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The Quick Shell Stitch: A Crochet Tutorial

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends! Here we are at Friday again… do you know what that means? Yes, you guessed it, time to learn a new stitch.

Looking through stitches, trying to decide what to share with you all has been so fun and inspiring. My project idea list has grown so much. I can’t wait to get started on it and share some new designs with you.

If you want to see the stitches from weeks 1 and 2 you can find them Here or Here

How’s your week been? The time change threw a big wrench in mine… lots of coffee was consumed in the making of this blog post haha. I considered calling my mom, who is a Registered Nurse, and seeing if she would be willing to make the 4 hour drive to my house to start me on a coffee IV. Ultimately, I decided against it because what kind of quack doctor could I get to write an order for that?

I did sign my middle daughter up for Kindergarten this week! Next year it will be just me and the baby (2 and half is still a baby, right??) home all day. Exciting and bittersweet all at the same time. Sometimes I want them to stay little forever. They gave me a questionnaire to fill out about my kid and most of it was just yes and no questions. Then at the end it there were 3 questions that required a written answer.

  1. What is most pleasing to you about your child? Well, she’s my kid so pretty much everything.
  2. What is most challenging about your child? Well, she’s my kid, so pretty much everything
  3. What form of discipline works best for your child? Discipline? What is that?

I should say, these were not my actual answers but when your filling out paperwork at 6am, these are things you actually consider writing.

Ok enough rambling…obviously, the caffeine is kicking in.

The Quick Shell Stitch

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Quick Shell Crochet Stitch

The Quick Shell Stitch pattern is achieved by working a row of 3 double crochet shells over a row of chain stitches. This creates an overall fabric with little eyelets in it. I think this stitch would suit a variety of different yarn weights and projects. Hats, blankets, scarves, market bags, baby items…. the list goes on. This stitch would lend itself well to stripes or color blocks, just make your color change at the end of a “shell row.”

When working your foundation chains, I suggest either going up at least a half a hook size or making sure your chains are very loose. I found that when I used the same hook size throughout, the bottom of my piece was too tight and make my swatch look a little wonky.

Materials

  • For this tutorial I used a #4 Worsted Weight Yarn…. Caron Simply Soft in the color Strawberry to be specific.
  • 5 mm and 5.5 mm hook
  • Please feel free to pick whatever yarn weight and hook combo you want.

Abbreviations

  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sk: skip
  • Dc: double crochet
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sp: space

Stitch Instructions

Using the bigger hook ( I used a 5.5mm), chain a  multiple of 3 +2  more chains. I chained 26.

Row 1: Switch to your smaller hook (I used a 5mm). Sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 3, skip 2 chs, sc in next, repeat from * across. Turn.

Quick Shell Stitch | Free Croche Tutorial | The Unraveled Mitten | Easy | Crochet Stitches

Row 2: This will be considered the Right Side of your piece.  Ch 3, (counts as 1 dc here and throughout). Dc in Same st as ch 3. Sc in ch 3 sp, * 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch 3 sp. Repeat from * across. 2 dc in last sc. Turn.

Quick Shell Stitch | Free Croche Tutorial | The Unraveled Mitten | Easy | Crochet Stitches

Row 3: Ch 1. Sc in same st as ch 1. * Ch 3, sk next 3 sts, sc in next (this will be the middle dc of shell from previous row). Repeat from * across, placing your last sc in top of turning ch 3. Turn

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Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your piece is desired size.

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What are you going to make with the Quick Shell Stitch? I already have an idea what I’m going to do with it but you’ll have to wait and see. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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19 comments

  1. Anita says:

    I love this stitch! I’m just learning to read crotchet patterns and I’m having trouble picturing each step. Your photos are helpful but I still can’t seem to make my stitches look like yours. Do you have a video tutorial?

    • Heather says:

      Isn’t so pretty!? ? I do not have a video tutorial. If there is a certain part your hung up on I would be happy to help. Although, it may just be a case of “tension” we all crochet a little different. Some a little looser, some tighter. This can affect how your stitches look. Keep practicing and let me know if I can help. ?

      • Amber says:

        Ik I’m going to sound a bit silly here but I’m a bit confused. Can you go into more detail about rows 2 and 3s instructions? Specifically, what do you mean by, dc in the same stitch as chain 3? (Row 2) do you mean dc in the 3 chains made after turning the work? Or the 3rd ch from hook? Same q for row 3 sc?

  2. Shirley says:

    Hi Heather: Thanks for adding me; I am going to start the quick shell stitch. I have been crocheting for years but always like a new idea/pattern.

  3. Ashley says:

    I have 150 +2 stitches and at the end of row 1, I have 1 chain stitch left over from the foundation. Have I don’t something wrong? I have every 50th chain marked and double checked and everything. Please help! My daughter wants a blanket.
    Tia!!

    • Heather says:

      For some reason your comment didn’t come through until now. I hope you have figured this out!! If not, I would double check you have the correct amount of foundation chains and make sure you’ve skipped 2 chains in between each single crochet. Let me know if you are still having trouble.

  4. Pauline says:

    I too am javing the same problem as Heather i jave double checked and tried different chain counts always have one ch left at end.

    • Heather says:

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble. I worked this stitch a few different times today, each time with different starting chains and it is stated correctly in the pattern (multiple of 3 + 2). Check your foundation chain again and make sure you are only skipping 2 chains between each single crochet. Let me know if you are still having trouble and we can troubleshoot this a little more.

  5. Tina says:

    You should put your pictures below the instructions. I was eager to make this dishcloth but was confused until I realized that the photo I was looking at was for the instructions underneath the photo (underneath the ads) and it was truly confusing……….. ;(

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention Tina! I can see how that looks confusing. I edited it so the pictures are now below the instruction.

  6. Leah says:

    Love the pattern very pretty and delicate ! I too totally go berserk trying to read patterns ? ….Is there a chance you will be doing video tutorials in the future? You have a lot of very pretty work I would love to try ?

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