Hello lovely people!
I’m super-excited about today’s post… I have conquered shell stitch and am sooooooooo proud of myself! For those of you who have just met my blog, I only learned to crochet in April, so about two and a half months ago, so it’s all quite new and exciting for me. Shell stitch is the first stitch I’ve tried other than the usual sc, hdc, dc, tc etc etc… and it took me a while! More than a few tries in fact… until finally I cracked it.
But before I begin my tribute to shell stitch… I must thank you for all the good wishes you are sending Raymond! He’s feeling a lot better now and is playing with his mice and scratching his scratch post like a mad-cat.
These are his mice by the way… they are probably the only thing that stop him from moving in with our downstairs neighbour, but that’s a story for another post….
Nearly blind and deaf, these poor things are covered in his spit… he’s so funny, he is completely and utterly addicted to them. he plays with them on average about 15 times per day and they are the first thing he goes to when he comes inside. It’s quite hilarious.
But enough about Raymond… I’m all about shell stitch today!
So I had a hunt on the WWW for a pattern and discovered two things.
1. There are thousands of patterns for shell stitch which are all identical
2. I could not find a comprehensive, easy to follow pattern.
So back to my rocking chair, I tried and tried and tried… narrowly averted a few tantrums, put it down then picked it up IMMEDIATELY. “Shell stitch, you are not going to get the better of me” I said… then…
I got it! And I’m so so glad I persevered, because I love shell stitch, and the mitts I’m bursting to show you are my faves so far. So here is my step-by-step tutorial on shell stitching some mitts to keep those lovely crafty hands warm. Because we need to take care of our hands, they are the source of so much joy for us aren’t they?
Before we begin, click here for a complete and professional pattern. So follow this along with my pictures as I do believe that I may talk you into a tangle trying to explain AND put the pattern!!! So now you’ve got both windows up, you can go between them.
OK. Shell stitch mitts. I used 8ply wool and a 4mm hook. It needs to be done in multiples of 6 plus 2 extra stitches. I did oooh… um…I think 5 lots of 6 (eek, forgotten already!) but measure it around your hand and make sure the ends meet. It is quite a stiff fabric, and I can’t see it stretching a lot. So ch 32. (or more or less depending on your hand size… ) Row 1. sc into 2nd chain from hook. Skip 2 ch, 5dc into next chain. Repeat until end of row. (you should end on a sc into the last ch). Ch3 turn. Row 2. 2dc into end sc… now here’s where I got majorly stuck.
So quickly look at the pattern in the other window… 1sc, 5dc… that’s all you do, but it’s WHERE you do these stitches that’s tricky. We left off with 3ch and 2dc into end sc… now sc into the MIDDLE dc from the previous row. Just into the top stitches. Now, 5dc into the sc in the previous row. This is where the wave dips. This next photo shows where to do these 5dc… see where the bigger hook is pointing?
You literally want to do your 5dc into the middle of the sc from the previous row… it’s a lot lower than you might think to do these stitches, which is where I got completely and utterly stuck. The patterns don’t tell you this, they just expect you to know! I sure didn’t! Here’s my hook inserted into the sc…
And from here on in, continue with the pattern. sc into middle stitch of the 5dc from previous row, then 5dc into sc from previous row.
Until it was long enough for my liking! Mine are 22 rows… I made them short because the fabric is not so flexible… so the shortness of them means I can move my wrists easily. I LOVE the waveyness of the edge…
What do you think?
I hope this was a useful how-to with the shell stitch… I am so keen on it, I know there will be more mitts made soon! I think it would make good scarves too, just with a bigger hook. Oh dear… I’m so inspired, you’ll have to excuse me, I must go and create.
Have a lovely day, from Alice and Raymond XX
p.s I’m so glad that so many of you were inspired by the goodness of Mrs Twins! I loved reading your comments about her project and how much you enjoyed her blog… looking forward to seeing her appear on your blogs too! XXX