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3 DC Shell Stitch Photo Example and Easy Edging Pattern

To make a 3 dc shell: Work three double crochet stitches all in one place.

In the example above, I alternated the 3 dc shell stitches with single crochet.

To make this example as an afghan border or thread edging:
(Abbreviations: dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet)
First, crochet a row of single crochet directly into the afghan edge or into the edge of fabric or to make as a separate edging to sew on when completed, make a chain of length needed, then make one row of single crochet into the chain.

Work edging as follows: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in same sc, * ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, 3 dc in next sc; repeat from * across, ending with 2 dc in last sc.

Another 3 DC Shell Example:

Instructions for the easy 3 DC Shell pattern shown above:
(Abbreviations: dc = double crochet, st = stitch)

Work a foundation row in stitch of your choice (such as single crochet or double crochet).

Pattern Row: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), 1 dc in same st, * skip 1 st, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * across, ending with 2 dc in last st.

[2 dc shells] [4 dc shells] [5 dc shells]

How To's For Various Types of Shell Stitches

Free Patterns With Shell Stitches

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