Offset Shell Quick Crochet Dishcloth

The offset shell quick crochet dishcloth pattern features a lacy version of the shell stitch. In addition to the lace, it has a nice loose drape which is always nice in a dishcloth.

An offset shell crochet dishcloth draped over a glass.

The offset shell also goes by a few other names including adjacent shells or asymmetrical shells. There are slight variations but basically the same technique is used.

I found the amount of lace was just right for a dishcloth, not to open and not to solid. It works up quickly and easily and also dries pretty quick as well.

Why not make a few for yourselves and a few for your gift baskets.

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Offset Shell Quick Crochet Dishcloth

This quick crochet dishcloth not only works up quick, but it's pretty and dries quickly too.
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Skill Level


  • Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight, #4; 100% Cotton; 1.75 oz/50g; 80yds/73m) 1 ball
  • Crochet Hook: H/8-5.00MM
  • Other: Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Finished Size

  • 8" by 8"


Special Stitch Instructions

  • Shell: (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in designated ch or sp.


  • Ch 27,
  • Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped chs count as first dc), sk next 2 chs, shell in next ch, *sk next 4 chs, shell in next ch; rep from * across to last 4 chs, sk next 2 chs, dc in last 2 chs. Turn. [20 sts, OR 4 shells]
  • Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next st, shell in next ch-1 sp and into each ch-1 sp across, sk next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts. Turn. [20 sts, OR 4 shells]
  • Rows 3-11: Rep row 2.


  • Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc into each corner. Join with slip stitch in first st. Fasten Off.

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