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Washcloth #20 Large Shells

This washcloth is another fan stitch, which means multiple stitches, in this case treble crochets, are worked into the same space or stitch and then anchored by a single crochets. This stitch creates a fairly solid fabric with the shells creating a wavy look.

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.


Using the tall Treble stitch ensures this pattern will work up quickly. This stitch is often overlooked because it can cause space between the stitches. However, working 7 of them in one stitch helps prevent that. It also creates a beautiful fan-like appearance.


Gauge (tension) isn’t very important in this project. For reference, my gauge is 2 shells and 4 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 inches by 8 inches.


ch = chain

st = stitch

sp = space

sk = skip

SC = Single Crochet

Tr = Treble (also called a triple)

1 shell = 7 Tr in the same st

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


About 70 yards of any #4 cotton or cotton blend. Sample made in Dishie by We Crochet in the color Kenai.

A 4.0 mm (F) hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers if desired.


Ch 33

1. In 5th ch, work 3 Tr.

*Sk 3 ch, SC in next ch. Sk 3.

7 Tr in the next ch.*

Repeat across and turn.

2. Ch 4. 3 Tr in the same st.

*Sk first 3 Tr, SC in the next Tr (the middle Tr of 7).

Sk 3 Tr. 7 Tr in the next SC.*

Repeat across. Turn.

Repeat 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.

If you’d like this pattern in an ad-free PDF, you can purchase it for a small fee here.

This stitch uses a multiple of 8 + 5 + 4 and would make a wonderful scarf or blanket! I can’t wait to hear what you’ll use it for. Tell me in the comments below.

Enjoy this stitch!


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