Wondering how to crochet shell stitch? You can use them to make many different projects, ranging from clothes to home accessories, so they are very versatile. This simple stitch creates lacy structure, so it 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 texture, but you can try it with thread or flowy silk. All in all, you will surely end up with very elegant and sophisticated design.
This is a perfect stitch for beginners who want to try shells, so don’t hesitate to try it. It’s easy to grasp after several rows, because it’s just a two-row repeat. 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 🙂
If you are a visual learner, see my video tutorial here:
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.
The diagram above shows that the second row starts with two double crochets, which you work in the 3rd chain, but I recommend you working them in the single crochet from the previous row. Both ways will result in the pattern, but this way the edge is more straight.
chain multiple of 4 + 2
1 sc, *5 ch, skip 3, 1 sc* repeat until the end of the row
3 ch, 2 dc in the first stitch, *1 sc in the chain space; all in sc from the previous row: 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc* repeat until the last sc in chain space, finish with 3 dc in the last sc of the previous row
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 you reach the desired size.
Hey, it wasn’t hard, right? Use this stitch in whatever project you want.
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