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The Sidesaddle Shell Stitch pattern is a beautiful crochet stitch with a gorgeous reversible texture.

This beautiful crochet stitch is quite easy to work. It is a simple two rows of repeat. The texture in this stitch is created by working simple double crochet shells crossed over top of one another. The result is similar to the Spiked Sedge Stitch, but it is not as dense and therefor stiff. This stitch pattern has a nice drape to it.

I look forward to seeing what projects you come up with for this stitch! I would love to work it in a blanket. And although my experience with designing them is very limited, I think it would be so cozy in a cardigan!

A swatch of the Sidesaddle Shell stitch worked in a pale yellow yarn.

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 also available on Lion Brand through the link above.

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Sidesaddle Shell Crochet Stitch

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain Stitch

Dc – Double Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Rpt – Repeat

Sc – Single Crochet

Shell – Shell Stitch (3 dc, ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc] around the post of the last dc worked. Shell Stitch made.)

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 six stitches, plus four for your foundation chain (6 + 4 stitches).

For example, ch 28.

Row One:

3 dc in the 4th ch from your hook, sk the next 2 sts, sc in the next st, *sk the next 2 sts, shell (See “Stitches and Abbreviations” above) in the next st, sk the next 2 sts, sc in the next st; Rpt from * across until 3 sts remain, sk the next 2 sts, 4 dc in the final st. Ch 1, turn.

Row Two:

Sc in the 1st st, sk the next st, *sk each of the next 3 sts, shell in the next sc, sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next ch-1 sp; Rpt from * across working the final sc in the turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row Three:

3 dc in the 1st st, sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next ch-1 sp, * sk the next 3 sts, shell in the next sc, sk the next 3 sts, sc in the next ch-1 sp; Rpt from * across until 3 sts remain and your turning ch remain, sk the next 3 sts, 4 dc in the turning ch. Ch 1, turn.

And that’s it!

For the rest of the pattern, simply repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off, weave in your ends.

Video Tutorial:

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