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Half Double Crochet Shell Edging -- Free Pattern


Half Double Crochet Shell Stitch Edging

Half Double Crochet Shell Stitch Edging

Photo © Amy Solovay

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It's easy to crochet this beautiful shell stitch edging pattern. This pattern features instructions for turning corners. You can use this design for crocheting blanket borders or for finishing off any other type of project that needs a nice scalloped edging.

Skill Level: Beginner

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

I originally used this lovely scalloped edging as a finishing touch on my holiday scarves.

If you want to see bigger pictures showing how the edging looks on various projects, check out the following pages:

Edging Instructions:

This edging is a multiple of 4 + 1 stitches.

sl st in first st. [Skip the next st, work 5 hdc in the next st, skip next st, sl st in next st.] Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. You'll end this row with a sl st. End off.

Weave in these ends and any other remaining loose ends.

Versions With Corners: You can use this as a blanket edging or edging for other items with corners. To do so, use the instructions as given above; when you get to a corner, ch 1, sl st in first st on the next side, and continue working in pattern.

If you want the corner to look a little fancier, you could work a picot stitch into the corner instead. When you get to the corner, after working the last sl st in the row, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in first st on the next side, and continue working in pattern.

Adding Colors: I think this edging pattern looks best when the shell stitch is worked in a color that contrasts yet harmonizes with the project.

You can add another color easily by working a row or round of surface crochet slip stitches to create an outline where the edging touches the main body of the project.

Check Out More Crochet Blanket Border Patterns.


The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
Sylvia Cosh and James Walters
1986 Lyric Books Limited
ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4

The edging presented on this page bears some resemblance to the shell stitch edging shown on page 92 of the Harmony Guide book. The main differences: my edging pattern utilizes half double crochet stitches whereas the one in the book uses double crochet stitches; my edging pattern utilizes slip stitches where the one in the book uses single crochet stitches. My pattern includes instructions for corners and adding colors, while the one included in the Harmony Guide does not feature any of these details.

Both my pattern and the one in the Harmony Guide are derivatives of traditional classic shell stitch patterns originally published in vintage crochet manuals, which are now in the public domain.

Peterson's Magazine, Volumes 35-36, 1855

In this vintage periodical, Mrs. Jane Weaver published a pattern for a "Toilet Slipper." As part of the pattern, she gives instructions for a shell stitch edging that is identical to the edging design presented in the Harmony Guide.

Richardson's Complete Crochet Book,
Book No 2
Publication date: 1916
Published by Richardson's Silk Company

Page 5 of this book features a pattern for an infant's lap pad. The lap pad pattern utilizes a version of the crochet shell stitch that was influential in my early efforts to learn about crocheting shells. I often refer to this pattern for inspiration when I am working with crocheted shells.

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