Saturday, June 25, 2016

Shell Stitch Crochet Skirt

When I first go back to crocheting one of my first project was a crocheted skirt. But I never got to finished it. I made it with Crochet thread and that is why it took so long to make it, and I grew weary and did not finish it at all.  So here I am now after more than a year of full crocheting I am able to make my first crocheted skirt. It is made with worsted yarn.

  • 4 color yarn (Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Soft Worsted )
           COLOR A - BLACK           
           COLOR B -  RED
           COLOR C - BROWN
           COLOR D - CREAM
  • I hook /5.5mm
  • G hook / 4.0mm
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors

Stitches Used:
  • st(s)  - stitch(es)
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch


Grab your H hook and let's begin with COLOR A. Chain 152 or Multiples of 10 plus 1. Join with a slip stitch to the first chain.

 R1.  Chain 1, SC all the way around and join with a slip stitch in first stitch.

 R2.  Chain 1, Sc in first stitch, *skip 2 stitch then DC 5 times in next stitch. Skip 2 stitch, SC in next stitch (shell stitch made).* Repeat all the way around ending with  DC 5 times in the SC from the previous round  and skip 2 stitch and slip stitch on top of the first SC of the round. Change to COLOR B.

 R3. Chain 3, DC 2 in first stitch, then SC on the center of the 5DC of the previous round (or the 3rd DC of the shell). *Then skip 2 stitch and make 5 DC on  the SC from the previous round. Then skip 2 stitch, SC on top of the  shell stitch.* Repeat till end. Ending with  1 SC on top of a shell stitch, skip 2 stitch (the last 2 stitch of the round), 2 DC on  the FIRST stitch of the round, (the same stitch with the 3 chain and 2 DC)and slip stitch on top of the 3 chain.  Change to COLOR C

 R4. Chain 1. SC in same stitch or on top of chain 3 from previous round.  Skip 2 stitch and 5DC on top of the SC from previous round.  * Skip 2 stitch, SC on top of the shell stitch, skip 2 stitch again and 5 DC on the SC from the previous round. * Repeat till end. Ending again in DC 5 times on SC from the previous round and skip 2 stitch and slip stitch on top of the first SC of the round. Change to COLOR D.

Repeat R2 to R4 until you will reach the desired length of your skirt. Alternating color in every round. I end my skirt with Color B or RED.

 Here is a closed up look on the stitches after it is all done.

After all the shell stitches. Weave all ends and lets go back to the foundation chains. Let's make now the waistband of this skirt. We Will only use COLOR A & B or RED and BLACK.

Grab your G hook and let's begin.
R1. Attached COLOR B to the first chain of the foundation chain. This will be the back of our skirt, where we will button later. Chain 1, then SC all the way around. Slip stitch in first SC. Change to COLOR B.

R2.  Chain 1, then SC all the way around. Slip stitch in first SC. Change to COLOR A.
R3-R4 . Repeat R2 alternating Color A and B.

R5. With  color B. Chain 1, then SC all the way around. DO NOT SLIP STITCH. We will add a button hole . Chain more 6 chains then Turn. Change to COLOR A.

R6. SC in second chain from the hook. SC in next 5 chains. And continue SC in each of the stitch around. Chain 1 and turn. Change to COLOR B.

R7  With  color B. Chain 1, then SC in first 2 stitches. then Chain 5 and skip 5 stitches. SC in next stitch and SC  all the way around. Chain 1 and turn. Change to COLOR A.

R8 - R 10 Repeat R2 alternating COLOR A and B. Chain 1 and turn.

R11. With COLOR  A. Slip stitch all the way around. Break yarn and weave all ends.

Attached your Button adjacent to your Button hole.  Line your skirt if you want. I did not line mine.

When I took pictures of this skirt my youngest would not let me go. So he is included in the pictures here. The struggles is so real when you have a 3 year old son. :) but it was all fun.

So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


Nanay Madel

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  1. Oh, it's super cute! I love how tightly the shells sit together, it makes a great "fabric" for clothing!

    I'd love to have you share at my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party! This week's party can be found here:

    1. And it is so easy to make also. Thank you very much!.

  2. Oh, that is awesome! I totally want to try it. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

    Just a quick question ... the instructions say to chain a multiple of 10 plus 1. You say to chain 152, which is a multiple of 10 plus 2. Is that what it should be? Plus 2 instead of plus 1? Or am I just looking at it wrong? Thanks for your help and clarification!

    1. Hi bekfek. Sorry I think it was a typo. just stick with multiples of 10 plus 1. that is 151.

    2. Okay, thanks for getting back to me so quickly! Another question: have you made any others in any other color scheme? I LOVE what you did here, but would like to see it in other colors so I can decide how to make mine. :)

    3. No, this is actually the only one for this project. I did not make anymore the same. I love this yarn but it was only a gift and I have no way to access it from where I am, that is why I did not make anymore of this.