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How to Crochet a Shell Stitch



Follow this seven step tutorial to learn how to crochet a shell stitch. You can then use this stitch in any pattern you wish.


  1. Start with a chain.

  2. Double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook.

  3. Make 4 more double crochet stitches in the same stitch.

  4. Skip the next 3 stitches, make 5 double crochet in the next stitch.

  5. Repeat step 4 across the row.

  6. At the end of the row, turn, slip stitch in the first 3 stitches, chain 2, make 4 double crochet in the same stitch. Then repeat step 4 across the row.
  7. Repeat step 6 for each subsequent row of the shell stitch.


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May 28, 2013

i need pattern to make shell blanket


May 28, 2013

great instrution however i need to make a blanket with this stitch. how do i get the right size?


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Nov 29, 2012

Just what I was looking for: a simple tutorial on the shell stitch for my crochet class. Thank you!


Apr 22, 2012

It's confusing because I don't know now many stitches to chain before I start the shells in order to not end up with a tail at the end. I'm not an expert or I might be able to figure out something that "simple" but I can't. First time I chained 10 and didn't have enough stitches to skip at the end so there was a tail of 3 stitches I didn't know how to continue. then I tried 12 stitches and then added 3 stitches for the first DC but I still had stitches left over. I'm gonna find a different tutorial that explains the formula for the number of chain stitches to start with.


Apr 19, 2012

First off, I think some people need to learn how to read, no where does it say they are making a blanket, they are showing you how to make the shell stitch, your stitches and chain length depends on what YOU are making, try reading the instructions again, thank you


Apr 19, 2012

The length of the chain in # of stitches is not provided. How long is the starting chain? Please provide in "multiples" so that it can be adjusted accordingly.


Apr 19, 2012

This is so easy to follow!!


Apr 19, 2012

I love this pattern, would love to try to make a vest, but need correct pattern first?


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