Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weaved Shell Stich




Weaved Shell Stitch
(Multiple of 6 plus 1)

I love this stitch! My crocheted Pink Sweater and Blue Sweater are made entirely with this stitch. I love it for sweaters because it's got a lot of movement which is good for clothing since you need to be able to move around a lot. And the stitch itself is very pretty. Use a thinner - more fingerling - yarn for summer outfits and a worsted weight for winter. 

If you remember my 'Shell Stitch' posting from earlier this month (under 'double crochet' on the left <--) than you'll know the basic mechanics, but I'll start from the beginning for all the newcomers to the site.

First, you need chain out your base chain. The formula for the base chain is 6, plus 1 chain for the turning chain. In this examples were going to be making 3 shells, so you want to chain 6x3= 18 chains plus 1 for the turning chain.

Next, add a single crochet stitch to the second chain from the hook.

Great!! 

To crochet the shell you'll yarn over and insert your hook in the third chain from you current stitch (see where I'm pointing?). For the shell you'll be adding five double crochet stitches to one chain space so you need to make up for all those additional stitches by removing stitches elsewhere. In this case we're skipping 2 stitches before and 2 stitches after each 'shell' to make up the difference.

Right, so in the third chain space from your single crochet, add five double crochet stitches....like so:


 Does yours look like mine?.....Good!

Skip another two stitches  and add a single crochet stitch:


You've now completed your first shell stitch. Do this two (2) more times and you're done : "skp 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skp, skp, sc in next stitch" 


Chain 2 and turn.

For your next row things get a bit easier as you don't really need to count stitches anymore. First, add two double crochet stitches to the first stitch (a single crochet stitch from the last row). This will act as half a shell and allow you to weave the shells. 


Skip the next two stitches and add a single crochet stitch to the top of the shell or middle double crochet stitch from the previous row. 

To work your next shell stitch, yarn over and insert your hook in the next single crochet stitch from the previous row. Add five double crochet stitches to this stitch, finish by adding a single crochet to the top of the next shell:


Can you see the pattern now?  Excellent! Repeat across till you get to the end and add two double crochet stitches to the last stitch.

Once you get the hang of it you can keep going to make a cute scarf or sew sections together to make a bag - a bag would look great in two colors like I have above. And let me know what you think!!! I love feedback.

As always, send me pictures of your completed projects!! 
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