What Is the Balanced Shells Stitch?

The Balance Shells Crochet Stitch is a two row repeat that consists of 5 double crochet clusters worked in to the top of the double crochet clusters from the row below.

A fairly easy stitch recommend for advanced beginner to intermediate crocheters. However, if you can work a traditional granny cluster then you can probably work this one easy enough.

Creates a semi airy fabric and works wonderfully for a wide range of projects, but especially blankets. 



CH – Chain

SK – Skip

SC – Single Crochet

YO – Yarn Over

REP – Repeat

DC – Double Crochet

ST – Stitch

SP – Space

DC CL – Double Crochet Cluster

Single Crochet (SC) – Insert your hook, YO pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops.

Double Crochet (DC) – YO, Insert your hook, YO pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through remaining two loops.

Double Crochet CLUSTER (DC CL) – Five (5) DC in the same space.

Written Instructions

CHAIN: 6, plus 2


SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. *SK the next 2 Ch. DC CL in the next CH, SK the next 2 CH, SC in the next CH. REP from * across. Turn.


CH 5 (counts as a DC, CH here and throughout). SK the first SC, SK the next 2 DC. *SC in the next DC. CH 2. DC in the next SC. REP from * across, ending with SC in the next DC. CH 2. DC in the last SC. Turn.


CH 1. SC in the first DC. *DC CL in the next SC. SC in the next DC. REP from * across, ending with DC CL in the next SC. Sc in the 3rd CH of the turning CH 5. Turn.


**NOTE: Although I didn’t add it to the instructions above, I would suggest working a row of single crochet before working the foundation row. The foundation row is a bit fiddly and this helps a bunch!


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