Monday, April 12, 2010

How to make the Shell Stitch


Today I am sharing a simple tutorial on How To Make the Shell Stitch. I used this pattern when making my Shell Stitch Blanket and absolutely loved every row of it.

A tip is to use a slightly larger hook when making the foundation chain and then switch to a smaller hook size when working the rows of shells. This way it is not only easier in the starting rows but you receive straighter edges of your blanket.

Shell Stitch Tutorial
 

I am using UK terms for my tutorial. See Terminology table for translation to US terms and Swedish terms. Lets start!





 







FOUNDATION ROW:
Work a multiple of 6 chain stitches plus 2 for the turning chain. I made 6 x 32 +1=193 for my blanket which measured approx 135 cm/53" wide.

ROW 1: 
Work 1dc in first and all following stitches across to the end of the row. Ch 3 (counts as first tr of the next row) and turn your work.
TIPS: Work your double crochet stitches in the back of your foundation chain for a more stable starting row.

ROW 2: Make 2tr first st (this creates a half shell), skip 2sts, 1dc into the next st, [skip 2sts, 5tr in next st, skip 2sts, 1dc in next st]- rep [  ] to the end of the row. Finish with 3tr in last stitch. Ch1 and turn your work.

ROW 3: 1dc in first st (the top of the hill), [skip 2sts, 5tr between shells (the dc in the valley), skip 2sts, 1dc in next st (the 3rd of the 5tr on the hill)] - repeat [ ] until the end of row.

Continue to alternate Row 2 and Row 3 until you have the desired length of your blanket.

Good luck and have fun!

Kärlek
Annette

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11 comments :

  1. I'm so glad I have found your blog as I just LOVE this blanket and am going to have a go at this myself. Looking forward to having a good read of your blog too as it looks lovely - a really lucky find! :)

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  2. Hi. I am working on this blanket for my daughter. What size hook did you use? Absolutely love this, but mine doesn't seem as tight.

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  3. ola passei por aqui e me apaixonei pelos seus trabalhos!!!!!

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  4. Hej! En superfin filt och kul mönster, skulle nog vilja virka en liknade. Hur ska man hinna allt kul? Karin

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  5. beautiful blanket! Ive been looking for an easy, but stunning shell blanket for a long time, thanks for sharing!

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  6. LOVE THIS AFGHAN. I AM JUST A NOVICE TO CROCHETING & HAVE ONLY LIMITED EXPERIENCE , WHAT DO I DO AFTER ROW 3 ?
    DO WE ALTERNATE ROW 2 & 3 ? OR DO WE JUST CARRY ON DOING ROW 3 ?

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    1. Hello
      Thank you!!! It was such a long time ago I wrote this turtorial, I think I have to update it a little bit. :D Yes, just continue to laternate Row 2 and 3. It will come naturally. Every other row starts with a half shell. Enjoy. I would love to see your progress. You can email me pictures if you want. myrosevalley@bluewin.ch

      Annette
      My Rose Valley

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  7. Hi! I've just discovered your blog and I enjoy it! Only want to let you know that i've put this post on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/2674081001504478/

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  8. Hej! alltså har fösökt flera gånger nu, men det funkar inte.. har du någon svensk förklaring på det här möstret? så himla fin blogg måste jag säga

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  9. Hi Annette, thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial. Your instructions really 'speak' to me and I am so pleased to have managed it. My make will become a beanbag for my cats to rest on and I am so delighted to have learnt a new stitch. I am planning to make a cream cushion cushion cover for one of my dining room chairs in the same pattern.
    With love and gratitude
    RedSetter
    My first piece is in this post if you wish a look. I made it in Drops Andes on a 9mm hook.http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/taking-crochet-to-dark-side.html

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Kärlek
Annette

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