Crochet Shell Stitch

Skill Level



6 + 7

Project Ideas

Blankets, scarves

The crochet shell stitch is a real classic. It’s reversible making it a great choice for projects where both sides will show and its versatility makes it a great choice for all sorts of projects. Pair it with your favorite yarn and let your imagination run wild.

crochet shell stitch
getting started

Suggested Supplies

Pair the crochet shell stitch with just about any yarn in your stash from lightweight to super bulky. Choose a smooth yarn for stitch definition that’ll show off the pattern or pair it with a slightly textured yarn for an even more interesting look.

Supplies used in demonstration video:

  • Patons Classic Wool An Italian Story Ombra
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Sk Skip
  • St(s) Stitch(es)

Additional Notes: Ch 3 at the beginning of rows counts as a double crochet stitch. Ch 1 at beginning of row doesn’t count as a stitch.

Row 1:  Ch any number of sts divisible by 6 and add 7 at the end. 5 dc in 4th ch from hk. *Sk 2 ch. 1 sc in next ch. Sk 2 ch. 5 dc in next. Rep from * to end of row. End with sc in last ch. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: 2 dc in same st as ch. *Sk 2 sts. 1 sc in next st. Sk 2 sts. 5 dc in next st. Rep from * to end of row. End with 3 dc in turning ch. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: 1 sc in first st. *Sk 2 sts. 5 dc in next st. Sk 2 sts. 1 sc in next st. Rep from * to end of row. End with a sc in 3rd turning ch.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3 until your project measures the length you want.

see how it’s done

Step-by-Step Tutorial

project ideas

B.Hooked patterns that use the Crochet Shell Stitch

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