Shell Crochet Stitch Pattern & Video:Change Color Every Row Pattern by Maggie Weldon

Simple Shell – Alternating 2 Colors Every Row

In the video – links below – I show you how to change yarn colors every row without having to break the ends with every color change.  This will prevent you from having to sew in an bunch of ends.


Abbreviations: CC = Contrasting Color, ch= chain, dc = double crochet,

lp = loop, MC = Main Color, sc = single crochet, st = stitch, YO = Yarn Over

Shell: 5 dc in specified st or sp.

Stitch is a multiple of 6 + 1 + 1 for turning chain

Row 1: (Right Side) Starting at bottom, with MC, ch a multiple of 6 +3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, * shell in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, skip next ch; rep from * across to last sc, work last sc until 2 loops are on hook, make a slip knot on the end of CC yarn and draw the new color through the 2 loops on the hook to complete the sc (see picture above).  Leave MC hanging until next row.

Row 2: With CC, ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), turn, 2 dc in first sc (half shell made), sc in center dc of next Shell, [Shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next Shell] across; ending with 3dc in last sc. After completing the last double crochet put the loop on a stitch holder and remove hook as shown in the video.  We have these at MaggiesCrochet.com here: Locking Stitch Marker

Row 3: With previous row facing you, insert hook from front to back in first dc of previous row, YO hook with the dropped MC yarn,  draw the lp of MC up, ch 1, sc in first dc, Shell in next sc, *sc in center dc of next Shell, shell in next sc; rep from * across; end, work last sc until 2 loops are on hook, take loop of MC off stitch marker and put it back on hook, draw CC through the 2 loops on your hook to complete your last sc stitch.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 as established alternating colors.

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Crochet Stitch Shell Change Color Every Row Pattern by Maggie Weldon

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Practice your new skills with the Quick and Easy Shell Bathroom Set PA780


Shell Stitch Bathroom Crochet Set Pattern Includes: Kleenex Cover, Toilet Paper Cover, Washcloth and Rug. Click the image to see pattern details.


Crochet Shell Stitch Washcloth. Click image to see pattern details.

Shell stitch rug. Click image to see pattern details.

Shell stitch rug. Click image to see pattern details.

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1 Comment

  • Denise 9 years ago Reply

    Maggie: Love your tutorials. I have been crocheting 40 years and still learn new things…Thanks so much.

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