How to Crochet the Shell Trellis Stitch

I’m so excited to share with you guys a tutorial for a beautiful lace stitch pattern, called the Shell Trellis!

The Shell Trellis stitch is truly a beautiful lace stitch. Lace is one of my favorite things to crochet—and believe it or not, it’s not hard to make! This tutorial will include detailed photos to make sure you know what you’re doing. And if you have any questions, always feel free to contact me! 

shell trellis stitch

I first heard about this stitch in a wonderful pattern by Interweave Crochet. I am going to do a review of this pattern next week, so look out for that! If you want to hear about it right away, you can sign up for my email list below.

shell trellis stitch

Love this stitch? I made a top using this stitch, and it turned out beautiful! Read about it HERE. 

shell trellis stitch

Before we get into the pattern, lets just quickly talk about yarn. The yarn I am using here is called Knit Picks Galileo. This is a gorgeous sport-weight yarn that has lovely bounce and drape. You can get some for yourself HERE!  

Shell Trellis Stitch

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Note:

Stitch Pattern is a multiple of 10. I started with a foundation chain of 30.

Materials:

  • Any yarn—I used Knit Picks Galileo, which is a sport weight yarn
  • A hook that is suitable for your chosen yarn; I used a G hook

Special Stitch:

Shell (sh): 5 dc in indicated stitch.

Instructions:

Ch a multiple of 10 (I recommend starting with at least 30 ch like I did)

Row 1: sk first ch, sc in ea ch across. Turn

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next sc. *Sk 2 sts, sh in next st. Sk 2 sts, sc in next st. Ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next st. Rep from *till 7 sts left. Sk 2 sts, sh in next st. Sk 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

shell trellis stitch

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Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Ch 3, sc in middle dc of next sh. (see fig 1) *Ch 5, sc in ch-5 sp (see fig 2). Ch 5, sc in middle dc of next sh. Rep from * across. Ch 3, dc in last 2 dc. Turn.

Fig. 1

shell trellis stitch

Fig. 2

shell trellis stitch

shell trellis stitch

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp. *Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp. Sh in next sc. Sc in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * until only ch-3 sp is left. Ch 5, sc in last ch-3 sp. Ch 1, dc in last 2 dc. Turn

shell trellis stitch

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Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Ch 3, sc in next ch-5 sp. *Ch 5, sc in middle dc of next sh. Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * across. Ch 3, dc in last 2 dc. Turn.

shell trellis stitch

Row 6: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sk ch-3 sp, sh in next sc. *Sc in next ch-5 sp. Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp. Sh in next sc. Rep from * across. Dc in last 2 dc. Turn

shell trellis stitch

Rep rows 3-6 for stitch pattern.

Finishing:

I recommend blocking this stitch, as it opens up very nicely and looks even more beautiful! To learn the 3 blocking methods, click here. 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to help! And remember, I made a beautiful crochet top using this stitch pattern. If you want to read about it, click here. 

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Happy crocheting!

— Rachel 🙂