Hi there! Today's Stitch Tutorial is on this Reversible Shells Stitch. It's an interesting stitch that doubles your fabric making it extra thick and dense. It's as if you're working 2 layers at the same time.
I am working on a throw blanket (Release date 1/24/21) so I wanted to provide a stitch tutorial to help! Don't be afraid of it if you're a beginner. It's really not hard. The only thing you need to be cautious of is the beginning and ends of the rows.
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Have you used the Caron One Pound before? it's HUGE at 812 yards. I wanted to double up so I can make a chunky throw. This means that I used 2 strands to crochet with and I'm using a larger crochet hook.
For this tutorial, I used just one strand and a US 9/5.5mm Crochet Hook. I used Joann's Big Twist Value Yarn.
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ch – Chain
st(s) – Stitch(es)
sl st – Slip Stitch
sc – Single Crochet
sk – Skip
sp – Space
pm – Place Marker
rep – Repeat
rem – Remaining
Special Stitch – Shell Stitch: 5dc sts in the indicated st.
SKILL LEVEL – Experienced/Advance
NOTES – Pattern is written in US terms.
Each color is worked for 2 rows. At the end of the 2nd row (shell row), you do not turn. Instead, you will start on the right side of the work.
Big Twist Value Yarn - Scarlett (I believe the other color is discontinued)
2 Colors (A) & (B)
🔸 Crochet Hook - Furls US I/9 5.5mm
🔸 Faves! Crochet Hook Tulip Etimo Set
🔸 Faves! Crochet Hook Clover Amour Set
Ch in multiples of 5 + 3 for the desired length/width.
Foundation Row (Color A): 1dc in 5th ch from hook, 3dc in next st, 1dc in next, *sk 2 chs, 1dc in next ch, 3dc sts in next ch, 1dc in next ch (foundation shell made). Rep from * leaving last ch st unworked. DO NOT TURN. Pull the working loop up so you don’t lose the sts (or pm on the loop).
Row 1 (Color B): Attach color B to the 4th ch from the turning ch on the right side of the work. *ch6, 1sc in the 1st skipped st. Rep from * across working the last sc in the last st of the foundation.
Row 2 (Color B): ch2, turn, sl st to the 1st dc st, ch2, *shell st (5 dc sts) in the center of the previous shell st. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in the turning ch (same turning ch you attached to in row 1). DO NOT TURN.
Row 3 (Color A): Pick up color A, *ch6, 1sc in sp between shells. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2).
Row 4 (Color A): ch2, turn, sl st to the 1st dc st, ch2, *shell st (5 dc sts) in the center of the previous shell st. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in the turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2). Do NOT TURN.
Row 5 (Color B): Pick up color B, *ch6, 1sc in sp between shells. Rep from * across. End with 1sc in turning ch (2nd ch from beg ch2).
Repeat rows 2-5 until desired size ending after a shell row.
In the video, I came up with an alternative way to finish up the last row.
Finishing Row: ch3, 1sl st (or sc) in center of shell, ch3, 1sc in sp between shells. Rep from * ending with 1sc in turning ch.
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