The best chunky knits and crochet patterns for beginners
Are you wondering how to crochet the shell stitch?
Shell stitch is a popular stitch often used to add a decorative edge to afghan or blanket projects, there are so many types of shell stitch it really is so easy to build a pretty fabric which can be tight enough for washcloths or loose and lacey for summer sweaters it's definitely one to learn early on in your crochet journey.
In today's tutorial I'm going to talk you through instructions for the most commonly used double crochet shell stitch then show you some variations so you can learn to to add beauty to any of your projects.
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What Do I Need To Crochet Shell Stitch?
This stitch can look so different depending on the size of yarn you choose, whether you use a small hook for a dense fabric or a large hook to create a loose lacey effect, or even how many stitches you incorporate into your shell.
Once you get the hang of the pattern repeat you will be able to play around with different tools, yarns and variations to add all sorts of finishes to your projects, go you!! :o)
For beginners I generally recommend a chunky yarn which allows you to see the structure of your stitch (which also makes it easier to work out where to go back to if something has gone wrong!)
A bamboo or wooden hook like this one from my shop is useful as it is adds just a touch more friction so the yarn 'sticks' better and allows you to work at your own pace without it slipping off and unravelling.
As with most craft projects you'll also need some small scissors and a needle for weaving in your ends (sorry we ALL hate it but it's gotta be done!)