Shell stitches are one of my favorites. You can use them to make many different projects, ranging from clothes to home accessories. This simple stitch creates lacy structure, which can look casual or elegant, depending on the materials you choose. If you decide to use cotton, like I did, you will end up with nice soft knitwear. If you’d like to try it with delicate wool, for example, you can make very elegant and sophisticated design.
This is a perfect stitch for beginners, who want to try shells. It’s easy to grasp after several rows. Changing colors in different places will produce different results, so try it out a couple of times to see what this stitch can do for you 🙂
VIDEO TUTORIAL COMING SOON 🙂
LEVEL – beginner
TERMS – standard US
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- you can use any yarn and recommended hook size
- for the sample I used YarnArt Jeans and 3 mm hook
- diagram is a visual representation of the pattern, where symbols are used to represent stitches.
- start with chaining multiple of 4 + 2 – as you can see, starting chain has the “+2” colored pink.
- instructions between asterisks *x* indicate motif that should be repeated.
START: chain multiple of 4 + 2
ROW 1: 1 sc, *5 ch, skip 3, 1 sc* repeat until the end of the row
ROW 2: 3 ch, 2 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, *1 sc in the chain loop; all in sc from the previous row: 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc* repeat until the last sc in chain loop, finish with 3 dc in the last sc of the previous row
ROW 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, *5 ch, 1 sc in the chain space in the middle of a shell* repeat until the end of the row
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired size.
Hey, it wasn’t hard, right? Use this stitch in whatever project you want.
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