I'm going to do the bottom part (skirt area) of a dress and I'd like to do it in a shell stitch so that it is quite open if that makes sense. I'd like to make a sort of A-Line effect, so it is wider at the bottom, having started from the waist (which measures 19.5 inches). It is for a 2 yr old so won't need to be particularly long, say knee length when finished (am awaiting length measurement from her mum, or may just try on as I go along).
My question is how do I increase the stitches when doing the shell stitch? I've only done it on things that remain the same width. I know how to increase in stitches where each row the stitch goes into the one below, ie put more than one stitch into each of the stitches from the previous row, but I'm thinking this is going to be different as with a shell stitch it isn't as simple as that?
perhaps I could do the shell, then a row of single crochet, then another row of increasing single crochet, then another shell stitch row - I hope that makes sense, perhaps it would be easier?
Any help appreciated - newbie here!