How to crochet: shell and v-stitch


This pretty crochet pattern gives a fairly firm fabric but still lets the light through

Foundation chain in multiple of 8 sts plus 3. (Try 43 ch sts.)

Row1 (RS) Miss 2 ch (count as 1 tr), 2 tr into next ch, *miss 3 ch, work a V-st of (1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr) into next ch, miss 3 ch **5 tr into next ch; rep from * ending last rep at **, 3 tr into last ch, turn.

Row 2 3 ch (count as 1 tr), 1 tr into first st, *5 tr into sp at centre of next V-st**, V-st into 3rd of next 5 tr; rep from * ending last rep at **, 2 tr into top of t-ch, turn.

Rep row 2 to form pattern.

Abbreviations (We’re using UK crochet terms – check The Making Spot’s full list and US conversions here)

ch chain

dc double crochet

dtr double treble

rep repeat

sp space

st(s) stitch(es)

t-ch turning chain

tr treble

V-st(itch) 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr in same stitch

This article first appeared in Simply Knitting magazine, in association with artesano. Our example is crocheted in artesano Superwash Merino yarn.