How to crochet CLAMSHELL STITCH

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Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in this step-by-step photo tutorial below. Beautiful and simple, the Clamshell Stitch is sure to become one of favorites.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Hi!

My herringbone stitch tutorial post seem to have been fairly popular, so I thought it was about time for another one.

Ready to learn a fabulous new crochet stitch today? I hope so because I am sharing one of the most eye-catching stitch patterns today: the Clamshell Crochet Stitch.

Mastering some new crochet stitches is always a very important and enjoyable process. This stitch itself may look a bit complicated, but it’s a fairly simple stitch that creates an intricate scalloped stripes pattern. You can easily learn the Clamshell Stitch as long as you have some basic knowledge of how to crochet. The Clamshell Stitch creates a substantial fabric with a lot of visual interest and loads of potential for color play.

You can use this stunning Clamshell Stitch pattern to make colorful blankets, pillow covers, shawls, and more!

Once you master this one stitch, you’ll be well on your way to crocheting your own colorful and fabulous Clamshell Shawl!

Below you can find a photo tutorial showing how to make the Clamshell Stitch, as well as a stitch chart. Hope you will love and enjoy making this adorable stitch as much as I did.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

CLAMSHELL CROCHET STITCH PHOTO TUTORIAL

This tutorial uses American crochet terms.

Using your first color of yarn, work a starting chain in multiples of 8 plus 2. For this tutorial I used 34 chains.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Row 1:

Work first single crochet in the second chain from the hook, and then work one single crochet in each chain across to the end. Turn your work.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Row 2:

Chain 1 (turning chain, do not count as a stitch). Work single crochet in each stitch across to the end. Turn your work.

Row 3:

Do not work a turning chain. Work slip stitch into the first two stitches. Then, work one half double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet in the next 3 stitches and half double crochet in the next stitch. Then slip stitch the next three stitches. After these stitches the pattern will repeat as you do 1 half double crochet, 3 double crochets, 1 half double crochet and 3 slip stitches. Continue this pattern until the end of the row, which finishes with one slip stitch into the last two stitches. At this point, you should change the color of your yarn. Turn your work.

SLST – slip stitch, HDC – half double crochet, DC – double crochet.

Row 4:

Chain 3 (counts as a double crochet). Work another double crochet in the next stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 3 stitches and then another half double crochet in the next stitch.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Next, we are going to make a Clamshell Spike. To make this skip the first slip stitch and work double crochet one row below the next slip stitch (into the single crochet of row 2 under this second slip stitch). The needle points at the right place.

Then, work a second double crochet right below your last double crochet – into the single crochet two rows below. The needle points at the right place. Make sure that your both double crochets have the same height.

To work the third double crochet of the Clamshell Spike, you have to put this stitch into exactly the same stitch that the first double crochet was placed. The needle points at the right place. Make sure your yarn does not cross at the back. 

And now your Clamshell Spike is done!

After the Clamshell Spike you have to skip the next slip stitch and work one half double crochet in the next stitch. Then, work 3 single crochets and 1 half double crochet.

It’s time for a another Clamshell Spike, and then again 1 half double crochet, 3 single crochets and 1 half double crochet. Continue this pattern until the end of the row, which finishes with one double crochet into the last two stitches.

Row 5:

Chain 1 (turning chain, do not count as a stitch). Work single crochet in each stitch across to the end. Turn your work.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Row 6:

Chain 3 (counts as a double crochet). Work another double crochet in the next stitch. Then, work one half double crochet in the next stitch, slip stitch in the next 3 stitches and half double crochet in the next stitch. Then double crochet the next three stitches. After these stitches the pattern will repeat as you do 1 half double crochet, 3 slip stitches, 1 half double crochet and 3 double crochets. Continue this pattern until the end of the row, which finishes with one double crochet into the last two stitches. At this point, you should change the color of your yarn.

Row 7:

Chain 1 (turning chain, do not count as a stitch). Work another single crochet in the next stitch. Then, work one half double crochet. Now it’s time for a Clamshell Spike, just like we did before. Skip the first slip stitch and work a double crochet into the single crochet (Row 5) below the second slip stitch. Then work a double crochet into the single crochet two rows below (Row 4) right below the first double crochet you just made. Then work the last double crochet into the same place as the first double crochet was made (into the single crochet of Row 4 below the second slip stitch). The Clamshell Spike is now done.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

After the Clamshell Spike you have to skip the next slip stitch and work one half double crochet in the next stitch. Then, work 3 single crochets and 1 half double crochet.

It’s time for a another Clamshell Spike, and then again 1 half double crochet, 3 single crochets and 1 half double crochet. Continue this pattern until the end of the row, which finishes with one single crochet into the last two stitches.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Row 8:

Chain 1 (turning chain, do not count as a stitch). Work single crochet in each stitch across to the end. Turn your work.

Learn how to crochet Clamshell Stitch successfully in my step-by-step photo tutorial with a stitch chart.

Next, repeat instruction for Row 3 – Row 8, changing the colors every three rows. 

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