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Week 18 of the Ray Of Hope crochet along is the Floating Shells stitch, a lace shell stitch that would be perfect as a shawl. This stitch is created in a very similar way to the Floating Boxes stitch.
The pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below in brackets along with the abbreviations we will be using
- Single crochet (double crochet) = sc
- Double crochet (treble crochet) = dc
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this piece.
With colour I make a chain of 81
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (the turning chain counts as your first dc)
skip 2 stitches then in the next stitch make 5dc *skip 4 stitches and make 5dc* repeat between *and* until you have 4 stitches left.
Skip 2 stitches and dc in each of the last 2 stitches – 15 shells / 79 stitches
Row 2. Turn, chain 1 and sc in the 1st 2 stitches. Make a sc between the sc and the shell. *Chain 5 and make a sc between the 2 shells* repeat between *and* sc in the last 2 stitches – 95 stitches
Row 3. Turn, chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the 1st stitch. Dc in the next stitch. *In the 3rd chain of the chain5 make 5dc, skip the rest of the chain* repeat between *and* dc in the last 2 stitches – 79 stitches
Rows 4-9. Repeat rows 2 and 3
With a 4mm hook, join with Colour E (your joining colour) and make a slst into the side of each sc row and 2 slst into the side of every dc row down the short end. Along the long side, make 1 slst in every sc.
You will have 14 slst across the short ends and 79 slst across each long side.
Weave in your ends, and join the piece to week 17
To see how to join the pieces together click here
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