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Vintage Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial

Learn how to crochet a shell stitch with a vintage variation. This video tutorial will walk you through it!

Vintage Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial
Vintage Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial

Do you love the look of the shell stitch in your crochet patterns? This Vintage Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial shows you how to create this unique variation of the standard shell stitch. It results in quite a stunning appearance that looks like the shell stitch, but with a twist.

This crochet video right below shows you just how easy it is to recreate this stunning shell pattern using three treble/triple stitches for each shell. We also have a written tutorial with images below this video.

Plus, this is a super easy crochet pattern to master and recreate because it is very repetitive in the steps you need to take to complete it. This is a great shell stitch pattern for all different kinds of scarves, blankets, or garments! 


Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • Yarn of choice (2 colors)
  • Crochet hook of choice

Vintage Crochet Shell Pattern

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Vintage Crochet Shell Stitch Instructions:

  1. Chain a multiple of 6. 

  2. In the 4th chain from the hook, work four treble crochets. 
    To work a treble crochet: yarn over twice, insert your hook into the stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 three times. Find our full treble crochet tutorial here.

  3. Skip 5 stitches.

  4. Work 1 single crochet into the stitch.

  5. Chain 2 (this is the height of your treble crochet).

  6. Work 3 treble crochets in the same stitch. 

  7. At the end work a single crochet in the final stitch. 

  8. Change your color of yarn if desired. For your second row find that chain 2 space from your previous row.

    Note: At this point in the tutorial, an already-started vintage shell piece is being substituted (starting the 4th row).

  9. Make a slip stitch to attach your new yarn. Work in that chain 2 space and do 1 single crochet. Chain 2. 

    Note: As you work, you can weave in your tail if desired.

  10. Work 4 treble crochets in that same stitch. 

  11. Repeat these steps until you have reached your desired number of rows and finished size.

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Not only is this vintage shell stitch gorgeous but the colors used here are perfect!!

I just read the get to know her article about the designer Chris Hammond. I was very impressed with all of her degrees and had to further check out some of her work and I chose this vintage shell stitch. The video makes working the stitch very easy for me as I am a visual learner.

This looks awesome! I've worked with shell stitch before, but I haven't tried switching between colors. I definitely want to try this soon.


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