It’s time to learn a new crochet stitch! This week I am showing you the Fancy Shells Stitch! It is not only a beautiful stitch but it’s also really a nice, unique take on the regular shell stitch. For this tutorial, I made a 6″ x 6″ square but you can easily turn it into an 8″ x 8″ square by adding a double crochet or single crochet border. Happy Crocheting!
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Fancy Shells Stitch and Afghan Square
- Worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease for this example)
- Size I, 5.5mm Crochet Hook (Furls affiliate link)
- Yarn Needle, for weaving ends
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dc5tog – double crochet five together
sk – skip
t-ch – turning chain
5 stitches and 1 row = 1″
Row 1: 2 dc in the 4th ch from hook.
Row 1 cont’d: Sk 3 sts, sc in the next st
Row 1 cont’d: Sk next 3 sts, 5 dc in the next st
Row 1 cont’d: Sk next 3 sts, sc in next st.
Row 1 cont’d: *sk next 3 sts, 5 dc in the next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in the next st** Repeat across until you get to the end of the row. Sk the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the last st.
Row 1 cont’d: Join next color by pulling it through the last st of Row 1. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1
Row 2 cont’d: Sc in the top of the first dc
Row 2 cont’d: Ch 3
Row 2 cont’d: dc5tog: yarn over, insert the hook into the next st, yarn over, pull up a loop
Row 2 cont’d: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops
Row 2 cont’d: Repeat 4 more times. You should have 6 loops on your hook.
Row 2 cont’d: Yarn over, draw through all 6 loops
Row 2 cont’d: Ch 3
Row 2 cont’d: Sc in the next st
Row 2 cont’d: *ch 3, dc5tog, ch 3, sc in next st** Repeat across, working the last sc in the t-ch. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3
Row 3 cont’d: 2 dc into the first sc
Row 3 cont’d: Sk the ch-3, sc in the top of the dc5tog.
Row 3 cont’d: Sk next ch-3, 5 dc into the next sc.
Row 3 cont’d: Sk next ch-3, sc in next st, *sk next ch-3, 5 dc into next st, sk next ch-3, sc in next st** Repeat across to last ch-3. Sk last ch-3, 3 dc into last st. Change colors by pulling new color through last st.
Repeat rows 2-3, alternating colors every 2 rows. Repeat for 8 more rows.
To even out the top, *dc into the first 5 sts, sc in the next 3 sts (top of the shell) dc into the next 3 sts, sc into the next 3 sts, dc into the last 5 sts.** This will make the top even. Dc down the side, repeat * for the bottom of the square then dc up the other side, joining in the beginning st. Work a round of sc or dc to make the square bigger.