The Tortoise Shell Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #113

How to Crochet the Tortoise Shell Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

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!

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 5 + 2

Stitch 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.

Stitch Pattern Swatch Photos

Example of the Tortoise Shell Stitch (Reversible)
Example of the Tortoise Shell Stitch Reversible

Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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