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Reverse Shell Stitch

Can anybody help me?? I started to crochet a reversible shell afghan, and row 3 says to do a reverse shell as follows....(insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through) 7 times: yo and draw through 8 loops on hook. I have tried reading it over and over, and trying to do it, but it just don't work, or I am just not understanding it. I tried to look the stitch up on the internet, and have had no luck there either. Could it be called something else?? It is a pattern out of the red heart super saver book, Pattern #J27.0004-7C.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.


Finally had a few minutes with hook and yarn to try and follow these directions. If you are supposed to draw the 7 loops around the post of the same stitch, something has to be missing because you cannot "(insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through) 7 times" without doing something in between each loop you draw through the back-to-front-to-back post loop. I thought maybe a yo beween drawing a loop through the post but then you would have more than 8 loops on the hook.

Do you have shells made up of 7 or 8 stitches? If so, does it work if you work around the post of each stitch, i.e. the 7 times?

I am having the same problem as candycane1563. Same pattern. I don't understand it either. It says to reverse shell in next 3 dc. Instructions for reverse shell are (insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw loop through) then it says 7 times; yo and draw through 8 loops on hook. I found a reverse shell on youtube to watch but I'm still not getting it. Does anyone have any idea how to do this.? This pattern was supposed to be Easy for beginners but doesn't appear that way to me.

KT - the pattern is made up of shells that are 6 DC.

To Candycane and Roseangel -- Is this a pattern available on the Internet so other posters to this board could take a look? Otherwise, could you write out the instructions for the row with the reverse shell stitch direction as well as the row before it?

What comfort to find others frustrated with this pattern, too! The afghan is very pretty in the picture. I started it last night, got to Row 3 and ran into the same roadblock as Candycane. Tomorrow (Monday) I'm going to call Coats & Clark to see what they say. If I get an answer on this, I'll post it. Wouldn't it help to include drawings of ALL stitches used in the booklet, instead of just the basics?

After emailing Coats & Clark, I received an answer in one day. Quite impressive in my book. Anyway, I followed these directions and it does work, although I never would have understood them as they are written in the pattern book. Hope this helps you, too.

"Thank you for your recent inquiry. We were sorry to learn that you had experienced difficulty with one of our patterns.

In the reversible shells pattern, you are actually working around the posts of seven different stitches. To work the design, insert the hook from the back of the work to the front through the "hole" to the right of the post of the stitch, swing it around the front of the work, and take it to the back through the "hole" to the left of the post of the stitch. Yarn over and pull a loop through. Repeat this until you have worked around the posts of a total of seven stitches. In Row 3 of the pattern, it tells you the stitches you will work around: the next 3 dc, the next sc, and the first 3 dc of the next shell--this gives you the seven stitches. At this point, you should have 8 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all eight to complete the stitch.

We hope this information will be helpful to you in completing your project. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service.


Ann Blalock
Manager, Consumer Information


Coats & Clark
3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 301
Charlotte, NC 29270
704-329-5025 fax "

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Thanks to everyone, especially Violet Sue for helping me with this problem. I have not attempted to give it another try since I posted my problem. But with the weather being cold and being in doors, I believe I am going to give it another try, using the info the Violet has posted.  We will see what happens, hopefully I will be able to accomplish this, because it does look like a very pretty afghan in the picture.  I am also,. glad to know that I was not the only one who was having problems with it.  Thanks again, you were very helpful. :) 

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