This is a simple, easy one-row edging you can use for finishing off a variety of different clothing and home decor items.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner
- Yarn or Crochet Thread: If the item you are edging is a crochet project, be sure to use yarn or thread that is the same fiber content and general weight as the main part of the project. The sample project features wool yarns in a light worsted weight and a worsted weight. While this is not an ideal combination, the yarn weights are close enough to be workable. For best results, you really don't want a greater disparity than that.
- Crochet Hook: I used a size G hook to crochet the sample project. You may need a different size to achieve good results with your chosen materials.
- Tapestry Needle: This is helpful for weaving in your ends to finish your project.
Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Design Notes: This edging is a multiple of 6 + 1 stitches.
Instructions for Crocheting the Simple Shell Stitch Edging Pattern:
If you look at the picture posted above, you can see that my edging is an off-white color, which contrasts with the medium brown color that I selected for the main color of the project. To get the best results with this pattern, I suggest that you also use contrasting colors, so that your edging will stand out from your project.
To achieve this look, when you are finished working with the main color, go ahead and end off before you start crocheting your edging. Then make a slip knot of the new color (the color you want to use for crocheting your edging) on your crochet hook.
Sl st in first st in the row. [Skip next 2 sts. In the next st, work the following sequence: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc. Then skip the next 2 sts and sl st in the next sl st.] Repeat the sequence in brackets across the row.
Weave in all loose ends. Block the project if desired.
I worked the simple shell stitch edging onto a piece of a unique crochet stitch pattern called "v-stitch in brick repeat." I think this stitch and edging pattern look beautiful, and quite interesting, together. If you would like to learn the stitch, we have free instructions for it posted on our website that you are welcome to use.
- Half Double Crochet Shell Edging -- Not pictured
- Vs and Picots Edging With Corner -- Pictured on a Cotton Dishcloth, at Top Left
- Lacy Crochet Trim With Hearts -- Pictured at top right
- Easy Crochet Trim With Ribbon -- Thread crochet version pictured at lower left. The same trim crocheted in worsted weight yarn is pictured at lower right.
- Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging (not pictured)
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Crochet Edgings, Insertions Medallions
With Illustrations and Instructions by Harry B. Smythe
Publication date: 1917
Publisher: Duncan Publishing Company
Encyclopedia of Needlework
Therese De Dillmont
Royal Society Crochet Lessons Book No. 9
By H.E. Verran Company,
Peterson's Magazine, Volumes 35-36
Publication date: 1855
Richardson's Complete Crochet Book,
Book No 2
Publication date: 1916
Published by Richardson's Silk Company
Crochet Stitch Dictionary
Publication Date: 2013
The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
Sylvia Cosh and James Walters
Publication Date: 1986
Lyric Books Limited
ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4
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