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How To Crochet the Crazy Shell (Brick) Stitch


The crazy shell is a popular stitch for crocheting afghans.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes to learn technique

Here's How:

  1. Make a foundation chain (any multiple of 4) plus 3 extra chains to turn.
  2. Row 1: Work 3 double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook, * skip 3 chains, 1 single crochet in the next chain, chain 3, 3 double crochet in the same chain. Repeat from * across row, and end with 1 single crochet.
  3. Row 2: Chain 3 and turn, 3 double crochet in the single crochet of previous row, * 1 single crochet in the space made by the chain 3 of previous row, chain 3 and 3 double crochet in same place. Repeat from * across row and end with 1 single crochet in last chain 3 of previous row.
  4. Repeat row 2 for each row until you reach the length desired.


  1. Some interesting color patterns emerge with this stitch when you alternate colors every row, every other row and so forth.
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