"Shell stitch" is a name given to some of the various crochet stitch pattern combinations that feature multiple stitches worked into a single stitch. One thing these patterns have in common: the results sort of resemble seashells, in that each "shell" is narrow at the bottom and fans out and becomes wider at the top.
Shell stitches can be combined with various other stitch patterns to create unlimited different textures and effects. There are bunches of different shell stitch variations -- and all of them are useful and beautiful!
Want to learn how to crochet the shell stitch? The following tutorials and patterns will show you how to crochet different shell stitch variations.
Learn to work a basic shell stitch with this step-by-step photo tutorial.
Watch this free video to learn how to do the shell stitch.
The lacy treble shell stitch is derived from the treble crochet stitch linked above. The main difference: instead of the shells being totally comprised of treble crochets, the trebles are alternated with chain stitches. The chains open up the pattern a bit, making it lighter, lacier, and quicker to crochet. I happen to like the look of it better as well, although your opinion may differ.
I'm so enthralled with this stitch that I've been using it to crochet bunches of projects, with the intention of publishing the free crochet patterns for you to enjoy.
Here are a couple of the free patterns I've already published:
Shell stitch borders have been around for quite some time. I'm not sure when exactly they were invented, but I did find one example dated 1855. That vintage pattern is one that's still totally relevant today. I've shared a derivative pattern that I like better than the original; for one thing, I like it because it includes a corner, while the original does not.
This edging features an intricate two-color design that incorporates tall shell stitches and surface crochet slip stitches.
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Book No 2
Publication date: 1916
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Publication Date: 1986
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