the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 31

dear diary,

Another textured stitch this week, one of my favourites, as it is so versatile in it’s usage. Not only is this a very decorative stitch, but it is also totally reversible and especially interesting when worked in two or more colours. I am calling it Oyster Shell Stitch…

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This stitch is a multiple of 10sts, but make an extra 7ch for the foundation chain.

For our square Ch 27

Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next ch, *miss 3ch, 7tr in next ch (this is a 7tr shell), miss 3ch, 1dc in each of next 3ch; rep. from * to last 4ch, miss 3ch, 4tr in last ch – turn

Row 2: 1ch, 1dc in each of first 2 tr, *3ch, 1cluster over next 7sts, 3ch, 1dc in each of next 3tr; rep. from * to last 4sts, finish with 3ch, 1 cluster over last 4sts – turn

Row 3: 3ch, 3tr in top of first 4tr cluster (under the loop that closed the cluster), * miss 3ch sp, 1dc in each of next 3dc, miss 3ch sp, 7tr in top of next cluster; rep. from * to last 3ch sp, finish with miss 3ch sp, 1dc in ech of last 2dc – turn

Row 4: 3ch, miss first dc, 1 cluster over next 3sts, *3ch, 1dc in each of next 3tr, 3ch, 1 cluster over next 7sts; rep. from * to last tr, finish with 3ch, 1dc in last tr, 1dc in top of 3ch at end of row – turn

Row 5: 1ch, 1dc in each of first 2dc, *miss 3ch sp, 7tr in top of next cluster, miss 3ch sp, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep. from * to last 3ch sp, finish with miss 3ch sp, 4tr in top of 3ch at end of row -turn

Repeat rows 2-5 once and then rows 2-4 once more. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To use the Oyster Shell pattern for other projects, repeat rows 2-5 throughout.

A cluster explained: [yrh, insert hook in next stitch, yrh and drw loop through, yrh and draw through first 2 loops on hook] over the number of sts indicated in pattern, yrh and draw loop through all loops on hook to complete the cluster.

Enjoy! x

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