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The Crochet Blooming Shell Stitch is not only beautiful but also lacy and can be used for easy garments. Learn how to crochet it quickly, easily, and perfectly with this tutorial which has a video included.
As a crocheter, we love not only crochet patterns but also crochet stitch patterns. Learning a new crochet stitch is not only fun but can also be challenging. And the great thing about challenges is that they make us grow.
Sometimes all I need is a crochet stitch book to inspire me when I lost my crojo. And a stitch, like the blooming shells stitch pattern did just that. I sure hope it inspires you too.
And no worries if it doesn’t right away, cause I have a Long Crochet Vest Pattern that includes this stitch pattern. I’m certain once you see it you will want to try this blooming crochet shell stitch pattern.
Wanna try it now? Let’s get started!
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Without any further ado let’s get right into the nitty and gritty of this beautiful and detailed stitch.
Crochet Shells – What are they even?
Crochet Shell Stitches are simply a collection of the same stitch placed into one stitch. The number of that basic crochet stitch can vary, but usually, it’s three, five, or even seven (it can have even numbers too, but they are not as popular). Most often the shell stitch is associated with double crochet, but can easily also be made with half double crochet or treble crochet stitches.
Each of the basic crochet stitches used in a shell is finished. So for example, if you place 5 dc stitches in the same stitch, you increase the stitch count from 1 to 5. In order to keep the stitch count the same, even though more stitches are added into the same stitch, you need to skip stitches before and after the shell.
So for the example of a five double crochet shell stitch, you would skip 2 stitches before and 2 stitches after. That way you end up with the same stitch count.
If you would like to try a pattern using shells, the St. Patrick’s Beanie might be for you.
How do you crochet shell stitches in the round?
You can easily crochet the shell stitches in rounds, just like you normally would for any other stitch. You will connect your first and last stitch with a slip stitch for the foundation rounds.
However, always make sure you end up with the same stitch count per round, by skipping stitches before and after the shell. If the half a shell at the front of the end of a round, usually the half number is rounded up (so a 5 dc shell halved is 3 dc) and the other half would be rounded down and crocheted on the other end (in my example it would be 2 dc).
If you like this crochet shell stitch patterns, you might like these also:
- Crochet Crocodile Stitch Pattern
- Crochet Rolling Wave Stitch Pattern
- Crochet Wheel Stitch Pattern
- Crochet Bean Stitch Pattern
How do Blooming Crochet Shell Stitch
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Blooming Crochet Shell Stitch Pattern – Written Tutorial
Grab your favorite yarn (I used Gloss Yarn from WeCrochet) and hook (I used Furls Crochet Hook size 4.0mm) and let’s crochet together, shall we? Above you have the video tutorials which are more detailed. But let me show you a written tutorial for this.
Chain a multiple of 8 + 6
R1: in the 10th ch from the hook, place [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], *ch2, sk 3 chs, 1 dc in the next ch, ch 2, sk 3 chs, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], rep from * across, ch 2, sk 3 chs, 1 dc in the last ch, turn
R2: 1 atc, ch 2, * 3 dc in the ch-1 sp, ch 2**, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in the next dc, ch 2, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, skip 1 dc and 2 chs (from turning ch), 1 dc in the next ch, turn
R3: 1 atc, ch 1, * sk next dc, 5 dc in the next dc (middle stitch of 3 dc shell), ch 1, sk next dc**, 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 1 dc on top of atc, turn
R4: 1 atc, *7dc in the center stitch of the 5-dc shell, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in the next dc, rep from * across, placing last dc on top of the atc, turn
R5: 1 atc, 1 dc in the same stitch as atc, * ch 2, 1 dc in the center stitch of the 7-dc shell, ch 2 **, sk next 3 dc, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in the next dc, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 2 dc on top of the atc, turn
R6: 1 atc, 1 dc in the same stitch as atc, sk next dc, * ch 2, 1 dc next dc, ch 2 **, 3 dc in the ch-1 sp, sk next dc, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 2 dc on top of the atc, turn
R7: 1 atc, 2 dc in the same stitch as atc, sk next dc, * ch 1, 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1 **, sk next dc, 5 dc in the next dc, sk next dc, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 3 dc on top of the atc, turn
R8: 1 atc, 3 dc in the same stitch as atc, sk next 2 dc, * 1 dc in the next dc, **, 7 dc in the center of the 5-dc shell, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 4 dc on top of the atc, turn
Repeat rows 1-8 until you reached your desired length.
Once you have crocheted a few rows, you will understand how this stitch works and makes this beautiful lacy texture using different-sized shell stitches stacked on top of each other and shifted over every 4 rows.
Using the Blooming Shell Crochet Stitch for a Pattern Project
Once you practiced enough you can easily experiment and try out a cute pattern such as a scarf, cardigan, blanket, or even a top or vest. My new pattern “Long Crochet Vest” using this stitch is now available. Look out for more crochet patterns and be on my newsletter to be reminded. Sign up below.
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