Clustered V-St/Small Shell Crochet Dishcloth

This crochet dishcloth pattern has just enough solid stitches mixed with open stitches to give you the drape and texture that you want for washing your dishes.

A crochet dishcloth worked up in a clustered v-stitch pattern using a single color of cotton yarn.

This cloth is fairly large for my liking. If you feel the same you can start it off with 20 chains, a multiple of 6 plus 2. For a coaster to match this, you could start off with 14 chains if you like.

It features a pretty stitch pattern, the clustered v-stitch, which I rotated with single crochets to make it a bit more original. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I don’t remember seeing it. If you’ve seen it, and know the correct name for this stitch pattern, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much.

This stitch pattern is absolutely awesome in the sense that it looks great in a single color. But if you work this in two colors and change the color after each row, the two colors end up in pretty columns. Regardless of what you choose to do, this crocheted dishcloth is perfect for gifting to friends and family.

I’ve included a short video tutorial on how to do the stitch in a single color.

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Clustered V-St/Small Shell Crochet Dishcloth

The finished dishcloth size is 9 by 9 inches, but adjust as necessary as per stitch multiple.
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  • Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% Cotton; 1.75 oz/50g; 80yds/73m) 1 ball
  • Crochet Hook: I 5.5mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 1 (cl v-st, ch 1, sc, ch 1) = 1 stitch repeat. 3 stitch repeats = 5.5".
  • Finished Size: 9" by 9".


Special Stitch Instructions

  • Cl V-St: *[Yo and insert hk into ch/st as indicated, yo and pull through, yo and pull through 2 lps] 2 times, (3 lps on hk) yo and pull through all 3 lps *, ch 1; rep from * to * once in the same ch/st.


  • 26, or any multiple of 6 + 2.
  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in next ch, sk next ch, work cl-v-st in next ch, *ch 1, sk next 2 chs, sc in next ch, ch 1, sk next 2 chs, work cl-v-st in next ch; rep from * across to the last 3 chs, sk next ch, sc in last 2 chs. Turn. [4 cl v-sts]
  • Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as stitch, now and throughout), dc in first 2 sc, ch 1, sc in sp of next cl-v-st, ch 1, *work cl-v-st in next sc, ch 1, sc in sp of next cl-v-st, ch 1; rep from * across to the last 2 sc; dc in last 2 sc. Turn. [3 cl v-sts]
  • Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, work cl-v-st in next sc, *ch 1, sc in sp of next cl-v-st, ch 1, cl-v-st in next sc; rep from * across to last 2 dc; sc in the last 2 dc. Turn. [4 cl v-sts]
  • Rows 4-16: Rep Rows 2 and 3 until you have reached a desired width, making sure to end with Pattern Row 2.


  • Rnds 1-2: Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc into each corner; join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten Off.


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