How to crochet Textured Shell stitch

from Annalisa Chelli - 21 January 2019
Annalisa Chelli

Annalisa Chelli

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Tutorial: Crochet Textured Shell Stitch

Hi crochet lovers! I’m Helena, from Ahuyama Crochet, and today I will show you how easy it is to add some texture to the regular crochet shell stitch that we all know. We will learn how to crochet the textured shell stitch, a warm, dense and beautiful stitch.

crochet shell stitch

crochet shell stitch

For this tutorial I chose the fabulous Cyrcus by DHG. A chubby and soft yarn made of baby alpaca and merino wool, great for these cold days that are now approaching. From a small scarf to a big blanket, I hope you agree with me on this one. How lovely is the result of blending this elegant stitch with this amazing yarn?

cyrcus yarn - alpaca

crochet shell stitch

Let’s begin! This yarn is recommended for a 5 mm (US H) hook, but we can use a smaller hook for a tighter result, or a bigger hook if we want a spongy kind of look. I used a 4 mm hook.

These are the abbreviations that we will be using along the way:

ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc = double crochet (UK treble)
flo sc = front loop only single crochet (UK front loop only double crochet)
shell = on same stitch 5dc – 1ch – 5dc
* … * = repeat instructions between asterisks

Foundation: ch multiples of 10 +2 (for the sample on the picture I made 30 + 2 ch)

Row 1: 1sc on second ch from hook, *skip 4ch, 1 shell, skip 4ch, 1sc*

crochet tutorial

crochet tutorial

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1sc, 5 flo sc, ch 1, *11 flo sc, ch 1*, 5 flo sc, 1sc.

crochet shell stitch

Be careful to work only on the front loop of the previous stitches. This row is key for the texture as you can see on the picture below.

crochet shell stitch

Row 3: (you can change color here) ch 4, turn, 1dc on first st, ch 3, skip 5 st, 1sc on ch space, ch 3, skip 5 st, *(1dc + ch 2 + 1dc) on same st, ch 3, skip 5 st, 1sc on ch space, ch 3, skip 5 st*, (1dc + ch 1 + 1dc) on last st.

shell stitch tutorial

shell stitch tutorial

Row 4: ch 1, turn, 1sc on first st, ch 1, 1sc on next st, ch 3, 1sc on next st, *ch 2, 1sc on next st, ch 3, 1sc on next st, ch 3, 1sc on next st*, ch 1, 1sc on third ch from last row.

alpaca yarn

Row 5: ch 4, turn, work 5dc on the V shaped space located 2 rows below, 1sc on ch space located 3 rows below, *1 shell on the V shaped space located 2 rows below, 1sc on ch space located 3 rows below*, 5dc on the V shaped space located 2 rows below.

Row 6: ch 2, turn, 11 flo sc, *ch 1, 11 flo sc*, 1sc on third ch from previous row.

Row 7: (you can change color here) ch 1, turn, 1 sc on first st, ch 3, skip 5 st, (1dc + ch 2 + 1dc) on same st, ch 3, skip 5 st, *1sc on ch space, ch 3, skip 5 st, (1dc + ch 2 + 1dc) on same st, ch 3, skip 5 st*, 1sc on the 2 ch space from previous row.

Row 8: ch 1, turn, 1sc on first st, *ch 3, 1sc on next st, ch 2, 1sc on next st, ch 3, 1sc on next st*

Row 9: ch 1, turn, 1sc on space between 4 ch and dc located 3 rows below,1 shell on the V shaped space located 2 rows below, *1sc on ch space located 3 rows below, 1 shell on the V shaped space located 2 rows below*, 1 sc on last dc from 3 rows below.

And this is all! Now repeat the instructions from Row 2 to 9, until achieving the desired length for your project. You can both finish the project on a shell row or (for a plain ending) you can finish on a “V space row”, like Row 3 or Row 7.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Remember you can always watch the video tutorial, where you can crochet along with me, step by step.

Think of a cozy crochet cowl, a nice scarf, a new cushion for your sofa, or even a big blanket… this stitch is so versatile that we can’t wait to hear what projects are you planning for it.

See you soon!

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