Tunisian Shells Crochet Blanket Square Pattern

Layer Tunisian shells in alternating colors for a squishably soft blanket square. With a slightly different design on each side, this 12-inch square is totally reversible!

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2022 Tunisian Blanket CAL with the Knitter Knotter

This Tunisian shells blanket square design is part of the 2022 Tunisian Blanket Crochet Along, hosted by the Knitter Knotter. See the full schedule and all the patterns in the main CAL post.

Knitter Knotter Tunisian Blanket CAL 2022

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Tunisian Shells Blanket Square

4-medium
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted weight yarn – 100% acrylic, 218yds / 100gm per skein.
  • 75 yds #28432 Fig (A)
  • 75 yds #28429 Dublin (B)
  • Hook: Size L / 8mm hook or size needed to match gauge (see note below)
  • Notions: Yarn Needle

All squares in this CAL are designed to the same gauge. If you are making other squares in the CAL, you should be able to use the same hook for all of them.

Project Level

Intermediate: Tunisian crochet in 2 colors, with a short, repeating stitch pattern.

Size

12 inches square

Gauge

8 Tunisian simple stitches x 6 rows = 2 inches square (unblocked). In the stitch pattern, 2 full shells should be about 3.5 inches.

If you’re not familiar with the Tunisian simple stitch, see this tss tutorial.

Abbreviations used

ch = chain
Fp = forward pass
Rp = return pass
sk = skip
st(s) = stich(es)
yo = yarn over

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Special Stitches

Shell: On return pass, yo and pull through 6 loops on hook.

6 loops for shell

Half shell: On return pass, yo and pull through 3 loops on hook

3 loops for half shell

For shells and half shells, the next chain or stitch will create a horizontal bar on top of the shell. When working into the shell on the forward pass of the next row, work into this horizontal bar.

Chain creates loop above shell

Instructions

With A, chain 43 (multiple of 6 + 1). If you want to adjust the size, add or remove chains in groups of 6.

Carry unused colors up along the side edge. When changing colors, always pick up the new color from in front of the old color. This will cause the yarns to twist, and create a neat, braided edge.

braided edge from changing colors

Row 1:

Fp: With A, and working into the back bumps of the chain, sk first ch, (insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each remaining ch across. (43 loops on hook)

Rp: With B, ch 3, shell (see Special Stitches), [ch 2, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, ch 2, shell] until 2 loops remain, ch 2, yo and pull through last 2 loops on hook. (7 shells)

Row 2:

Fp: With B, sk first st, [(insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the next 2 chs, insert hook in next shell, yo and pull up a loop, (insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the next 2 chs, insert hook in vertical bar of next st, yo and pull up a loop] 6 times, (insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the next 2 chs, insert hook in next shell, yo and pull up a loop, (insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the last 3 chs (43 loops on hook)

pick up loops in shells and chains

Rp: With A, half shell (see Special Stitches), ch 2, [yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, ch 2, shell, ch2 ] until 5 loops remain, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, ch 2, yo and pull through last 4 loops on hook. (6 shells)

pull through 4 at end of row

Row 3:

Fp: With A, sk first st, [(insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the next 2 chs, insert hook in vertical bar of next st, yo and pull up a loop, (insert hook, yo and pull up a loop) in each of the next 2 chs, insert hook in next shell or half shell, yo and pull up a loop] across. (43 loops on hook)

Rp: With B, ch 3, shell, [ch 2, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, ch 2, shell] until 2 loops remain, ch 2, yo and pull through last 2 loops on hook. (7 shells)

Rows 4-24: Repeat rows 2-3 10 times, then repeat row 2 once more.

Bind Off: With A, sk first st, (sl st in each of the next 2 chs, sl st in vertical bar of next st, sl st in each of the next 2 chs, sl st in next shell or half shell) across. (42 sl sts)

Fasten off both colors. Weave in ends. Wash and block.

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13 Comments

    • Pia Thadani

      The shell itself is 5 stitches, then there’s a tss stitch between each shell. So 6 is the total number of stitches for each repeat. On the forward pass, you’re just picking up the loops. The actual shells are created on the return pass.

  • Tara Olson

    I am also having trouble with row one rp. So after you chain 3 then chain 2 more and then go through two loops and then you end up with seven shells? It is very confusing. I would appreciate any help! Thank you!!

  • Georgina Cambridge

    I am excited about doing this. It is going to be my first proper project as I have never managed to do a crocheted blanket, so am determined to do this one. Is there any way you would instruct to join the squares? My daughter has just discovered the zigzag way of joining would this work on a heavy blanket? I am going to also borrow some of the squares from 2020 and 2021 to make it larger as I am doing this for my 6ft 5 son. So I know I need a load of squares.

    • Pia Thadani

      For me personally, I would probably do a single crochet edging on each square and then sew them together. But there’s all sorts of different ways if you want something fancier 🙂 any joining method you like should work, you may just need to put a single crochet border around the squares first.

  • Lorraine Papazian-Boyce

    After doing the shell, we are to make two chains. Does the first chain close the shell and the second one Stands alone? The instructions for the shell do not specify to make a chain to close it. Thank you.

    • Pia Thadani

      Sort of both. The first chain has the effect of closing the shell and creating that horizontal bar on top of it. But when you work back into the chains, you will pull up one loop for each of the two chains as well as one loop in the horizontal bar on top of the shell.

      If it feels better to you to do three chains instead of two, so that the shell has its own separate chain closing it, that should be ok, it just felt a bit floppier to me that way.

  • Lorraine Papazian-Boyce

    Thank you this was my confusion. I was doing 2 chains on RP but felt like I was going into 3 stitches on FP. Now I understand.

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