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.
The Quick Shell Stitch
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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.
- 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.
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Sk: skip
- Dc: double crochet
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sp: space
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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.
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.
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
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your piece is the 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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