How to Crochet the Shell Stitch

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shell stitch

The Shell Stitch is an elegant way to blend modern and classic crochet.

The shell stitch is one of my favorite stitches. It has classic crochet roots that fit beautifully in the modern day crochet trends. Every time I have posted a project using the shell stitch, people talk about it and for good reason – it’s simply gorgeous no matter what yarn you’re using.

The shell stitch is a simple two-row pattern repeat once you get your foundation chain set up. If you know how to chain, single crochet and double crochet, you can work this stitch!

This amazing stitch is perfect for so many projects. I have worked scarves, baby blankets, hats, fingerless gloves…the list goes on. You can work it in a flat piece as I’ll demonstrate in the tutorial and you can also work it in the round. If you’re interested in seeing how that works, I recommend you have a look at my shell stitch slouch. Here’s the pattern and tutorial for that one:

How to Crochet the Shell Stitch Slouch

These are just a few ideas. You can do just about anything with this stitch!



In this tutorial we’re going to work up a test swatch. You’ll only need about 20 yards of yarn. Anything in your stash will do. You’ll also need a crochet hook that coordinates with your yarn.

Here are the hooks I use personally and recommend because they are wonderful!

Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks, Product Review

My Recommendations

  • Patons Classic Wool Worsted (natural heather shown)
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook

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We Will Use The Following Stitches

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Sc – Single Crochet

To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:

Crochet Abbreviations Quick Guide


How to Crochet the Shell Stitch with Brittany

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.


Written Instructions

Make a foundation chain that is a multiple of 6 + 7

Foundation row: Make 5 dc in 4th ch from hook. *Skip two ch, sc in next. Skip two ch, 5 dc in next. Rep from * to end of row. End with sc in last ch.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 2 dc in same place as ch. *Skip two stitches, sc in next. Skip two stitches, 5 dc in next. Rep from * to end of row. End with 3 dc in turning chain.

Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as sc). *Skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next. Skip 2 stitches, sc in next. Rep from * to end of row. End with sc in 3rd turning chain.

Rep rows 1 and 2 until your project reaches the desired length.

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