The Flying Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #188

How to Crochet the Flying Shell Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

This crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the flying shell stitch. This stitch creates a dense but delicate pattern. The flying shell stitch would be great for hats, shrugs and cardigans!

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 4 + 1

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Foundation Chain:Multiples of 4 + 1

  • Row 1: (Right Side): work a Flying Shell (called FS) of [1sc, 3ch, 3dc] into 2nd ch from hook, *skip 3ch, 1FS into next ch; rep from * to last 4ch, skip 3ch, 1sc into last ch, turn.
  • Row 2: 3ch, 1dc into first st, skip * 3 sts, 1sc into top of 3ch**, work a V st of [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] into next sc; rep from * ending last rep at **, 2dc into last sc, skip tch, turn.
  • Row 3: 3ch, 3dc into first st, skip next st, *1FS into next sc, skip next V st; rep from * ending 1sc into last sc, 3ch, dc2tog over last dc and top of tch, turn.
  • Row 4: 1ch, *V st into next sc, skip 3 sts, 1sc into top of 3ch; rep from * to end, turn.
  • Row 5: 1ch, FS into first st, *skip next V st, FS into next sc; rep from * ending skip last V st, 1sc into tch, turn.
  • Repeat rows 2-5 until you have reached your desired length.

Stitch Pattern Swatch Photos

Example of the Flying Shell Stitch. (Reversible)
Example of the Flying Shell Stitch. Reversible (Click for Larger Image)

Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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