How to Crochet Shell Stitch

One of the reasons why I prefer crochet to knitting is because there is such a variety of different stitches. The other reason is that I am the world’s slowest knitter and crochet just seems to be quicker.

I like shell stitch because it is pretty. That’s a good enough reason, right? It’s very easy to do and it looks lovely. If you would like a pattern for a little purse using shell stitch, please sign up for my mailing list ๐Ÿ™‚shell stitch

Here are three variations of shell stitch. The first is the simplest. The second is a spaced shell stitch with the shells in vertical rows. The third is a combination of the other two, a semi spaced shell with staggered rows.

Basic Shell Stitchshell stitch

Make a row of chains in a multiple of 6, plus 1 extra chain.

1. Into 4th st from hook, work 2 tr, shell stitchsk 2, dc into next st, shell stitch*sk 2, 5 tr into next st, shell stitchsk 2, dc into next st* to end of row.shell stitchshell stitch

2. 3 ch (to count as 1 tr), then 2 tr into last dc of previous row, shell stitch*1 dc into 3rd tr of shell from previous row, shell stitch*5 tr into next dc, shell stitchdc into 3rd tr* repeat to the end of the row.shell stitch

Row 2 forms the pattern, so you just keep repeating row 2. Because you finish each row with a whole shell followed by a dc, you startย the nextย row with half a shell into the last dc from the previous row.

Spaced Shell Stitchshell stitch

For this stitch, the shells are in vertical rows and the spaces are formed by an extra row in between the shell rows.

Make a row of chains in a multiple of 6, plus one extra.

1. Into the 4th ch from hook, work 5 tr, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, *sk 2 ch, 5 tr into next ch, sk 2 ch, dc into next ch* repeat to the end of the row.

2. 5 ch, then 1 dc into 3rd tr of previous row, shell stitch2 ch, 1 tr into dc of previous row, shell stitch*2 ch, 1 dc into 3rd tr, 2 ch, 1 tr into dc* repeat to the end of the row.shell stitch

3. 1 ch, then *5 tr into dc (on the top of the shell), dc into tr (stitch between the shells)*, repeat to the end of the row.shell stitch

Rows 2 and 3 make the pattern, so just keep repeating those!

Staggered Spaced Shell Stitchshell stitch

This one’s a little bit more complicated. There is a row of chains and dcs between the shell rows similar to the previous stitch. Because the shells are staggered, the shell rows alternate between starting with a whole shell and finishing with a half, and starting with half a shell.

Make a row of chains in a multiple of 6, plus one extra.

1. 2 tr into 4th st from hook, sk 2, dc into next st, *sk 2, 5 tr into next st, sk 2, dc into next st* repeat to end.shell stitch

2. 1 ch, then dc into dc from previous row, shell stitch2 ch, dc into 3rd tr, shell stitch*2 ch, dc into next dc (between the shells), shell stitch2 ch, dc into 3rd tr* to end of row.shell stitch

3. 1 ch, then dc into dc from previous row,shell stitch* sk 2 ch, 5 tr into next dc, shell stitchsk 2 ch, dc into next dc* to last but one dc, shell stitch3 tr into last dc.shell stitch

4. As row 2.shell stitch

5. 1 ch, then 3 tr into last dc of previous row, shell stitchsk 2 ch, dc into next dc, shell stitch*sk 2 ch, 5 tr into next dc, shell stitchsk 2 ch, dc into next dc* to end.shell stitch

With this version of the stitch, rows 2 -5 make the pattern.

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15 comments on “How to Crochet Shell Stitch

    • No Louise, no pink sparkly tables here unfortunately. In a house full of boys I’d never get away with it, even the cat’s a boy! I used a piece of sparkly card left over from my cardmaking days. xx

  1. There are so many beautiful stitches I need to learn! Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share Link Party. I hope youโ€™ll join us every Sunday night at 7 with more of your creative sewing projects.
    ~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing

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