Crochet Shell Stitch







Classic crochet shell stitch is a very pretty and surprisingly easy stitch pattern to learn.

There are many variations of this stitch. Here are just 2 examples: An closed shell stitch and an open shell stitch which has a more lacy look

Scroll to the bottom if you prefer video tutorials

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain

st = stitch

sts = stitches

sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)

dc = double crochet (UK treble)

tch = turning chain

Instructions for closed shell stitch

Make a length of chain of a multiple of 6ch +1

ROW 1

Make 1sc into 2nd ch from hook *Miss 2ch Make 5dc into next ch Miss 2ch Make 1sc into next ch*

Repeat from * to * to end

3ch, turn

ROW 2

The tch counts as the first stitch.

Make 2dc into the first sc Miss 2dc and make 1sc into middle dc *Miss 2dc and make 5dc into next sc Miss 2dc and make 1sc into middle dc*

Repeat from * to * to end, finishing with miss 2dc, make 3dc into last sc

1ch turn

ROW 3

Make 1sc into first dc Miss 2dc and make 5dc into first sc *Miss 2dc and make 1sc into middle dc Miss 2dc and make 5dc into next sc*

Repeat from * to * to end, finishing with miss 2dc and make 1sc into tch

3ch, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to form pattern

Instructions for open shell stitch

ROW

Make a length of chain

Make 2dc into 4th ch from hook.

Miss 2ch

1dc in next ch


*miss 2ch

2dc 1ch 2dc into next chain

miss 2ch

1dc into next ch*

repeat from * to * to end

3ch, turn

PATTERN ROW

Make 2 dc into first dc of previous row

Miss 2dc

1 dc into ch space

*miss 2dc

2dc 1ch 2dc in next dc

miss 2dc

1dc into ch space*

Repeat from * to * to end, finishing wiht 1dc into space between last dc and tch


Lacy  Crochet Shell Stitch

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For another lacy look shell stitch, you can follow the instructions for a lacy shell edging on this page

Videos


 VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR OPEN SHELL STITCH

VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR CLOSED SHELL STITCH

VIDEO TUTORIAL HOW TO CONVERT A SHELL STITCH PATTERN INTO A LACY VERSION








 

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