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Classically Simple Shell


Updated December 08, 2015
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Looking for a nice crochet shell stitch pattern? Try this Classically Simple Shell. It's a free and easy shell stitch crochet pattern to make. You can give it as a baby shower gift or to a grandparent - it's that versatile! We how timeless this simple crochet shell stitch pattern is. Simply follow the tutorial and you can have a blanket like this in no time. If you're looking for gift ideas for an event, try giving the Classically Simple Shell! Everyone loves a homemade afghan, especially one with a great shell stitch crochet pattern.

Classically Simple Shell
Classically Simple Shell


Crochet Hook: K/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)




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The shell stitch in crochet is most often used as a border to afghans and sweaters. Shell crochet afghan patterns aren't as traditional as it would be to simply use the stitch as a border.

Another popular way of using the shell stitch is to stagger it with another stitch to create distinct rows in a blanket. On the other hand, you can make a shell stitch border stand out more if you work single or half double crochet in a different color into the base and over the shells. 

The fan stitch is a close relative of the shell stitch, but it's not usually the exact same technique and design. You can differentiate the shell and the fan if you define the shell as five stitches in one stitch and the fan as two stitches proceeded by a chain and then two more stitches. Fan stitches are also usually stacked on top of one another whereas shell stitches are built into the gaps left by the previous row of shells. 

Additionally, you will discover other versions of the shell stitch. These variations will use longer stitches, change the number of stitches, or change the anchoring method. 

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I've been making this for decades! It's also known as "Granny Shells" Works up best with lighter colors.

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