The Crochet Interlocking Shells (TESTING MODE) is now ready to test if anyone wants to.
I’m a bit shaky if I nailed the repeating by combining Medium, Large and X-Large into the same structure using the sizing that would be in a normal Yarnspirations pattern. So I am looking to see if anyone wants to test the design.
Written pattern is not ready. Our testers have several numbers in the repeating, so I have to recrochet this again and recheck the pattern. The videos work, the written instructions are more complex.
Gold = Small
Blue = Medium
Green = Large
Orange = X-Large
Each size has been checked to see how it will grow. For example, the XL size has to have a long enough centre so when it grows outward, it can hit size of a twin bed in both width and length.
Even if you change the yarn, the shaping of the beginning should grow out evenly for the types of projects you are wanting to accomplish.
Changing for sizes will be S(M, L, XL) in the pattern are in parenthesis.
Small is the base for baby blankets, child-size blankets, teenager blankets, throws, queen size with drape and king size for both mattress top and with drape.
The repeating for the Medium, Large and X-Large will align but the small has to be on its own.
Medium is for wheelchairs, baby blankets, child-size blankets and teenager blankets.
Large is for child-size and teenager-sized blankets.
X-Large is for twin-size, cribs, cradles, queen size with no drape.
I have filmed all four as tutorials but I am not confident in releasing the tutorials without a test as the people on YouTube rely on me to be accurate as possible. Please EXPECT ERRORS! This is in testing mode.
- Crochet Interlocking Beginner Pattern Tutorial
- Crochet Heart Mosaic Baby Blanket Pattern
- 31 Days of Hats Series – Day 6
For testers, please leave your suggestions in the comments below in this article for me to review.
We have a square version that inspired the rectangle versions. This is the From The Middle Crochet Blanket by Yarnspirations. It has a matching tutorial if you want that help. You can substitute the yarn and hook if you wish as well as this was done with a chunkier weight yarn.
Comments on “Interlocking Shells Blankets – All Sizes + Tutorial”
How do we get the written pattern to test the baby blanket?
We have taken the written pattern down at this time. We will need to revisit it later in the year when time is plentiful to devote to correcting the issues. Thank you
I know you have plenty of notes, but I just finished the large and extra large. Only one more comment. I hope you got my others ?. Shell set up 2nd round: Sl st to next ch 1 sp. Ch 1 , 1 sc in same sp. Shell into next ch 1 sp. (1sc into next ch 1 sp) 9, 11, 19 …
Those numbers need to be added for each size.
I did get your others. I have taken down the pattern. 3 testers have 3 different recommendations on the same instructions which conflict with each other. So I need to revisit this pattern another time and retest again. I lost my train of thought and was super confused. It’s best I recrochet again and figure out which tester is right. I don’t know at this moment.
Hi there! I have now tested the Medium to row 6. I have done it with only the pattern since I’m just learning to follow a chart(thanks Mikey!) Found several errors which will follow into the large and extra large sizes I’m sure. round one: You forgot the opening bracket for the repeats, and repeat count is in error, or, there is a missing instruction. I would say it should read: Vst in 5th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next 4 chs, (1 dc in next ch, vst in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1,) sk next 3 ch, rep ( ) 1, 2, 6 times. Sk next 4 chs……….and then the next repeat numbers should be 1,2,6 again.
2nd round should be 9 times instead of 7 times.
4th round the first rep ( ) should read once instead of twice.
5th round *Ch 5, sk next 7 dc, vst in next sc, ch 5) 4, 5, ? times. (sorry, didn’t check the math for the extra large size.
Excellent. The way you typed out the corrections was really helpful. Appreciate that. I have updated.
Mikey, I am working on the medium size, having problems but see now you have updated pattern. Can’t find the pattern. Is there a link?
I have taken down the pattern. Three testers disagreed with each other in the results. So I need to recrochet this again and see which tester is right on. I got so confused, I took down the pattern.
I started the large size….on the 1st round you forgot the begining()….and you repeat twice not once. When you finish that round you should join in the 3rd chain not the 4th so you have the ch 1 space to work into.
That’s all I caught.
Thank you. I have updated.
I’m always up for a new pattern. I tested the small version with some lightweight yarn. I really dislike finishing off, just to start again, so I played with slip stitching to the corner. At first I sl on back side and then I decided to hdc the first shell and then sl in the stitch to the corner after finishing the round. I like this way the best.
I also, tried this with cotton crochet thread (thinking of a tablecloth). The sl to the corner works for this thread too. Just a thought so you don’t have to break yarn every other row. Thank you for all of your work.
Thank you for the suggestions.
Mikey, I am testing the small sample. There is one place I found that was a little confusing. On the 3rd round after the repeat * to ** the instructions were not clear that I needed to do another corner st and ch5. I wrote out the instructions in bullet form to be sure I wasn’t missing something, but it doesn’t appear to tell you to do that. I have a hard time following written instructions, I am easily lost. So, I may be wrong. I found an app (yarn buddy) that has lines to keep me in place left-right, up-down.
Can you type out what you would change in that statement? I’m not sure I am following you.
3rd red: Ch4 (counts as 1 dc and ch1 sp, 1 dc in same st as join, ch 3, vet in same st as join. *Ch 5, (sk next 7 dc, vast in next sc, ch5) twice. Sk next 7 dc, corner st in next sc, sk next 7 dc, ch 5,** corner st in next sc. Repeat from * to ** once, CORNER ST, CHAIN 5. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4…..
Mikey, I am doing the small sample. On the 3rd round I think one clarification is needed. After the repeat * to ** add that a corner st followed by ch 5 is needed. When I got to the end, following the instructions it was not clear that I needed to do another corner stitch and ch 5. Because I have done this pattern in a square I knew what needed to be done so I could figure it out. I am not good with written instructions, I lose my place so I have an app (yarn buddy) that gives me lines to move left, right, up, down to keep my place. I was still confused so I wrote out the directions and it looks like that added instruction would have helped me. I love testing. Thanks for putting this out there
The Netherlands here. Would like to test this but I’m not crocheting fast. Is that a problem? With so much yarn I would like it to do it with mine own stash.
Sorry for the delay. I am just getting back to this pattern now. If you haven’t started yet. Don’t worry about it. I have plenty of notes at this point to work with. THank you so kindly for volunteering though.
Would like to test this, but I’m don’t crochet fast because mine hands are not well.
I will work with mine own yarn. If there is any problem let me know
I started crocheting the blanket. You can work really fast.
Thanks Mikey…… I’ve done your original From the Middle…. That being said, I do not consider myself a “Pattern Reader” although with your help I am getting better. I just tried the small version pattern….. maybe its just me? The first corner reads 3 V stitches….but the last corner to finish only adds one? The starting (after chain 1) is a V stitch, then all is well on the straight away… then its 3 v stitch & slip to join, but that leaves me with only 2 v stitch for that corner? Leaving me with not enough spaces for the shell round? Maybe its just me, as I said I do not consider myself a pattern reader…….
I will take your notes and follow the diagram again and see where I am going off. I don’t read it like you are but I am not always right.
Mikey – You definitely need to include a picture of the finished product. When I first saw this – it looked like it was going to be like a mile a minute blanket where you join strips. Didn’t see it was a work from the middle blanket until I read through the instructions.
I’m going to test the large size, I’ll let you know If I find anything else
Noted. Do you think I should pull down the pattern until later this year when I have more time to do an actual sample?
Hi Mikey! I’m absolutely loving this one! Love piecing items together to make something out of nothing. Don’t know why you’d be afraid to post your videos! You’re always pretty spot on with everything you do! Keep up the awesome job ?
Thank you. YouTube can be a hostile place when people don’t get what they want. It’s better to hold then to post on a whim.
Not sure how “picky” you want us to be 🙂 In the 1st round, you are missing the opening ( for the repeat.
For round 5, are you just starting anywhere at a sc or in the ‘corner’ sc
I fixed round 5. I don’t know what you mean by missing the opening in the 1st round.
Here’s the small 1st round. What needs to be changed?
1st rnd: Vst in 5th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next 4 chs, 1 dc in next ch, vst in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next 4 chs, (vst, ch 1) 3 times in last ch. Cont working underside of the chain. Sk next 4 chs, 1 dc in next ch, vst in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next 4 ch, vst in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in the same ch as the last vst, ch 1. Join with sl st to the 3rd ch of beg ch 5. This will give both ends with 1 shell holding spot in the middle.
I will love to test the the pattern. Will let you know what I find.
I’m a lefty and didn’t see a written pattern for left handers. I going to jump on the tester wagon regardless, just didn’t know if it made a difference.
Only time left handed makes a difference is in graph work. Written patterns like this doesn’t matter if it’s right or left handed. It’s the same instruction.
Rnd 1 of the M/L/XL section is missing a parenthesis bracket, and is rather confusing without it.
Noted thank you. and updated pattern.
I live in Puerto Rico and have si e yarn lying around. Will test the pattern and let you know.
I’m willing to test this pattern. Will let you know what I find!
How soon do you want the testing done? I’m interested but don’t think I could get to it for at least a week, maybe 2.
Whenever you have time. I’m okay with time.
Just got back to this and I’m seeing you’re reworking the larger sizes. I’m interested in the XL, to eventually do a queen with no drape. I didn’t download the pattern so will hopefully see when you’re ready again for a tester, or when it’s ready to publish.
Hi Mikey! I’m not sure how picky you want us to be with testing. I have completed a small to the 6th row. It worked beautifully. The only problems I found were in the first round, you skip between saying into ch and st. Should all be ch for the first round or it may be confusing for someone just learning to read a pattern. Also, between the 4th and 5th round, I had difficulty with the instructions in red. When I figured it out, I thought, “Oh, start in any corner sc!” Since that sc is worked into the chain 3 space of the “corner stitch” that would be easier to follow, IMO. So far as I can see so far, you’ve done a fantastic job of working out all the logistics and math for us, thanks so much!
excellent notes. I have made your changes. THank you.
Going to start now, will work in order of size 🙂
I have completed the first 6 rounds of the small. I have a suggestion…. perhaps if you state start round 5 in the sc of ch3 from round 4 it might be easier to find.
Thank you. Noted.
I will test for you ASAP. Do you want photos, too?
I don’t really need photos but you can send them through email if you wish.
I would certainly be willing to test for you. I have never done this pattern so would definitely be fresh eyes. I need to clean up my stash!
Hi, I’m in the Caribbean. Willing to test the medium or large size with yarn from my own stash.
First time tester though, if that is acceptable 🙂
Absolutely. I would love to hear what your feedback is.
Hi Mikey. Did a large one with regular Bernat premium. And what I noticed mai my was the counts were out. The start round has three repeats in the middle. Round 2 shell count is 11, in round 3 6 on each long side and two on the end, in round 4 count should be same as round 3. I have done the original square middle so I caught on quick. But for me with my tension I used a 5 mm. It worked great not as drapery. Can’t wait to try this out on some self striping yarn!!!!
Reviewing. Are you sure Number 2 has 11 shells. It cannot be an odd number? Can you count your sample once again for easing my mind.
I agree with Rounds 3 and 4 should be the same number as they work together.
I would love to test this. I will work on them over the next couple weeks and let you know if I come across anything that might need adjusting.
Thanks so much.
Wow beautiful beautiful work
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