Dainty shells in shades of pink and white make up this rosy crochet shells throw. Throw it over the couch or use it as a throw for a bed, this throw is perfect to use all winter. This easy crochet shell blanket works up so quickly and looks stunning in any color combination – use it to match your decor or choose neutrals for an all-year statement piece.
This Criss Cross Crochet Shells Throw is an absolute stunner for any room of the house!
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 44” x 53”
Gauge: 6 rows = 3 ¼”; Shell, sc, shell, sc = 3 ¼”
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yards [333 meters]/198 grams): #0774 Light Raspberry (A, 3 skeins), #0724 Baby Pink (B, 3 skeins), #0311 White (C, 3 skeins)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.5 mm) hook or size needed for gauge
Shell: 5 dcs in space or stitch as indicated.
Throw is worked in multiples of 6 plus 2.
Row 1 (RS): With A ch 158, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, Shell in next ch, skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, fasten off and turn.
Row 2: Join B in first stitch, ch 3, dc in same stitch,*ch 1, sc in center dc of Shell, ch 1, dc in first dc of next Shell, ch 1, working in front of dc just made, dc in last dc of previous Shell, repeat from * across to last Shell, ch 1, sc in center dc of last Shell, ch 1, 2 dcs in sc of previous row, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dcs in same stitch, *sc in next sc, Shell in ch 1 space between next 2 crossed dcs, repeat from * across ending last repeat with sc in last sc, 3 dcs in top of turning ch, fasten off and turn.
Row 4: ow 4: Join C in first stitch, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 1, dc in first dc of next Shell, ch 1, working in front of dc just made, dc in last dc of previous Shell, *ch 1, sk next dc of Shell, sc in center dc of Shell, ch 1, dc in first dc of next shell, ch 1, working in front of dc just made, dc in last dc of previous Shell, repeat from * across ending last repeat with ch 1, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, *Shell in ch 1 space between next 2 crossed dcs, sc in next sc, repeat from * across, fasten off and turn.
Continue repeating Rows 2-5 for pattern as follows for a total of 90 rows:
(2 rows A, 2 rows B, 2 rows C) 14 more times, 1 row A, turn and do not fasten off.
Work along top edge with A (sc, ch 2, 4 dcs) between first 2 corner dcs, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in ch 1 space between 2 crossed dcs] across, (sc, ch 2, 4 dcs) between last 2 corner dcs.
Work along side edge [(sc, ch 3, sc) in space between next 2 rows, (sc, ch 2, 2 dcs) in space between next 2 rows] across.
Work along bottom edge (sc, ch 2, 4 dcs) in first sc, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch below Shell, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in ch below sc] across, (sc, ch 2, 4 dcs) in last sc.
Work along side edge as for opposite side edge matching edging, join to beginning sc and fasten off.
Mine printed great, no ads!
I had sworn off afghans, I like quicker projects, BUT when I saw this beautiful afghan I now have to make one. I have a tote box full of yarn and this will help use up some of that (and make my husband happy). But more importantly, it reminded of my Grandmother teaching me to crochet a granny square with the shells!!! Thank You so much!
Hi ????. My Paternal Grandmother taught me crochet & knit when I was about 13/14. I was better at crochet. LoL. Have a glorious weekend
will not print
Hi Emily! You are welcome to save this pattern by copying and pasting into a word document or by printing the pattern via the printer icon on the left hand side of your screen. Hope this helps! – Nicola, Editor
Edging: bottom edge: “( sc,ch2,sc) in ch BELOW [?] shell, (sc,ch2,3dcs) in ch BELOW [?] sc. Think I am missing something- there is no ch below sc or shell, but there is a ch1 on either side. Is the intent to have “two layer” bottom edge?
Looking at all the comments I see there is no reply to the queries about the row 4 and it being wrong and whether row 2 should replace.
I just wonder why it hasn’t been corrected if it should be?
Hi there! We have a newer version of this pattern available, with some changes. Perhaps this will help: https://www.ilikecrochet.com/magazine/crochet-afghan-patterns/ocean-waves-criss-cross-shells-throw/
– Nicola, Editor
Thank you so much for this pattern, the minute i started reading instructions, I knew this was the very first pattern I had ever learned, my first Crochet project. It was a looongg time ago. Back then the pattern was in rainbow colors. Thank you! I am so excited to have this.
So pretty! What are the colors used for the blue/beachy feel option?!
Hi Robin! That version can be found here: https://www.ilikecrochet.com/magazine/crochet-afghan-patterns/ocean-waves-criss-cross-shells-throw/
Happy crocheting! – Nicola, Editor
Adding this pattern to all the lap blankets I am making for family. love it!
Lovely! Thank you!
I love this pattern but would love to know if it can be adapted to make a larger blanket and how I would do this? (novice crocheter here)
Hello Amanda! Based on the pattern notes, “Throw is worked in multiples of 6 plus 2.”, I believe this is the information you will need to make the blanket larger. Hope that helps! – Nicola
How do I add this to my library? I can’t seem to find the spot. Thanks!
Hello! This is currently a function we are working on implementing in the near future. In the meantime, we recommend using your web browser’s book mark tool or Pinterest for saving your favorite patterns. Hope this helps for now! – Nicola
Beautiful!! Can’t wait to make one!!
I’m making this beautiful throw….I’m making it a little shorter because my grand daughter is 2 years old…I love this pattern….thank you for sharing it!!!!
This would be cute for a baby for the floor and then later for a toddler. I like larger baby blankets for floor play so they can roll over and still be on the blanket.
Have you heard of a Baby and Me blanket? I got carried away with a baby blanket, made it too big. Told the mother it was a Baby and Me for both of them to snuggle under. Worked, she loved it!
Row 4 is wrong. Here is my corrected version.
Join C in first stitch, * ch1, sc in top of shell, ch1, dc in first dc of next shell, ch1, working in the front of the dc just made-dc in previous shell. Repeat from *
Across ending last repeat with ch1, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
I have started this and would like to know if row 4 should be the same as row 2. In row 2 you sc in the middle of the shell and row 4 you skip the shell.
I just printed the pattern and look forward to making one. I do have a question. Can the yarns be carried along the edge instead of cutting at the end of each row? Would the border cover the carried yarn?
I SAW THIS PATTERN BEFORE IN OTHER SITE BUT WITH MORE COLORS I LIKE YOURS BETTER, NOT CRAZY FOR MANY COLORS TOGETHER. THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS GETTING RID OF ALL THE ENDS SINCE EACH ROW WAS A DIFFERENT COLOR. BUT IF I MAKE IT WITH AT LEAST 2 ROWS THE SAME COLOR MUST BE EASIER TO HIDE ENDS.YOU THINK IS BETTER THAT WAY?
Can’t wait to make one!
Beautiful, thank you
Beautiful , thank you
beautiful afghan, please send me the pattern!!! I’d love to make it for my mother’s 90th birthday
I just started this pattern and I am on row 4. I can’t figure it out. Should this row be the same as row 2?
HI Carrie, I thought that as well because otherwise there are no sc to sc into in row five. Anyone else found this?
Pattern will not print.Why?
I thank you for this pattern an I will be using it at the women’s hospital for the new born baby’s and the homeless children thanks so much for your kindness’ would like to find a size 0 baby dress that could be for a girl or a boy new born can you help me with this, thanks Nancy
Thanks for the free pattern. Can’t wait to try it
Love this pattern, will look great with my handspun yarn
I love the this pattern can’t wait to get started.
WOW! What a pleasant surprise. Thank you for the free pattern throw and can’t wait to make it. =D
Love the crochet patterns I am learning the craft thank you
Thank you!! <3
Can’t wait to try your free pattern! Thanks so much! Really beautiful
Very pretty pattern. I am anxious to make it. Thank you for the pattern.
Thank you! My 2 grand-daughters (2 & 3) JUST requested that I crochet them EACH a blanket! This seems pretty easy! One wants ‘poiple’ & pink, and the other wants ‘poiple’ & ‘lellow’ ! That’s perfect with the white!
Love this pattern and I need a new one. Thanks.
Looks easy – will surely give this one a go.
Thank you for the pattern!
Beautiful colors want to make one
Beautiful throw…..I can’t wait to try it!
T.Y. for the free crochet pattern. Will enjoy making it..
when we get out of debt from the grand son and his wife living withus.Don’t get it wrong we loved having them but…Ayway I want you rook but it will be awhile before I can doit.
Thank You For The Pattern.
Thank you for sharing instructions for Criss Cross Shell Throw.
What a pretty pattern, thanks for sharing!
Love to crochet. Is your Magazine all of afghans or do they have s variety of pieces to crochet!
I Like Crochet has a variety of patterns, not just afghans!
Julia Wiatr, editor
The throw looks beautiful
Aloha Cherry, This pattern looks yummy & I can’t wait to start crocheting! Mahalo
This is gorgeous. I love patterns that are elegant.
Thanks so much, it looks lovely.
Beautiful afghan! Think I’ll do my in purples!
Love afghan and I’m a beginner and this looks good to me
Love this afghan and am trying to subscribe to magazine with no luck
Beautiful, Sooner or later I will get around to making this.
This is beautiful
pretty throw thx
Pattern won’t print. Noy sure why.
i couldn’t get it to print via my ipad, but it printed fine from my pc.
Mine won’t print either.
Hello Diane and Shirley! Please try clicking on the printer icon on the left side of your screen. Let us know if you run into any other issues! – Nicola
It wont be this sites fault.
You need to check your printer settings. Your drivers could be outdated.
Depending on you windows (I use Windows 10)
Click on your Start button and go to settings, then devices and find your printer. You can run a check from there.
It could be your privacy settings. I find copying and pasting the pattern into my Notepad (Free) makes it easier to print and you aren’t printing out everything else.I copy the photo of the item I want to make to my desktop and print it from there and staple the pattern and photo and it’s easy to do.