Watch how to crochet the umbrella shell stitch (video and written pattern)

Rows of inverted shells give this quirky stitch its name. You'll love this unusual pattern - and best of all, it's not hard to get the hang of.
The umbrella shell crochets up easily to an attractive mid-weight fabric, perfect for lacy throws and blankets.
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Watch the umbrella shell stitch video tutorial:
Materials
You can use any type of yarn for this stitch. It looks great crocheted in stripes of two or more different colors, or why not choose a variegated yarn which keeps the colors interesting without creating ends to weave in? Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You will also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle to sew in your ends.
Abbreviations
* repeat from here required number of times
ch chain
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sc single crochet
sk skip
st stitch
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Written pattern
First, create a foundation chain in multiples of 10.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 3, 3 dc in st 4, ch 3, 3 dc in same st, ch 1, sk 3, sc in 4th st*, end with sc in last st.
Row 2: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 2, sc in ch3 space over shell, ch 3, sc in same ch3 space, ch 2, dc over sc, ch 1, dc over same st*. End with 2 dc in last st
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your project reaches desired size.
Resources

A lovely stitch that is easy too!
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