Friday, December 28, 2007

Basic Crochet Shell Stitch



Basic Shell Stitch

Basic Shell Video Tutorial:

Crochet Shell - Basic Stitch

Basic Shell Slow Motion:
Crochet Shell - Slow Motion


Abbreviation's
SH - Shell
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet


Shell - The shell for this pattern stitch will consist of 5 double crochet.
The Multiple is 6+2.


Row 1: 1 SC in next chain from hook. SK 2 CH, 5 DC in next Chain,
SK 2 CH, SC in next chain. Continue across. At the end, CH3 and turn.

Row2: 2 DC in same sc as turning CH 3, *SC in 3rd DC in next shell.
SK next 2 DC and 5 DC in next SC. REP from * across.
Row 3: CH 1, turn, 1 SC in the same stitch. 5 DC in the next SC,
SC in the 3rd DC of the next shell. Continue across. Work a single crochet at the edge in the half shell.








44 comments:

  1. Hi. I have been working on shell stitch for a shirt and was wondering on how to increase or decrease a shell stitch so as to give curve to what Im making, such as in the waist. So far it has only been a straight one. Thanks so much.

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  2. I have done increases before. It is hard for me to explain but I will try. I do two shells in the same shell, with less stitches in each shell, otherwise it gets to full. I will come up for a video on this since it is something I have done before.

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  3. i am wondering how you could turn this into a baby caridgan as i tried and it curled at the end even though i was chaining. lol

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  4. Find a pattern that you like and replace the main portion of the cardigan with the shell stitch instead of what is used in the pattern. The patterns I have seen, shape the shoulders and neck portion with single stitches like a single crochet or half-double crochet. After you get the shaping done, you can use any stitch you would like on the main part of your project.

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  5. I am making a baby blanket and wondered if you have an edging that you recommend for this stitch. Thank you for the videos, they were very helpful in learning a new stitch!

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  6. The shell stitch itself can be used as an edging. I would recommend doing a shell down each side. Another edging that would look nice is the reverse single crochet.

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  7. Thanks so much for doing this wonderful crochet site. I watched the video, read the directions, and I'm set to do a shawl for a friend.

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  8. Firstly, thanks for the wonderful blog. I am learning to crochet after following your instructions/video tutorials.

    Please excuse my ignorance but I have no clue what this means "The Multiple is 6+2." I have heard this with different numbers on other tutorials too and am clueless!

    Thanks,
    mms

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  9. mms,
    The multiple is how many chains are needed to create the stitch. With this shell pattern, it take 6 chains to make 1 shell. The +plus amount is used one time at the beginning. It is like a step up for the stitch that is about to be made.

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    1. But in your video you chained 25....? That is not a multiple of 6+2....? Right?...

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    2. 6 is the the multiple. There are always extra stitches at the beginning that will not fit in a multiple. The chances are great that you will end with with an extra stitch or two. Each person has their own interpretation on where to put the hook, which will create extra stitches. Just sew in the extra chains.

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  10. my friend is making an blanket from a shell pattern she found and loved. However, it describes the third row as doing a 'reverse shell'. No matter how much we tried to figure this out, we have come up empty.
    Searching the internet for help has turned up nothing..any ideas?

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  11. Anonymous,
    I am wondering if it is talking about something similar to how Catherine's Wheel is made. I would consider parts of that stitch an inverted shell. Without seeing it is difficult to know what is supposed to be done. I have never heard of a reverse shell.

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  12. Hi. My name is Tracy. I agree with that whole "reverse shell" issue. It must not exist. I too have a pattern that is calling for this "ghost stitch" aka "reverse shell". I have searched all over the internet and can't find it either. Here is how this pattern is telling me to do this stitch....Insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through 7 times, yo and draw throught all 8 loops on hook. If ANYBODY figures this mess out, please let me know ASAP. Thanks

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  13. Hi. My name is Tracy. I agree with that whole "reverse shell" issue. It must not exist. I too have a pattern that is calling for this "ghost stitch" aka "reverse shell". I have searched all over the internet and can't find it either. Here is how this pattern is telling me to do this stitch....Insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through 7 times, yo and draw throught all 8 loops on hook. If ANYBODY figures this mess out, please let me know ASAP. Thanks

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  14. Hi. My name is Tracy. I agree with that whole "reverse shell" issue. It must not exist. I too have a pattern that is calling for this "ghost stitch" aka "reverse shell". I have searched all over the internet and can't find it either. Here is how this pattern is telling me to do this stitch....Insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through 7 times, yo and draw throught all 8 loops on hook. If ANYBODY figures this mess out, please let me know ASAP. Thanks

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  15. Hi, I'm Marsha and new to this blog.

    I did find a reverse shell stitch called a cluster stitch on about.com, with a pattern for a blanket using the shell stitch/cluster stitch in alternating rows.

    Also, I am making a blanket for a baby with the shell stitch and wondering what size hook to use for the lovely fine "fingering weight" yarn I fell in love with. Is a four or E the right size, or can I make it with a larger one, like a G, without it looking too sloppy or loose. Any patterns around for a shell stitch baby blanket??

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  16. Marsha,
    I would suggest that you crochet a small swatch with your yarn first to see what type of results you will get with various hooks and yarns. You will be able to determine if it will be to sloppy looking for your taste. This pattern stitch can be used as a baby afghan. That multiple allows you to choose the final size and measurement. Any other pattern stitch that I have posted can be used as a baby afghan.

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  17. Thanks a million. I have been looking for a pattern to make baby blankets for preemies. I think this is the one. How many would you suggest to chain?
    Monica

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  18. Monica,
    I would recommend around 132 for a baby afghan.

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  19. I am curious, you say to use a multiple of 6+2 but then in your video you chain 25 to start with. I tried 164 stitches and it wasn't working out for me.

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  20. Lorien,
    How many extra chains did you end up with?

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  21. Well at the end of my first row I had two chains left and had to just skip one, instead of two, and single crochet into the last chain. So it seemed I was missing one chain?

    Is 6+2 correct? If so how come you used 25 chains in the video. I may just be confused.
    . .
    ~

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  22. Lorien,
    This is an example where missing 1 chain is not going to hurt the over all project. You can try it with a plus 1 instead of the 2. It is not worth the time to rip out the first row because you are 1 chain off. You could rip it out, do it again and then wind up with 5 extra chains. Sometimes the interpretation is understood different by each person.

    27 years ago before I understood multiples, I would chain any amount to my width, crochet my first row and then cut off the extra chain, and then sew in the tail. Sometimes the chain is very difficult to get perfect and exact.

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  23. Okay. It seems like so far the 2 rows I did are coming out okay so I am going to leave it. Thanks so much! Your videos are great!
    : )

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  24. Love the shell stitch you teach. For my 1st afghan I decided to try this pattern. I need a little help after row 2 ... do I alternate row 1 then 2 then 1, etc - or do I finish with only row 2 until it's the length I want? I've tried both (lots of ripping out :( and I'm obviously messing something up at the end of the row ...

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  25. Love the shell stitch you teach. For my 1st afghan I decided to try this pattern. I need a little help after row 2 ... do I alternate row 1 then 2 then 1, etc - or do I finish with only row 2 until it's the length I want? I've tried both (lots of ripping out :( and I'm obviously messing something up at the end of the row ...

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  26. Cali,
    It is rows 2 and 3 that are repeated show in the diagram. Row 1 is the same as 3 only it is done in the top of the stitches instead of the chain. The diagram is helpful with stitch placement.

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  27. Thanks Teresa! The addition of row 3 instructions helps. I didn't quite get the diagram and was following the written - but now I see. And the video is great, I just had to watch a million times! (Yep ... blonde roots - lol)
    Thanks again - fun new hobby!

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  28. Hi Teresa,

    Thank you for the very informative info on the shell stitch and the awesome video. I am making a baby blanket for my first grandchild due in Sept. I took your suggestion and chained 132 stitches; my question is how many rows do I crochet for the baby blanket? I'm just not sure what is too long. Thanks for your help! Debbie

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  29. Debbie,
    You should be able to tell what looks about right as you are making it.

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  30. Hello, My mother is a crochet fanatic and somewhere I lost those jeans but with the help of your videos I have mastered what she can't the beanie and booties. Now I want to try the shell stitch but am a little confused, for a baby blanket crib size is 132 chains a good length? And do you have a video on how to tie off and start another color or any suggestions on that?

    Katti

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  31. I wanted to say a big thank you for your videos they have helped me master the one thing my mother has never been able to do is beanies and booties. I now want to make a blanket for my baby in the shell stitch but I have a question is 132 chain good enough for crib size and is there any good instruction on how to change colors?

    Katti

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  32. Katti,
    The length you mentioned would probably be a good size. This link will show you how to change colors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NoAkBV7ef0

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  33. I was wondering if theres a way to sort of turn the stitch around. For example, if i started the shells and then reached the middle of my project.

    If i wanted a little symetry in having all the shells facing the center, how would I do that without having to make two separate pieces and joining together?

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  34. Jeff Davis,
    I do not understand what you mean by facing the center.

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  35. I'm not very sure of another way to explain..but im thinking sort of like if it was a piece that required 12 inches of length. At the 6 inch mark, the curved part of the shells from one end of the length would face the curved part of the shells from the other end.

    I hope this makes it more clear.

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  36. Teresa: I am trying this stitch using 3 ply baby weight yarn for a baby blanket and my first row seems more "holy" than yours - I'm using a G hook. What am I doing wrong? Yours seems much more full.

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  37. Jeff, Jen and Christian,
    You mentioned using 3 ply yarn. That will make it holier. I used 4 ply yarn. You can try using a smaller crochet hook, maybe a F or G, with the 3 ply and that should take care of the holiness.

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  38. Hi Teresa,
    Congratulations & Thank You for the best instructional video..So clear and easy to follow ..I have decided to crochet through the summer and give scarfs and afghans to Charity for Christmas.
    Do you think that the shell stitch would be a good pattern for scarfs?.
    If so, how would I make the ends match?
    Regards...Randa

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  40. dear teresa,
    thank you so much on your crochet video. i manage to crochet the shell edging on my crochet pouch bags that I saw in your video via youtube.

    hasnida, kuala lumpur malaysia

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  41. Hi there! I am totally mystified by an "easy" pattern for an afghan I got to work on during the hurricane. If I took a pic of stitch would yup be able to YouTube me a tutorial. I would be so grateful.

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  42. If I sent you a line in a pattern I am really stuck on would you be able to YouTube me back a response on how to do it? Really stuck and hershners phone support is not helping.

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