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A Roundup of Free Tutorials, Videos and Patterns Featuring Crochet Shell Stitch


"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.

Shell Stitch Tutorial

Shell Stitch.
Shell Stitch. Photo © Michael Solovay

Learn to work a basic shell stitch with this step-by-step photo tutorial.

Shell Stitch -- Large Close-Up Detail Photo

Solid Shell Stitch
Solid Shell Stitch -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This close-up photo will give you a good look at the details of how a shell stitch looks.

Shell Stitch Video

Shell Stitch
Shell Stitch -- Video Screenshot © About.com

Watch this free video to learn how to do the shell stitch.

Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Instructions

Treble Crochet Shell Stitch
Treble Crochet Shell Stitch -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This version of the shell stitch is taller and wider than the basic shell stitch; it's constructed using treble crochet and half double crochet stitches.

Lacy Treble Shell Stitch Instructions

Lacy Treble Shell Stitch
Lacy Treble Shell Stitch -- Photo © Amy Solovay

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 Border Patterns

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.

Half Double Crochet Shell Edging Pattern

Half Double Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
Half Double Crochet Shell Stitch Edging -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This simple edging is suitable for use on just about any square or rectangular crochet project. Corner instructions are included so you'll be able to use the pattern for finishing afghans, blankets, linens etc.

Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging Pattern

Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This edging features an intricate two-color design that incorporates tall shell stitches and surface crochet slip stitches.

Shell Stitch Afghan Patterns

Shell Stitch Baby Blanket
Shell Stitch Baby Blanket -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Find free afghan and blanket patterns featuring different variations of the shell stitch. This list includes crochet shell stitch baby blanket patterns too.


Crochet Edgings, Insertions Medallions
With Illustrations and Instructions by Harry B. Smythe
Publication date: 1917
Publisher: Duncan Publishing Company
St. Louis

Encyclopedia of Needlework
Therese De Dillmont

Royal Society Crochet Lessons Book No. 9
Copyright 1917
By H.E. Verran Company,
New York

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

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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