Shell-Stitch Washcloth

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Pattern Origin: Based on Shell Stitch instructions by Debbie Stoller in Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker


Yarn: Cotton worsted, 2 colors

  • Main color: 53 yds — Lily Sugar ’n Cream, solid colors, 2.5 oz/71 g. 120 yds. Color: Hot Green, $1. 49
  • Stripe: 28.5 yds — Lily Sugar ’n Cream, ombre colors & prints, 2 oz/56.7g, 95 yds. Color: Summer Splash, $1.49.

Hook: US H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook

Finished Size: 8.5″ on each side. Gauge is not important.

Overview: Work 20 rows of shells total in color pattern as follows:
Work 14 rows in solid color.
Work 4 rows in multi color.
Work 2 rows in solid color.

With solid color, ch 33 (pattern is multiple of 6 plus 2; plus 1 for starting SC row).
Foundation: SC into 2nd chain from the hook. SC across. Ch 1, turn. (32 SC)

Row 1 (makes even number of shells): SC into 1st ch, *skip 2 ch, 5 DC into next ch, skip 2 ch, and SC into the next chain* across the row. SC in last chain.

Row 2 (makes odd number of shells): Ch 3, 2 DC in last SC of previous row (makes half-shell on the edge). *SC in the top of the 3rd DC of the next shell (it’s the center DC), and 5 DC into next SC*. 3 DC in last SC to create a half-shell on the edge.

Row 3 (makes even number of shells): Ch 1, SC into the first DC of row 2. *Skip 2 DC, and make 5 DC in the next SC; skip 2 DC and SC into the top of the next DC (a center DC)* End by making a SC into the top of the turning ch of row 2.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is square. End with row 3.

After last row 3 of shell stitch, ch 1, turn, sc in same st, sc in each st across.

Last row (fill in “dips” with HDC): Ch 2 (counts as HDC), HDC in last sc of previous row.
Work sc into DC on row below, and HDC into sc on row below.
In last stitch, work (HDC, ch 12 to make hanging loop, HDC).

Fasten off and weave in ends.
Mist with water to wet the piece, and block into shape. Let piece dry flat on a towel.

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