13 cool crochet patterns featuring the scalloped shell crochet stitch for making lovely baby blankets, shawls, beanies and crochet tops
You probably already know that crochet shell stitches are perfect for making sweet baby blankets and afghans. And, we have included some of those cute patterns in this list.
But this stitch is also great for many more patterns so you will also find pretty hair accessories, beanies, jackets and a particularly sweet baby cardigan.
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What is a shell stitch?
The Shell is an advanced beginner/intermediate crochet stitch that is made by working several stitches into the same loop within the row below, thereby creating a shell shape.
There are several variations which can make everything from a loose, open and lacy pattern to a thick, dense and extra warm fabric.
How do you crochet a simple shell stitch?
Crocheting a shell is actually fairly easy and utilizes beginner stitches that you probably learned first. These include the double (dc), half double (hdc) or even triple stitch. Since you mainly use basic stitches, the shell is the perfect next technique for beginners to learn.
This tutorial shows you the detailed step by step instructions for making a basic shell stitch.
Most of these patterns are appropriate for beginners to handle. There are a couple, though, that are really geared more toward intermediate or advanced crocheters.
But, please don’t let that deter you if you happen to be a beginning crocheter. Look at those patterns as motivation to learn the next stitch.
Have you tackled the fun Puff Stitch?
Listing of 13 shell stitch crochet patterns
Shady Shell Cocoon Cardigan Pattern
If your are ready to tackle a larger crochet pattern (that is not an afghans), this lovely jacket is it. It is made with super soft Alpaca Cloud yarn that comes in different colors so you can customize it to your taste.
Poncho Style Summer Crochet Top
While this top may look complicated, it is made with only two rectangles of open shell stitches.
LB Cotton Bamboo yarn makes this top durable, washable and still nice and drapey. Plus, it also comes in different colors to suit your taste.
Sunset Blush Hat and Scarf Shell Patterns
Here is a pretty scarf and hat crochet set that features the shell stitch. You can make these with fun self-striping yarn to give the pattern some drama or a single color which will let the stitch pattern stand out. (Made with DK or Light Worsted Yarn)
Wavy Shells Pocket Scarf
If you are a beginner crocheter just learning to make more intermediate or advanced stitches, this free pattern is perfect for you!
The Wavy Shells scarf is made up of single crochet stitches with the shell stitch making up the pockets. Plus, it also has matching mittens and beanie patterns so you can make a whole set for a lovely handmade Christmas present or Birthday gift.
Made with medium weight Size 4 Yarn
Wavy Shells Mittens
And, here is the matching mittens shell pattern to the Wavy Scarf above. This is also a beginner friendly pattern. Most of the stitches are singles with the cuff featuring the scalloped shell edging.
Sunny Brimmed Cloche Hat Pattern
Here is a simple, stretchy band with interchangeable flowers and shamrock embellishments that you can whip up in no time!
by Snappy Tots
Crochet Shell Baby Blanket Pattern
Baby Afghans or Blankets are a great option for newbie crocheters since they are much smaller and faster to finish than a full size. This sweet blanket features double crochet stitch shells and is perfect for practicing your shells.
This free pattern calls for natural cotton and bamboo Lion Brand Coboo yarn but any category 3 yarn should work fine. Just make sure it is soft enough for a baby.
by Easy Crochet
Water Bottle Holder Pattern
Keep your hands free with this cool crochet bottle bag. It comes with a nice long strap so you can also hang your water bottles over your shoulder. Cotton yarn makes them sturdy and comes in loads of different colors.
These useful bags also make a great diy gift idea!
Solid Shell Stitch Crochet Hat
Making this beanie with a solid color of yarn shows off the lovely texture of the shell pattern.
Bernat Cotton baby yarn comes in different colors and makes this hat extra soft (no itchy wool!)
Shell Stitch Baby Blanket Free Pattern
by Lion Brand
Split Shell Crochet Kerchief Pattern
Here’s something a little different …. a crocheted hair kerchief! These cute hair accessories are a big hit with teens these days. You can whip up a bunch in a short time for a fun Christmas gift or Birthday present.
Shell Stitch Baby or Little Girl Cardigan
How sweet is this little baby jacket?? Wouldn’t this make the most wonderful baby shower or new parents gift?
This pattern gives instructions for newborn to age 4 to 5.
Vintage Sweater Jacket Pattern
You can make a huge statement with this super cool crocheted jacket. This pattern is written for a more intermediate to advanced crocheter . . . sorry beginners! It features big shells and a collar that can also be made into a hood.
I hope you enjoyed these patterns and will give them a try. A big THANK YOU to the creative designers for allowing me to share their work with you.
Oh, and you will not want to miss the many free crochet patterns at WeCrochet. They have something for everyone from beginner to advanced.