Double Sided Baby Blanket

Double Sided Baby Blanket

I made this blanket over the weekend for a coworker who is having a baby. It has a beautiful shell pattern, it is reversible and surprisingly thick. Perfect for the Fall and Winter.

I used blue and cream but this blanket will look great with just about any color combination. I hope you have as much fun making your own as I did.

Materials: 12 oz of color A

12 oz of color B

Size G hook

Row 1: (shell  row): With color A, chain 173.
Work 1 dc in 5th ch from hook. 3 dc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (shell completed).
*skip 2 ch, work 1 dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch.
* Repeat from * to * across to ch just before last, do not work in last ch.
Drop loop from hook, do not cut yarn. Do not turn.


Row 2: (chain Loop Row) With color B.   Starting at the beginning of last row (dropped loop from row 1 should be on opposite end), join B with sc in 4th ch of turning ch (the ch before 1st dc of first shell st row).


Working in the front of last row, *ch 6, skip next shell, sc in first ch of the 2 skipped ch in foundation chain (between shells)*. Repeat from * to * across. Ch 6, sc in end ch (the free chain at the end of last shell)

Second row should look like this (I inserted the hook to show that there is a space)


Row 3: (Shell Row) With color B, ch 2, turn. Slip st in first dc of last shell st row. Ch 2
* 5 dc in center st of shell (3rd dc) and in ch 6 loop.  5 dc in center st of next shell and ch 6 loop * Repeat from * to * across.
Drop loop from hook. Do not cut yarn. Do not turn.

End of third row should like like this (side 1 and 2)



Row 4: (Chain Loop Row) Pick up dropped color A at end of the shell st row before last.
*ch 6. Working in front, skip shell. 1 sc in space between shells (in the same color shell)* Repeat from * to * across.
Ch 6, skip last shell, 1 sc in chain loop row.

Fourth row should look like this (I inserted a hook to show where there is a space)


Row 5: With color A, work same as for row 3. Do not turn.

Fifth row should look like this



Row 6: Pick up dropped B loop at end of shell st row before last. Work same as for row 4.

Repeat rows 3,4,5 & 6 for pattern. Work until length desired is reached.

Repeat rows 3 & 4

Border: *Double crochet in each st across. For corners: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same corner ch* Repeat from * to * once. Join with sl st.



  1. How many foundation chains would you suggest for an adult sized blanket? I LOVE this pattern!! Thanks for sharing!

      • I have made this pattern for babies and one for an adult but I don’t remember how many skeins of yarn needed for an adult size. Can you help?
        Thank you,

    • I crocheted this blanket 49 years ago for my son while I was in hospital it’s still going strong. Problem was I lost the pattern and couldn’t remember how to do it. Thankyou. Looking forward to making another one now I’m in lockdown.

  2. What are the dimensions of this blanket? I’d like to make it in a large adult size but have no idea of how much yarn to buy. If the dimensions were listed here I could figure it out. It’s a really pretty pattern and I’d like to do it soon. Thanks.

  3. Thanks so much for this pattern! A friend of my mother’s had shown me how to do this more than 16 years ago, and I’d made a baby blanket for my eldest, but had since forgotten how to do it. I’m so delighted to have found your pattern in time for my friend’s baby due in a month and a half.

  4. I am very happy I found this pattern on your website. I made this blanket 32 years ago for my nephew and misplaced the pattern and have searched for it for years. I’m making one this week for a friend’s grandchild. Thanks you, I’m ecstatic. I love this pattern.

  5. Vanessa, thank you for posting this pattern. I had made it years ago, some 30 years ago to be exact. Then an twin size for my daughter some 20 years ago. Now I will be grandma in May, my daughter requested one for her baby. Thank you …because I had lost my instructions. 🙂

  6. Hi
    Mum made this blanket years ago and is busy crotcheting again but she his having difficulty remembering how to crotchet back without turning. Can you help as she is 82.

    Many thanks in advance


    • A friend sent me this pattern 25 years ago. I did it with mint, yellow, pink and blue rows on one side white on the other. It was a hit at a Craft Show. The last one I made was about 6 months ago for a friends granddaughter. Still a hit.

  7. After I got the hang of the 2 repeating rows, this was quite easy to make and turned out beautiful. It took a lot more yarn than I expected, but since it is so thick, it is like making 2 blankets at once, so of course it uses more yarn. Thank you for the pattern, I am sure I will use it again.

  8. I’ve been searching for this patten for YEARS! I made several of these blankets in the 80’s and then lost the pattern. I’m so excited to have found it again. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to make one again!

  9. What gauge is needed to make this double sided baby blanket by Vanessa? I made it a few years ago but forget how big it it. I want to make a baby blanket.

  10. Does anyone know what the multiples would be to adjust the size? I want to do a baby blanket but 173 starting chains seems a little big. Thank you

  11. Love this pattern. Made many of baby afghans people love the two sided look and you can use any colors thank you for the pattern

  12. I used to have this pattern in a book, but it used baby yarn. I don’t like baby yarn–I use regular 4 ply red heart yarn. For this I used an H size hook. ( I crochet with a J hook usually, but this needed to go smaller so it wasn’t so loose. )
    I bought 3 Red Heart skeins 7oz in both colors.(so 21oz total in each color)

    I did chain 173 but this was way too long–so I cut it down to 137 chains-this gives me 27 shells across each row with the H size hook.

    I have been crocheting 35 years, but the pictures really helped me remember how this pattern goes together.
    Thanks for the really good pattern!!!!

  13. This is an update to my previous comment. After working about 8 rows, I realized the 27 shells made this baby blanket too long, it measured out at 37 inches long. So I refigured the blanket with 22 shells, which now measures to 30 inches.

    I am still using the H hook for this blanket. I would advise if you made the larger size of 137 chains, buy 4 skeins of each color. From what I could visually see, I was using quite a lot of yarn, so buy an extra skein of each color.

    Hope this helps for a smaller size blanket.

    • Hi Ranae. How many chains should be used to get the 22 shells. I haven’t crocheted for years and I want to make this pattern. Thanks.

  14. I have made several of these blankets both baby and larger love the pattern. Thanks for reprinting it as my copy has copied so many times that some of the words are missing at the beginning and end of the sentence thank you again

  15. I have made this pattern for a friend’s baby in pink and soft grey. Turned out beautiful. Now I want one for Me! Gonna do in blues. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Beautiful blanket- sure wish someone would do a video tutorial- I understand most of instruction’s except what to do at end of row- I am a fairly new crocheter- thanks

  17. My Grandmother-In-Law made one for my first child 30+ years ago. I have been looking for the pattern for a long time since Granny has passed. I am so excited that I can made this blanket now.

    Do you happen to know the size dimensions for the baby size so I can adjust accordingly?

  18. I can’t remember how to finish off without doing a border. Do I finish with the shell row or do I need to go back with something else?

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