- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double crochet
- Sc – Single crochet
- St/sts – Stitch/stitches
- * – Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.
You will need multiples of 6 + 5 chains to start your shell stitch project. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using 23 chains (which is 3 multiples of 6, plus 5 extra chains).
Row 1: Ch 23. Sc in the second ch from the hook. *Skip the next 2 chains, make 5 dcs in the next chain. Skip the next 2 chains, sc in the next chain.* This is your first complete shell. Repeat from * to * until you have 3 chains left.
Skip the next 2 chains and make 3 dcs in the last chain. If desired, switch colors, ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in the first dc. *Skip the next 2 dcs. Make 5 dc’ in the next sc. Skip the next 2 dcs. Sc in the next (central) dc.* This is your first complete shell for this row. Repeat from * to * until you have worked into each shell.
There should now be 3 stitches remaining: 2 dcs and 1 sc. Skip the last 2 dcs and make 3 dcs in the last sc. Switch colors if desired, ch 1 and turn.
Each subsequent row: Repeat Row 2, changing color whenever your heart desires.
If you would like to change colors at the start of any row, do so before you make the turning chain at the end of the previous row.
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