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  • Writer's pictureLucy Duffy

The crochet Shell stitch

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Lets look deeper into the beauty of crochet shell stitches. If you've ever wondered how to add texture and elegance to your projects, shell stitches may be your answer.

In this blog post, I'll walk you through what crochet shell stitches are, the diverse range of projects they can be used in & the exciting variations you can explore to create stunning crochet masterpieces.

For a step by step guide to working crochet shell stitches, check out my YouTube tutorial.

Understanding crochet shell stitches

Crochet shell stitches are a group of stitches worked together to create a fan or shell-like shape. They consist of multiple treble crochets, double treble crochets, or other combinations of stitches worked into the same stitch or space. Shell stitches create a striking & textured effect that can elevate the simplest of projects to new heights.

By varying the number of stitches within each shell, the spacing between them or even the yarn weight, you can achieve different levels of density & drape. The versatility of shell stitches allows you to adapt them to suit a wide range of crochet projects.

A yellow, lacy scarf constructed using shell stitches
A lacy scarf constructed using shell stitches

Projects Perfect for Shell Stitches

Shell stitches can be used in a multitude of crochet projects. From cosy blankets & scarves to delicate shawls & baby garments, the possibilities are endless.

The open, airy nature of shell stitches makes them perfect for lightweight summer tops and wraps, providing a breathable & elegant touch. You can also incorporate shell stitches into home décor items such as table runners & cushion covers, filling your living space with a touch of handmade charm.

When it comes to accessories, hats, bags & even fingerless gloves adorned with shell stitch motifs are transformed into eye-catching fashion statements.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crocheter, incorporating shell stitches into your projects will undoubtedly add a touch of sophistication. If you have yet to try shell stitches, why not check out my video tutorial here.

Exploring variations & customisation

One of the greatest aspects of crochet shell stitches is their versatility & potential for customisation. By varying the height of the stitches within each shell, you can create different effects. Try experimenting with combining different stitch heights within the same row to add visual interest & dimension.

Playing with the number of stitches within each shell, from two to six or even more, will achieve different levels of density. Also, altering the spacing between shells can create unique patterns, ranging from tightly packed rows to more open, lacy designs.

In addition, altering the yarn weight, combining shell stitches with other stitch patterns, such as the ever popular granny square, can result in stunning combinations that showcase your own creativity. Don't be afraid to experiment & create your own variations to make your crochet projects truly one-of-a-kind.

A sample of crochet, constructed using shell stitches.
Shell stitches made using chunky yarn

In conclusion

Crochet shell stitches quite literally open up a treasure trove of possibilities, adding texture, beauty, & elegance to your projects. Embracing the versatility & endless variations of these timeless stitches will help you up your crochet game!

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