Shells and Chains Afghan

This pattern is reproduced here with premission from the publisher of The Workbasket

This afghan is a series of shells and chains worked throughout.

The finished afghan measures approximately 39X70 inches.

You will need ten 3 1/2 ounce skeins of 4 ply worsted weight yarn in your choice of color and a size J aluminum crochet hook or size required to obtain given gage.

GAUGE. 5 rows equals 4 inches


ch 145

Row 1: Work 3 dc in 4th ch from hook,*sk 2 ch, work sc in next ch,,ch2,sk2 ch, work 3 dc in next ch, repeat from* across, ending sc in last st.Ch3, turn.

ROW 2:  Work 3 dc in first sc,  *sk 2 sts, work sc in next st  ch 2, sk 2 st work 3 dc in next st, repeat from * across, ending sc in last st, Ch 3 turn.

Repeat Row 2 throughout. Do not ch 3 at end of last row.  Fasten off

4 thoughts on “Shells and Chains Afghan

  1. Have you seen a pattern for the afghan on the TV show Friends, Season Three, on the back of Monica’s couch? It looks like columns of beige shells surrounded by green and beige columns surrounding burgundy paisley shapes which reverse to the opposite, beige columns surrounding green, etc., and it is trimmed by spiral fringe.


  2. it says chain 145 but in the past I forgot how narrow that is. I used to do this pattern many, many times but had to stop for awhile. But now back at it…… if I wanted to increase it would I
    chain 155 or 160 ..or.
    thank you for this site,…it is great

    • Hi Louise
      Thanks for visiting my site. As for the measurements of the afghan, I would do a swatch of about 3 sets of shells and chains then count how many stitches you have and then decide how wide you want your afghan to be and multiply that by the number of stitches in the swatch.
      Hope this helps.

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