Here we are in week #4 of our National Crochet Month Celebration! I hope you have enjoyed all the stitches so far.
If you are new here, in celebration of National Crochet Month, every Friday in March I am sharing a new crochet stitch with you. What better way to advance our skills than to learn new stitches right?
Week 1: Offset V Stitch
Week 3: Trinity Stitch
This week we are going to learn the Balanced Shell Stitch. Shell Stitches are some of my favorite crochet stitches. Last year I shared how to do the Quick Shell Stitch and it has been one of the most popular posts here on the blog since. So I know you guys love them too.
It is called the balanced shell stitch because all the shells sit on top of each other instead of nestled between 2 shell groups. This gives your fabric a really good drape and also a pretty lace detailing between the shells. Another thing I really like about this is the ability to have put a border on your work because both ends of your work will be flat!
The balanced Shell Stitch would be great for so many different projects. I immediately thought baby blanket! Worked in a light weight yarn it would be the perfect summer baby gift. It would also make a great winter scarf or summer shawl!
In today’s tutorial I am using a worsted weight yarn (Bernat Super Value) and a 6mm hook. As always feel free to use any yarn and hook combo your heart desires.
-I use US Terminology
-sc: single crochet
-dc: double crochet
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Ch a multiple of 6+2 to start (I chained 32 in today’s swatch)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, 5 dc in next, skip 2 chs, sc in next. Repeat form * across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), Skip 2 sts, dc in next, ch 2, skp 2 sts, dc in next. * ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next. Repeat from * across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, *skip 2 chs, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 chs, sc in next dc, repeat from * across. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until piece is desired size.
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