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.

The stitch pattern is perfect for beginners who are comfortable with skipping stitches and working multiple stitches into the same chain space.

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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