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The Flying Shell Crochet Stitch pattern is a beautiful textured design featuring rows of shell stitches and rows of V stitches.

It is an easy stitch pattern to work that looks wonderful on both sides. It would work very well in a larger crochet project like a blanket but it would also work in your smaller projects as well. You may work it in a variety of yarn weights.

A Swatch demonstrating the Flying Shell Crochet Stitch

The Flying Shell Stitch is a four row repeat. You will essentially work a row of double crochet shells followed by a row of double crochet V stitches. It will work up fairly quickly. I did find when working this pattern that there was a slight slant to the finished fabric, but this was corrected by pulling the corners to help the stitches straighten out. I have worked the swatch today in a solid colour but I also believe it would look amazing when worked in multiple colours or in a self stripping yarn. I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

Materials for this Tutorial:

For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of cotton yarn. This yarn is a worsted weight yarn called Pima Cotton by Lion Brand Yarn. I will also be using a 5 mm crochet hook. The hook you will see me using in the video tutorial below is a Clover Soft Touch Hook.

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Flying Shell Crochet Stitch

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain Stitch

Dc – Double Crochet

Dc2tog – Double Crochet Two Stitches Together

Rpt – Repeat

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Yo – Yarn Over


This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial. You may work it in one colour or many. I will be working the stitch in a solid colour.

To begin, make a slip knot and then a foundation chain. For your foundation chain you will need a multiple of four stitches, plus 2 for your foundation chain (4 + 2 stitches).

For example, ch 22.

Row One:

[Sc, ch 3, 3 dc] into the 2nd ch from your hook, * sk the next 3 chs, [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in the next ch; Rpt from * across to the final 4 chs, sk the next 3 chs, sc in the final ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row Two:

Dc in the 1st st, * sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next ch-3 sp, V st (dc, ch 1, dc) in the next sc; Rpt from * across ending with an sc, work 2 dc in the final sc st. Ch 3, turn.

Row Three:

3 dc in the 1st st, sk the next st, * [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in the next sc, sk the next v st; Rpt from * across to the final 2 sts, sc in the final st, ch 3, dc2tog over the last dc and your turning ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row Four:

*V st in the next sc, sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next ch-3 sp; Rpt from * across, ch 1, turn.

Row Five:

[sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in the 1st st, *sk the next v st, [sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in the next sc; Rpt from * across to the final v st, sk the last v st, sc in the ch-3 sp. Ch 3, turn.

And that’s it!

For the rest of the pattern repeat rows 2-5, fasten off and weave in your ends.

Video Tutorial:

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