The textured shell stitch is a fabulous looking stitch that uses basic crochet stitches to create a warm and thick pattern that looks like ruffled feathers.
Below you will find a detailed illustrated tutorial with step by step instruction, a basic diagram and a video for those who learn better from watching how the stitch is crocheted.
The textured shell stitch pattern is a more complex pattern suitable for intermediate to advanced crocheters because it requires you to count stitches and know how tto read a pattern and diagram.
The pattern has a textured side and a flat side, and can be used in a variety of projects, from blankets and afghans to jumpers, shawls and borders.
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Supplies I Used
- Marriner Yarns DK (light worsted) yarns in blue
Unfortunately MarrinerYarns ships only in the UK, so for my international customers, I can recommend a similar yarn, Red Heart Yarn , which comes is a multitude of colors and weights, just as affordable and easy to work with as Marriner Yarns.
- 4mm crochet hook
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Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
- ch – chain
- yo – yarn over
- sk – skip
- sl – slip stitch – dc – double crochet
- bpdc – back post double crochet
- p – picot
Get Your Supplies
Picot (p) – ch3, insert hook at the base of ch3 you just made (through two loops at the top of the dc stitch) and sl st.
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc) – A stitch as a front loop and back loop that together look like a horizontal V (<). At the back of each <, there is a third loop called back post.
To double crochet in the back post, yo, insert hook from top to bottom under the back post, yo and pull a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo and pull through the last 2 remaining loops on hook.
Crocheting The Textured Shell Stitch Pattern
The pattern is a repeat of 4 rows and requires multiples of 9 + 3 chains.
For this tutorial, my starting chain was 30 long.
With blue DK yarn and a 3mm crochet hook
Row 1: ch30
Row 2: dc in the 5th hook, sk2, (dc, ch1, dc) in the following ch, sk2, *4dc, sk2, (dc, ch1, dc) in the following ch, sk2* x 2, 2dc, turn
Row 3: ch3, dc, * (dc, p) x 6 in the ch1 space below, (dc, ch1, dc) in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc below* x 2, (dc, p) x 6 in the ch1 space below, dc in the last 2 stitches, turn
Row 4: ch3, dc, ch1, *sk1 back post, 4bpdc, sk1 back post, (dc, ch1, dc) in the ch1 space below* x 2, sk1 back post, 4bpdc, sk1 back post, ch1, dc in last 2 stitches, turn
Row 5: ch3, dc, *(dc, ch1, dc) in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc below, (dc, p) x 6 in the ch1 space below* x 2, (dc, ch1, dc) in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc below, dc in the last 2 stitches, turn
Row 6: ch3, dc, *(dc, ch1, dc) in the ch1 space below, sk1 back post, 4bpdc, sk1 back post* x 2, (dc, ch1, dc) in the ch1 space below, dc in the last 2 stitches, turn
Row 7: ch3, dc, * (dc, p) x 6 in the ch1 space below, (dc, ch1, dc) in the space between the 2nd and 3rd dc below* x 2, (dc, p) x 6 in the ch1 space below, dc in the last 2 stitches.
From this point on, the pattern is a repeat of rows 4 through 7.
Repeat the 4 rows until you have the required length.
For those who learn better from watching videos, I’ve made a video tutorial to show you how to crochet the textured shell stitch pattern, how to make the picot stitch and crochet in the back post of the stitch.
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