How to crochet the shell network stitch (video & written pattern)

The shell network stitch, sometimes known as the interlocking shell stitch, takes one of the prettiest crochet stitches around and adds a whole new dimension to it.
It looks like the kind of incredibly complicated pattern that only an expert could produce, but with very little effort you'll soon add this lovely stitch to your repertoire, to create covetable throws, scarves, and pillows.
Watch the shell network tutorial:
As the shell network is a fairly intricate stitch, it looks best crocheted up in a fine to medium yarn. Choose fingering weight, DK or worsted yarns. Avoid anything too chunky as you'll lose the pretty definition that makes this stitch unique. Select a hook based on your yarn weight, using the ball band for guidance.
Pro tip: This is one of the few crochet stitches that looks best worked in one solid color, as shade changes distract the eye from the beautiful pattern.
Ch chain
Dc double crochet
Rep repeat
Sk skip
St(s) stitch (es)
Tch turning chain
Written instructions
To create the shell network stitch, you'll need to start by making a foundation chain in a length suitable for your final project, in multiples of 8 sts, plus 3.
Row 1: start with a dc into the 6th ch from hook, now *sk 2 ch, 5 dc into next ch, sk 2 ch, dc into next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc into next ch. Rep from * to end of row and turn your work.
Row 2: ch 4 (count as 1 dc and 1 ch), sk first st and next ch, dc into next dc, *sk 2 dc, 5 dc into next dc, sk 2 dc, dc into next dc, ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc into next dc; rep from *. End your last repeat of the pattern in 2nd ch of tch, turn your work.
Repeat row 2 until the project is the length you require.

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