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Turtle Shell Crochet Blanket- Beginner Friendly

Turtle Shell Crochet Blanket- Beginner Friendly

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hey there!  My first project after my little YouTube break is a…. Crochet Blanket! Yay!  I’ve got lots of different types of crochet, sewing and quilting projects coming, but today is the Turtle Shell Crochet Blanket!

I want you to remember that with most of my crochet patterns, I want you to get inspired by the yarn that you like from the store.

turtle shell crochet blanket

Here are a few tips when choosing yarn, especially if you are still new to crocheting.

1.Try to avoid a yarn that is textured or dark.  It is difficult to see your stitches with very textured or dark yarn.

2.The finer the yarn, the longer your project will take.  Finer yarn also produces a drapey feel. Thicker yarn works up really quick, but can be stiffer.

How much yarn should I buy?

The short answer is that it depends. Most people like to deviate from exactly what I do, which is great!  You should!  But I can just give you estimates – depending on your personal tension, the hook you decide to use can make a big difference.

Generally speaking baby blankets need 2-4 skeins, throw size uses 6-8 and bed size is 10-18.  My recommendation is to over buy so you have the same lot number and keep your receipt to return what you don’t use.

turtle shell crochet blanket

The Pattern

Choose a yarn you like based on the tips listed above.  Use the hook size recommended on the yarn label.

sc = single crochet. Insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over pull through the 2 loops on hook.

dc= double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops

multiple of 3 + 2.  For the peach color blanket, it is an initial chain of 129 + 2 so a total of 131.  (This is a great size for a baby and measures 30 x 30).  This blanket uses just over 2 skeins, so buy 3 to make sure ;).

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook. Chain 2, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch and repeat across foundation chain.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in first sc, 3 dc in each sc across, end with 2 dc in last sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc and repeat down the row. Make sure there is a sc in the last dc (which is the ch 3 turning chain from previous row)

repeat row 2-3 for the pattern. See the video for demonstration.

turtle shell crochet blanket

Yarn I used

The peach blanket is made with Bernat Blanket Yarn Tiny in the color Tea Rose.

The sample with pink variegated yarn is Red Heart Gumdrop in Cherry.

pink turtle shell crochet

The white sample is Red Heart with Love in Eggshell.

I would love to know your thoughts on this project!  Lot’s more coming your way soon.  Not ready to crochet a blanket, this hat is great!

Wilma CheRney

Saturday 8th of September 2018

Love your videos. Have started watching the quilt videos but not ready to go down that rabbit hole yet. Have watched many crochet videos and they have been helpful, found you because of Sarah from Bella Coco. I’m Canadian and it’s great to be able to watch creative people from all over the world.

Janice Smith0

Friday 7th of September 2018

How do I join your blog without YouTube? I am just begining to crochet and I need to have a pattern to follow as I am so slow. Thank you.


Monday 3rd of September 2018

I don’t see the different sizes for bigger blankets as you state in your video first of all - everything is always for a baby blanket but you state all he size variations will be on your “blog” n it isn’t - Sorry gotta say love your instructions but your detail needs work for me .... ♥️Lena

CherYl asher

Saturday 1st of September 2018

Can I use Bernat Baby Blanket instead of Baby Blanket Tiny? Or is there another brand comparable to tiny ? I want a more pastel blue color

Paulette Wayland

Friday 31st of August 2018

I am new at this and have made two of your baby blankets for gifts! I always wanted to chrochet a baby blanket and thanks to your wonderful,clear instructions I can! Thankyou so much!! How about a pretty fall shawl?! That is something else very intimidating to me but with your excellent teaching, I am sure very possible! Thanks again! I am hooked! Paulette

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