help and photo tutorials to help you with your crochet including: treble crochet, double treble crochet and how to crab stitch

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