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Shells

Usually the pattern will explain how to make the shell like they do with popcorn stitches.
So, we'll deal with the mechanics of the shell. (such a pretty pattern, and it's used in alot of baby blankets and things.)

Let's chain 25. Turn and do a row of single stitches. That's for a base.  It makes it easier to handle.

Next, skip the first 2 stitches and double stitch in the third stitch.

In the same stitch as the double, make another double.

In that same stitch, do a triple.

In that same stitch, make a double.

In that same stitch, make one last double.

Slip stitch in the third stitch from your shell base.
In the patterns, it will say, skip 2 stitches, slip stitch.

Continue to the end. You have made a row of shells.
If you would like to do another row, follow these directions.

chain 3

double in the slip stitch of the previous row

double crochet in the top of the shell (top of the shell in this case would be the triple)

work the rest of the shell.

double crochet twice in the slipstich between the two shells.

Now, repeat.

This pattern can be adjusted many, many different ways.