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Crochet Shells Pattern: How to Knit


Fans of delicate fishnet things will be pleased with our article on how to knit a Shell pattern with a hook. This knitting method has a lot of fans, if only because, for all its delicate appearance, the product connected with the shell is very durable. You don’t have to worry that accidentally hitting the product, you will ruin it. Below you will find a knitting pattern of this pattern with a detailed description, as well as photographs and video master classes for greater clarity.

By changing the thickness of the thread, as well as the method of knitting, you can easily make an openwork pattern light or more dense, embossed. Products with a shell can decorate not only you and your appearance, but also the house. You can easily tie a decorative napkin onto a chest of drawers or a light bedspread on a sofa in the living room.

Openwork shell pattern crochet: Pattern

1. Dial the required number of lifting loops. It depends on your product and its size.

2. Skip several lifting stitches and start knitting 5 double crochet stitches (1 or more). The height of your pattern will depend on the number of crochets.

Tip: it is better to use an odd number of columns so that in the next row you get a hook into the center of the shell, and do not shift the pattern.

3. Skip a few stitches of the chain and in the selected stitch again make a double crochet.

Thus, we knit to the end of the row.

4. The fact that we skips the loops between the columns will give the pattern an appearance, like a fan.

Between the double crochet, you can make some simple columns.

To get a beautiful crochet shell pattern, calculate the number of loops in advance.

How to crochet a shell pattern if you need to make a strapping.

A crochet shell pattern is often used to tie the edge of the product.

The pattern can be done in a row connected by columns with a crochet and without crochets, half-columns on the front of the product.

The shell pattern is performed as follows: 1 air loop, 1 single crochet, skip 1 loop, 1 half crochet, 3 double crochet and 1 half crochet in one loop, skip the loop, 1 single crochet.

Classic knit shell pattern

Start with air loops. There should be such a quantity that would be a multiple of four. Knitting a shell begins with the fourth loop. The shell itself is four columns with a crochet and one air loop in the middle. All columns are knitted in this very loop. Having finished the first shell, proceed to the second. To do this, skip three loops again, start with the fourth. Make two double crochets, then an air loop and two more double crochets. By this principle, knit to the end of the row. Having finished knitting the last shell in the first row, knit three air loops, rotate your shells so that the last is on the right. The remaining rows are knitted according to the same principle, but you do not need to skip more loops; shells are knitted from air loops between the double crochets. Make as many rows as you need.

Crochet shell pattern knitting workshop in MK

It is not necessary to crochet sophisticated combinations to get a beautiful product. It’s enough to show your imagination, and here’s the original, beautiful thing that you do with your own hands.

Now you can see a shell knitting workshop.

  1. Dial 40 air loops. In the second loop, bypassing the first, knit a single crochet.
  2. Next, tie the shell. To do this, you need to skip three loops and knit seven single crochet in the fourth in a row. Then again skip three loops and knit seven columns in the fourth. According to the same principle, it is necessary to knit to the end of the row.
  3. Then attach a thread of a different color. Knit one hoist air loop, turn the work over and knit the entire next row with single crochet, without missing a single loop of the previous row.
  4. Attach a thread of the third color, again make one air loop and expand your work.
  5. The third row will be with shells. You need to knit nine single crochet stitches, skip three stitches and knit another seven stitches. Then skip three stitches again and knit seven single crochet stitches.
  6. The next row should be crocheted with crochets. Tie one air loop and turn the product over again. Change the thread and tie another row with shells.
  7. Continue all work on this principle until you reach the desired product height, remembering to change the threads of different colors.

Learning to make a dense shell pattern with your own hands.

Dial the air loops. This time their number should be equal to six, add one more loop to them. In the second loop, tie a single crochet. Then skip two more loops and tie five double crochet stitches. Next, skip the two loops again and tie one single crochet. Continue to knit to the end of the row. After knitting the last shell, make three air loops and turn the product over. Start the second row by knitting two double crochet stitches in the first stitch of the previous row. Further, the knitting pattern will not differ from the first row.

Tie a chain of air loops, which will be a multiple of three, add one loop. Here, knitting shells begins with the fourth loop, the first three you need to skip. Knit three double crochet stitches. Then again skip the three loops and in the fourth knit one single crochet. Next, you will need to make three air stitches and knit three crochets in the same loop. Skip the three stitches again and tie one double crochet. Repeat all the way to the end of the row. At the very end, you need to tie one single crochet.

Below you can see how delicate and lightweight products related in technology can be. You can do all this yourself.

Video on the topic of the article

And also you can watch a video in which needlewomen show with their own examples how to knit this plain pattern correctly, and hold master classes with you. And in one of the videos you can see and if you want to learn how to knit a shell scarf with an openwork scarf for a warm summer or spring.

From simple to complex

To fully master the technique of the process, you need to start with the basics. For work you need a skein of thread and a suitable size hook. Choose the tool so that the thread fits completely into the recess. Then the product will not be loose or vice versa dense. Having prepared everything you need, let's get to work.

To begin, we will analyze the simplest version of the pattern. Its circuit is shown below:

To train the skill, tie a chain of air loops a few centimeters or, as in the diagram, in the amount of 32 loops. This will be the basis. Now in the fifth loop of the base, knit a crochet column. Perform two more of the same columns without changing the loops. Thus the first shell turned out.

Now make an air loop. At the base of the first sink, count the fourth loop. In it, tie three identical double crochet posts. A second shell formed. By analogy, continue the entire row. To go to the second row, make three lift air loops. See carefully the diagram. Where there was an air loop in the front row, there will now be a shell and vice versa - there will be an air loop in place of the shell. If you prefer the shells to be on top of each other, then see the following diagram:

Try to complete the pattern several times and don’t notice how the pattern will automatically knit.

The next option will be more difficult - a dense ornament. Consider the job description in detail:

  • tie a chain of air loops. Their number should be a multiple of six plus one lifting loop,
  • in the second loop from the hook, knit a regular single crochet,
  • skip two loops at the base and in the third tie five crochets - the first sink is ready,
  • skip the two loops again and run the single crochet again,
  • through two loops, knit the second shell,
  • repeat rapport to the end of the air loop,
  • go to the second row, expanding the canvas. Tie the three air loops of the hoist and into the same loop from which the hoist began, knit two more double crochets,
  • in the second row, the shells will be tied in place of the single crochet of the previous row. And the single crochet will be located above the third column of the sink from the bottom row,
  • in this alternating manner all subsequent rows are performed.

If the scheme is still incomprehensible and difficult to understand, watch a video with an example of complicated knitting:

Multicolored shells

In this subsection, we will look at how you can knit a motif using two different-colored yarns. To make the drawing beautiful, select compatible shades. You can even use several colors, creating smooth transitions from one color scheme to another. This is a great idea to use the remaining skeins of thread. But this method is more suitable for experienced craftswomen who know how to easily change the threads during the knitting process.

So far, we will analyze a fragment of a picture with two colors. Alternating them in the process, you will get beautiful stripes or even waves.

  • choose the color to start work with,
  • knitting technique is no different from a dense pattern, but instead of five double crochet, we propose to knit seven columns for a change. Then, in the second row, together with the lifting air loops, knit three double crochets. And the single crochet will already be knitted in the fourth column of the bottom row of sinks,
  • After finishing two rows, change the thread. That is, knit the third and fourth rows already in a different color,
  • Change the thread again when starting the fifth row.

According to this pattern, knit a cloth of the required height, not forgetting to change the thread every time.

Using the hook creates light, airy, fishnet things. The ornament described above is quite dense, practically does not shine through, which distinguishes it from most knitting techniques. Shells can be used both when creating clothes, and in the manufacture of interior elements. A plaid, potholders, pillows will look good, especially if they are made using several colors. For the wardrobe, you can knit a skirt, pullover, cardigan. A monophonic knitting option would already be appropriate here, but a slight gradient is allowed. A shawl made by the proposed motif will look especially charming.

So, you got acquainted with the new crochet technique and you can safely put it into practice. Please yourself and your loved ones with new details of decor or interesting models of clothes.