Mini Shell Stitch Tutorial - Includes Video & Gauge

Today on the blog I will share a simple instruction for the mini shell stitch. For now I’m calling it the mini shell stitch, because that is (to me) what it most closely resembled in my searches to find out if anyone has done this or named it.

If you have a better name suggestion & would like to send that in please do! If not, this is what I’ve come up with & I hope you enjoy!

Gauge Swatch

For this project you will need:

  1. Hook & yarn of your choice ( I used RHSS & a #5mm hook) I do suggest baby soft yarns for a better drape! & change your hook accordingly.

  2. Scissors

  3. Darning Needle (optional)

Gauge swatch Measures: 4”x 4”

Gauge swatch Pattern:

16 Rows & 12 sts per row = 4” x 4” square

Row 1: Ch 13 + 1 & turn (all rows are turning) , SC 13 across

(13 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, HDCINC in the first loop (@ the base of the chain), * SKST, SLST, SKST, Cluster, repeat from * to the third from last loop, SKST, HDCINC in the last loop

(12 sts)

Row 3: no chain, insert a Cluster on top of the SLST in the previous Row & SLST in between the middle stitches of the next cluster, repeat from * to the end (ending with a SLST at the edge of the pattern)

(12 sts)

Rows 4 – 15: Repeat Rows 2 & 3

(12 sts)

To finish off with a straight edge:

Row 16:  Ch 1, SC,*Ch 1, SLST as usual (@ the top of the cluster), Ch 1, then SCINC in place of a new cluster, repeat from * to the third from last stitch, Ch 1 & SC in the last loop at the edge of the pattern.

(8 sts)


Thank you for being here, I really hope to see your makes with this stitch! Please tag me I would be so thrilled to see your creativity shine!

If you like the look of this fabric I’ve created & want to see it take other shapes let me know!

I can’t wait to hear from you & see your blankets!