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Crochet Small Shell Stitch

Crochet small shell stitch is a versatile pattern of two rows, it is very easy to learn and it creates a pretty look with a wavy edge.

Use for many projects, such as afghans, baby blankets, table mats or items for all around your home.

See my stitch library here.

crochet small shell stitch

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small shells

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shell pattern closeup

The materials used for the swatches were Paintbox Simply DK yarn using a 5.00mm Clover crochet hook

crochet stitch shells

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See more free crochet stitch tutorials:-
Peaked Group Border – Ripple – Tiny Popcorn
Crunch StitchWattle Stitch – Single Crochet Group
hope you enjoy all the instructions, happy crocheting!
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Crochet Small Shell Stitch Pictorial

Hope you enjoy learning this crochet small shell stitch pattern, it is a great design for beginners too.


ch.             Chain(s)
sc/dc         Single Crochet (Double Crochet UK)
dc/tr          Double Crochet (Treble Crochet UK)
tch.            Turning Chain
rpt.            Repeat

Base of ch.    Work in first stitch.

Made in multiples of 4 + 2

1)    1sc/dc in 2nd ch from hook.

2)    make ch3, Skip/Miss 3ch’s.

3)    1sc/dc in next ch, rpt steps 2 and 3 to end. Turn.

4)    ch3, 1dc/tr in base of ch3 (first stitch)

5)     1sc/dc in ch3 space.

6)    3dc/tr in next sc/dc.
Rpt steps 5 and 6 to last sc/dc.

7)     2dc/tr in last sc/dc. Turn.

8)     ch1, 1sc/dc in base of ch1, * ch3, skip/miss (dc/tr, sc/dc, dc/tr), work 1sc/dc in centre dc/tr of 3dc/tr group, * rpt from * to * to last (dc/tr, sc/dc, dc/tr and 3tch), ch3, skip/miss (dc/tr, sc/dc, dc/tr) work 1sc/dc in top 3tch. Turn.

9)    Rpt steps 4 to 7. Turn.

Rpt rows until required length.


I have many patterns I want to write using the small shell stitch so keep checking back.

crochet small shell stitch

Happy crocheting.

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To PRINT the pattern only, highlight by clicking at the start of the pattern, hold the mouse down, scroll down and release at the end of the pattern.
Go to FILE, PRINT, (usually top left of browser) when your printer box appears choose selection in the page range.

The easiest way is to copy your selection and paste into a text program (ie, word, notepad etc) it may need tiding up, then print.