How to make Crochet Shell Stitch

Basic Shell Stitch

Basic Shell Video Tutorial:Crochet Shell - Basic Stitch
Basic Shell Slow Motion: Crochet Shell - Slow Motion

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.


When you want something bad enough, you keep at it until you achieve your goal. Apply the same thought to crochet and it will be worth your time. I struggled when I first started out crocheting. A lot of it didn't makes sense to me. In 1983, I was a young mother with one baby and another one the way. I would find myself getting in to a rhythm, and then a baby would cry. I was frustrated that I couldn't crochet. I had found something that made me feel good about myself and that was crocheting. My time was limited but I still practiced every chance I got.

Today, things seem cheap and crochet is a very inexpensive hobby to do. Way back when I was young, I would finish up a project and wonder when I was going to have enough money to afford to buy a skein of yarn or ball a thread. My mom bought me a snowflake leaflet full of various snowflakes and many challenges. I had two hooks. A steele size 7 and an aluminum size I. I would recommend those sizes to anyone starting ou…

How to make Crochet Basketweave Stitch

This is a pretty easy, stitch although it looks complex. The idea is to loop your double crochets -(DC), triple crochets-(TC) or double triple crochets-(DTC) around the post of the previous stitch. You will see those stitches referred to as (FPDC)-Front Post Double Crochet or (BPDC)-Back Post Double Crochet. You just do what it says, wrap your yarn around the post of the previous stitch, either the front or the back. You can incorporate the stitch into any pattern to add a variation. Let your imagination wander when it comes to crochet.

Basketweave Crochet Scarf

Basketweave Crochet Scarf Left Hand Version

How I Learned to Crochet

I had tinkered around with crocheting when I was about 11 or so, which would have been around 1973. I had a cousin show my mom how to make the puff stitch. She was crocheting a six sided rug. For some reason I remembered that pattern in my head. I had no idea how to read patterns or what stitches were called at that time. I went home, asked my mom for some yarn. I played around with the yarn and made a small rug. That was about it for crochet, until I got older. 
In 1983, I was expecting my second child and on bed rest. My mom started me off with crochet snowflakes, size 10 bedspread cotton and basic crochet stitches.
Crochet is a process that will continue after learning the basic stitches. I taught myself the rest of crochet through practice and learning how to read crochet written instructions and symbol instructions on my own. Back then we did not have video and I was not living close to family that could show me how the stitches worked and the meaning of abbreviations. It may take…

How to Work Multiple in Crochet Patterns

You have probably seen the term multiple used in projects and instructions before and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given, for example "multiple= 5 plus 3" or "multiple= 8 plus 10". This is the amount of chains that will be needed to for your project. It will help in determining how large you want your project to be. You might have a favorite stitch and want to use it in a baby afgan and a large adult afgan for yourself. Depending on the tension you use when you crochet, the size of your hook and the size yarn you are using; each will factor in to how large your final project will be. In helping with that you have the multiple. In the examples I have used above, the "plus 3" and the "plus 10" are used only one time. They help you get to the point in starting your project so you can complete your main pattern. The numbers before the plus, in this example are the "5" and the "8", determine how many chain…

How to make Crochet Hats

Here are some of the hats that I have been making. These are just a few of the many that I have done over the past few months.

Crochet Hat Playlist

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

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Light Weight Crochet Mesh Cap

Crochet Cap with a Brim

Crochet Puff Stitch Cap

Crochet Cable Cap with Ear Flaps

Crochet Darling Cap

Fabric Adhesive for Securing Yarn Tails and Knots

I stumbled across a Fabric Adhesive the other day at Michael's Craft Store. I had been looking for something that would secure my yarn tails and knots. It is washable and drys clear, although it does stand out on black yarn if you were to use it in a visible place. The name of the product is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. I was thinking this would work on the tails and knots in the granny squares as well and keep them secure, so not to slip out of place after washing, as it the case in many instances where there are tails.

If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Crochet Geek YouTube -

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