I tried!

I went up to the sewing at 6pm to start quilting and didn’t get any further than winding bobbins and cleaning and oiling the machine before the thunder started.

So I was forced to start a new blanket instead. I’d intended to do another woodland ripple but when I went over to Lucy’s Attic24 site, the shells jumped out at me so I started crocheting her Seashell Stripe pattern.

It’s a free pattern and a little more complicated than the simple shell blanket I just finished but she has step by step photos and really, the hardest thing about it is knowing where to put that first and last stitch in each row and she shows you very clearly where the stitch goes.

One thing to keep in mind if you decide to give this one a try is that she uses British crochet terms so you’ll need to convert it in your head to American terms which basically just means that when she says double crochet, we do a single crochet and when she says triple crochet, that’s our double crochet.

She recommends doing the starting chain and first row with a larger hook and I went up one size but still ended up with some bowing so I started over with a (K) hook and switched to an (I) hook on row two. Yarn is Caron Big Cakes in the Blueberry Torte colorway and I chained 154 which may turn out to be many but I’ve got 4 skeins and I want to use all 4 of them so we’ll see how it goes.

Finn got groomed today so I wanted to share a photo of my pretty boy too!


  1. I have a feeling you’re going to get a big blanket with this amount of yarn, sure is pretty.

  2. OMGosh Finn is so cute! How much does he weigh? He looks like a cute little stuffed toy. Both my little dogs weigh in the 20# range and my big boy weighs 130. Lots of little hugs and BIG hugs around here. Your new blanket will be lovely. I’m going to look at Lucy’s pattern to see what the diff is in this pattern.
    xx, Carol

  3. Handsome little Finn! He looks like he knows how good he looks.

    This time of year do you get rain almost every day at some point? I was an exchange student in Hamburg Germany in high school. That close to the ocean we got a little rain passing through nearly every day at some point, usually late afternoon or early evening.

  4. Oh my, Finn is so very handsome with his new haircut. I think he likes it too – it probably feels cooler, I’m guessing. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Finn is so cute and looks very handsome with his new haircut. I love that shell stitch. I guess I will be starting another afghan even though I have several quilting projects to finish. Love those colors too!

  6. Finn is adorable! Your new afghan is beautiful! I’ve noticed that the yarn in the Big Cakes feels much different than the yarn in the Cakes. I bought 2 Big Cakes to alternate in an afghan with another yarn, and decided to not use them, so now I have another project I get to do! Maybe I’ll make this shells pattern.

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