Shell stitch

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This beautiful shell stitch crochet pattern, yet not traditional creates rows of little shell motifs gracefully underlined with rows of purl stitches. These can be used as an accent row in an afghan or in a sweater or shawl. I personally like it best on a baby cardigan.

Skill level: 4/4 skill-4


You’ll need multiple of 6 + 2 edge stitches.
Work the right and the wrong side following the diagram.


Written instruction:

Row 1 and 2: edge st, p22, edge st
Row 3: edge st, p4, * P5togM5, p1 *, repeat between *s, edge st
Row 4, 5 and 6: edge st, p22, edge st
Row 7:  edge st, * p1, P5togM5 *, repeat between *s till the last 5 sts, p4, edge st
Row 8: edge st, * p22, edge st
Repeat row 1 to row 8 until desired length is reached.

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  1. zaarah

    23-Sep-2015 at 5:01 am

    thats a beautiful pattern, but i am sort of confused with the written pattern.

    row 4,5 and 6 says edge st, p12, edge st. howz that possible? is it p12 or p22? kindly explain

  2. Olivia

    28-Jul-2013 at 12:49 am

    Hello Jeri,

    Thank you for your interest.
    Actually, the text above the diagram says “multiple of 6”. The repeating group of 6 is shown between the arrows. The diagram depicts 3 times the 6-stitches pattern. 4 stitches are added to “shift” the row to the left. The 4 stitches are added at the beginning of row 3, but at the end of row 7, than again at the beginning of row 11 and the end of row 15.
    Thus the stitches add up to 24: 1edge st, 4k (these are the “shift” stitches), 3 x 6 st, 1 edge st.

    I hope this helps.
    Happy knitting!


  3. Jeri

    15-Jul-2013 at 3:25 am

    The beginning of your pattern it states 6 + 2. However the first line of your pattern is edge, p13, edge. Thats 15. How does that equate to 6 + 2? thanks

  4. Olivia

    26-May-2013 at 7:10 pm

    OThank you. I am happy that you like it.

  5. Jennifer

    19-May-2013 at 10:05 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful pattern. It is rated “challenging”, but I am going to try it.

    Thank you for publishimg it!

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