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Crochet Offset Shell Columns Pattern & Video Tutorial

Updated: May 13, 2021

Hi! Today's stitch pattern and video tutorial is on the Offset Shell Columns. I designed a cardigan with this stitch and I love it so much!

I used Lion Brand's 24/7 for my cardigan design but used a bulky weight yarn so that you can see it better. I found some chunky yarn to use.

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This pattern has a 7 row repeat and quite easy once you work a few sets.

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ch – Chain

st(s) – Stitch(es)

sl st – Slip Stitch

sp – Space

sc - Single Crochet

beg – Beginning

rep – Repeat

rem – Remaining

sk – Skip

tr - Treble Crochet

dtr - Double Treble Crochet

dc – Double Crochet

LEVEL - Intermediate


Notes: Turn at the end of each row.

Special Stitches: Shell - 9tr sts

Foundation Row

(in multiples of 8 +2): In this example, I chained 24 + 2 = 26

Row 1: 1sc in 3rd & 4th chs (first ch counts as a sc), *ch5, sk3 chs, 1sc in each of the next 5 chs. rep from * until last 6 sts. End ch5, sk3, 1sc in each of the last 3 sts.

Row 2: ch2 (counts as sc + ch1), sk1, 1sc in next, *shell (9 tr sts) in ch5 sp, 1sc in next st**, ch2, sk3, 1sc in next st. Rep from * ending last rep at **. End ch1, sk1, 1sc in last st (turning ch).

Row 3: ch8 (counts as 1dtr + 3 chs), *1sc in each of the center 3 tr of next shell, ch3**, 1dtr in next ch2 sp, ch3. Rep from * ending last rep at **, End 1dtr in last st (turning ch).

Left-Handed Tutorial

Row 4: ch4 (counts as 1sc + ch3), *1sc in ch3 sp, 1sc in each of the next 3sc**, 1sc in ch3 sp, ch5. Rep from * ending last rep at **. End 1sc in ch3 sp, ch3, 1sc in 5th ch in turning ch.

Row 5: ch4 (counts as 1tr), 4tr in ch3 sp, *1sc in next sc, ch2, sk3 sc, 1sc in next sc**, shell in next ch5 sp. Rep from * ending last rep at **. End 5tr in last ch3 sp.

Row 6: ch1 (doesn't count as st), 1sc in next 2 tr sts, *ch3, 1dtr in ch2 sp, ch3**, 1sc in each of the center 3 tr of next shell. Rep from * ending last rep at **, End 1sc in each of the last 2 tr sts.

Row 7: ch1 (doesn't count as st), 1sc in each of the next 2 sc sts, *1sc in ch3 sp, ch5, 1sc next ch3 sp**, 1sc in each of the next 3sc**. Rep from * ending last rep at **. End 1sc in each of the last 2 sc sts.

Repeat Rows 2-7 until desired size.

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