If you've been following along with my crochet lessons, then you know how to crochet a chain, single crochet and double crochet, you can give this fun shell stitch a try. If you're just now joining and need some reminders or beginning instructions on how to get started with crochet, I suggest taking a look at my Crochet Lessons, which are easily arranged by stitch. This shell stitch has a pretty texture that makes it a fun alternative to row after row of just single or double crochet.
How to Crochet a Shell Stitch
The shell stitch begins with a row of chain stitches in a multiple of 3 plus 2. (i.e. 3 x 4 + 2 = 14).
abbreviations used: ch=chain stitch, sc=single crochet, dc=double crochet
Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, *ch2, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end. turn.
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as dc), dc in first sc (right next to ch3), 3dc in each sc across row, ending with 2dc in last sc. turn.
Row 3: Ch1, sc in first dc, *ch2, skip next 2dc, sc in next dc; repeat from * across, ending with last sc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 for pattern.
How to Crochet a Simple Blanket with the Shell Stitch
For a chunky and cozy baby blanket or throw blanket, this pattern is a great way to try out your new shell stitch skills.
Use a bulky size 6 yarn and a size M 9.0 hook (see this lesson on how to read a yarn label)
Start with a slip knot.
For baby blanket measuring about 30" x 40" Ch 74 and follow the shell stitch pattern above for 58 rows.
For throw blanket measuring about 45" x 60" Ch 110 and follow the shell stitch pattern above for 84 rows.
Pull yarn through final loop and weave in yarn ends. Get cozy!
I hope you have fun with this cozy project! If you make a blanket or any other project with this stitch, I'd love to see it!!! You can tag me on Instagram @emily_bluecorduroy, or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd be thrilled!
For help with any of the basic stitches used in this pattern you can refer to the Blue Corduroy Crochet Lessons series.
Have you tried the Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern yet? It shows how to crochet cotton dishcloths in three different patterns. So great for gift giving or just pampering yourself in the kitchen or bath!