How to Crochet the Classic Shell Stitch

It’s finally May…time for a new month of Stitches! Today I want to share with you a classic stitch that I love.

how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern

The Classic Shell Stitch is truly a classic. If you’ve ever seen something crocheted before, you’ve likely seen a variation of this stitch.

Have you heard about my Stitch Along? I am running a series all throughout 2019 where I publish four stitch patterns per month—one per week. If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late! The great thing about this is that you can jump in at any time. Be sure to join the Stitch Along community in my Facebook group HERE.

You can also view the master list of stitches that have been released so far by clicking HERE! There are definitely some more cool ones you will want to check out. Last week’s stitch was the Box Stitch.

Last thing before we get started on this stitch: If you want to get ahead on the stitches for May, I created a bundle of 4 Spring stitch patterns on Etsy which can be found here. Included is the Classic Shell Stitch, plus 3 OTHER lace stitch patterns (all of the ones coming in May!) The stitches are written out for easy printing. Find this bundle HERE!

How to Crochet the Classic Shell Stitch

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Notes

  • Stitch pattern is a multiple of 6+1
  • Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as dc

Materials

You can potentially use any yarn and hook for this stitch. However, here is what I used:

1/ Wintergreen Cowl 2/ Lattice Stitch 3/ Angelica Cardigan

Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout) dc in next fsc. Sk 1 fsc, 5 dc in next fsc. *Sk 2 fsc, sc in next fsc. Sk 2 fsc, 5 dc in next fsc. Rep from * until 3 fsc left. Sk next fsc, dc in last 2 fsc. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. *Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc. Sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Rep from * until 4 sts left. Sk 2 dc, dc in last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 2 tutorial:

how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (hook is pointing to the space where you sc)
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Sc finished
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Hook shows where you will insert hook next
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
5 dc in space where hook was pointing (the sc).
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Keep alternating 5 dc in sc, and sc in middle of the 5 dc.

Like this pattern so far? Be sure to check out the printer-friendly version (plus 3 BONUS stitch patterns—see picture below!)

Click HERE for more information!

how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc. 5 dc in next sc. *Sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc. Rep from * until 2 dc left. Dc in last 2 dc. Turn.

how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
This time you will start out with 5 dc, to create the alternating look of the shells.
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Continue putting the sc in the middle of the 5 dc, and the 5 dc in the sc.
how to crochet the classic shell stitch—free crochet pattern
Finished Row 3

Rep rows 2-3 for stitch pattern!

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I hope you have enjoyed this stitch pattern. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to help!

Happy Crocheting!

—Rachel 🙂