The Tortoise Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #113

Stitch Description

The Tortoise Shell Stitch creates a shell-like design that is also delicate. The Tortoise Shell Stitch would be great for baby blankets, headbands, and hats!

Video Tutorial


Chain Stitch
Single Crochet
Double Crochet
Triple Crochet
Slip Stitch

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 2

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 5 + 2

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Foundation Chain: Multiples of 5 + 2

  • Row 1 (wrong side): Work 1sc into 2nd ch from hook, *5ch, skip 4ch, 1sc into next ch; rep from * to end, turn.
  • Row 2: 5ch (count as 1tr, 1ch), *into next 5ch arch work [1tr, 1dc, 4ch, sl st into 4th ch from hook, 1dc, 1tr], 2ch; rep from * to ending omitting 1ch at end of last rep, 1tr into last sc, turn.
  • Row 3: 1ch, 1sc into first tr, *5ch, 1sc into next 2ch sp; rep from * to end placing last sc into 4th of 5ch at beg of previous row, turn.
  • Repeat row 2 and 3 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Tortoise Shell Stitch (Reversible)

Example of the Tortoise Shell Stitch Reversible

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