The Easy Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #60

Stitch Description

The Easy Shell Stitch is a crochet pattern consisting of groups of double crochet stitches that create a fan design that are also known as “shells”. It’s a great choice for hand bags and hats.

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Materials Used

Kitchen Cotton Yarn

Made in the USA, this classic worsted-weight cotton is perfect for kitchen items and bath accessories. Its bright, retro-inspired palette is ideal for stripes, ripples, and colorwork projects. The smaller size of the skeins means that you can mix and match your own color palette affordably.

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Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hooks

These hooks have the broadest size range within the Susan Bates family of hooks. Made of lightweight aluminum; each Silvalume hook undergoes a special anodizing process, which etches away all surface impurities. In addition, each hook is heat treated for strength and durability and polished for a velvety smooth finish. Each size is color coded so you can find the size you need at a glance. The famous Susan Bates in-line head helps reduce wrist motion for fatigue-free crocheting and helps you maintain a more consistent gauge.

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Chain Stitch
Single Crochet
Double Crochet

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 4

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 4 + 1

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Foundation Chain: Multiples of 4 + 1

  • 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 rows 2-5 until you have reached your desired length.

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