Here is my version of the Floating Shells pattern! This will make a beautiful and WARM blanket for someone special, or any number of other projects!
Worsted weight yarn
Size G/6 (4.25mm) crochet hook
*Note~You can use any size hook and any weight yarn for this. I think it will lay smoother using a bigger hook, or lighter weight yarn than what I used for the model.
Hdc-half double crochet
FLO-work in the front loops only of indicated stitch(es)
Sl st-slip stitch
Row 1: Ch desired length of finished piece. Use multiples of 8+1 for your starting ch. (For example~I used a starting ch of 25 for the model piece.) Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each remaining ch.
Row 2: ch 1, TURN. Hdc in FLO of 1st st. *Skip 3 sts. Work 7 dc in FLO of next st (shell completed). Skip 3 sts. Hdc in next st*. Repeat (*) across, working 1 hdc in FLO of last st.
Row 3: ch 1, TURN. Hdc in FLO of each st across. (These are the unworked back loops of the row you just worked, but once you turn, they become the front loops again.)
Row 5: ch 1, TURN. Hdc in FLO of each st across. (Again, these are the unworked back stitches of the row you just worked.)
Continue working rows 2-5, in order, until desired length is reached. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Lay your piece flat, and smooth your shell rows toward the back. Block, if desired.