Ava Shell CAL Crochet Pattern – Getting Started

A shell is the perfect garment for so many things. It is very similar to a tank top but usually worn over a cami or tank top. The Ava Shell CAL was designed with the beginner in mind. If you’ve never worked a garment, this is the perfect pattern to start with. It was designed to be worn with a pair of jeans, or you can dress it up with a skirt and heels for date night. It is made with a v-stitch variation so the pattern is open and lacy. Make it in your favorite color or in a neutral color so that you can wear it over a variety of tank top or shirt colors.


Ava Shell CAL - Free shell tank top for the beginner - crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.


Ava Shell CAL


The Ava Shell crochet pattern will be released in sections for the CGOA Summer Crochet-Along 2017. Join us in the CGOA CAL – FB community for pics, help, and more.


Materials List



#3 DK cotton or linen/cotton blend

  • XS, Sm, Med – 440-655 yds
  • Lg, XL, 2X, 3X – 660-1100 yds
  • 4X, 5X – 1100-1300 yds

Sample used: Rowan Creative Linen – #3 DK weight shown in Natural.


Crochet Hooks: Size I/9 (5.50 mm) and J/10 (6.00 mm). PLEASE READ the gauge notes! You may need to adjust your hook size to get the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate: Uses easy stitches, but there is some shaping. A beginner crochet with a bit of confidence would be able to try this.

Sizes: XS, Small, Med, Large, XL, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x

Finished Bust Circumference Measurements: 

  • XS – Bust 31.5″
  • Small – Bust 36.75″
  • Med – Bust 39.5″
  • Lg – Bust 44.5″
  • XL – Bust 47″
  • 2x – 52.5″
  • 3x – 55″
  • 4x – 60″
  • 5x – 62.75″



3 v-sts x 6 rows = 4 inches (after blocking). Gauge is critical to fit.

Recommended Reading:

Below are some resourses that will help you pick out a yarn that you will be happy with and get your finished project to look like it does in the photos.

For a complete list of abbreviations used, please reference my List of Abbreviations.


  • If you want to adjust the width, the pattern repeat is a multiple of 4.
  • Pattern sizes are written in 2 separate formats to help with ease of finding your size.
  • XS (S, M, L, XL) = 31.5 (36.75, 39.5, 44.5, 47)” (these sizes are in regular parenthesis)
  • 2x {3x, 4x, 5x} = 52.5 {55, 60, 62.75}” – {these sizes are in curly brackets}

Special Stitches:

  • V Stitch (V-st): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated stitch or space.


Gauge Swatch:

Ch 24.

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs counts as dc), sk next 3 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 3 chs, rep from * across to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, turn. (4 v-sts, 4 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in 1st dc (same as ch 3), v-st in ch-1 sp of next v-st, rep from * across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.  

Rows 3 – 6: Repeat Row 2.

NOTE: At this point gauge swatch needs to measure 6.5″ wide x 4″ tall. If it’s smaller you will need to change to a larger hook size. 

Once you have the correct gauge, hang tight. The release schedule for the sections is as follows:

  • July 19th: Getting started (this post)
  • July 26th: Part 1 – Front Bottom
  • Aug. 2nd: Part 2 – Front Top
  • Aug. 9th: Part 3 – Back Bottom
  • Aug. 16th: Part 4 – Back Top
  • Aug. 23rd: Sewing, Finishing, & Border
  • Aug 30th: Giveaway deadline (11:59pm, EST). Winner to be announced Aug. 31st. 

Links will be added as they become available.


Happy Crocheting!

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Baby Tap Shoes Crochet Pattern

Four years ago I was asked to design a pair of baby tap shoes. (Yes, you read that correctly….4 YEARS!) I designed them, wrote the pattern, and then my computer crashed and I had lost all my notes for sizing, etc. So, when I found out my girls’ tap teacher (the amazing Corey Hutchins from Riverdance) was expecting (well, his girlfriend is expecting, not him) I decided it was about time I finish this pattern once and for all.


Baby Tap Shoes crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50


Baby Tap Shoes


Looking for the perfect baby gift for a dance teacher or dancer? These baby tap shoes will be the hit of the baby shower!

The pattern includes 4 sizes:

  • Newborn – 3.5″ sole
  • 0 – 3 months – 4″ sole
  • 3 – 6 months – 4.5″ sole
  • 6 – 12 months – 5″ sole


The baby tap shoes work up quick and use basic stitches, but I am always willing to help if you have a problem.


Baby Tap Shoes crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50


To purchase the pattern or see more photos, please visit my Ravelry shop HERE.


Happy Crocheting!


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Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Need a quick & easy baby blanket that will feel and look amazing? Check out my Soft & Squishy baby blanket! One of my daughters compared it to foam. When folded, if you squish it it will bounce right back to the height it was. Add a soft yarn to the mix and any baby is sure to love this soft & squishy blanket!


Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket - Free Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet


If you’d like a downloadable version of this pattern, you can purchase it in my Ravelry shop for a minimal fee ($1.00), which helps cover the cost of the selling fees, etc.

Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket


Finished Size:  27″ x 30″

Yarn: Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” (#4 worsted weight)

  • 2 – 7 oz. skeins (14 oz. total) – Menthe (MC)
  • 1 oz. – Greybeard (CC1)
  • 1 oz. – Mid Green (CC2)
  • .5 oz. – Grey Mist (CC3)

Hook Size: Size I/9 (6.00 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 13 sts and 9 rows = 4 inches

Special Stitches:  rsc (reverse single crochet)  

Notes: For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

Color changes were as follows:

Rows 1-11 – MC

Row 12 – CC2

Row 13 – CC3

Row 14 – CC2

Rows 15-25 – MC

Row 26 – CC1

Row 27 – CC2

Row 28 – CC1

Rep Rows 1-28

Rep Rows 1-11 

Border CC1




Ch 90,

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped chs counts as hdc), hdc in each ch across, turn. (89 hdc)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc), hdc in 1st hdc, hdc flo in next hdc, *hdc blo in next st, hdc flo in next st, rep from * across to last st, hdc through both loops of last hdc, turn. (89 hdc)   

Row 3–67: Rep Row 2.




Attach CC1 with sl st in top-right st of last row,

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc across top row, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each row-end down side, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each st across bottom, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each row-end up side, 3 sc in corner st, sl st in 1st sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, rsc in each st around, sl st in first rsc to join.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.


Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket - Free Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet


Again, if you’d rather a PDF downloadable version of this pattern, you can get it HERE in my Ravelry shop.

This would look amazing in a solid color, stripes, or so many other variations. I’d love to see your version.


If you’d like to receive info on more free patterns and tutorials, you can sign up for my newsletter HERE.


Happy Crocheting!

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American Flag Afghan Crochet Pattern

A couple years ago my sister asked me to make her an American Flag afghan. Needless to say, I put it off. I knew if I was going to do it I wanted to do it correctly and I knew the patterns out there weren’t what I was looking for. I like to be very literal in my design interpretations. (Ex: My Frog Pond Afghan has rippling water, 3-D water lilies, as well as lily pads, as well as my Red-Eyed Tree Frog hat has the 3-D eyes as well as suction cups pads.)


American Flag Afghan crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $4.95


American Flag Afghan


Once I set my mind to making it, I decided I wanted it to be as close to a true American Flag as possible. I wanted 5 sided stars, not the 6 sided design that is out there. I also wanted a solid fabric, so I knew I couldn’t use typical crochet stitches that leave space between them. I found schematic measurements and spent days weeks doing the math to make sure everything was perfect. The result . . . . .

  • The star field is proportionately correct to the stripes.
  • Stars are worked directly into the pattern so there is no need to sew on 50 stars (or 100 to make it double sided). This will be double sided when complete.
  • Stripes look like a solid fabric. There are no holes between stitches, and you won’t have to use single crochet.
  • The finished project will be slightly bigger than a throw; closer to a full size bed afghan.


If you’d like to watch this LIVE video I did on Facebook you can see the afghan details up close.



American Flag Afghan crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $4.95
Star Field


I am so happy with the end result! It came out better than my expectations. I aim to write every pattern so that even a beginner is comfortable tackling a project, so I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by the instructions.


You can purchase the pattern HERE in my Ravelry Shop. Use coupon code FLAG at checkout to receive 40% off the purchase price. Coupon code good through Monday, midnight EST.


Happy Crocheting!

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Cloria Wrap Crochet Pattern Release and Blog Hop

My newest design is the Cloria Wrap which is part of the Battle of the Stitches Round 13 designer challenge.  I’m so excited to be part of this challenge because it’s a bit different than others in the past. Here’s how the current BOS challenge will work.

We’ve put together a blog hop to showcase all the designs. If you’re joining me from Laura Mae’s Crochet, that’s great! If you’re just tuning in, you can start from the beginning and visit this Battle of the Stitches post. Then follow each post to find out the next pattern that is being revealed. Click on the Ravelry links in each post to vote for your favorites. There will be prizes at the end (read to the bottom to find out!) so make sure you vote for your favorites!

First, a little about my design….


Cloria Wrap crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50

Click here to vote for the Cloria Wrap as your favorite.

If you’d like to purchase the wrap pattern use co


Cloria Wrap


Cloria is a greek name that means “goddess of spring”. This wrap has a unique shape that has a triangular shawl with a long tail – almost like a scarf attached to the side. You will have enough fabric to wrap over your shoulders and neck to keep you feeling like a goddess on those cool spring nights.

When trying to come up with a design, I knew I wanted something that screamed spring. I decided to use the Pantone color of the year “Greenery” as my starting point. As part of round 13 for the newest Battle of the Stitches challenge, we used the Slanted Puff stitch so I did the first section of the wrap with that as my main stitch, then I added a second section using an airy stitch combo so it wouldn’t get too heavy. The result is a beautiful wrap in the shape of a scalene triangle.


Cloria Wrap has an asymmetrical shape. Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.


Continue on the Blog Hop


Next on the blog tour is Lisa from Kaleidoscope Arts & Gifts. Head over to her blog to see her design as well as get links to the rest of the blog hop!


Battle of the Stitches Round 13 blog hop.




We are giving away prizes!

I’m also giving away 5 copies of my Cloria Wrap, so leave a comment telling me what color you’d like to make yours in!

Other designers are also offering prizes, so make sure you visit them all and vote for your favorites!

In addition to all those prizes, 5 lucky winners will each receive 1 of every pattern in the round 13 Battle of the Stitches collection! Plus, a gift card to The Silk Drop as well as The Clay Sheep! Make sure you finish the blog hop to find out how to enter!

DON’T FORGET……If you love my Cloria Wrap CLICK HERE to head to my listing on Ravelry and add it to your favorites!


Happy Crocheting!


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Double Feature Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

Today is a BIG day! Not only am I releasing my new Double Feature Infinity & Cowl, but it’s also my birthday, and it’s my day on the National Crochet Month blog tour that Crochetville sponsors!


Double Feature Infinity scarf is 2 separate stitch combos - combined to add texture and depth to your scarf. There's also the option of separating the 2 and making 2 separate cowls. - Pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50


Please Note: My annual birthday sale has ended. 


Double Feature Infinity


The Double Feature Infinity scarf is now available!  Using 2 different stitch combos you will create this eye catching infinity scarf that has 2 different textured patterns. When wrapped it creates a beautiful visual effect. Separated you can also create 2 different cowls. So many options…..

You can purchase the Double Feature Infinity & Cowl pattern on Ravelry.


NatCroMo 2017 blog tour sponsored by Crochetville - March 1st day 1 stop Ambassador Crochet


For more info on the NatCroMo blog tour, visit the Crochetville blog for their tour dates, designers, yarn sales, giveaways, and more! Or you can get all the updates on their Facebook page. Today is only the beginning of an amazing month. It’s time to celebrate National Crochet Month!


Happy Crocheting!

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