How to make the Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial  Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Video Tutorial  Left Hand Darling Crochet Shell Cap

NOTE: The crown of this cap is made with a single crochet. The child version is made with a half double crochet.

Child Size Cap
Instructions for: Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Skill Level - Easy

HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
MC - Magic Circle
SH - Shell

( total stitches ) - This is the amount of stitches you will have on each round.
Shell for this pattern will be: 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC

Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Caron 4-ply yarn

This cap will fit an approximate 22-24 inch head. Since it is made with a G hook, you can make the cap larger with a size H, I/5.5mm or J hook.

Work a magic circle MC. Chain 3 and join as an alternative to the magic circle.

Round 1: Chain 1, Work 12 SC through the magic loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. (12 SC total) You may want to get a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in the top of the first stitch. Work 2 SC in each stitch around.
(24 SC total)

Round 3:
Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (24 SC total)

Round 4: *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 36 SC.
(36 SC total)

Round 5:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 48 SC. (48 SC total)

Round 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
(48 SC total)

Round 7:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 64 SC. (64 SC total)

Round 8-9: 1 SC in each single crochet around.

Round 10:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 7 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 72 SC. (72 SC total)

Round 11: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (72 SC total) Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Round 12: Work a shell in the first stitch (shell = 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC in the same space) skip 3 stitches, *work a shell in the next stitch, Continue around from *. (18 Shell Stitches Total)

Round 13-21 :
Slip stitch over to the chain 1 of the next shell.
Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the chain 1 space of the previous shell. * Work a shell in the center chain of of the next shell. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell. (18 Shells total)



  1. Thanks so much for your direction and your patterns. I have found it infinitely helpful over the past few years!

  2. Yes I really enjoy everything you do.
    This is a great pattern...thanks.

  3. Could i crochet ear flaps on this hat for my grandbaby, she continually loses the ones without a tie, thanks for all your help

  4. Your tutorials are so easy to follow and have helped tremendously with a few tricky stitches. THANKS!

  5. Thank you very much for this pattern. My daughter loves crochet hats!

  6. I can't wait to learn more! My DD and I starting learning how to crochet last year thanks to your tutorials. Thank you so much!

    Jennifer @

  7. Your patterns and designs are so easy to follow, love your blog.

    Heather @

  8. Is there any way to make this hat for Toddlers?

  9. Hi Teresa! Is there a video tutorial/pattern for a matching scarf using this stitch? I am a beginner and I prefer following instructions.
    Also, can I use Red Heart Super Saver instead?

  10. I found this pattern on youtube. It was a great video! I'm wondering if once you start the shell stitch, is that as wide as the hat will get? When I started adding my 2nd row, it seems like it will just lengthen it, but not make it any wider/bigger. Is that right? I must have used a small thread because mine looks like a baby hat! :)

  11. your video tutorials are FABULOUS. love that i can actually see your hands and the stitches and don't have to guess. thank you so much!!!

  12. Thank you for the step by step instructions and tips. I am learning so many beautiful crochet patterns! (I am a beginner)

  13. thanks so much for your videos and written pasterns you have helped me so much..Do you do any barbie doll size clothes or 18 inch doll that fit American girl I have been looking for some of those and the hats are awesome by the way i am Hooked!!

  14. Your videos rock was wondering do you do charter hats like for kids..was looking for a Strawberry shortcake hat..thanks again!!!

  15. hi...thank u so mush for sharing the pattern and tutorial...i just made a hat for my mother and cant wait to make more in different colours...

  16. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I've been trying so hard to find my craft. I used to scrapbook, but fell out of that and now I have no idea what half the stuff is to create with. I tried knitting and I'm not very keen on that. This video helped me so much! This is my first crocheted hat and I am so excited to show it of and make more!!!

    1. Kitty - You are welcome. It is wonderful to hear your success with the cap.


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