When I’m designing new blankets I really try to think about what most people want for babies. I’ve designed so many over the years and a recurring theme has emerged – simple and classic. Even if the blanket is really colourful I try and balance that with a really simple stitch texture to balance it out. Conversely if it’s a single block of colour then I use a bit more texture and detail in the stitch and construction and this always seems to be a winner. My most popular designs have always been baby blankets in neutral colours that feel modern and not fussy but that nod towards the traditional. I hope The Oyster Shell Blanket is one to add to that simple and classic collection.
I’ve been using a really bright and fun colour palette recently and I felt like it was time to calm it down with this latest design. The stitches I’ve used are my take on cluster stitches and the chain spaces give a delicate fretwork style to the blanket to give it a lovely drape so it’s perfect for a summer baby.
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I designed the blanket in Deramores Studio Baby DK – Oyster 005. The entire blanket only took three balls of yarn so is a really budget friendly make.
The yarn is 100% acrylic, 270m/100g and there are 15 beautiful shades to choose from.
The fabulous folks at Deramores have put together a yarn pack (which also includes the free pattern PDF) so if you fancy it in the Oyster shade then follow the link below:
Tension and Sizing
The finished blanket measures 80cm by 96cm.
Tension of main pattern – 3 sets of clusters and 5 rows = 10cm x 10cm
Along with the yarn you will also need:
A 5mmcrochet hook
A ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
A ch4 at the beginning of a row does count as a stitch.
ch – chain,
ss – slip stitch,
sk – skip,
BL – back loop,
FL – front loop,
rep – repeat,
RS – right side,
FP – front post
dc – double crochet,
htr – half treble,
tr – treble,
dtr – double treble,
US Stitch Terms:
sc – single crochet,
hdc – half double crochet,
dc – double crochet,
tr – treble crochet,
In UK Terms:
For a 4dtr cluster stitch (4dtr-Cl) begin as if to double treble crochet in next stitch, but don’t complete the stitch and leave two loops on the hook. Repeat this again, crocheting as if to make a double treble crochet but don’t complete the stitch and leave three loops on the hook. Continue to do this, working into the same stitch, until there are 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on the hook.
A 2tr-Cl is worked in the same way but just completing the stitch after 2 stitches instead.
For a detailed step by step tutorial of how to crochet the cluster stitches then please scroll down beyond the pattern.
In standard UK terms – please refer to the chart for US terminology conversions.
Foundation chain: ch94 [or any multiple of 4+2]
Row 1: RS: dc in 2nd ch from hook and each across 
Row 2: ch5 (counts as st and ch), sk st, 4dtr-Cl, ch1, sk st, *dtr, ch1, sk st, 4dtr-Cl, ch1, sk st, rep from * to last, dtr in last
Row 3: ch4 (counts as st and ch) *sk st, tr, ch1, sk st, 2tr-Cl, rep from * to last 4, ch1, sk st, tr, ch1, sk st, tr in last
Row 2 and 3 create the pattern.
Rows 4-15: Repeat the pattern 6 more times
Row 16: Rep Row 2
Row 17: ch1, htr in each
Row 18: BL only – ch1, htr in 2, *ch1, sk st, htr, rep from * to last, htr in last
Row 19: FL only – ch1, htr in each Row 20: Rep Row 18
Row 21: Rep Row 19
Rows 22-27: Repeat the pattern 3 more times
Row 28: Rep Row 2
Rows 29-33: Rep Rows 17-21
Rows 34-48: Rep Rows 2-16
Row 49: ch1, dc in each
Round 1: ch1, htr in each on short edge, (htr, ch1, htr) for corner, for long edge – 3htr in side of each dtr, 2htr in side of each tr, 1htr in side of each htr, (htr,ch1,htr) for corner, repeat around, ss in 1st to join [406 htr and 4 x ch1-corner spaces]
Round 2: ch1, htr in each, (htr,ch1,htr) in each corner, ss in 1st to join [414 htr and 4 x ch1-corner spaces]
Round 3: ch1, htr in each, (htr,ch1,htr) in each corner, ss in 1st to join [422 htr and 4 x ch1-corner spaces]
Weave in all ends and block the blanket.
Learn to crochet the Cluster Stitch-
There are loads of different versions and interpretations of how to work a cluster stitch so to help out I thought I’d create a little step by step tutorial of how I do it.
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