Split Shell Crochet Kerchief Pattern

This crochet kerchief pattern not only is worked up in a cotton yarn, but it also has a nice open lace; both of which make it perfect for the hot summer days. Wear it to hold your hair back on a window day, or to simply hide a bad hair day, which is usually my reason for wearing one.

A split shell kerchief pattern modeled on a mannequin.

One great thing about a crocheted kerchief is that you can wear it in many ways. Above is the traditional way, but you can also bring it over your forehead if you like. Another thing that you can do is to make them a bit larger and wear them as an ear warmer in the cooler weather. Or, wear them just for fun!

The Stitch Pattern

This kerchief pattern features the double v-stitch or the split shell stitch. It is one of my favorite crochet stitches because it’s not only mindless, but it’s super easy to throw your hook into the spaces of the shells.

The kerchief is started at the bottom point and worked with a few increases in each row to create a triangle. Then once you reach your desired size you begin working on the tie-strings so you can tie it for a comfortable fit.

The Size

The finished size is 18.5 inches wide by 11 inches deep. But this can easily be adjusted by doing more or less of the repeat rows.

The Yarn

For this pattern I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, which is a medium #4 worsted weight cotton yarn. I love this yarn, not only because it’s perfect for all seasons, but also because it blocks so well.

But you can basically use any yarn and hook size that you want because the size is easy to adapt to different yarn weights.

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Double V-Stitch or Split Shell Kerchief Pattern

This kerchief has a beautiful stitch pattern that you'll enjoy wearing on your head.
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Skill Level


  • Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns – 24/7 Cotton (Medium, #4; 100% Mercerized Cotton; 3.5oz/100g; 186yds/170m) 1 ball
  • Crochet Hook: H 5.00mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Finished Size

  • 18.5" wide by 11" deep.


Special Stitch Instructions

  • Dv-st: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in designated st or sp.
  • V-st: (dc, ch 1, dc) in designated sp.


  • Row 1: Ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook, (skipped chs count as first dc). Turn. [5 dc]
  • Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout pattern), dc in first st, sk next st, dv-st in next st, sk next st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc and 1 dv-st]
  • Row 3: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 1, dv-st in next dv-st, ch 1, 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc, 2 ch-1 sps and 1 dv-st]
  • Row 4: Ch 3, dc in first st, v-st in first ch-1 sp, dv-st in next dv-st, v-st in next ch-1 sp; 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc, 2 v-sts and 1 dv-st]
  • Row 5: Ch 3, dc in first st, dv-st in first v-st and into each dv-st and v-st across; 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc and 3 dv-sts]
  • Row 6: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 1, dv-st into next dv-st and into each dv-st across; ch 1, 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc, 2 ch-1 sps and 3 dv-sts]
  • Row 7: Ch 3, dc in first st, v-st in first ch-1 sp, dv-st in next dv-st and into each dv-st across to last ch-1 sp, v-st in last ch-1 sp; 2 dc in last st. Turn. [4 dc, 2 v-sts and 3 dv-st]
  • Rows 8-17: Rep Rows 5-7 ending last rep at row 5.
  • Row 18: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st and into each st and ch across to last st; 2 sc in last st. [61 sts]
  • First String & Row 19: Ch 40 for first string. Working into back bumps, sc in 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across. Continue to sc into each stitch across in row 18.
  • Second String: Ch 40, sc in 2nd from hook and into each ch across. Join with slip stitch in last sc made in row 19. Fasten Off.
Kerchief shown from the back of the head as well as laid flat.

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  1. I love your work!! I can’t wait to do your headscarf/ banana thingy! I will be making it later today in hot pink with glittery stuff in it. Woohoo!! Thank you for sharing your pattern.

    Charlotte Short
    Houston, Texas

  2. Your split shell kerchief came out so cute!! I’ve made 1 already and working on a 2nd one. The pattern is well written and so easy to follow. Thank you so much!!

  3. 5 stars
    I was looking for a kerchief pattern since the one I did was corner to corner, which is a stitch I don’t care for. The V stitch is my favorite stitch! I’m so glad I found this.

  4. It was nice and easy. The instructions right on. I used acrylic yarn, 99% and 1% metallic, Caron Simply soft, that was a yarn the I had on hand, and easy washing, since I will be wearing a lot.

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