This Free Crochet pattern teaches how to make this very pretty lacy shell stitch.


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Delicate Shells Stitch – Free Crochet Pattern

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For this project you’ll need:

HOOK: Hook size appropriate for yarn

YARN: Thinner yarn is best but any size will work.


ch = Chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

st = Stitch

sc = Single Crochet

dc = Double Crochet


* = Repeat what is in between the stars for the rest of the row



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This stitch is done in multiples of 15 + 2


To Start

Ch in multiples of 15 until you reach desired width, then ch 2


Row 1

sc in 2nd ch from hook. * ch 5, skip 4, sc in next st * repeat for row.
Delicate Shells Stitch 1



Row 2

ch 5 & turn. Sc in 3rd ch of first set of ch 5. * DC 2 into 1st ch of second set of ch 5. (NOTE: Make sure when you work your first set of 2 DC2 that you put it in the correct ch and not the sc!) DC 2 in next ch as well. DC 1 in center ch, dc 2 in next 2 chains giving you 9 dc’s total. sc in 3rd ch of next set of ch 5 to anchor the shell. Then ch 5 and sc in 3rd ch of next set of ch 5. * repeat for row.

To end row: ch 2 and DC in last sc of row.
Delicate Shells Stitch 2

Delicate Shells Stitch 3

Delicate Shells Stitch 4

Delicate Shells Stitch 5


Row 3

ch 1 & turn. Sc in DC, * ch 5, sc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 5 and sk 3 dc’s, sc in next. (which would be in the 7th dc) ch 5 and sc in middle ch of next ch 5 set * repeat for row.

To end row: after last ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of ending ch 5

Delicate Shells Stitch 6

Delicate Shells Stitch 7

Delicate Shells Stitch 8

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired size is reached




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