The Quick Shell Crochet Stitch pattern creates a lacy eyelet fabric by working alternating rows of 3 double crochets shells and chain stitches. Scroll down to find the tutorial!
Tips for crocheting the quick shell stitch
This crochet shell stitch variation 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.
This lovely crochet stitch would suit a variety of different yarn weights and projects. Hats, blankets, scarves, market bags, baby items…. the list goes on.
It would also 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 make 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.
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Information needed for this crochet stitch tutorial
- 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.
I use US terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
- St(s): stitch(es)
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- 2 row repeat
- chain a multiple of 3 + 2 more
- Ch 3 counts as DC
- Ch 1 does not count as stitch
Quick Shell Crochet 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.
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 space, * 3 dc in next sc, sc in next ch 3 space. Repeat from * across. 2 dc in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1. Sc in same st as ch 1. * Ch 3, skip 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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