Crochet Stitch

Shell Stitch

Shell Stitch

Hello, darling crocheter! I hope you’re doing well. Welcome to our lovely blog Handmade Learning Here. Today, we’re here to bring you an incredible classic crochet pattern. In the vast universe of crochet, there’s an abundance of stitches and patterns that allow us to create unique and charming pieces. One of these patterns, which has been capturing hearts and crochet hooks around the world, is the Shell Stitch.

This stitch is recognized for its smooth and delicate waves, which can add a touch of elegance to any project, from blankets to fashion accessories. Let’s explore more about this pattern and how you can incorporate it into your own crochet creations.

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This shell stitch blanket can be whipped up swiftly and effortlessly. Crafted using bulky yarn and a large hook, you can complete it within a few days, making it perfect for those spontaneous gift ideas! By using three colors, you can carry the yarn along the sides, minimizing the number of ends to weave in—a delightful time-saver. So, pick out your top three yarn colors and dive into this project!

What is the Shell Stitch?

The Shell Stitch, as its name suggests, derives its name from its resemblance to sea shells. It is formed by a series of clustered stitches, usually three, five, or seven, which come together to create a wave or shell-like shape. This pattern is known for its lush texture and ability to add dimension and visual interest to any project.


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How to Crochet the Shell Stitch?

Crocheting the Shell Stitch is surprisingly simple, making it a great option for crafters of all skill levels. Here’s a basic guide to get you started:


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Make a foundation chain:

Begin with a chain of stitches that has a multiple of the number of stitches required to form a complete shell. For example, if you want to make shells of five stitches, your initial chain should be a multiple of five plus one.

Set up the first shell:

After making the initial chain, make three additional chains to count as the first double crochet. Then, make a predetermined number of double crochets in the chain, depending on the size of the shell you desire. For instance, for a five-stitch shell, you would make four more double crochets in the same chain.


Space out the shells:

To create a raised shell-like appearance, you usually need to skip a certain number of stitches between each shell. This may vary depending on the specific pattern you’re following, but it’s common to skip two or three stitches.

Repeat: Continue making shells along the row, skipping the necessary stitches between each one, until you reach the end of the row.

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Finishing: End the row with a double crochet in the last stitch of the previous row, ensuring that the shells are evenly aligned.


Creative Ideas for Using the Shell Stitch

One of the wonderful things about the Shell Stitch is its versatility. Here are some creative ideas for incorporating this charming pattern into your crochet projects:

Blankets and throws: Use the Shell Stitch to create a cozy and decorative blanket for your home or to gift to someone special. Experiment with combining contrasting colors for a vibrant look or soft hues for a more subtle appearance.

Scarves and shawls: Add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe with a scarf or shawl worked in the Shell Stitch. Choose a soft and luxurious yarn for an accessory that’s as comfortable as it is beautiful.

Bags and accessories: Give your crochet bags and accessories a fresh new look by using the Shell Stitch to add decorative details. You can create panels of shells or use it as an ornate border.

Baby garments: Make adorable and soft pieces for little ones using the Shell Stitch. From blankets and cardigans to dresses and booties, the possibilities are endless.

Home decorations: From cushions to storage baskets, the Shell Stitch can be used to add a touch of handmade charm to various home decorations.


Shell Stitch





32″ x 40″



Choose 3 yarn colors from your preferred brand. 2 skeins of each!


Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn in Teal (7520), referred to as Color A: 2 skeins

RedHeart Soft Essentials yarn in Seafoam (7504), referred to as Color B: 2 skeins

Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn in Cream (7103), referred to as Color C: 2 skeins



US-L/11, 8.0mm



(IT DEPENDS OF THE YARN YOU CHOOSE.) We will base ourselves on the suggestions:
9 sts x 5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc


Other supplies:

Yarn needle


CH – Chain

DC – Double Crochet

SC – Single Crochet

ST(S) – Stitch(es)

Let’s start from the third row and change colors after each row, going in the sequence A, B, C, then back to A, and so on.




Row 1: Using Color A, make a chain of 86 stitches. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each remaining chain. You should have 85 single crochet stitches.

Row 2: Turn your work. Single crochet in the first stitch. Then, skip 2 stitches, make 5 double crochet stitches in the

next stitch, skip 2 stitches, single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern across until the end, maintaining 85 stitches.

Row 3: Turn your work. Chain 3 (this counts as the first double crochet), make 2 double crochet stitches in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the third double crochet of the 5 double crochet group. Make 5 double crochet stitches in the next single crochet, single crochet in the third double crochet of the 5 double crochet group. Repeat this pattern until the last set of 5 double crochets, then make 3 double crochet stitches in the last single crochet.

Row 4: Turn your work. Single crochet in the first double crochet stitch, then make 5 double crochet stitches in the next single crochet, single crochet in the third double crochet of the 5 double crochet group. Repeat this pattern until you reach the last single crochet, then make your final single crochet stitch in the top of the chain 3 from the previous row.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your project reaches the desired length, remembering to switch colors after each row.



Dear reader, we always enjoy providing lovely suggestions in the form of video tutorials to offer you alternative learning options. This particular video tutorial is excellent and comes from the Bella Coco YouTube channel . It’s a highly instructional video that you can watch below. We recommend using it to practice and become familiar with the pattern.



We’re delighted to have you here with us, reader. We always love sharing amazing crochet patterns and new learning experiences. We hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern and make the most of it to create your beautiful projects.

The Shell Stitch is a delightful pattern that can instantly elevate the look of any crochet project. With its easy execution and versatile application, it’s easy to see why this stitch has become so popular among crochet enthusiasts worldwide. So, grab your hook and your favorite yarn, and start exploring the endless possibilities that the Shell Stitch has to offer. Be creative, experiment with new colors and textures, and get ready to fall in love with this fascinating pattern!

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