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Flower Looms: Shell Stitch Flowers

Shell stitch flowers are very addictive. They can be made on any size loom with any yarn following the basic idea.

I have provided a pattern for these specific flowers in UK and US crochet terms followed by instructions for making flowers on any size loom with your choice of yarn.

My sample flowers were made on a 2½ inch loom with dk weight (Australian 8 ply thickness) wool and a 4mm crochet hook.

This pattern uses UK crochet terminology. See below for the US version (next to the blue flower) and for information on adapting the pattern to any yarn or loom.

Begin by making a flower with two rounds of petals with a centre of your choice. Darn all the loose ends into the back.

Take the yarn you want to crochet with and make a slip knot. Put it on your hook.

In the first petal work a double crochet, treble, double crochet, slip stitch.

Repeat this in each petal all the way around.

Join to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch.

This pattern uses US crochet terminology

Begin by making a flower with two rounds of petals with a centre of your choice. Darn all the loose ends into the back.

Take the yarn you want to crochet with and make a slip knot. Put it on your hook.

In the first petal work a single crochet, double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch.

Repeat this in each petal all the way around.

Join to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch.

To adapt the pattern to any size loom and yarn thickness first work out how many stitches you need to work into each petal.

You can test this by working (UK) double crochet/(US) single crochet stitches all the way around.

If your flower starts to cup you don't have enough stitches in each petal.

If your flower ripples you have too many stitches in each petal.

Once you have worked out how many stitches you need in each petal undo the test round of crochet.

Shell stitches are made by working stitches that gradually increase in height and then decrease in height, finishing with a slip stitch. This is what creates the shell shape.

For example, if you need six stitches in each petal you might work

UK crochet terms double crochet, half treble, treble, half treble, double crochet, slip stitch
US Crochet terms single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

You might also try

UK crochet terms double crochet, treble x 3, double crochet, slip stitch
US Crochet terms single crochet, double crochet x 3, single crochet, slip stitch

Experiment with different combinations to get the look that you want.


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