The Easy Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #60

How to Crochet the Easy Shell Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

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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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

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Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 4 + 1

Stitch 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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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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4 thoughts on “The Easy Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #60

  1. says:

    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 says:

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

      • says:

        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 says:

          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.

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