Shell Stitch

The past few weeks we have been reviewing how to make some of the fundamental stitches in crochet. We have focused on many stitches that build onto or use a Double Crochet stitch. Today we will also use Double Crochet stitches, and Single Crochet stitches too, you may want to review the tutorials on how to make those stitches before moving forward here.

Shell Stitch

Materials:

Yarn: Medium (4) Weight Yarn- Here I have used Vanna’s Choice

Hook: The recommended hook size for the yarn- Here I used a Boye- J-10/6.00MM

Yarn Needle/Darning Needle

Scissors

Stitch Markers (Optional)

Stitches & Abbreviations:

CH- Chain

SK- Skip

SC- Single Crochet

DC- Double Crochet

SHL- Shell Stitch

H-SHL- Half-Shell Stitch

REP- Repeat

( )- Total Stitch Count at the End of the Row

Notes:

Make only one Stitch in the Stitch below unless specifically instructed to create more than one Stitch.

There are two Half-Shells on the odd number rows. I will label them H-SHL-1 and H-SHL-2. H-SHL-1 is the half-shell created at the beginning of the row, it is created by 3 Chain stitches and two Double Crochet stitches. H-SHL-2 is at the end of the row and is created by 3 Double Crochet stitches.

CH 23.

Row One:

In the fourth Chain from the hook create two Double Crochet stitches in the same Chain.

The Chain three and the two Double Crochet stitches are going to create our first Half-Shell of Row One.

Count three Chains. Create a Single Crochet in the third Chain.

There should be two empty Chains between the Half-Shell and the Single Crochet.

Count three Chains. In the third Chain you will create your first full Shell. To create the Shell you will crochet 5 Double Crochet stitches in the third Chain.

Count three Chains. Create a Single Crochet in the third Chain.

Count three Chains. Create five Double Crochet stitches (One Shell) in the third Chain.

Count three Chains. Create a Single Crochet in the third Chain.

In the last Chain (not the Slip Knot) create three Double Crochet stitches (Half-Shell) in that Chain.

That is the end of Row One. Chain one. Turn.

Row Two:

The shells in Row Two will be created in the Single Crochets of Row One. Create five Double Crochet stitches (One Shell) in the first Single Crochet of Row One.

As in Row One we will create a Single Crochet between the Shell Stitches. The Single Crochet stitches will be created on the middle (third Double Crochet) of the Shell from Row One.

Create a Shell Stitch (5 Double Crochet stitches) in the next Single Crochet.

Single Crochet into the third Double Crochet of the Shell below.

Create a Shell Stitch (5 Double Crochet stitches) in the next Single Crochet.

At the end of the row, Single Crochet into the top/third chain of the chain three (that we counted as Double Crochet.

Chain Three. Turn.

Row Three:

Count the Chain three as a Double Crochet. Crochet two Double Crochet Stitches into the turning space.

You have created the Half-Shell that is the beginning of the Row.

Single Crochet into the third Double Crochet of the Shell below.

Create a Shell Stitch (5 Double Crochet stitches) in the next Single Crochet.

Single Crochet into the third Double Crochet of the Shell below.

Create a Shell Stitch (5 Double Crochet stitches) in the next Single Crochet.

Single Crochet into the third Double Crochet of the Shell below.

Create three Double Crochet stitches (Half-Shell) in the turning chain at the end of the Row.

Pattern:

Foundation:

Multiples of Nine + Four (or Five if you do not want to use the Slip Knot as stitch)

Row One:

Count CH 3 as first DC. 2 DC in fourth CH from hook. (H-SHL-1 created) SK 2 CH. SC in third CH. SK 2 CH. 5 DC in third CH. (SHL created). SK 2 CH. SC in third CH. SK 2 CH. SHL in third CH. SK 2 CH. SC in third CH. SK 2 CH. H-SHL-2 in final CH. CH One. Turn. (2 H-SHL, 3 SC, 2 SHL)

Row Two:

Count CH as first SC. SK 2 DC. 5 DC/SHL in SC of previous Row. SK 2 DC. SC in third DC of SHL. SK 2 DC, SHL in SC of previous Row. SK 2 DC. SC in third DC of SHL. SK 2 DC, SHL in SC of previous Row. SK 2 DC. SC in the top CH of the CH 3. (3 SHL, 4 SC)

REP Row One and Row Two until the project is as long as you want it to be.

What do you think of the Shell Stitch? Do you have any additional advice on how to create the Shell Stitch? Have any stitches you would like to learn?

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