This edging features tall shell stitches built using treble crochets, and an interesting two-color repeat. The pattern integrates single crochet and surface crochet slip stitches as well.
Skill Level: Easy
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
- ch = chain
- ea = each
- hdc = half double crochet
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- tr = treble crochet
- st = stitch
You will need two different colors of yarn or thread -- color A and color B. It would be good if both colors A and B contrast with each other and also with the project you are adding the edging to. The colors should also work well together and be harmonious with each other.
This edging is a multiple of 14 + 1 sts.
Row or Round 1: Begin using color A. [Work 1 sc st in ea of the next 9 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 7 tr in next st, skip next 2 sts.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. sc in last st in row. If you are working a project with corners, when you get to a corner, ch 2 to turn the corner and then keep working in pattern. At the end of the row / round, change colors to color B.
Row or Round 2: [Work 1 sc in ea of the next 2 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 7 tr in next st, skip next 2 sts, sc in next st. Then work 1 surface crochet sl st into ea of the next 7 sts in the project below row 1.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way across.
When you get to a corner, you should be able to just rotate the work and keep going. If you have to, you could always sneak an extra slip stitch in there, but I didn't find that necessary when working my project sample.
Crochet Edgings, Insertions Medallions
With Illustrations and Instructions by Harry B. Smythe, Crochet Specialist
Publication date: 1917
Publisher: Duncan Publishing Company
Page 3, Edging #1 -- This edging provided one source of inspiration for my new design.
Royal Society Crochet Lessons Book No. 9
Publication date: 1917
By H.E. Verran Company,
Pages 2-3 of this book provide useful reminders of what a basic shell stitch is, plus other basic stitches like treble crochet
The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
Sylvia Cosh and James Walters
1986 Lyric Books Limited
ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4
Page 92 includes an edging that provided another source of inspiration for this new edging design. Both edgings are derivative of others that were originally published in vintage crochet manuals, and are now in the public domain.
Peterson's Magazine, Volumes 35-36
Publication date: 1855
In this vintage publication, Mrs. Jane Weaver has a pattern for a "Toilet Slipper." The edging for the slipper is a shell stitch pattern that is the same as the edging design presented in the Harmony Guide noted above.
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 a baby's shell stitch lap pad, which is crocheted using a shell stitch pattern 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.