Certainly! Here’s a description of how to crochet an open shell stitch, along with a simple pattern for creating a decorative open shell stitch pattern.

Crochet Open Shell Stitch Pattern:

Materials Needed:

  • Yarn of your choice
  • Crochet hook (size appropriate for your yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends


  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • sk: skip
  • sp: space
  • st(s): stitch(es)


Step 1: Start by making a foundation chain in multiples of the stitch pattern plus the required number of additional chains for your desired width.

Step 2: Row 1 (Foundation Row): Work a double crochet (dc) into the 4th chain from the hook (the first 3 chains count as the first dc). Skip the next 2 chains, then work 5 double crochets (5 dc) into the next chain. Repeat the pattern between the asterisks across the row. End with a skip 2 chains and a dc into the last chain. This will create a row of open shells.

Step 3: Turn your work.

Step 4: Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as the first dc), then work 2 dc into the same stitch as the turning chain (the top of the first dc from the previous row). Skip the next 2 dc from the previous row and work 5 dc into the space between the 3rd and 4th dc of the previous row’s shell. Repeat the pattern between the asterisks across the row, ending with 3 dc in the turning chain space from the previous row.

Step 5: Repeat Row 2 for the desired length of your project, always making sure to start with a turning chain of 3, followed by 2 dc in the same stitch as the turning chain, and creating the shells in the spaces between the shells of the previous row.

Step 6: Finish off your work by cutting the yarn, leaving a tail, and pulling it through the last loop to secure. Weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.

Note: You can adjust the number of chains in your starting chain and the height of your shells (by changing the number of double crochets in each shell) to customize the pattern to your liking.

This open shell stitch pattern is great for creating lacy and decorative crochet projects like shawls, blankets, scarves, or even parts of a summer top. Experiment with different yarn colors and textures to create beautiful and unique designs.