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Crochet Stitch: Shells & Vs

Crochet Stitch: Shells & Vs

Rob Colon
3 minute read

Spring has me wanting to explore all things lacy. I’ve started reaching for lighter weight yarns and patterns that feature open stitch work that become more delicate and elegant once blocked. I think playing with Shells & V’s is the perfect way to begin getting into that lacy crochet mood.

One of my favorite crochet stitches that’s a bit more on the lacy side is the V-stitch. It’s just a simple stitch that’s made by creating a double crochet, chain 1, double crochet all in one stitch. If I’m looking to make a quick blanket or scarf, this is my go-to stitch. It’s also a great stitch if you have a smaller quantity of yarn and want to create something substantial.

Shell stitches come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so much so that there are pattern books dedicated to just the shell stitch. Simply said, shells are a cluster of basic stitches worked together in one place to create a larger arched stitch. One of the easiest ways to work a shell stitch is to do 5 double crochets in one stitch.

Alternate those V-stitches with a 5-double crochet shell and you have a stitch pattern that’s great for wraps, scarves, baby blankets, and more.

Here’s how to stitch it:

Chain a multiple of 8 + 4.

Row 1: 2 dc in the fourth ch from hook (skipped 3 chs count as a dc). Skip 3 chs. (Dc, ch 1, dc) in the next ch (V-stitch made). *Skip the next 3 chs. 5 dc in the next st (5-dc shell made). Skip the next 3 chs. (Dc, ch 1, dc) in the next ch (V-stitch made). Repeat from * to last 4 chs. Skip next 3 chs. 3 dc in last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout). Dc in the same st. *In the next ch-1 space of the V-stitch below, work 5 dc. In the center dc of the next 5-dc shell, work a V-stitch. Repeat from * to last 3 dc. Skip 2 dc. Work 2 dc in the last st. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3. 2 dc in the same st. *In the center dc of the next 5-dc shell, work a V-stitch. In the next ch-1 space of the V-stitch below, work 5 dc. Repeat from * across to last 5-dc shell. Work a V-stitch in the center dc of that last shell. Work 3 dc in the last st of the row. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is desired length. Make sure to end on a row 3 repeat.

Swatch it up!

While Shells & V’s goes great with any yarn weight, I made my swatch with fingering yarn because I wanted to accentuate the stitch’s laciness.

To create a swatch of your own, chain a multiple of 8 plus 4. For my sample, I chained 44 and crocheted 17 rows with a D hook. My swatch came out to about 6 ½” x 6” blocked.

If you like the way it’s working up, keep going and before you know it, you’ll have a new Spring wardrobe!

Written by Aimee Hansen of Yarngerie, who has also been a featured crochet designer in Knitcrate. Check out her featured patterns: Favorite Things Shawl & Phoenix Rising Shawl in the Knitcrate Shop!

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