Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Troublesome Shell St Afghan

In Progress

There is a real beaut story behind this Shell st Afghan. Firstly a face book friend (Debbie) found a photo of a similar one on the internet some where and said she wouldn't mind the pattern for it and after much searching, we could not find one, so another face book friend (Lisa) took inspiration from the pictured shell st Afghan and came up with a pattern of her own and good for her for working it out. But some times a patterns instructions can have 2 meanings and I took the other meaning to what Lisa meant. But the pattern stitch still looked the same making it by either meaning, only that my way I had to carry the second color yarn through out the pattern, which did cause me some loose yarn showing here and there if I did not carry it firm enough. Then I went ahead and made some video demonstrations with my meaning and it was not until after I had up loaded them, that we both realised we had made it differently to one another...but who was right and who was wrong?...neither I would think, the stitch still looks the same. So thus far the pattern is written for the beginning of the shell st Afghan and following soon will be the written instructions for the decreasing. Whilst I made my shells st Afghan I took lot's of pictures and  will put them on this post for you to see, I will also include the video tutorials for more information and I suppose the written instructions will help also, ha ha ha.....

Pictures begin from row 1.

Row 2.
Row 3.

Row 4.

work 1 sc in the 4th dc of row 2
you could call this the dip part.

Row 5.

Row 6.

Row 7.

The view for the 1 sc in the 4th dc of 2 rows below.

Pattern Instructions by Lisa (AKA CrochetQuackers), but some changes are made by me to follow the method in which I made mine.

Matilda’s/ Lisa's Shell Afghan

8 ply yarn, mint and white, or your choice of colors, (US yarn = baby).

4 mm crochet hook (US hook size G)

If using thicker yarn use larger hook

US terms used

Special instructions:

Pattern begins at the bottom corner of the afghan and is made in a triangular shape.

Odd rows are worked using white, even rows are worked using second color, the shells increase in every odd row.

Always carry yarn that is not in use, when carrying yarn on odd rows, keep it loose as this yarn will be picked up in the next row when making the new space for the next set of shells.

The shell is made up of 7 dc and is always worked in the back loop only.

The chain 3 is not counted as a st through out the pattern.

Begin Pattern:

R1. Using white yarn, ch 4 (not counted as a st), work 7 dc in 4th chain from hook, change colors but do not end yarn (7dc = 1 shell)

R2. Ch 3, work 1 dc in each dc across, change color (7 dc)

R3. Ch 3, work 7 dc in back loop of first dc, work 7 dc in back loop of last dc, change color (14 dc = 2 shell)

R4.Ch 3, work 1 dc in next 7 dc, work 1 sc in the 4th dc of row 2, work 1 dc in next 7dc, change color (14 dc and 1sc)

R5. Ch 3, work 7 dc in the back loop of first dc, work 7 dc in back loop of the sc, work 7 dc in the back loop of the last dc, change color (21 dc= 3 shell)

R6. Ch3, *work 1 dc in next 7 dc, work 1 sc in the 4th dc of row 4,* rep from *to* once, work 1 dc in next 7 dc, change color (21 dc and 2sc)

R7. Ch 3, work 7 dc in back loop of first dc, *work 7 dc in back loop of the 1 sc * rep from *to* once, work 7 dc in the back loop of the last dc, change color (28 dc= 4 shell)

R 8, Ch 3, *work 1 dc in next 7 dc, work 1 sc in the 4th dc of row 6,* rep from *to* twice, work 1 dc in next 7 dc, change color (28 dc and 3sc)

Continue on with pattern for length required, then begin decreasing.

Decrease notes:

The shells of this pattern increase at each end of every odd numbered row, there fore they will also decrease in the same manner, at each end of every odd numbered row.

Decreasing is achieved by not making a new shell on either end of the row, you just go straight in and crochet the shell st in the space provided on each end. Do not make a new shell on either end, on the dc rows continue as normal.

Border notes:

At the moment there are no instructions for a border.

I carried my yarn on every row, I did think that it was possible to use 2 skeins of the secondary color, but when I did try that it would not work, take a look at this picture it explains it all. Both of the secondary colors are on the wrong end.

The picture below shows Lisa's technique. The 2 rows that form the pattern are actually made on the one side in the same direction. You crochet across with the white from right to left and leave the end loop, then with out turning your work you go back to the right of the row and crochet with the alternating color across to the left, now it is time to turn your work and repeat the above process. This ensures that you never have to carry any yarn and gives the same affect too. Silly me for not understanding Lisa's way, but I have made so many rows of my Afghan I do not want to frog it now.
I cannot get the decrease to work neatly with this method.


You will find 6 video tutorials for the beginning of this Afghan on my you tube channel, here is the first of the 6.

There is now a video tutorial for decreasing
This is the introduction

This is the video tutorial for decreasing.

I was able to put together a short tutorial on the alternative method of no carrying yarn for this pattern, see below.


CrazyCarla said...

This is beautiful... I am going to make one of these. great tutorial, I like the way you added instructions with the notebook.

Sherryknit said...

Cat, I'm lovin it. so pretty. My favorite afghan has always been shell stitch.

cats-rockin-crochet said...

CrazyCarla and Sherryknit you are both very welcome and thank you :)

patricias fabric art said...

at the moment I'm tring to learn to crochet[I've a long way to go before I reach your standard !!!!

Deborah Misfit said...

How wonderful - I am also one of the Facebook people that posted looking for this - LOL - wow you ladies did a great job - can't wait to try it out and I'm sharing right now with a few friends who were also looking for it! Thanks for all of us who love new and challenging patterns! And the search to find them!

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Good on ya Deborah can't wait to see yours too :)

cats-rockin-crochet said...

patricias fabric art, keep on trying my friend, I have learned all I know over the past 5 years, good luck to you and thanks for your visit :)

yarn_lady said...

thanks so much for deciphering it and for sharing your workings!!! its definitely in my to do list and will be waiting to see how to handle the decreases!!! Thanks once again!

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern!! I think I'm gonna make a shawl with the pattern. I tried another shell pattern for a shawl & didn't like it, so frogged it. It just wasn't shaped right. This one looks like it will be a better triangle shape. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the tutorial on how to do the decreases?

cats-rockin-crochet said...

It is in this post, 2nd last video :)

Kathy B said...

Cats - Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have been searching for this pattern for over a year - January will be 2 years. Glad someone finally had the nerve to post the instructions. I guess I will get started making one. Thanks again!

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Glad to help Kathy :)

7slaper said...

When I saw your blanket on YouTube, I immediately fell in love with it.
Thanks for sharing your experiences; those are most helpful.
Love the yarn balloons too; always in for sume fun projects. LOL

Have a good day and thank you again from The Netherlands

Anonymous said...

awesome ! Is there a border yet ?

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Sorry there is no border, cheers Cathy.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful !

how would you crochet a border on it ?

Rosa said...

Sooooooo cute!!!!! I'm waiting for seeing your blanket finished, with a beautiful border.
Greetings from Italy!

Anonymous said...

any suggestions for a border ?

cats-rockin-crochet said...

you might want to go around the 2 sides in a dc stitch to establish the first row of the border. The top looks fine with out a border, it's just the sides. But when you get to the bottom center do 3 dc's. You could then do some hdc's and a chain or 2 for the next row. See how that goes, cheers Cat.

Anonymous said...

Thank You for the border idea!

I will try it and let you know
how it looks.

nevin mahmoud said...

Can someone please help me figure how to decrease. My email is Thank you in advance.

Cathy Wood said...

don't do the first 7 dc of the row, skip over to the next 7 dc space, have you watched the video?