Alternating V Shell Afghan #2
This afghan works up quickly and is good for charity projects. The sample shown was worked in a soft 4-ply worsted weight yarn.
- Acrylic yarn in desired colors.
- About 3 pounds of worsted weight yarn will make a 40 inch by 60 inch afghan (the ideal size for Project Linus).
- About 4 to 5 ounces of 4-ply worsted weight yarn will make a large preemie baby blanket (about 18" x 20")
- About 12 ounces of 3-ply sport weight yarn will make a baby blanket approximately 36" square.
- Crochet hook size H for 4-ply worsted weight yarn.
Crochet hook size F for 3-ply sport weight yarn.
(Increase or decrease your hook size if you crochet tightly or loosely.)
In 4-ply worsted weight yarn with an H hook, 4 stitch groups (2 V sts and 2 shell sts) are about 3 inches wide.
In 3-ply sport weight yarn with an F hook, 6 stitch groups (3 V sts and 3 shell sts) are about 4 inches wide.
V st: Dc, ch 1, dc in designated stitch.
Shell st: Work 3 dc in designated stitch.
Loosely chain a multiple of 6 stitches plus 7 stitches.
For an 18.5 inch wide preemie afghan, loosely chain 79 stitches in 4-ply worsted weight yarn.
For a 40 inch wide afghan, loosely chain 163 in 4-ply worsted weight yarn.
For a 36 inch wide baby afghan, loosely chain 163 in 3-ply sport weight yarn.
Row 1: Work shell st in 5th chain from hook. *Skip 2 ch, V st in next chain, skip 2 ch, shell in next ch. Repeat from * across. End by skipping 1 ch and dc in last ch. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 2: Work V st in center dc of first shell st. *Shell st in ch 1 sp of next V st, V st in center dc of next shell st. Repeat from * across. End with dc in last ch of turning chain. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 3: Work shell st in ch 1 sp of first V st. *V st in center dc of next shell st, shell st in ch 1 sp of next V st. Repeat from * across. End with dc in last ch of turning chain. Ch 3 and turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until afghan is desired length, changing colors as desired. If you are using more than one color of yarn, I suggest changing colors every 2 to 4 rows.
At end of row, when working the last dc, drop the current color of yarn when you have 2 loops left on your hook. Yarn over with new color of yarn and pull through 2 loops on hook. Ch 3 and turn.
Leave 5 or 6 inch ends of each color of yarn to weave in.
Weave all yarn ends in securely.