The Interlocking Shells Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #131

Stitch Description

This crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the interlocking shells stitch. This stitch creates a shell mesh pattern. The interlocking shells stitch would be great for shawls, blankets and baby blankets!

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Video Tutorial

Materials Used

Valley Yarns Northampton

Sourced the softest wool WEBS could find and dyed in a beautiful collection of solid colors and heathered shades. It is a dream to felt and soft enough for cozy garments. Valley Yarns Northampton also has a whopping 247 yards per skein. It is beautiful and economical. Made in Peru.

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Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hook

Crystal Palaces’ Bamboo Crochet Hooks are lovely, and feel great in your hand. These 6 inch crochet hooks are made from specially selected, cured, and finished bamboo for an exceptionally smooth feel. Made in Japan.

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Chain Stitch
Single Crochet
Double Crochet
Double Crochet 5 Together

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 2

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 6 + 1

Stitch Characteristics


Pattern Instructions

Foundation Chain:Multiple of 6 sts + 1

  • Note: Work 1 row each in colors A and B alternately; fasten off each color at the end of each row.
  • Row 1: (Right Side):Skip 2ch (count as 1dc), 2dc into next ch, skip 2ch, 1sc into next ch, *skip 2ch, 5dc into next ch, skip 2ch, 1sc into next ch; rep from * to last 3ch, skip 2ch, 3dc into last ch, turn.
  • Row 2: 1ch, 1sc into first st, *2ch, dc5tog over next 5 sts, 2ch, 1sc into next st; rep from * ending last rep in top of tch, turn.
  • Row 3: 3ch (count as 1dc), 2dc into first st, skip 2ch, 1sc into next cluster, *skip 2ch, 5dc into next sc, skip 2ch, 1sc into next cluster; rep from * to last 2ch, skip 2ch, 3dc into last sc, skip tch, turn.
  • Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Interlocking Shells Stitch. (Reversible)

Example of the Interlocking Shells Stitch. Reversible (Click for Larger Image)

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