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Stillwater Shell Stitch Crochet Headband

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The Stillwater Shell Stitch Crochet Headband is a gorgeous and feminine ear warmer that’s great for your own wardrobe and for giving as a gift.

two shell stitch crochet ear warmers laying next to each other with a crochet hook and greenery

How do you crochet a shell stitch headband?

This easy shell stich headband is made by just working a long rectangle then sewing it together. You’ll be working in rows across the width of the headband which allows you to easily adjust the length and it keeps it nice and stretchy!

The headband is wide like an ear warmer which works great for children all the way to adults. If you do want to make it smaller for a baby or toddler, you’ll want to begin with a shorter starting chain to make it narrower.

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About the stitches

If you couldn’t already guess by the name, the headband is made using shell stitches. The nestled shells are reminiscent of lacy shell patterns but makes a denser and warmer fabric than its lacy counterparts.

The shell stitch pattern itself is made up of 5 double crochets for the main shells and 3 double crochets to start or end the row.

In between the shell stitches, you’ll single crochet in the top of the shell stitch of the row below. Each row of shells nestles right into the row below.

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2 shell stitch crochet headbands laying flat near a hook and yarn

About the yarn

“It’s so dreamy” I gushed to my BFF about this yarn before remembering it literally has “Daydream” as part of its name.

Alpaca Daydream yarn by KnitPicks is a lovely blend of Superfine Alpaca, Nylon, and Merino Wool that’s plied into a chainette construction. It has a soft halo of fluff that isn’t lost within the stitches and gives the finished product an ethereal look.

The only drawback to this yarn is it can be hard to rip out if you made a mistake.

On the second headband I made, I wasn’t counting and did too many rows. I had to rip out several rows which was fine once I slowed down and pulled out the stitches carefully.  

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Stillwater Shell Stitch Headband Crochet Pattern

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Skill Level: Easy


US size 7, 4.5 mm crochet hook

Knit Pick’s Daydream Alpaca (Category 3, light yarn 142 yds/1.8 oz)

  • Samples used 115 yds (1.42 oz) in Rose Quartz or Pewter

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Clover Amour 7, 4.5 mm

Alpaca Daydream Yarn (available from WeCrochet)

Large eye yarn needles



ch(s): chain(s)
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
tc: turning chain

Gauge: 4” x 4” = 11 rows by approximately 4 shell stitches

Finished Size: 4.5” wide by19.5” around


Turning chain (tc): the last stitches of each row are worked in the turning chain which is the chain 1 that starts each row. It is easiest to work in the chain space rather than trying to get your stitches right on the chain.

If you make the headband a different length, it is best to end on an even number of rows.

Stillwater Shell Stitch Crochet Pattern Instructions:

Ch 22 (multiple of 6 + 4)

Row 1: 5 dc in the 4th ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, sc, skip 2 chs, 5 dc in next ch; repeat from * across ending with 3 dc in the last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, *skip 2 sts, 5 dc in sc, skip 2 sts, sc; repeat from * across, skip 2 sts, 3 dc in tc, turn.

Repeat row 2 until you reach a total of 56 rows or the headband reaches your desired length. Fasten off leaving a long tail end. Using your favorite joining method, sew the ends of the headband together. (I used a whip stitch.)

two shell stitch headbands laying flat with some greenery

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