Crochet Shell Stitch Free Shell Stitch Instructions and Crochet Patterns

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.

Free Shell Stitch Crochet Patterns

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, 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 as well.

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.

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).

Shell Stitch Scarf Patterns

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


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