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How to Crochet Shells

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Crochet shell stitch is the most basic of these crochet stitch variations because it doesn't require any joining. In shell stitch, you crochet the required number of stitches into the same stitch. That's it. First, let's look at how to crochet a 5-dc shell stitch, which is the most common version of the stitch:

How to Crochet Stitch Variations

Double crochet into the stitch where you will make the shell stitch. This is the same double crochet stitch that you always make. Now make 4 more dc stitches into the exact same stitch. That's it. That's a 5-dc shell stitch.

How to Crochet Stitch Variations
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Typically, you will skip spaces before and after the placement of the shell stitch; follow the instructions in the pattern for specifics.

Double crochet into the stitch where you will make the shell stitch. This is the same double crochet stitch that you always make. Now make 4 more dc stitches into the exact same stitch. That's it. That's a 5-dc shell stitch.

How to Crochet Stitch Variations

Crochet shell stitch made with 5 dtr stitches

You can crochet shell stitch using different variations on the height of stitches and the number of stitches. You could, for example, work 7 hdc stitches into the same stitch or work 3 treble crochet stitches into the same stitch and these would be shell stitches. Shell stitch can also have more variation options than the other advanced stitches, in that you can work different heights of stitches into the same shell (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc all worked in the same stitch is an example). A crochet shell stitch can also include chain stitches within the stitch (2 dc, ch, 2 dc in the same stitch is one option). See our complete guide to shell stitch variations.

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