Handcraft enthusiasts are no strangers to the popular crochet shell stitch pattern. This beautiful stitch is often used in various crochet projects, and it is easy to see why. With its pretty and delicate look, it has become one of the most beloved and popular stitch patterns among crocheters.
It is no surprise that the crochet shell stitch is frequently used in creating baby blankets. It can be found in many designs and combinations. Learn how to craft it yourself to elevate your future crochet projects. With this easy stitch tutorial you will be crocheting baby blankets with shell stitch variations in no time.
Crochet hooks come in different sizes and are essential in making shell stitch patterns. A typical crochet hook size for making baby blankets is H-8 (5mm) or I-9 (5.5mm) to produce an ideal tension for the yarn used. Moreover, baby blankets can be made using various types of yarn, ranging from acrylic, cotton, or wool. One can choose to use a specific type of yarn depending on the preferred texture, color, and durability.
Basic Crochet Shell Stitch
Those who are new to the shell stitch, the best place to start is with a basic chain stitch. To begin, make a foundation chain that is divisible by six, then add an additional two chains to the end. That’s how you create the turning chains. Afterward, make a double crochet stitch (dc) in the fourth chain from the hook, followed by two double crochet stitches in the next chain stitch.
Skip two chain stitches, then make a single crochet stitch (sc) in the next chain stitch, then skip two chain stitches again. After this, make five double crochet stitches (5dc) in the next chain stitch. Repeat the basic shell stitch pattern until the end of the row. Make sure to end the row with two double crochet stitches.
Turn your work and start the next row by making three turning chains. Make two double crochet stitches in the first stitch of the previous row. This process will create an open shell pattern, which is the basic shell stitch pattern.
Crochet Shell Stitch Variations
For a more intricate shell stitch variation, one can use the double crochet shell (dc shell) stitch pattern. Start with a foundation chain that is divisible by six plus five additional chains. Then, make three turning chains, followed by a double crochet stitch in the fifth chain from the hook. Skip two chain stitches, then make five double crochet stitches in the next chain stitch. Skip two chain stitches again, then make a double crochet stitch in the next chain stitch.
Repeat row with the shell stitch pattern until the end of the row. End it with a double crochet stitch in the last chain stitch. Turn your work and begin the next row with three turning chains. Make two double crochet stitches in the first stitch of the previous row. The dc shell pattern is created by working three double crochet stitches in the middle double crochet stitch of the previous row’s shell.
To do this, skip the first and last double crochet stitches. Work three double crochet stitches in the middle double crochet stitch of the previous row’s shell. Repeat the pattern until the end of the row. End it with a double crochet stitch in the last stitch. Continue the pattern by alternating between rows of the basic shell stitch and the dc shell stitch. Repeat rows until you reach your desired size.
Follow Video Stitch Tutorial
For those who are more visual learners, there are various stitch tutorials and photo tutorials available online. These resources can help one understand how to crochet the shell stitch better. Many crochet bloggers and YouTube channels offer tutorials that can guide beginners in creating their first shell stitch project. There are also various patterns available on Etsy shops, offering different designs for using the shell stitch.
The shell stitch pattern is versatile and can be used for various projects aside from baby blankets. One can use it to create accessories such as hats, mittens, and scarves. The shell stitch looks beautiful in crochet home décor items such as pillowcases, curtains, and even rugs. With its timeless and delicate look, the shell stitch pattern can add an elegant touch to any crochet project.
The Truly Shell Stitch Free Crochet Pattern
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Easy Shell Stitch
Dense shell stitch is surely one of the basic skills of any crocheter. With this technique you can create more sturdy textures. Practice making shells with this tutorial.
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Puff Shell Stitch
Finally, why not to give some puff to shell stitch? This is a fun and cute shell stitch variation that you will enjoy making. Prepare yourself to have some fun crocheting!
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