Today’s theme is fun, vibrant and absolutely beautiful. You might think that clamshells have something to do with crochet shells, but hey, surprise! They totally are not 😉 Whaaaat?
This stunning pattern is created with basic stitches and a little bit of trickery, such as cleverly placed spike stitches. It requires a little bit of time and effort to grasp, but once you know how to do it, you can make the loveliest accessories and blankets!
Curious? Great! Let’s dive in!
Fun and versatile
Clamshell Stitch is one of those techniques, that look great in many different projects. It creates moderately dense structure, which is perfect for blankets and throws. Alternating colors is an absolute must here, because otherwise clamshells will not be visible. If you don’t like rainbows, don’t fret! You can use two colors and be absolutely fine 🙂
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As per usual, I chose for you the most amazing crochet creations on the theme, so sit back and relax! Clamshell stitch is so tightly associated with Cherry Heart’s tutorial, that it’s hard to find anything that isn’t a version of her pattern. I’m so happy to show you fantastic creations by talented crocheters!
All of the projects presented below can be recreated by using Sandra’s Clamshell Stitch Tutorial or Clamshell Blanket pattern, so check out both links – they are provided at the beginning of this article.
Clamshell Stitch Pillow by ebbflow_handmade
- photos by ebbflow_handmade (@ebbflow_handmade)
Soothing colors of the sea and sand are perfect choice for an interesting home accessory, so be sure to give it a go. A pillow with lovely scalloped edge will bring a delicate summer breeze into your living room or bedroom, so make a bunch!
Clamshell Stitch by Crafty CC
- photo by Crafty CC (@crafty_cc)
Do you have a lot of leftover yarn scraps? You can use them to make a fun colorful crochet item! Vibrant hues remind me of candy, so this palette will be perfect for a baby blanket.
Clamshell Stitch by TichTach
- photos by TichTach (see this project on Ravelry)
A little swatch is enough to showcase the beauty of clamshell stitch, so always start with one. Colorway you choose is crucial, so decide on your favorite colors and give it a go!
Clamshell Blanket by natcustodio
- photos by natcustodio (see this project on Ravelry)
Thick border made with basic crochet stitches features all the colors used in this project, so it fits perfectly. Clever, right? Scalloped edge looks great here, because it mimics the curves of clamshell pattern.
Clamshell Stitch Blanket by marchefka
- photos by Olga (@marchefka)
Modern color scheme can take this pattern to a new level, so don’t be afraid to try it. Olga combined neutrals with bright yellow accent, which is a great idea if you are looking for a more contemporary approach.
Clamshell Blanket by PiaPoireChocolat
- photos by PiaPoireChocolat (see this project on Ravelry)
This beautiful blanket is a perfect example of using up scraps, because each clamshell row is made with different color. In addition, it looks very bohemian!
Clamshell Blanket by Irene Strange
- photos by Irene Strange (see this project on Ravelry)
Earthy tones work in nature, so you can use them in textile art as well! This amazing project uses greens, yellows and blues to create a breathtaking crochet landscape.
Clamshell Blanket by Crochet Shaz
- photos by Crochet Shaz (@crochetshaz)
Pastel rainbows are the best, right? This one is just stunning, and color flow makes me drool. Clamshells look delicate and sometimes almost invisible, but they create beautiful, subtle structure. See more of author’s projects on her Instagram page.
Clamshell Blanket by DownGrapevineLane
- photos by DownGrapevineLane (see this project on Ravelry)
Are you looking for a romantic color scheme, or something for a little baby girl? This fantastic baby blanket features the most amazing dusty pinks and greys, and delicate lacy edging is just a cherry on top.
Clamshell Blanket by BebeRouge
- photos by BebeRouge (see this project on Ravelry)
Bold pinks and turquoise go very well together, and we all know that edging is one of the most important finishing touches to finished blankets. Be sure to choose a fitting one!
That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!
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