Beginner Shell Crochet Instructions

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Things You'll Need

  • Yarn

  • Crochet hook

Crochet has a variety of stitches that can be worked in thread or yarn. The shell stitch can be used for utilitarian and decorative projects. Once you have mastered the chain, single, double and treble crochet stitches, you will be able to learn how to make beginner shell crochet stitches. Most shell stitches are made with double or triple (treble) crochet. The shell stitch is a series of stitches made in a group in one base stitch. It is fairly easy to learn, as it looks more complicated than it is.


Step 1

Crochet the pattern that you have chosen until you are instructed to make a shell stitch. The shell stitch will be created in one of the chains on the previous row.

Step 2

Make two chain stitches for a double crochet. Skip chains in the previous row according to the number of stitches in your shell. For example, if you have a shell made up of five stitches, you will need to skip two stitches, create your shell in the third stitch, then skip two more stitches before anchoring.

Step 3

Make a two double crochets in the base stitch of the previous row as directed. This would create a three stitch shell. If you are making a five stitch shell, you would need to complete four double crochets.


Step 4

Skip the next stitches per the directions and place an anchor single crochet in the next stitch. This will complete your first shell stitch.


Pay attention to your stitch count for a successful shell pattern.

Once the first row of shells is completed, the next shell row will be created in the V anchor in the previous row.


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