crochet stitch shell fan tutorial

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I have a free crochet pattern for you for a Lace Fan crochet stitch tutorial. This crochet stitch is a more open version of the Shell stitch, and is perfect for blankets.

I have made many baby blankets using this stitch, and it gives a lovely drape. It is beautiful made in a single colour, or in two colours, but my favourite way is to use lots of colours! Read on for the instructions for this easy pattern.

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I used a DK weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook for the sample, but you can use any weight yarn and matching hook.


  • Pattern uses a multiple of 8 sts + 4 sts
  • Tip for changing colours – work last st until there are 2 loops on hook, yarn over with new colour and draw through all loops to complete stitch


US Crochet terms

  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat

UK Crochet terms

  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat

Instructions for Lace Fan Crochet Stitch (US Terms)

Chain a multiple of 8 stitches (+ 4)

Row 1 : Work 2dc in 4th ch from hook (half shell made) * ch2, skip next 3chs, 1sc in next ch, ch2, skip next 3chs, 5dc (shell) in next ch; repeat from * across row, ending with 3dc (half shell) in the last ch, turn. See notes on changing colours above.

Row 2 : Ch1, 1sc in first st, * ch2, 5dc in next sc, ch2, 1sc in centre dc of next shell; repeat from * across row, ending with 1sc in top of t-ch, turn

Row 3 : Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 2dc in same st, * ch2, 1sc in centre dc of next shell, ch2, 5dc in next sc; repeat from * across row, ending with 3dc in the last sc, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern

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