A crochet shell stitch top is a stylish and versatile garment that you can create using the crochet shell stitch pattern. The shell stitch is a popular crochet technique that involves working a group of stitches (typically double crochets or treble crochets) into the same stitch or space to create a decorative shell-like motif.

Here’s a general description of how you might create a crochet shell stitch top along with a brief tutorial:

Materials Needed:

  • Crochet yarn of your choice (preferably a lightweight yarn for garments)
  • Corresponding crochet hook (size appropriate for your chosen yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends


  1. Gauge and Sizing: Begin by determining your gauge (stitches and rows per inch) using your chosen yarn and hook. This will help you calculate the size of your top and ensure a proper fit.
  2. Foundation Chain: Start by chaining a multiple of stitches that will form the width of your top. This will be the foundation chain.
  3. First Row: Work a row of your chosen stitch (such as single crochet, double crochet, or treble crochet) across the foundation chain. This row sets the base for your shell stitches.
  4. Shell Stitch Row: For the next row, you’ll start creating the shell stitch pattern. A typical shell consists of multiple stitches worked into the same stitch or space. For example, a basic shell could be 5 double crochets worked into the same stitch.
  5. Pattern Repeat: Continue working rows of the shell stitch pattern, typically alternating between a row of shell stitches and a row of your base stitch. You can experiment with the number of stitches in each shell, the spacing between shells, and the height of your base stitch to create different effects.
  6. Shaping: As you crochet, you’ll need to shape the top to fit your body. This may involve increasing or decreasing stitches at specific points to create a neckline, armholes, and a flattering silhouette.
  7. Finishing: Once you’ve reached the desired length of your top, finish off your work. Depending on the design, you might need to add straps, sleeves, or other embellishments.
  8. Assembly and Details: If your top has multiple pieces (front and back), you’ll need to assemble them and sew any seams. Add any additional details, such as buttons, edging, or decorative elements.
  9. Final Touches: Weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle. Block your top if necessary by wetting it and shaping it to the correct dimensions, allowing it to dry flat.

Remember, this is a basic overview, and the specific steps and stitch counts will vary based on the design you choose and your personal preferences. You can find detailed crochet shell stitch top patterns with step-by-step instructions and stitch counts online or in crochet pattern books. Happy crocheting!