The shell is one of the best-known and best-loved crochet stitch configurations. There are many interesting variations of the shell stitch, and many ways to incorporate shells into crocheted afghans. We're hoping the free afghan patterns linked below will inspire you to start on your own shell stitch afghan!
This afghan is an interesting combination of textured stitches; the shell stitches are incorporated into columns and alternated with columns of solid basic stitches. This afghan design is by Sandi Marshall, posted here at our website.
This pattern is for a three-color shell stitch afghan. The pattern is a bit vague; on the bright side, it's designed to be adjustable for any size you want to make it, but that means you'll have to do a bit of math to calculate your starting chain.
This pattern was designed by Rachel Choi; it is posted at the Crochet Spot website.
This free pattern is posted at the Joann.com website.
This large baby blanket was designed in alternating panels, combining panels of shell stitches with narrower textured stripe panels.
The pattern design is by Marilyn Losee, posted at the Caron website.
This afghan features textured stripes made up of shell stitches and other stitches. The design is by Marilyn Losee, posted at the Caron website.
This is a two-color shell and cluster stitch lapghan pattern appropriate for intermediate level crocheters. The designer is Andrea Graciarena, and the pattern is posted at the Caron yarns website.
This shell stitch baby blanket features blocks of color. The design is by Lisa Gentry, and the free crochet pattern is posted at the Coats and Clark website.
This afghan is designed by Michele Thompson. The free pattern is posted at the Coats and Clark website.