Free Pattern · Washcloth Collection 2021

Washcloth #18 Shell Stitch

This washcloth is a mostly solid fabric but it isn’t dense or heavy. It is pretty enough to be a gift for any occasion.

This is a washcloth that would be great for everyday use. You can see the whole collection here to find the perfect washcloth for whatever use you can imagine!

There are two ways to access this pattern. One is for free right here on the blog (just scroll down). The other is by purchasing it. It is available on Ravelry or on Lovecrafts for a small fee. You can also purchase all the patterns at once! The collection is available here and will be updated as patterns are released. Purchasing these patterns is a great way to enable me to continue publishing free patterns here. The PDF is ad-free and is great for couch crocheting or popping into your project bag to take on a road trip or to keep in the car for those spare moments throughout the day.


The Shell stitch creates a gentle, textured wave appearance. It’s a fairly solid stitch but not dense. There are small openings that give it a gentle, open appearance.


Gauge (tension) isn’t very important in this project. For reference, my gauge is 3 shells + 1 DC and 8 rows per 4″.

Play around with hook sizes until you find one that makes a fabric you like. This pattern is written to produce a washcloth that is roughly 8.5 inches by 8 inches.


ch = chain

st = stitch

SC = single crochet

DC = double crochet

* * = Repeat what is in asterisks the indicated number of times

Special Stitch: Shell = 5 DC in same stitch


About 75 yards of any #4 cotton or cotton blend. Sample made in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Raspberry Pink

A 4.0 mm (F) hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers if desired.


Ch 40


Ch 40

Set up row: In the 4th ch from hook, work 2 DC.

*Sk 2 DC in next.

Sk 2, shell in next.*

Repeat across, end with sk 2, DC in next, sk 2, 3 DC in the last ch. Turn.

1. Ch 3 (=st)

Skip 1st 3 DC

*Shell in next st.

sk 2, DC in next st, sk 2*

Repeat across, ending with 5 DC in the next DC, sk 2 DC,

DC in the top of the turn chain. Turn.

2. Ch 3. DC in the same st. .

*Sk 2 DC, DC in next st.

Sk 2, shell in next st*

Repeat, ending with sk 2, DC in next st. Sk 2, 3 DC in top of turn chain.

Repeat 1 and 2 until piece reaches stated measurements or desired size.


Weave in your ends:

Thread the needle with one yarn tail. Weave the needle back through several stitches, about an inch. Turn and go back through, beginning in the second stitch from needle. Repeat once more. Repeat with any other yarn tails. Snip the tails.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern. See you next week with another free pattern!


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