Shell Trellis Stitch tutorial

Shell Trellis Stitch tutorial
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Today I thought I would show those of you who have not worked this stitch before how to do the shell trellis stitch with this tutorial.

Keep an eye out because I have plans for a couple of designs using this stitch. I will try to remember to come back and link the projects to the bottom of this post as they are released.

What can you use the Shell Trellis Stitch for?

This stitch is a very pretty lacy stitch that you could use in a whole variety of projects. Because it is the lacy it does have some nice drape to it. This makes it great for market bags, summer tops that go over vests, accents in garments. It could also make a cute decorative runner or a lacy wrap for summer or events.

This stitch works up great in any size yarn and with an appropriate hook. Obviously, the thinner the yarn the better the drape. So garments would look stunning in sport or fingering weight yarns and cottons. You may consider a market bag in dk or worsted weight yarns or cottons.

What would you use this stitch for?

Shell Trellis Stitch Tutorial – Getting started!

This stitch is based on a four-row repeat once you get going. I’ll go through these with you below and in the linked videos.

Stitch multiple is 12 stitches plus 1, plus 2 for the starting chain. (In the videos I start my sample with a chain of 39).

Skills needed

This stitch is suitable for a confident beginner. You need to know the following stitches:

  • Chain
  • Single Crochet
  • Double Crochet

Note: I’m not going to go through how to work the basic stitches for you – I’m going to assume that you already know how to do that. If you do need assistance with them we do have  videos on our youtube channel that you can go and have a look.


Ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ch5 sp – chain 5 space

rep – repeat

Quick reference written instructions:

Row 1 – once you have your starting chain, 2dc in third ch from hook, *sk2 ch, sc in next ch, sc in the next ch, ch5, sk 5, sc in next ch, sk2, 5dc in next ch*, rep from * to * until last st where instead of working 5dc you will work 3dc. Turn

Row 2 – ch1, sc in first dc, *ch5, sc in next ch5 sp, ch5, 1sc in the third of the next set of 5dc.* Rep from * to * until last st where you will sc in the second of the ch2 from row 1. Turn

Row 3 – *ch5, sc in next ch5 sp, 5dc in next sc, 1sc in next ch5 sp* Rep from * to * to last sc, ch2, dc in last sc. Turn

Row 4 – ch1, sc in first dc, *ch5, sc in 3rd of the next set of 5 dc, ch5, sc in next ch5 sp*. Rep from * to * to end. Turn

Row 5 – Ch3 (counts as a dc), 2dc in first sc, *sc in next ch5 sp, ch5, sc in next ch5 sp, 5dc in next sc* Rep from * to * working 3dc in last sc. Turn.

Repeat rows 2-5 as required.

Video tutorials

The photo tutorial is below but if you prefer video tutorials we have you covered!

Shell Trellis Stitch Photo Tutorial:

As mentioned above, this stitch is worked with a multiple of 12 plus 3 chains to start.

Let me know what you think about this look for stitch tutorials! This is the first one in this format. If you like it I will work through the ones we have and make sure future stitch tutorials follow the same lines 🙂

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