How To Crochet The Closed Shell Stitch (Photo + Video Tutorial)


The closed shell stitch is a beautiful and easy crochet stitch full of lovely texture!  Once you get the hang of crocheting it, it's pretty easy to do too!  Below is a both full video tutorial and a complete photo tutorial where I walk you through every step of the way.  

Once you've mastered this stitch, try my Cloud Nine Scarf!  This is a free crochet pattern that includes a full video tutorial too:


Here's the full closed shell stitch video tutorial below:


For this tutorial I'm using an L hook and some bulky weight yarn.  However, you can try any weight you like just look for the recommended hook size on the yarn label.

To begin, we'll put a slip knot on our hook, then work the chain.  This stitch is a multiple of 6+1.  For the swatch in this tutorial, I did 19 chains.


Next, work 2 double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook,


Skip 2 chains, then work a single crochet into the next chain.


Skip 2 chains, then work 4 double crochet into the next chain,


Skip 2 chains then work a single crochet into the next chain,


Skip 2 chains then work 4 double crochet into the next chain.


Skip two chains and then in the very last chain, work a single crochet to finish off the row.


To begin row 2, chain 3 and turn.


Work 2 double crochet into the single crochet from the previous row,


Work a single crochet into the center space of the shell from previous row (area in between the posts-right in the center),


Next, work 4 double crochet into the single crochet from the previous row (stitch in between the two shells),


Work a single crochet into the center space of the shell from previous row (area in between the posts-right in the center),


Work 4 double crochet into the single crochet from the previous row (stitch in between the two shells),


Work a single crochet into the turning chain space to finish the row.


To continue, repeat row 2 until it is as tall as you like!  Happy crocheting!






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