Crochet Shell Stitch Free Shell Stitch Instructions and Crochet Patterns

Crochet Shell Stitch Photo Collage: Learn how to crochet the basic shell stitch plus many other interesting variations of the shell stitch.
Crochet Shell Stitch Photo Collage: Learn how to crochet the basic shell stitch plus many other interesting variations of the shell stitch.

Whether you want to learn how to crochet the shell stitch, or you simply want to find a whole bunch of fantastic shell stitch patterns and projects, this page is a fantastic place to begin browsing. We’ve posted bunches of free shell stitch tutorials and patterns for you to use — and we’re excited to share them with you.

Free Shell Stitch Instructions and Tutorials

If you haven’t yet learned how to crochet a shell stitch, don’t worry — it’s easy! There are many different ways you could approach it, but they all have some basic similarities. Their common elements: a shell stitch pattern typically consists of multiple basic crochet stitches that are worked into the same spot, or the same stitch. These groups of stitches can be alternated with other basic stitches; they can also be alternated with clusters. It would be impossible to describe all the possibilities, so let me just show you a few examples, and you can decide which ones look interesting enough to learn more about.

How to Crochet the Shell Stitch

Free step-by-step photo tutorial

Treble Shell Crochet Stitch Instructions

Treble Shell Crochet Stitch
Treble Shell Crochet Stitch

Most of the time, crafters use double crochet or half double crochet to work their shell stitches. But in this variation of the shell stitch, you use taller treble crochets to create a much more striking variation of the shell stitch. You can make the fabric look even more dramatic by choosing several deeply contrasting colors to make a multicolored version. Pictured here, we have a striped version crocheted in bright pink, brown and golden tan yarns; these colors contrast gloriously for an eye-catching and dramatic effect. Alternately, if you want to tone it down a bit, you could choose colors with less contrast — or even choose a solid color for no contrast at all.

Click HERE to go to the free instructions for crocheting the treble shell stitch.

Lacy Treble Shell Stitch Tutorial

Free Shell Stitch Crochet Patterns

Easy Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket

Easy Shell Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket -- Free Pattern

Shell stitch makes lovely crocheted baby blankets. The basic shell stitch is a solid, substantial stitch pattern that’s both pretty and decorative. It has an interesting texture that’s suitable for either baby boys or baby girls. Structurally, it’s not a lacy stitch, so you don’t have to worry about baby’s tiny fingers and toes getting caught in any open, lacy areas.

Pictured here, you can see a girl-friendly colorway of this blanket that I designed — but please do feel free to recolor it according to your own color preferences (or those of the intended recipient if the blanket will be a gift).

Easy Lacy Shell Edging Pattern

Easy Lacy Shell Edging to Crochet -- Free Pattern
Easy Lacy Shell Edging to Crochet — Free Pattern

This edging is a gorgeous, yet simple, way to finish off a variety of different craft projects. It’s lovely to use on baby blankets, afghans, throws, placemats, pillows and other projects. You can also use it across a single edge, for example to trim the bottom of a curtain or valance. There are many other possibilities in addition to these.

Pictured here, you can see it in use as an edging for a crochet heart square I made in red, pink and white for Valentine’s Day. The design is particularly well suited for making Valentine projects, but it would work well for just about any other special occasion — or non-occasion — that you could dream of.

Easy, Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging — Free Pattern

Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging in Two Colors
Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging in Two Colors

Here we have a slightly more dramatic re-interpretation of the classic shell stitch edging.

This particular design is ever-so-slightly taller than your typical shell edging — because you use treble crochet stitches for working it instead of the usual double crochets or half double crochets.

Not only is the edging taller, it’s also more colorful. There’s a bit of an optical illusion present in the design; it looks like the shells are made using alternating colors. However, you don’t need to resort to the tapestry crochet technique for this design; you only crochet with one color per round to get this effect.

Shell Stitch Scarf Patterns

The following crochet scarf patterns incorporate shell stitches into the design:

Lacy Treble Shell Crochet Dishcloth: Free Pattern

Lacy Treble Shell Crochet Dishcloth: Free Pattern.
Lacy Treble Shell Crochet Dishcloth: Free Pattern.

You can crochet this pretty dishcloth using a crochet stitch pattern known as the lacy treble shell stitch. The stitch incorporates treble crochets and chain-1 spaces for a look that manages to be both bold and delicate at the same time. The mirror-image technique makes the project even more interesting.

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and making crafts since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at, and Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 1-24-2020.

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