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How to Crochet an Easy Shell Stitch – Step by Step Video Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the shell stitch with this easy, beginner-friendly tutorial. This stitch also includes a step-by-step video tutorial.

This eye catching crochet stitch is known as the shell stitch. The shell stitch is a beginner-friendly stitch that can be used for multiple different crochet projects. There are many different versions of this stitch, today you will be learning how to make v-stitch shell version.

The shell stitch is made up of single crochet and double crochet. Making it perfect for beginners or an easy, mindless stitch for advanced crocheters.

Scroll down for the stitch pattern + video tutorial or learn about some of the things you could make with this stitch.

How to crochet an easy shell stitch with this beginner-friendly crochet tutorial.

Crochet Shell Stitch

The Shell Stitch is one of my favorite stitches to crochet. Its so simple and works great for a variety of different projects. Another thing that I love about this stitch is that its an easy repeat of three rows. So once you know what stitches go where, its smooth sailing from there.

Its a perfect stitch to add to your crochet library. I’ve got quite a few stitches here on the blog, some of my favorites include the lotus stitch, the v-stitch, and the reverse blanket stitch. What are some of your favorite crochet stitches?

Since this easy shell stitch is so versatile, you can make a variety of different things. You could make blankets, bags, garments, and pillow covers (like this one here).

An endless amount of options if you ask me. What are some of your ideas for this stitch? I would love to know.

Learn how to crochet an easy shell stitch with this step-by-step tutorial and guided video tutorial.

Crochet Shell Stitch Pillow

Do you need an idea for this stitch, then check out this cute double sided modern crochet shell stitch pillow pattern. This free crochet pillow pattern is made using this easy stitch and can be whipped up in a day! Perfect for any room in the house.

I only choose to do one color for this pillow, but you spice it up and use multiple colors. Or use a variegated yarn to really add some charm to this pillow. Either way it will add the perfect home made touch to your space.

free modern crochet pillow pattern using the shell stitch

Alright, let’s get started with this easy shell stitch crochet tutorial. Down below you’ll find a list of the materials I used for this stitch and an abbreviations list.

Materials I Used For This Tutorial:

  • Lion Brand Coboo Yarn in the color white
  • 4.5mm crochet hook (U.S)


ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Crochet Shell Stitch Pattern

chain a multiple of 4 plus 1.

R1: 4 dc in 5th ch from hook, *skip next 3 ch, 4 dc in next ch; rep from * across to within last 4 ch, skip next 3 ch, 3 dc in last ch, turn.

R2: ch 1, sc in each dc across, ending with last sc in top of turning ch, turn.

R3: ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first sc, 2 dc in next sc, *skip next 3 sc, 4 dc in next sc; rep from * across to within last 2 sc, skip next sc, dc in last sc, turn.

R4: Rep Row 2

R5: ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first 3 sc, *4 dc in next sc, skip next 3 sc; rep from * across to within last sc, 3 dc in last sc, turn.

Continue to repeat rows 2 – 5 to however long you want your project to be.

Shell Stitch Video Tutorial

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learn how to crochet an easy shell stitch with this beginner-friendly crochet tutorial