Crochet Shell Edging

A crochet shell edging, also often referred to as a scallop edging, is a real classic that never goes out of fashion.  It makes a neat edge for the front of cardigan, a pretty addition to a baby dress or the finishing touch for a blanket.

Making these edgings is an easy way to give a knitted or crocheted item a pretty finish without looking too fussy.  There are many different versions of this pattern stitch and here are just three for you to choose from.

If you want a lacy look to your shell edging click here and scroll down to the last of the three samples.

With all of these examples you will need a base row first. Use any plain stitch for your base row.  Either carry on working using the last row of your item as your base row, or if you are working down a side edge, work a row of  (UK) double crochet half trebles or trebles or (US) single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet

If you want to make a braid for sewing onto another item (like the ones in the photos), make a chain the length you want your braid to be and then work a base row before following the instructions.

Crochet Shell Edging


ch = chain

st = stitch

sts = stitches

tog = together

sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)

dc = double crochet (UK treble)

tr = treble (UK double treble)

sl st = slip stitch

Small Shell Edging Instructions

First make your base row then work as follows:

Make 1ch

1sc into first st

* miss 2, 5dc into next stitch, miss 2 1sc into next stitch **

Repeat from * to **

Large Shell Edging Instructions

First make your base row then work as follows:

Make 1ch

1sc into first st

* Miss 3, 7tr into next stitch, miss 3, 1sc into next st **

repeat from * to **

Triangular Edging Instructions

First make your base row then work as follows:

Make 1 sl st into first st

* 2ch, dc 3tog into next 3 sts, 2ch sl st into first of these 2ch, 2ch, 1 sl st into next st **

repeat from * to **

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