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Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
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Tuesday, July 12

Miss Carole's Crochet Baby Blanket Part 3 - Shell Stitch

For Lesson One...
For Lesson Two...

This is how Carole  makes her Shell's around her blankets.

Carol's pretty Shell's.

*NOTE - This is not a Crochet Lesson.  She is giving instructions for those who already know how to crochet.  

You will need to find Beginning Crochet Instructions to learn to Crochet.

The row of Shell's begins after the first two rows are completed (see previous lessons). If you are changing colors, tie on here.  The Shells will be row three.

Step 1.  Work the scallops from the WRONG side of the blanket (you will be working in the opposite direction). 

Step 2.  For the first scallop only:  Chain 4; work three double crochet (dc) chain 1 combinations and one double crochet in the same single crochet as you began your chain 4.  (first Shell made)

Step 3. Skip four single crochets. In the next single crochet work 4 double crochet, chain 1 combinations and  one double crochet without  the chain one after it.   Repeat Step 3 around the entire blanket and join the thread from the first scallop by working a slip stitch between the top of your original chain 4 and the loop in your hook.  Tie off in a secure knot and weave the long ends carefully into the finished work.  This blanket will be a favorite so be sure that is one SECURE knot!!
Use a cute little holder when putting your work away.

Very pretty with two colors!

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Kellie said...

I just love this! I wish I knew how to crochet... perhaps its not too late to teach this old stitcher a new stitch!!

Jeannie B. said...

Kellie, It's never too late!

Anonymous said...

Kellie, these stitches are not hard at all! You should give it a try. Try crocheting with a larger cotton and hook for practice (maybe just a perle cotton on some scrap flannel) till you get the feel for it and then "advance" yourself to the thinner cotton and do a blanket. Crocheting is so easy.

Jeannie, thanks for posting this JUST in time! I have just finished the 2nd round of my blanket and was ready for the scallops.

Also....though Carole doesn't do this with hers, IF you have a serger (or a zig-zag machine that does an overlock stitch, as many of them do) it is worth an extra very few minutes to do a 3-thread overlock stitch around your raw edges before doing any crochet. I found that it kept the edges from stretching or fraying while I worked on them AND it was very easy to turn them nice and flat as I crocheted that first round. I did the wing needle holes AFTER the serging. Just a suggestion from a long-time crocheter.

I also added a few extra stitches on the corners, as I am a tight crocheter and couldn't get the corners to lay flat otherwise. Just do an extra stitch in the same whole evenly spaced 5 or 6 times around the curve. I think I did something like every 5th hole had two stitches in it.

Chris said...

Thank you Jeannie and Miss Carole for the adorable baby blanket directions. What a wonderful gift for a new little one. You can never have too many receiving blankets.

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