About the Dishcloth in Shell Stitch

The Shell stitch is one of my go-to stitches, when it comes to dishcloths as it is super quick to get a cloth off the needle. It is a feminine and delicate stitch that has character. The Shell consists of 5 double crochets (dc) in the same stitch, so the cloth is quick to produce.

It’s a personal matter when it comes to the border. I prefer to make the cloths without a border, as I like the more raw look, but if you choose a bordere for this, I would recommend making it in single crochets (sc) so the Shells get the primary attention.

The border is made one side at a time. I don’t have any rules when it comes to the amount of single crochets (sc), but adjust as I crochet along. After one side is made, I look at it, and if it’s too tight or loose, I redo it. In the corners I make 3-4 single crochets (sc), to get a nice and square corner. A border is a really good idea, if you are not so experienced with crochet, to make the cloth look more square.

Time to produce: 2 hours
Skill level: Easy
Format: 25 x 25 cm
Mor Anette boblepude

The pattern for a Dishcloth in Shell Stitch requires that you can make double crochets (dc), half double crochets (hdc) and single crochet (sc) so it is easy to make.

Mor Anette boblepude


In general, all cotton yarn in 8/4 is quite good to use for dishcloths, as most can be washed 60 degrees (even though it says 40 degrees, I wash my cloths at 60 degrees, to make sure they are clean. The colors fade a little over time, but rather a faded cloth than a dirty cloth ;-)). This yarn from Infinity Hearts Rose cotton yarn 8/4 has super many beautiful colors and is often with a discount.

I have often used this green as I think it is an absolutely fantastic color: Scheepjes Cotton 8 in the color dark green (713).



Start: Use hook 3 mm and chain 59 (ch).  Start in the 2nd stitch from the hook.

ROW 1+ (1 single crochet (sc), skip 2 stitches, 5 double crochets (dc) in same stitch, skip 2 stitches) 9 times, 1 sc, skip 2 stitches, 3 double crochet in last st, 1 ch, turn.

Repeat until you have a square cloth. I make 29-30 rows of shells.

LAST ROW To get it straight at the top, do the following in the 2nd stitch from the hook:

(2 half double crochet, skip 1 stitch, 3 sc, skip 1 stitch) 9 times, 2 half double crochet, skip 1 stitch, 2 sc, 1 ch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Babaaaaa: Now you have a Dishcloth in Shell Stitch that is ready to use 🙂

Washing tip: Vinegar bath

Before washing your Dishcloths in Shell Stitch for the first time, put them in vinegar water. That will minimize fading of colors and the absorbency is improved when you use them for the first time … And have we not all been in the situation with a brand new cloth that is so fresh that no water can enter. Then you stand there and try to mix yarn with water and something so simple becomes so complicated …

A mixing ratio is approx. 1 splash of vinegar to 8 splashes of cold water.

Wash them according to the yarn’s washing instructions. Or according to my instructions which are 60 degrees (90 degrees if it is white), no matter what the washing instructions say (if it is 100% cotton). It is at your own risk (I have to say), but then you are sure of clean cloths. You may risk them fading slightly in color.

I have made some helpful videos that should make it easier for you to understand the pattern. It’s just usually easier in live pictures ? All videos are made and edited by Milla Billa. Music by www.bensound.com.

Crochet guide by Milla Billa
Crochet guide by Milla Billa
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