Shells and Ladder Stitch
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Shells and Ladder Stitch
Shells and Ladder Stitch

Crochet Ladders and Shell Stitch

This stitching combination has a fabulous array of using crochet shells and double crochet posts to separate the shells from each other.

Technically speaking, it’s just a one-row repeat once you get the first row done.

Free Pattern Instructions: Ladders and Shells Stitch


The stitch multiple is 8 + 6

Using any size hook and yarn that is recommended on the ball band. The demonstration is using 8 mm / L Hook with Bernat Softee Chunky yarn.


  • Ch = Chain
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Shell = 5 dc into same st.
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sp = Space

Chain in multiples of 8. Add 6 chains at the end of the chain for balance.

1st row: 1 dc in back loop of the 6th ch from hook. *Sk 2 ch, shell into next st, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 dc into next ch. Rep from * across. Turn.

2nd row: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1 sp), sk next st, 1 dc into next st. *Sk 2 sts, shell into next st (middle st of shell below), sk 2 sts, 1 dc into next, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc into next. Rep from * across. Turn.

Repeat 2nd row until you get the desired length of your project. This project really doesn’t need a border.



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