Lacy Shell Afghan

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Approximately 54 x 62 ins.

(For Intermediate Crocheters)

MATERIALS: Columbia-Minerva Nantuk 4-ply (4 oz. ball)-4 Color A; 3 each of Colors B, C and D.
Nantuk colors shown are (A) Winter White, (B) Lt Iced Jade, (C) Med Iced Jade, (D) Dk Iced Jade.
CROCHET HOOK: Size I-or size needed to obtain gauge given below.

GAUGE: Each full shell motif should measure 10 ½ ins. across widest point and 6 ½ ins. from lower point to upper edge.
Take time to check finished size of motif.

FULL SHELL MOTIF: (Make 77 in all - 25 with A, 16 with B, 20 with C and 16 with D.)

Row 1: (right side) Beg at point, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch-2 sp), dc in first ch; there are 2 dc with ch-2 sp between. Ch 5, turn.

Row 2: Dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5; there are 3 dc and 2 ch-2 sps. Ch 5, turn.

Row 3: [Dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2] twice, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5; there are 4 dc and 3 ch-2 sps. Ch 5, turn.

Row 4: [Dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2] 3 times, dc in 3rd ch of ch-5; there are 5 dc and 4 ch-2 sps. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn.

Row 5: Work 5 dc in each ch-2 sp, end with dc in 3rd ch of ch-5; 22 dc in all. Ch 3, turn.

Row 6: Dc in first dc for inc, dc in each dc across, end with 2 dc in 3rd ch of ch-3; 23 dc. Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch-1 sp), turn.

Row 7: Dc in first dc for inc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, * dc in next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc; rep from * across, end with dc, ch 1, dc all in 3rd ch of ch-3; 14 dc and 13 ch-1 sps. Ch 3, turn.

Row 8: Work 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, * dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across, end with 2 dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; 35 dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 9-Popcorn Row: (right side) Dc in 2nd dc, * work a popcorn (PC) in next st as follows-work 5 dc all in same st, drop lp of last dc from hook and insert hook in top of 5th dc from end, draw dropped lp through dc and tighten st pushing PC to right side (PC complete), dc in each of next 2 dc; rep from * across working last dc in 3rd ch of ch-3; 11 PC with 2 dc each side. Ch 3, turn.

Row 10: Dc in first dc for inc, dc in next dc, * work 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc; rep from * across, end with 2 dc in 3rd ch of ch-3; 53 dc. Fasten off leaving a 20" end for sewing.

HALF SHELL MOTIF: (Make 16 in all-8 with B and 8 with D.)

Rows 1- 4: Leaving a 12" end for sewing at beg of point, rep rows 1-4 of full shell motif; 5 dc and 4 ch-2 sps. Ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Work 2 dc in each ch-2 sp across, end with dc in 3rd ch of ch-5; 10 dc in all. Ch 3, turn.

Note: Throughout rem rows of motif, end with last dc(s) of rep in 3rd ch of turning-ch.

Row 6: Dc in first dc for inc, dc in each dc to end; 11 dc. Ch 4, turn.

Row 7: Dc in 3rd dc, * ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc; rep from * to end; there are 6 dc and 5 ch-1 sps. Ch 3, turn.

Row 8: Dc in first dc, * work 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc; rep from * to end; 17 dc in all. Ch 3, turn.

Row 9: Dc in 2nd dc, * work PC in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc; rep from * to end; 5 PC with 2 dc each side. Ch 3, turn.

Row 10: Dc in first dc, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * to end; 26 dc. Fasten off.

JOINING: Follow arrangement chart for placement and color of motifs. Sew motifs tog from the right side using a blunt needle and an overhand st, working through the back lp of each st along top edge of full shells. Use long ends for sewing, working with the darker of the 2 colors to be joined. Secure ends and work in on wrong side after all joining points on each row are completed.

Beg in upper right corner with first 2 rows of full shells. * Mark the center st (27th st) on top edge of one full B shell. Beg at point, sew lower left edge of A shell along top right half of B shell to center st; with same yarn sew lower right edge of next A shell along rem half of B shell; rep from * across row having 5 A shells and 4 B shells.

To join half shells, with top edge of half shell at side edge of afghan, fit upper side edge of half shell along one lower side edge of full shell above; matching rows, sew in place. Stretch lower side edge of half shell along half of top edge of full shell below and sew in place.

Join motifs in same way through next to last row. On last row, reverse full shells and sew lower side edges tog forming scalloped edge. Steam afghan lightly on wrong side and pat into shape.



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