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Shell Stitch Crochet Scarf (Free Pattern)

July 29, 2022
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Learn how to make a shell stitch crochet scarf! So easy to crochet and the result is a beautiful, light and airy accessory.

This Free Pattern is a very pretty project for a lacy crochet scarf and is very fast to make. It looks intricate but it actually consists of a one-row repeat! You may also like this pretty lace One Skein Scarf , or one of my most popular patterns Rosaline, a delicate lace scarf.

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How to Crochet a Simple Shell Stitch Scarf

If you have never made a crochet scarf before this could be the perfect first project for you. This lacy shell stitch scarf is a great project for beginners as it only uses basic stitches – double crochet stitches and chain stitches.

It is very enjoyable to crochet as you are simply putting your hook into the next chain space. So no fiddling around counting stitches. You simply crochet each dc shell into the next ch-1 space.

The pattern is very adaptable and you can easily customize the scarf to make it wider or longer. This stitch can be worked with any weight yarn and a suitable crochet hook.

  • Free Pattern: Scroll down this blog post for the Instructions
  • Printable PDF: Adfree printable pattern with 3 pages. Thank you for your support! – Purchase on Ravelry and on

shell stitch crochet scarf hanging on white wall

Crochet Shell Stitch Details

There are many variations of crochet shell stitches to choose from. If you look in any crochet stitch book, you will find patterns with full shells, half shells and lovely classic shell stitches.

I choose the Iris Stitch for this beginner-friendly scarf pattern. This easy shell stitch pattern consists of 2 double crochets, chain 1, 2 double crochet in the same space.

You can find the instructions for the Crochet Iris Stitch in a previous post, which includes a video. You can also watch it on my YouTube Channel where you can check out my other video tutorials.

The small shells in this stitch create a lovely texture, which also makes it a great stitch for baby blankets. It works up fast and is easy to memorize, even for beginners.

lilac crochet scarf in shell stitch


The shell stitch is very suitable for light-weight yarns as it creates an excellent drape. You could try a worsted weight or chunky yarn for a cozy winter scarf. For a summer variation you could use a light DK weight yarn.

I used a gorgeous dk weight yarn I received in my Knitcrate subscription box a few months ago. The yarn is Audine Wools by Knitcrate – Interlock, a crisp yarn with cotton and linen.  I used the 2 skeins I received. You can use any Sportsweight/DK yarn and you will need approximately 600m.

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Knitcrate Audine Wools – Interlock – DK weight – 34% Cotton/35% Linen/19% Lyocell/11% Nylon – 100g/ 351yds/320m

  • 2 skeins of colour Haze
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle

You can use 600m of any dk weight yarn to make a scarf this size. You can also use a yarn weight of your choice and matching hook.

lilac crochet in shell stitch with hook and yarn on table


Scarf pictured measures 80in [193cm] long and 9in [23cm] wide after blocking and before fringe is added

Skill Level – Easy

Only basic stitches are used in this scarf pattern but some concentration is required until pattern repeat is established. Stitches included are dc, sc and ch-1


Exact gauge is not important.

Gauge for this scarf is 5 shells x 8 rows = 4 in


  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sp – space
  • beg – beginning


  • The scarf can be made longer or shorter by working more or fewer pattern repeats. This will alter the amount of yarn required.
  • Includes written instructions. Pattern written in US crochet terms
  • Pattern is worked with a starting chain in multiples of 4 + 3
  • Ch 3 at beginning of a row counts as 1 dc
  • You will work one final row to straighten the end of the scarf
  • You can find a helpful video for this stitch in this post

Shell Stitch Scarf Instructions

Chain 43 or a multiple of 4 + 3 extra

Row 1: [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the 5th ch from your hook, *skip 3 ch, work [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch; repeat from * across until 2 chains remain, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, skip 2 dc * [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch-1 sp, skip next 4 dc; repeat from * across, finishing the row by working 1 dc in top of beg chain.

Rows 3 – 138:  Ch 3, skip 2 dc * [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch-1 sp, skip next 4 dc; repeat from * across, finishing the row by working last dc in top of beg ch 3 (or if you prefer, work last dc under the ch 3)

Repeat Row 3 for a total of 138 rows or to desired length for pattern.

You will work a final row to straighten the end of the scarf

Final Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st st, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, 1 sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 3, skip next 4 dc, 1 sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * across until last ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip last 2 dc, 1 sc in last st. Fasten off yarn.


Weave in all loose ends. Soak your scarf in lukewarm water and gently wring in a towel. Lay project out to finished size and pull gently into shape. Pin in place and leave to dry.


Cut lengths of yarn approximately 8in/20cm. Make fringes using 3 strands of yarn and fold in half to make each fringe 6 strands. Attach fringes evenly along each end of scarf. Trim if needed.

You can purchase an Adfree printable pattern with 3 pages. Thank you for your support! – Purchase on Ravelry and on 


lilac crochet scarf with shells

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