Making a Shell Crochet Infant Hat

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The shell stitch is a favorite to use when making infant hats and blankets. This is a page about making a shell crochet infant hat.


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I wanted to make a hat for a gift and needed a larger infant size. I googled on the internet for patterns and found this one. It is suppose to fit infants 6-12 months. The shell detail would show much better with yarn that isn't fuzzy. The yarn is very soft and fun. The video said this pattern takes just under a half hour, it took me an hour.

Total Time: one hour

Yield: 1

Source: WoolyWondersCrochet


  • 1 skein yarn
  • 1 yarn needle
  • 1 pair sewing shears
  • 1 size K crochet hook


  1. Chain five and join in first stitch.
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  3. Row 1: Chain 3 counts as first DC, continue to work 11 more DC for a total of 12 DC. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the first chain 3.
  4. Row 2: Chain 3 counts as one DC in first stitch work another DC in first stitch (* This stitch in done in the same stitch as the chain 3). Now work 2 DC in each stitch all the way around for a total of 24 DC. Join with a slip stitch in top of the chain 3.
  5. Row 3: * Chain 3 work one DC in first stitch. Work one DC in next stitch, work 2 DC in next stitch, continue this pattern to end of row. Join in the top of the chain 3 with a slip stitch.
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  7. Row 4: Chain 3, work one DC in first stitch that chain 3 comes out of. Work one DC in each of the next 5 stitches. Work 2 DC in next stitch. (Work 1 DC in next 5 stitches then work 2 DC in next stitch, repeat until end of row).
  8. Row 5: Chain one, single crochet in the first stitch, skip next two stitches, in next stitch work five (5) dc. 5 dc in same stitch is a shell. Skip next two stitches and in next stitch work a single (sc). Skip next two stitches and in next stitch work a shell. (Skip two stitches work sc, skip two stitches work shell, repeat to end of row). Skip final two stitches of row and work a slip stitch in first single crochet (sc).
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  10. Row 6: Chain 3 (equals a dc), in same stitch chain 3 comes out of work two more dc. In 3rd dc of shell work a sc, work a shell (5 dc in same single crochet stitch) in single crochet. Work sc in third dc of next shell, work shell in next sc. Repeat. Work a sc in top of last shell in row. Finish shell of the 3 dc at beginning of row work two more dc in same stitch 3 dc come out of. Work a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3 from the beginning.
  11. Row 7: Chain one. Work a sc in first stitch. Work a shell in all sc and a sc in the top of each shell. Work a slip stitch in the first sc made at beginning of row.
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  13. Row 8: Chain 3 and work 2 dc in same stitch. Work sc in top of each shell and a shell in each sc. Work sc in top of last shell and then 2 dc in same stitch with the 3 dc at beginning of row. Work slip stitch in top of chain 3.
  14. Row 9: Work slip stitch in each a in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave ends in.
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