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Crochet Reversible Shells Rug Pattern & Tutorial

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

Hi there! Today's pattern release is this beautiful Crochet Reversible Shells Rug! My original plan was to make a throw blanket but well, it was much better as a rug!

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Have you used the Caron One Pound before? It's HUGE at 812 yards. I wanted to double up so I can make a chunky piece (originally a throw blanket). This means that i'm using 2 strands to crochet with and I'm using a larger crochet hook. As I worked halfway, I felt like it was TOO CHUNKY! I imagine if I had used a larger hook, it wouldn't have been so dense. Sooooo... It's actually quite perfect as a rug! If you have hardwood floors or tiles, etc., you can purchase one of those anti-slip liners to place under the rug.

As for the throw blanket, It would make a great blanket with a few adjustments.

If I had to redo this again, I would use a lighter weight and larger hook for a throw blanket. Perhaps I could have just used one strand and a 6.5-8mm hook (again, think loose fabric). I think it would a very pretty throw blanket.

I picked the Soft Sage & Dark Grey Mix colors because I love the minty (almost soft blue) color combo with grey.

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Scroll down to watch the STITCH video or watch it on YouTube (please subscribe!): Crochet Reversible Shells Rug Tutorial

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Rug Measurement: 52 x 30" - not including tassels (6")


ch – Chain

st(s) – Stitch(es)

sl st – Slip Stitch

sc – Single Crochet

sk – Skip

sp – Space

pm – Place Marker

rep – Repeat

rem – Remaining

Special StitchShell Stitch: 5dc sts in the indicated st.

SKILL LEVEL – Experienced/Advance

NOTES – Pattern is written in US terms.

Use 2 strands held together for this pattern. Use the center pull from 2 balls of yarn to avoid tangles or separate the one pound in half using a ball winder. Each color is worked for 2 rows. At the end of the 2nd row (shell row), you do not turn. Instead, you will start on the right side of the work.

Tip! Divide the one pound into 2 cakes using a yarn ball winder and use the center pull to double up on your yarn while crocheting to eliminate tangles.

YARN |2 Strands Held Together

Caron One Pound 812 Yards

4 balls | 2,000 Yards each color

(2) Color A – Soft Sage

(2) Color B – Dark Grey Mix


US 9mm Single Crochet

4” = 9 Stitches | 9 Rounds



You may sell the finished items but please credit original designer and reference back to: Designs by Phanessa.


Color A

With 2 strands held together, ch 103 or any number of sts in multiples of 5 + 3 for the desired length of your rug.

Foundation Row (Color A): 1dc in 5th ch from hook, 3dc in next st, 1dc in next, *sk 2 chs, 1dc in next ch, 3dc sts in next ch, 1dc in next ch (foundation shell made). Rep from * leaving last ch st unworked. DO NOT TURN. Pull the working loop up so you don’t lose the sts (or pm on the loop).

Row 1 (Color B): Attach color B to the 4th ch from the turning ch on the right side of the work. *ch6, 1sc in the 1st skipped st. Rep from * across working the last sc in the last st of the foundation.

Row 2 (Color B): ch2, turn, sl st to the 1st dc st, ch2, *shell st (5 dc sts) in the center of the previous shell st. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in the turning ch (same turning ch you attached to in row 1). DO NOT TURN.

Row 3 (Color A): Pick up color A, *ch6, 1sc in sp between shells. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2).

Row 4 (Color A): ch2, turn, sl st to the 1st dc st, ch2, *shell st (5 dc sts) in the center of the previous shell st. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in the turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2). Do NOT TURN.

Row 5 (Color B): Pick up color B, *ch6, 1sc in sp between shells. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2).

Repeat rows 2-5 until you have 31 rows OR until you’re happy with the size.


Tassels are placed on every other shell row using matching colors. Count the number of required tassels on the short side of the rug. Remember there are more grey rows than soft sage.

18 tassels for (A) Dark Grey

16 tassels for (B) Soft Sage

One Tassel = 8 Strands measuring 12”

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