The 3-dc shell stitch makes a nice decorative stitch that is quick to work up and relatively small in size. It is composed of three double crochet stitches that are all worked into the same stitch.
The 3-dc shell is the one I use in both the Lacey Little Hat pattern and the Mirabella Hat pattern.
The full written instructions for the 3-dc shell are: 3 dc in next stitch
Step One – Get ready to make the 3-dc shell at the appropriate palce in the pattern. In the photo below, I am making a pink version of the Lacey Little Hat. I have just finished a 3-dc shell, and I am getting ready to the next 3-dc shell:
Step Two – work one double crochet:
Step Three – work second double crochet in the same stitch:
Step Four – work third double crochet in the same stitch:
You have now completed the 3-DC Shell.