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How to Crochet the Shell Stitch


Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket Tutorial

If you've been following along with the crochet tutorials on Instagram you'll know that I'm all about introducing crochet stitches that can be made with any yarn and the matching size hook. The shell stitch can be used to make a baby blanket or a throw or even a scarf.

As with most of my tutorials, there are lots of variations - I have used the same yarn but made one blanket with a standard size hook for that yarn and made another blanket with a larger hook and a looser weave - it completely changes the look.

I have also made a baby blanket for the pram and alternated the colours each row between pink and white, but you can alternate as many colours as you like and run the same colour for as many rows as you like.

The shell stitch is a repeating pattern, so you need to start with a foundation chain that is a multiple of 5 + 6, eg: 46 stitches (if you're using super bulky yarn) or 91 stitches (if you're using 12 or 14 ply yarn).

I like to do a foundation row on top of my foundation chain - just to try and stabilise the bottom edge of the blanket, this is just one row of single crochet stitches, I also do a single crochet at each end of every second row (it will all make sense when you watch the videos).

I have put together a series of videos that are perfect for beginners, they will step you through every single stitch, if you would like to refer to a pattern you can access the free download for the shell stitch here.

  1. Tie a slip knot and then do a foundation chain that is a multiple of 5 + 6



  2. Do a single crochet into the second chain from the hook and then one single crochet into each stitch the whole way along



  3. Count the stitches, you should still have a multiple of 5 + 6 (counting the very end chain as a stitch), chain one and turn your work and do a single crochet into the very first stitch



  4. Then start the "shell" part of the stitch, so skip two stitches and then into the next stitch do five double crochets



  5. After you've done the five double crochet stitches, skip two stitches and do a slip stitch into the next stitch



  6. Skip two stitches and then do five double crochet stitches into the next stitch



  7. Skip two stitches and then do a slip stitch in the next stitch, skip two stitches and then do five double crochets in the next stitch and repeat this to the end of the row



  8. You should have three stitches left when you get to the end of the row, skip two stitches and then do a single crochet in the very end of the row (I like to do a single crochet at the end instead of a slip stitch), then start on the second row where the shells will be opposite.

    So chain two (this counts as a double crochet), turn your work, do two more double crochet stitches at the base of the two chain



  9. Skip two stitches and do a slip stitch into the top of the "shell" from the row before, skip two stitches and do five double crochets in the next stitch (the slip stitch from the row before)



  10. Skip two stitches and do a slip stitch into the next stitch, skip two stitches and do five double crochets into the next stitch and repeat all the way to the end of the row



  11. When you get to the end of the row you should have three stitches left, do three double crochets into the very end of the row (so you mirror what you did at the start of the row), then for the next row you repeat row one.



  12. So chain one, turn your work, do a single crochet into the very first stitch. Then you carry on with the skip two stitches, do five double crochets into the next stitch, skip two stitches, do a slip stitch into the next stitch etc.



  13. If you are wanting to change the yarn colour when you are making your shell stitch blanket the videos below will show you how to change your yarn colour