Blossoming Blanket CAL Part 8 – Liana Blanket Strip

I am so excited to release my part of the Blossoming Blanket CAL hosted by Hortense of Knitting with Chopsticks. Part 8 of the CAL is a crochet shell stitch pattern that has a lovely floral feel with beautiful shells and textured post stitches.

While this crochet shell stitch pattern was designed originally for the Blossoming Blanket CAL, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make a full blanket or something else – I did! 🙂

This image shows the finished sample from this crochet shell stitch pattern.

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About this Crochet Shell Stitch Pattern

This crochet shell stitch pattern is Part 8 of the Blossoming Blanket Crochet-Along (CAL).

The pattern includes shell stitches, V stitches and post stitches to create a beautiful floral stitch that pairs well with other flower themed stitch patterns.

While the pattern may look a bit intimidating and does technically have an intermediate skill level, it’s not downright difficult.

The most difficult part of this crochet shell stitch pattern is making sure you place your stitches in the right place. Even this isn’t too difficult as long as you pay close attention to what the pattern is telling you to do. 🙂

Don’t worry, though! There are photos to walk you through this pattern in this blog post and in the highly recommended eBook.

Or, if you prefer to purchase just my PDF – You can do that! Like all of my PDF patterns, my personal, branded PDF pattern has each step written out in full sentences with specific images to help you through.

While this crochet shell stitch pattern may push your knowledge in the beginning, I absolutely believe you can do it and will finish the pattern having increased your skills.

What is the Blossoming Blanket CAL?

This pattern is a part of the Blossoming Blanket CAL, which is a collaborative crochet-a-long designed by 11 different designers and hosted by Hortense of Knitting with Chopsticks.

Similar to the Serenity Throw Blanket and Harmony Throw Blanket crochet-a-longs I’ve co-hosted with my lovely friend Agat, each part of this blanket is crocheted right on top of the previous so there’s no seaming required. Yay!

Each Part of this crochet blanket is as different as they are lovely and showcases how designers work together to create beautiful patterns for you to follow.

The end result of this crochet along blanket pattern designed by 11 different designers is this gorgeous crochet throw blanket:

This image shows the full Blossoming Blanket CAL sample blanket, in which this crochet shell stitch pattern is used.

Love this crochet shell stitch pattern and want to make something else, too?

You can! I loved this crochet shell stitch pattern so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I designed the Liana Table Runner! It’s the same stitch pattern but in a totally different project.

If you love working this stitch pattern in the Blossoming Blanket CAL and you want to add it to other parts of your home, you can’t go wrong with the Liana Table Runner.

This image shows the Liana Table Runner, which also uses this crochet shell stitch pattern.

Where to Get the Blossoming Blanket Part 8 Pattern

This crochet shell stitch pattern is a free pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.

Prefer to get all 12 of the patterns for the Blossoming Blanket CAL in one document? Grab the eBook!

Want to purchase just this pattern? You can do that! As with all of my PDF patterns, this PDF is a robust pattern with photo tutorials, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF.

With the PDF pattern, you will receive photo tutorials for the special stitches and techniques as well as a detailed photo tutorial for each row which will set you up to work this crochet blanket pattern with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.

This image is a graphic for the Blossoming Blanket CAL eBook.
You can click the image above or click this hyper link: Blossoming Blanket CAL eBook

You can purchase the Blossoming Blanket eBook to receive the PDF for this pattern as well as all of the other 11 patterns for this blanket.

Check out all of the patterns that are a part of the Blossoming Blanket CAL by heading to the Main CAL Page.

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate – Crocheters looking to follow this pattern should know how to:

  • Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this crochet shell stitch pattern.
  • Work the basic stitches – Chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.
  • Work Front Post and Back Post stitches.
  • Work the V stitch.
  • Skip chains and stitches.
  • Create chain 1 spaces and know what chain 1 spaces are and how to identify them.
  • Place multiple stitches into one stitch.
  • Skip several stitches and end repeats on skipped stitches.
  • Place a simple border.

This crochet shell stitch pattern is NOT a beginner pattern.

If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques or aren’t familiar with reading patterns, I highly recommend the PDF as it will walk you through everything step by step.

MATERIALS

You will need Medium (4) cotton yarn. You will need approximately: 175 grams / 263 yards / 6.2 ounces.

Yarn Used

We Crochet’s Shine Worsted in colorway Wisteria. This yarn is 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal natural beech wood fiber. 75 yards / 50 grams per skein.

TOOLS & NOTIONS

4.5 mm (G+) Hook – Check out my favorite crochet hooks!
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers

GAUGE

14.5 dc x 7 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches

Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.

SIZE

As designed for the Blossoming Blanket CAL: 50 inches long and 5 inches tall.

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

  • Ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • BPdc Back Post Double Crochet
  • FPtr Front Post Treble Crochet (Linked tutorial is to Front Post Double Crochet. The skills needed for Front Post Treble Crochet are the same as Front Post Double Crochet. You’ll just work the stitch as a treble crochet not a double crochet).
  • V st – V Stitch (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in same stitch
  • “V st Ch 1 spc” – Ch 1 created in V st.
  • Sk – Skip
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Spc – Space
  • RS – Right Side
  • WS – Wrong Side
  • […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets
  • (…) – Stitch count is at the end of the row in ( ) and bold italics.

NOTES

  • This pattern was designed as a part of the Blossoming Blanket CAL. This means that there will be no chains to start as this pattern assumes you will be starting this part on top of the previous part of the CAL.
  • Chain 1 and chain 2 at start of rows do not count as a stitch.
  • The pattern requires a multiple of 9 stitches.
  • Make sure to start this pattern on the right side of your blanket and end on the wrong side of your blanket.
  • Pay close attention to what stitches need to be skipped. We will skip chain 1 spaces in Row 4 and every repeat of Row 4.
  • Repeats end on “skip 2 stitches”. At the end of rows, it can make it seem like you have 4 stitches remaining – not 2 stitches. Remember: We have (or are) skipping 2 of them, so you DO only have 2 stitches remaining.
  • The cluster of 5 dc all worked in the same stitch or space can cover or hide the next stitch. Push these out of the way if needed to make sure your stitch placement is correct.

Special Stitch – Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc)

To work a Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc), you will: Yarn over, insert hook from back of work to front of work between the posts of the previous and current stitch. Maneuver the hook back to the back of the work on the other side of the stitch post. Your hook will now sit horizontal with the post of the stitch on the back of the hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. BPdc complete!

Check out my Back Post Double Crochet Photo Tutorial for visuals.

Special Stitch – Front Post Treble Crochet (FPtr)

To work a Front Post Treble Crochet (FPtr), you will: Yarn over twice and insert hook from front of work to back of work between the posts of the previous and current stitch. Maneuver the hook back to the front of the work on the other side of the stitch post. Your hook should now sit horizontal with the post of the stitch on the front of the hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through. 4 loops on hook. [Yarn over, pull through 2 loops] Repeat inside brackets 3 times. FPtr complete!

Check out my Front Post Double Crochet Photo Tutorial for visuals. (The tutorial linked is for Front Post Double Crochet. FPtr is worked the same way, just with one additional yarn over prior to inserting around the post).

This image shows the steps of creating a front post treble crochet.

Note: When working FPtr or BPdc, you will always “skip” or ignore the top of the stitch you worked the post on. For FPtr, the top of the stitch is behind the FPtr. For BPdc, the top of the stitch is in front of the BPdc. This stitch counts as already worked because we have worked a post stitch.

(Pics below – BPdc left, FPtr right – The top of stitch we don’t work into is highlighted yellow with an X & arrow pointing to it. The next stitch of the row is highlighted pink with a check mark & an arrow pointing to it).

This image shows the stitches you will ignore behind the front post or back post stitches as stated in the text.

Special Stitch – V stitch (and “V st Ch 1 Spc”)

To work a V Stitch (V St in pattern), you will: Place 1 double crochet into indicated stitch. Then, chain 1 and place 1 additional double crochet into the SAME stitch.

In this pattern, we will: Chain 1, skip 2 stitches and then place our V stitch in the next stitch. After we place the V stitch, we will chain 1 and skip 2 stitches again.

This means that the V stitch is preceded by and followed by a chain 1 and 2 skipped stitches. See image below.

This image shows the V stitch chain 1 space as described in the text.

In the image above, you can see the V stitch preceded by and followed by a chain 1 space. A black arrow points downward to the chain 1 space within the V stitch (highlighted yellow and between two double crochet). This is our “V st Ch 1 Spc”.

This image is a graphic from the Blossoming Blanket CAL showing Part 8, which uses this crochet shell stitch pattern.

Liana Crochet Shell Stitch Pattern – Part 8 of the Blossoming Blanket CAL

If you have not read all of the notes for this crochet shell stitch pattern, please go read them now before starting.

This pattern assumes you are following along with the Blossoming Blanket CAL. Therefore, there are no starting chains. If you’d prefer to make your own blanket using this stitch pattern, chain 182 and place your first dc of Row 1 in the 3rd ch from hook.

With right side of blanket facing, join yarn in first stitch.

Row 1 (RS) – Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout). 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, [1 dc each of the next 4 sts. Sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (180 sts total – 20 clusters of 5 dc, 80 dc)

Note: Repeats end on “skip 2 stitches”. At the end of rows, it can make it seem like you have 4 stitches remaining – not 2 stitches. Remember: We have (or are) skipping 2 of them, so you DO only have 2 stitches remaining.

This image shows Row 1 of this crochet shell stitch pattern completed.

Row 2 (WS) – Ch 2, turn. 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, V st next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, [1 dc next st, 1 BPdc each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, V st next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (180 sts total – 20 V sts, 40 Ch 1 spcs (not including ch 1 in V st), 42 dc, 38 BPdc)

This image shows row 2 of this crochet shell stitch pattern completed.



Row 3 (RS) – Ch 2, turn. 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Sk ch 1 and next dc, 5 dc in V st ch 1 spc, Sk dc and ch 1. [1 dc next st, 1 FPtr each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc next st. Sk ch 1 and next dc, 5 dc in V st ch 1 spc, Sk dc and ch 1]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (180 sts total – 20 clusters of 5 dc, 38 FPdc, 42 dc)

This image shows Row 3 of the crochet shell stitch pattern completed.


Rows 4 through 9 –
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 in order. For example, Row 4 will be a repeat of Row 2 and Row 5 will be a repeat of Row 3. Row 9 will be a repeat of Row 3.

Note:
If you need to add or remove rows to reach the 5 inch height requirements, that’s okay! Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your work is just shy of 5 inches. Make sure your last repeated row is a Right Side Row (specifically a repeat of Row 3). Then, move on to the last row.

Row 10 (WS) –
Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), turn. Place 1 sc in each st across. (180)

Tie off, cut yarn and weave ends. You’re done with this part and can move on to the next part of the CAL!

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