Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern
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Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern

January 26, 2018

The Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern came out so beautiful and with an easy 2 row repeat pattern, it stitches up in no time. My daughter and I dyed our own yarn in the slow cooker (you can see the tutorial HERE) and as soon as I saw the results, I knew I needed a pretty stitch to match this gorgeous yarn!
Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern

I made this hat for my 5 year old, but it can easily be adjusted for any size. I’ll tell you how in the written pattern! It’s an easy stitch with a two row repeat. It’s a quick one to get the hand of! You’ll have this pretty beanie finished in no time.

Shell Stitch Beanie Crochet Pattern


Worsted weight yarn (I used DIY dyed I Love this Wool! You can find the dyeing tutorial HERE)
H/5.0 mm hook
Yarn needle


Pattern Notes & Stitches to Know
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sc blo – single crochet back loop only (instead of inserting hook into both top loops, insert hook into the back loop and work a single crochet
dc – double crochet

Finished Size
Width: 8″
Length: 8.5″


This beanie is worked from the bottom up, starting with the brim

Ch 7

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and across (6 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc blo in each stitch across (6 sc blo)

Repeat row 2 to row 54 (to make the hat larger, repeat to row 60 – can be made any width, make sure number of rows in a multiple of 6)

Bring both ends of the brim together, sew ends together with sc

Row 1: ch 1, turn, sc evenly around the top of the brim, join to the first sc with sl st (54 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in same stitch, skip 2 stitches, *7 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc, skip 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (9 shells)

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), 6 dc in same stitch, *sc in 4th dc in next shell, 7 dc in next sc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (9 shells)

Row 4: sl st over to 4th dc in shell, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *7 dc in next sc, sc in 4th dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (9 shells)

Repeat rows 3 & 4 to row 13 (to make larger, repeat rows 3 & 4 until beanie is 8.5 inches long, then continue to row 14)

Row 14: sl st over to 4th dc in shell, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *5 dc in next sc, sc in 4th dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (9 shells)

Row 15: ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same stitch, *sc in 3rd dc in next shell, 3 dc in next sc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (9 shells)

Row 16: sl st over to 2nd dc in shell, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *3 dc in next sc, sc in 2nd dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (9 shells)

Leave a long tail for sewing

Weave the long tail in and out around the top loops of the last row

Pull the end tight to cinch the top closed

(how to sew the top closed photo tutorial HERE

I think a pom pom would be a really cute addition to this beanie!

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    1. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ You can make the brim 60 or 66 rows – whichever is a good width to fit around the head (the number of rows has to be a multiple of 6) and then follow the pattern and repeat rows 3 & 4 until the beanie is about 8.5 inches tall. Follow the remainder of the pattern. Hope this helps!

      1. Hi, a few questions: how much yarn do I need for this. Its for a 7 year old so will prob go up to 60 stitches.
        Is it USA or UK terminology?
        Is Worsted double knit or aran weight I usually work it out from the tension but you haven’t included it so need to ask
        Many thanks for your help it’s a gorgeous pattern!

      2. Iโ€™m trying to make it larger, using 60 rows for my brim. You said to just follow the pattern after that, but wonโ€™t I have a stitch count of 60 instead of 54 after the first row of the hat, and then 10 shells on each row after that?

  1. And how would one make this for a 6 month old? New grandbaby should be that size by the time it gets cold here. Thank you, I love your creativity!!

    1. Hi! This is a hat made from the bottom up. You can make the ribbed band smaller (the amount of rows must be a multiple of 6) Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. THANK you so much. I just discovered your website. You have lovely patterns. Thanks for the free patterns. I subscribed to your newsletter too. I hope your day is glorious. Hugs.

      1. I can not get this pattern to work out. I did 48 as my multiple. I’m using a heavier yarn and I have a small head and that number fits me. I’m fine until the end of row 3 and start of row 4. It just doesn’t look right.

    1. Well I just made this into a ear warmer and than I used the same patten for leg warmers… weโ€™re not so lucky to live in AZ anymore and get to make all of your lovely summer stuff. I really appreciate your easy to adjust patterns. A lot like i do too. Iโ€™ll post pics on your Pinterest board

      1. How did you modify the pattern to make an ear warmer? My daughter wants a messy bun beanie and in this pattern. I’m just not sure how to accomplish that.

        1. Hi! I think you could repeat rounds 3 & 4 to round 9 or 10 (? I’m guessing here) and then skip to the decrease rounds 14 – 16

  3. Hi Breann! this hat is gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚ is it a problem, if I make it with a size 4 hook? will it be smaller? or how will it change?
    hope you could help me!
    kind regards,

  4. This is a lovely pattern. Thanks for sharing! When I connect the ends of the band together with sc, should it create a bump/ridge? I think I must be doing it wrong.

  5. Can u explain the cinching process a little more for me, the in, out and around? Thanks so much. This is a beautiful pattern ๐Ÿ˜

    1. For the starting band the number of rows needs to be a multiple of 6. Make the ribbed band about 12″ – 13″ long. Then adjust the number of rows to be a multiple of 6. Then continue with the rest of the pattern making the hat about 5.5″ long before sewing.

  6. Hi how would I make this for an 18-24 month olds head? Like how long would the rib be and how high would u suggest making the hat? Thanks

  7. This is so beautiful! I was just wondering instead of cinching the top could it be turned into a messy bun beanie? Thank you!!

      1. Thanks I’m making them for a family friend who wanted them for herself n her daughter and of course the sizes for her daughter’s I don’t have much experience with lol

  8. I would love to have this Shell Stitch Crochet pattern for an adult as well.

    I have also been trying to get the Crochet Puff Stitch Pattern for adult in the written version, but cannot get or find it it in the written – printable version!

    A friend and I are crocheting hats for cancer CHEMO patients, and would love to have a printed version of both these hats to use, if possible. My email info is below, and I will be happy to subscribe to your site. I would love to see more of what you have. Thank you, Breana, for these lovely patterns!

  9. Breann, I also have 13 grandchilren and 3 ggrands of all ages. I am very creative too, and would love to learn how write patterns. Now that I’m retired, thefe are always requests coming in ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Linda (

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