Free knitting patterns for shawls, sweaters, scarves, and hats and other projects knit with shell lace. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 10/24/23.
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Seashell Lace Wrap
Shawl knit with a lace shells in a stitch described by Barbara Walker. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho.
Evy Christening Dress Set
Gorgeous shell lace baby christening dress with matching lace bonnet and shoes. Sizes 0 (3–6) months. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Hrönn Jónsdóttir .
Lacy Gold Scarf
Scarf knit with a 10 row repeat shell lace stitch. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Scalloped Aran Throw
Lush garter stitch blanket bordered with shell lace. Size: 45" x 51". Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Mary Maxim. May only be free for a limited time. A kit is also available.
Oh My! Vest
This vest is gorgeous! Two rows of lace shells border this cardigan vest. Sizes Finished Bust: 34(38,42,46,51,55)”. Sport weight yarn.Designed by Angeline Webb of Knitrelief Designs.
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Shetland Shell Lace Scarf
Designed by Shiz-Knits, this lace scarf features a 12 row repeat.
The Ostro Shawl is knit in three colors using a modular construction. Each “shell” is knit individually, but the following shells are attached as you go, so there is minimal finishing. Designed by the Berroco Design Team
Little Shells Carseat Blanket
Baby blanket knit with a 4 row repeat shell lace pattern, with only one lace row and 3 rows all knit or purl. Aran weight yarn. 18" wide x 22" long though I'm sure you can adapt the size. Designed by Alka McAndrew. Pictured project by knitgirl118
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Lace sleeveless top knit with a shell lace bottom border and eyelet lace front yoke and back. Sizes: Bust: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)". DK weight yarn. Great showcase for self-striping yarn. Designed by Donna Yacino for Berroco.
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April Showers Scarf
Purl Soho designed this scarf with shell stitch lace that looks like umbrellas as well. Pictured project by Taya
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Bliss Shawl Knitting Pattern
Shell lace bordered shawl with a delicate curve is formed by working short rows. Wear as a shawl or scarf. Sport weight yarn. Designed by AmandaLilleyDesigns
Primrose Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Lace baby blanket pictured in light blue or turquoise with chevron eyelet lace and bordered with shell lace. DK weight yarn. Finished size, on 5mm needles, is approx 30x30ins/ 77x77cms Designed by HoneyBeeBears
Nautilus Shell Hat
Fun cloche style hat knit with modular lace. Pictured hat is in 5 colors of 55 yards each, making this a great hat for stashbusting or mini skeins. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Amy Loberg (FiberWild!)
Baby Girl Romper
Baby onesie with lace shells and ruffled edges worked flat in just two pieces. Sizes: 0-1 months, 1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months. Designed by Rasa of VelvetNorth. DK weight yarn.
Conchiglia Market Bag
Conchiglia (means shell in Italian) tote is knitted in the round from bottom up in a shell stitch and garter stitch. 15" (38 cm) deep x 13" (33 cm) circumference. DK weight yarn. Designed by arianna frasca