Fiesta Crochet Shell Stitch Afghan

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Bright and festive springtime shades join together to form this full-sized afghan that’s sure to add some warmth and sunshine to any room of the house. This throw features delicate shell stitches throughout to add some openness to the design.

The crochet shell stitch is an easy stitch to make, so this design is quick to put together – choose your favorite colors for a stunning statement piece!

Skill Level: Easy 

Size: 44” x 55”

Gauge: 4 rows = 2 ½” and Shell, ch 3, 3 dc = 3 ¾”

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Red Heart Super Saver (100% Acrylic; 365 yards [333 meters]/198 grams): #0324 Bright Yellow (1 skein), #0512 Turqua (1 skein), #0708 Perfect Pink (1 skein), #0679 Pale Plum (1 skein)

Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size needed for gauge

Special Stitch

Shell: 7 dc in space or stitch as indicated. 

Pattern Note

Afghan is crocheted in multiples of 12 plus 3 chs.

Pattern

Row 1: With yellow, ch 135, dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, (sk 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3) twice, *sk 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 3, (sk 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3) twice; rep from * across to last 4 ch, sk 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2 (RS):  Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, Shell in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, *sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, Shell in next ch-3 sp, ch 3; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sc in last 2 dc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next sc, sk next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 6 times, *sk next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, sk next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc), 6 times; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sk last ch-3 sp, dc in last 2 sc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 5, sk first 3 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, *ch 3, sk next 5 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times; rep from * across to last 3 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in last dc.
Fasten off and turn.
Row 5: Join turqua with sl st in first st, ch 2, dc in first dc, ch 3, sk next 2 sps, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, *sk next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, (sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) twice; rep from *across to last 2 sps, sk 2 sps, 2 dc in last dc, turn.
Rows 6-48: Continue in pattern repeating Rows 2–5 having 4 rows each of turqua, pink, plum and yellow. Turn and do not fasten off after last row.
Row 49: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 3, sk next 2 sps, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, *sk next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, (sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) twice; rep from *across to last 2 sps, sk 2 sps, 2 dc in last dc.
Fasten off.

Edging

Rnd 1: With RS facing and turqua, work along top edge [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in first right corner dc, ch 2, *sk 1 ch-3 sp, picot in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in center dc of 3 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, ending with ch 2, [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in last dc.
Work along side edge *ch 1, sk 1 dc sp, sc in next dc sp, ch 1, sk 1 dc sp, [(dc, ch 2) 4 times, dc] in next dc sp; rep from * across.
Work along bottom edge, ch 1, [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in first dc, ch 1, *sk 1 ch-3 sp, picot in next ch-3, sp, ch 2, [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in ch below 3 dc, ch 2; rep from * across, ending with ch 1, [(dc, ch 2) 5 times, dc] in last dc.
Work along side edge, ch 1 and continue as for opposite side edge matching sts as you crochet, ch 1, join to beg dc. Fasten off.
Rnd 2: Work along top edge, join pink in first corner, ch-2 sp, sc in same sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp) 4 times, *ch 2, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch3 sp of picot, ch 2, sc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, sc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times; rep from * across, ending with (sc, ch 4, sc) in ch-3 sp of the last picot, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sc) 6 times.
Work along side edge, ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp, *ch 3, picot in next sc, ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, sc in next ch2 sp) 3 times; rep from * across, ending with picot in last sc, ch 3.
Work along bottom edge, sc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times, ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp. Continue in pattern as established for bottom edge and opposite side edge, ending with (sc, ch 4, sc) in last sc, ch 3, join to beg sc.

Finishing

Fasten off and weave in all ends. yarn ball

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Comments
  • Tech Editor

    After the first color, for each repeat, you will work 4 rows in each color.

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  • Denise

    Just a quick question
    Does the pattern mean that each set of 4 in 1 color is a row and i meed to make 48 t
    Rows like that?

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  • Theresa

    also i think row 1 is off by my count if you repeat the pattern to the last 4 chains your last “stitches” will be skip 3 then it says to skip 3 so either your skipping six or the starting chain count is off which could be why row 2 is off

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  • Theresa

    this pattern is a mess so far beginning row 2 after you do the shell and skip the next ch 3 space you should be working into the 3dc from row one but the pattern says into the sc which would mean skipping the ch 3 space, 3d, and the next ch 3 space

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  • juliec7

    This will be my next afghan to do after I finish the one I am on now. Love the colours & pattern

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  • Nicola Prybell

    Hi Vicki,

    We’ve corrected the mistake. The DC in row 2 should in fact be SC. Hope this helps – we apologize for the error!

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  • vickib2

    Are there mistakes in this pattern. I think so beginning row two!!

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  • vickib2

    I agree. I cannot figure out row 2. I had same problem. Is there an error

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  • carolv6

    Is that correct to sign as carol voss,please let me know if that is correct.

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  • CHERYL WINTERS

    the pattern is beautiful. Is there anyway that I can print it off ???

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  • Beautiful Thanks for this Free Pattern
    happy Crocheting & sharing it Too!

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  • Hi, firstly, thanks for such a lovely pattern! I am stuck on row 2 however; where the pattern says sk ch3 sp, shell in next ch3 sp, ch3, sk next ch3 sp and sc in next dc I’ve got the two single crochet, ch3 loops in the row below, not any dc’s to stitch into! Help!xx

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  • joycep3

    So very beautiful. This one I really have to make. Thank you for your amazing pattern!

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  • about 40 years ago my mother made an afghan for in different colors. It is my favorite of mine when I need something to keep me warm.

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  • Jean King

    Thank you for the free pattern. Fiesta Afghan. Now I know what I will be making next

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  • Maggie Thurston

    really hope to get my hand working properly , this is a really nice design. thanks

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  • Linda Bensch

    Good morning, this is such a beautiful pattern. Thank you so much for making it a free gift. Have a nice day and stay safe. Regards, Linda. Durban. South Africa.

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  • Miss Mary

    This is a very beautiful afgan. Wish I was more experienced in crochet, I would love to make this afgan.

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  • Love the colors. I love the fact that you give the multiples to increase. I love the shell design and making it larger is just what I want to do!!! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much . . . it’s beautiful.

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