Monday, August 6, 2012

Shell Stitch 00100

This stitch is probably the most commonly used of the variations, though it is probably not thought of as a shell stitch.  This is basically the backbone of the shell stitch: any stitch that wouldn't be crocheted into on the next row is replaced with a chain.   It's a lacy look, but also well defined.  You don't have to work a stitch in a space at any time.  The result is vertical stripes and diagonal lines.  It creates hexagons, which could be useful.  Imagine a swatch of simple shell stitch, with this variation used to put a hexagon in.  I'd have to diagram it to make sure I get it right, but it'd be neat looking.

So here's the pattern:
Stitch 00100:
Chain a multiple of 6 + 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch 2, sk 2, dc, ch 2, sk 2, sc) across, dc in last ch
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc, (ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in dc) across, dc in last sc

Repeat Row 2 for pattern

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