Shells and Borders – Free Crochet Pattern

This Free Crochet pattern teaches you to Crochet this simple Lacy Stitch that can be used to make lacy projects such as afghans, shawls, curtains or placemats / Center pieces.


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Shells and Borders – Free Crochet Pattern

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For this project you will need:

You can use any size yarn or hook for this pattern. But I used:


HOOK: 5 mm hook or size H hook for the US

Also a 6 mm / J hook is optional if you wish to use it to make your beginning chain.

YARN: Worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU


The multiples of this stitch is 8 + 5 to start.


Each shell section is 8 stitches, so to make a decent size scarf you can use 16 + 5 (ch 21)

This stitch would be great for a lacy afghan or shawl. This stitch is done in rows.



ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sk a st = Skip a st

Repeat what is in between *’s





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To Start

chain in multiples of 8, then when you have reached desired size add + 5 chains.


Row 1

dc in 7th ch from the hook (this counts as your 1st dc & ch 1) * ch 1, sk a st, dc in next st* repeat for row. At end of row you should end perfectly with a dc worked in last stitch.


Shells and Borders 1


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Row 2

ch 3 & turn (counts as 1st dc) dc in all ch and dc stitches. To end row work a dc in top of ch 4 and also work 1 more dc in the 3rd ch.


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Row 3

Ch 4 & turn (counts as 1st dc & ch 1) * sk a st, dc in next st, ch 1 * Repeat for row. (same as Round 1) You will work your last dc of the row in the top of the ch 3.


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Row 4

ch 5 & turn, sk 1st ch 1 space & sc in following dc. * ch 5, sk 3 sts, (which will consist of ch 1, dc, ch 1 ) & sc in next dc * Repeat until last dc of row, then ch 2 and dc in 3rd ch to end row.


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Row 5

ch 1 & turn, sc in beginning dc then working in 1st ch 5 space, work 3 dc’s ch 1, 3 dc’s in this ch 5 space. Then sc in center ch of next ch 5 space to secure. * work 3 dcs, ch 1, 3 dc’s in next ch 5 space, sc in center ch of next ch 5 space to secure. * end your row by single crocheting into the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 5 from last row.


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Row 6

ch 6 & turn, sc in middle ch of your shell from last row. * ch 3, dc in sc that’s between your shells. * repeat for row. End your row by double crocheting in last sc of row.


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Row 7

ch 4 & turn, sk a st & dc in center ch from previous row * ch 1, dc in sc, ch 1, sk a st, dc in center ch, ch 1, sk a st, dc in dc * repeat for row. To end row dc in 5th ch and dc in 3rd ch of beginning ch 6.


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Repeat rows 2 – 7 for pattern repeat.

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