The Interlocking Shell Stitch is a beautiful stitch whether it is worked in a single colour or multiple.
The stitch is a two row repeat that features row of shell stitches in between rows of inverted shells. While the shell stitches are made up of five double crochet stitches. The inverted shells are worked using a double crochet five together stitch.
This stitch could be used in a variety of projects ranging from baby blankets and crochet afghans, to crochet bags, scarves and cowls. Let me know how you would use or are going to use this stitch in the comments below
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For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of Cotton Aran by Paintbox Yarns. It is an aran weight yarn. The hook shown here and in the video below is a wooden streamline hook by Furls Crochet. However you may use any hook and yarn combination you choose.
Don’t forget to check out the video tutorial below!
The Interlocking Shell Stitch:
This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial. At the end of each row you will need to chain one or three and turn your work. The chain three counts as a double crochet stitch.
To begin, make a slip knot and then chain your desired number of chains. For this stitch pattern you will need a multiple of six stitches, plus three stitches for your foundation chain.
For my swatch I will be making a foundation chain of 21 chain stitches.
Work two double crochet stitches into the third chain from your hook, skip the next two chains, single crochet in to the next chain.
*Skip the next two chains, work five double crochet into the next chain, skip the next two chains, single crochet into the next chain.
Repeat from * to the last three chain stitches, skip the next two chains and work three double crochet into the final stitch.
Chain one, single crochet into the first stitch, *chain 2, double crochet five stitches together over the next five stitches.
To work the double crochet five together: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops. Repeat this four more times, then yarn over and draw through all the loops on your hook.
Chain two and single crochet into the next double crochet stitch.
Repeat from * across working your final single crochet into the top of the turning chain.
Chain three (counts as a double crochet stitch), work two double crochet into the first stitch, skip the next chain two.
*Single crochet in the top of the next double crochet five together, skip the next chain two space, work five double crochet in the next single crochet.
Repeat from * to the last double crochet five together, skip the chain two space and work three double crochet in the last single crochet.
And that’s it!
For the rest of the pattern, simply repeat rows two and three for as long as you would like. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Thank you for stopping by! If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may wish to check out the free tutorial for the Dock Shell Stitch | How to Crochet.
See you again soon!