Knit & Crochet Shell Stitches

Shell Stitches

This week. on Ask Me Monday, we talk Shell Stitches with techniques for both knitters and crocheters. Shell stitches are a great pattern choice for tops, scarves, and cowls like the Shell Cowls featured in our YarnYAY! November Box #31. Give my tutorials a watch and practice with the swatch instructions below, then you’ll be on your way to the Highway to Shell!

(You’re welcome.)


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Crochet Shell Stitch



Shell Stitch: Crochet Swatch

Ch 26.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and to end. Turn. — 24 sts

Row 2: Ch 1 (doesn’t count), *sc, sk 3 sts, 7 tr in the next st, sk 3 sts; rep from * across, ending with a sc. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, *sc, BPsc in next 7 tr; rep from * across, ending with a sc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts), 3 tr in same st, sk 3 sts, sc, *sk 3 sts, 7 tr in next st, sk 3 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across to last 4 sts, sk 3 sts, 4 tr in last st. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, *BPsc in next 4 tr, sc in next sc, BPsc in next 3 tr; rep from * across, ending with a sc.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 2-5 until you have a square.

Last Row: Ch 1, sc in every st to end. 

Fasten off.


Shell Stitch: Knit Swatch

CO 21 sts.

Rows 1 & 3: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5  (RS): *K1 [YO, k1] twice [YO x 2, k1] five times, [k1, YO] twice; rep from * to last. st,  k1.

Row 6: K1 *K5, sl next 5 sts purl-wise wyif, dropping the double YOs, k4;  rep from * around.

Row 7: K4, sl next 5 sts purlwise wyib, k4, k5, sl next 5 sts. purlwise wyib, k6.

Row 8: K1, *K5, k5tog, k4; rep from * to end.

Rep rows 1-8 until piece is a square.


Make Me!

Shell Cowls by Natalie Thomas and Vickie Howell for YarnYAY!

Shell Cowls by Natalie Thomas and Vickie Howell featured in the November YarnYAY! box



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