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Slanting Shells Wrap: A Free Crochet Pattern

The Slanting Shells Wrap is sort of a blast from the past. I made an infinity scarf at least 7 years ago for my younger sister, and I thought it was time to revisit this pretty stitch.

Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I stopped at a Jo-Ann Fabrics Store, and I scooped up two Big Twist Gradients in shades of teal and pink. As they sat on the shelf waiting to for the perfect yarn, I realized that I already had the perfect idea! The gradient set makes it super easy to create accessories that can have the awesome color change of a cake yarn, but with more control over the color change.

The Slanting Shells Wrap involves a 4-row repeat that can seem daunting at first, but it’s actually easy. You don’t have to use a gradient yarn, as a solid color in your favorite fiber would be lovely too. If you decide to use a yarn weight that’s not worsted, it will change the overall size and yarn needed.

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MATERIALS

  • Big Twist Yarns Gradients (100% Acrylic; 580 yds/530 m): Ocean, 1 kit of 5 skeins
  • US Size I/9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Measuring Tape

GAUGE

  • 10 pattern stitches (edge of shell, sc, ch-5, sc, shell, sc) = 4”, 6 pattern rows = 4”
  • To measure stitches, begin at the left edge of a shell; each shell counts as one stitch.
  • To measure rows, start at the bottom of a shell. It can help to use two rulers, where the second ruler is placed perpendicular to the first ruler, and you can count the slanted shells.

SIZES

  • 68” long x 16” wide

PATTERN KEY

  • Ch: chain, sl st: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, dc: double crochet, fdc: foundation double crochet, st(s): stitch(es), FO: fasten off

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

  • Shell: 5 dc in indicated st

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Beginning ch 3 counts as first dc, and ch 6 counts as first dc and ch 3.
  • Length can be adjusted by making fewer or more rows.

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INSTRUCTIONS 

64 fdc, turn

Row 1: Ch 6 (counts as first dc and ch 3, here and throughout), skip next 2 sts, sc in next st, *ch 5, sk 4 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * to end of row, turn  – (12 ch-5 groups, ch 6)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2dc in first st (half shell made), sc in center of next ch-5, *ch 5, sc in center of next ch-5 group, shell in next sc, sc in center of next ch-5 group; repeat from * to end of row with last sc placed in 3rd ch, turn – (1 half shell, 6 shells, 6 ch-5 groups)

Row 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, sc in center dc of next shell, *ch 5, sc in center of next ch-5 group, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell; repeat from * to end of row with last sc placed in 3rd ch of half shell, turn – (1 half shelf, 6 shells, 6 ch-5 groups)

Row 4: Ch 6, *sc in center dc of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in center of next ch-5 group, ch 5; repeat from * to end of row, sc in 3rd ch of half shell, turn – (6 shells, 6 ch-5 groups, 1 ch-6)

Row 5: Ch 6, *sc in center of next ch-5 group, shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell, ch 5; repeat from * to end of row, sc in 3rd ch of ch-6, turn – (6 shells, 6 ch-5 groups, 1 ch-6)

Row 6: Ch 3, 2dc in first st, sc in center of next ch-5, *ch 5, sc in center of next shell, shell in next sc, sc in center of next ch-5 group; repeat from * to end of row with last sc placed in 3rd ch of half shell, turn – (1 half shell, 6 shells, 6 ch-5 groups)   

Next Rows: Repeat Row 3-6 until desired length ending on a Row 3 repeat

Next Row: Ch 6, *sc in center of next shell, ch 4, sc in center of next ch-5 group, ch 4; repeat from * to end, sc in top of ch 3 of half shell, turn – (1 dc, 13 sc, 50 ch)   

Last Row: Ch 3, dc in next st, dc in each st to end. Do not dc in 3rd ch of ch-6. (64 dc)

To Make an Infinity Scarf

Bring first and last rows together, and slip stitch through both thicknesses; or cut a length at least 3 times the width of the wrap (approx. 48”) and seam together; FO

Finishing

Weave in all ends, trim excess. Block to finished measurements, particularly if natural fiber was used.

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