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How to Crochet the Easy Shell Stitch

This stitch was originally posted on July 6, 2012

This video crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the easy shell stitch. This crochet consist of group of crochet that create a fan design that are also known as “shells”. It’s great for hand bags and hats.

Skill: Easy
Foundation Chain: Multiples of 4 + 1

TECHNIQUES USED IN THIS STITCH:
Chain Stitch – ch
Single Crochet – sc
Double Crochet – dc

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: 4 dc in 5th ch from hook, skip next 3 ch, * 4 dc in next ch, skip 3 ch, rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), skip first dc, 1 sc in each dc across row, 1 sc in top turn ch, turn
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throuhgout), 1 dc in first st, skip next 3 sc, *4 dc next sc, skip next 3 sc, rep from * across to within last 2 sts, skip next sc, 1 dc in turn ch, turn
Row 4: Ch 1, Skip first dc, 1 sc in each dc across row, 1 sc in top of turn ch, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, Skip first 2 sc, *4 dc in next sc, skip 3 sc, rep from * across, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Repeat row until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Easy Shell Stitch (click for larger)
Example of the Was Shell Stitch

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Comments

  1. barbbfly2009@gmail.com

    April 13, 2013

    hi thx -i’d like to do this st. coming off a round base as for a basket to make a beach bag – can i do this? its like in the round?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      April 15, 2013

      It is possible to do, but we don’t not have instructions to do this stitch in the round.

      • barbbfly2009@gmail.com

        April 15, 2013

        THX FOR THE SWIFT REPLY – according to knitting paridise – a huge knit/ crochet forum more people use circs now. i am a new knitter with arthritis and i find them easier. could you have some tips on converting stitches in the round? it is still confusing to change from a knit to a purl row on circs cuz i’m not turning the work? —i make up my own patterns a lot AND FROG A LOT (RIP IT RIP IT,LOL)

        • Johnny Vasquez

          April 15, 2013

          This is a crochet stitch, so it would not be converted in the round the same way a knitting pattern would. We have a class coming up that will cover this topic for knitting.