Crochet Closed Shell Stitch

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Today I wanted to add a little bit more about the crocheted shell stitch. The link below is a video tutorial on the closed crochet shell stitch done by Johnny Vasquez over at A New Stitch A Day. His video explains what basic stitches are required and  the required foundation chain involved.  Johnny does a great job at showing how the stitch is done in rows and he proceeds at a slow enough rate for a great tutorial if you know the basic stitches. He also has the basic pattern of the shell stitch in pattern format which is great if you are just learning how to read crochet patterns. So no matter what level you’re at as a crocheter, his blog scores high kudos because he includes all aspects of learning crochet together in one spot. No sense re-inventing the wheel.

And because I’m a lefty and visual learning is much easier for me I have included a link by Art of Crochet by Teresa. She has tons of great tutorials for crocheting and she has tons of videos that also include us lefties.  So there you have both versions of the crochet shell stitch and no excuses to make that next beautiful scarf,hat,shawl or whatever.  Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect yarn to go with this beautiful stitch!

I’ll leave you with this little bit of crochet humor. Have a great day.

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Crocheted Baby Hat Closed Shell Stitch


Today’s crochet stitch is the closed shell stitch. This stitch has a wide range of variations in that you can mix the type of stitch used for the shell (i.e. single, double,treble etc.) and also over how many stitches the repeats are. This pattern is lovely on afghans and garments of all kinds.

Baby hat closed shell stitch

Baby hat using closed shell stitch

It’s a very feminine looking stitch pattern  and I love designing baby items with it. Using this stitch, I created this baby hat.  The pattern  here uses a repeat pattern of 6 + 1 and uses the single and double crochet.  Try this simple pattern and create a freeform  scarf, shawl or afghan and simply cast on a multiple of 6+1 stitches. The look changes by using solid, variegated or fancy yarns. You can also change colors at the beginning of your rows and get another beautiful look. It’s also a great way to use up alot of your same weight leftover yarns.

shell stitch using 2 colors

shell stitch using 2 colors

Did you notice how the pattern seems to slant when using a solid color and looks more row like when using multiple colors? It’s a visually subtle difference to keep in mind when designing your garment. Why not give it a try. Let me know what you think about this stitch.