The crochet solid shell stitch is a great introduction to shells and clusters. It features a five double crochet shell with a single crochet between each shell. With only two rows to remember, this stitch pattern crochets up very quickly! Since the pattern creates very little holes, it’s a great pattern for baby blankets, bags, and more!
- Chain (ch)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Shell (5dc in one stitch)
- Repeat (rep)
- Turning Chain (tch)
Crochet Solid Shell Stitch Instructions:
With yarn color of choice ch 26 loosely.
Row 1 (Right side): 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 5dc into next ch (shell made), skip 2 ch, 1sc into next ch; repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), 2dc into 1st st, *skip 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc middle dc of shell in previous row), skip 2 dc, 5dc into next sc; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc into last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch1, 1 sc into 1st st, *skip 2 dc, 5dc into next sc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * ending last rep with 1 sc into top tch, turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 until piece measures approximately 7”, do not finish off.
Rnd 1: *Work 1 dc in next 25 sts across to corner. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner st. Do not turn. Work 25 dc evenly spaced across next edge. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner st; repeat from * once more.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Want to create a beautiful cowl using this stitch?
Check out our Solid Shell Stitch Cowl Pattern!
- Once you’ve established your pattern with Rows 1-3, it’s very easy to see where you need to put your sc (in the middle dc of 5dc Shell) and your new Shell (in sc between two shells from previous row).
- On Row 2 you will create a half shell on each side with 3dc (the beginning ch 3 counts as one dc) to keep block straight on the edges.
- On Row 3 the directions tell you to end with 1 sc into top tch (turning chain). You can simply make your sc by inserting your hook into the space created by the turning chain.
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