TUTORIAL: How to do a crochet shell edging

I just realised that I’ve never told you about my obsession with edgings. Well, now you know: I am obsessed with edgings. I love the idea that little simple things can make a great difference. This is what happens when you add an edging to a project. You can turn something looking a bit too simple into something beautiful and fun! Plus edging can also be crocheted into fabric, did you know that?  I’ll talk about this some other day ^_^ Today I want to show you one of my favorite edgings: the shell.

There are in fact many different ways in which you can do a shell edging. Here I’ll show you a very easy one that I use very often. Easy, simple and  beautiful, what else can you ask for! ❤ For this tutorial you only need to know how to do a double crochet (dc) and a slip stitch. (ss) Are you ready?

First and most important thing is to make sure that the edge you are working on has multiples of 4… plus 1. This means that your edge, for example, should have 16 + 1 = 17. With 17 stitches you will be able to finish the last shell and won’t be caught half way. Which has happened to me… and it is not nice!

Another great tip is to finish the last stitch with the yarn you will use to make the edge (here it will be yellow). This will make the colour transition a lot smoother. So when you are working the last stitch of the row… Stop half way! 

Grab the new yarn and finish of the stitch (and row) with the edging colour. Like this:
The next steps are so easy! Once you turn your work you start your shell with a double crochet in 3rd stitch from hook

To continue with the shell you need to do another 3 double crochet in the same stitch. This way you will have a shell with 4 double crochet stitches.

To finish off the shell skip one stitch and do a slipstitch (ss) in next stitch. 

Now, for the next shells keep skiping only one stitch between dc and ss. Easy! You should end up with something like this: 

This is already beautiful, right? 

If you want more… keep reading!

I like adding slipstitch chains to the edgings too. Another simple but beautiful trick! I did it along the second last row of the green work. This is how it looks like once it’s finished…

Did you like this tutorial? Show me your love for edgings in the comment section! Do you have a favorite one?

Have a great week!




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    1. ¡Gracias Coru! ^_^

      ¡Me alegra muchísimo que te haya gustado! Y como siempre, una alegría verte por aquí ❤ Estuve de paseo por tu “ca” ¡y está llena de ideas geniales!

      Un beso,


    1. ¡Ay qué bien Montse! No sabes qué alegría me da leer tus palabras :) Si está clarito y encima te animas me haces feliiiiiiiiiiiiiiz ^_^

      Qué bien que me avisaste del cambio de blog ¡Los bolsitos de los peces me chiflan! I ❤ pececitos ^_^

      Un beso,


    1. ¡El placer es mío Lluisa! Avisa en cuanto lo intentes que me encantaría verlooo :)Espero que tu mudanza a Inglaterra acabe prontito y puedas disfrutar ya tranquilamente de esos paisajes verdes tan bonitos ❤

      Un beso,


    1. Preciosa mía de mi corazón, qué gustito verte por aquíiii ❤ Justo hace un ratito hablaba yo de las ganas que tengo de juntarnos y crochetear durante horas… como en los viejos tiempos ^_^

      ¡Cada día es un día menos para volver a vernos!


      tu Marti