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!

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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