Free Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Pattern: Quick and Easy Crochet

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The Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth is very easy to crochet. The stitch pattern is made up of simple stitches, just the single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and chain stitches (ch). I have included a photo tutorial at the end of the post to show you how to make the stitch and how to change colors on the last yarn over of the last stitch of each row.

This stitch creates a lovely solid fabric that is perfect for all kinds of projects and is a favorite for making baby blankets. If you’d like to make a baby blanket using this stitch I have a free pattern available in multiple sizes (11 sizes are included in the pattern) that you can make. Get the Solid Shell Stitch Blanket Pattern here.

Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Crochet Pattern

For this month’s Washcloth of the Month Club project I used 3 colors of Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton that were sent to me King Cole Yarn and a 4 mm (G) crochet hook. This yarn is a blend of 85% Cotton and 15% Polyester. Each 100 g ball contains approximately 175 yards (160 meters).

If you are making this in a solid color you will only need 1 ball of yarn. In total the washcloth used 3.20 oz (91 g) and 159 yds (146 m).

I love using Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton for my washcloths because it is affordable and available in a number of bright colors. There are currently 8 colors available and you can see them all here. For today’s washcloth I used White (Shade: 5061), Cranberry (Shade: 5062) and Navy (Shade: 5066).

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The washcloth pattern below is written to make a 12 X 12 inch project, but you can make your project to any size you wish with the stitch multiple I have included in the pattern.

The photo tutorial for the Solid Shell Crochet Stitch is included at the end of the post.

Free Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Pattern: Quick and Easy Crochet

Supplies

  • Yarn: King Cole Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton (check your local yarn shop here). 3.52 oz (100 g) and 175 yds (160 m). 85% Cotton, 15% Polyester. Worsted Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash at 30°C. Dry flat. Warm iron.
  • Colors: 1 skein each: White (Shade: 5061), Cranberry (Shade: 5062) and Navy (Shade: 5066)
  • Crochet Hook: 4 mm (G) 
  • Finished Project: Washcloth: 3.20 oz (91 g) and 159 yds (146 m)
  • Scissors, Tapestry Needle (yarn needle)

Difficulty Level

  • Easy

Finished Sizes

  • Washcloth width approximately 12 inches X 12 inches length.

Gauge

  • Approximately 2 sets of (1 sc, 5 dc) per 3 inches and 7 rows worked in solid shell stitch per 3 inches using a 4 mm (G) crochet hook

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

  • ch(s) – chain(s) 
  • dc – double crochet
  • g – grams
  • m – meters
  • oz – ounces
  • R – row
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat 
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip/skipped
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • yds – yards
  • * to ** – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
  • [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
  • ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Helpful Tutorial

Notes:

  • Stitch multiple: 6+1
  • Initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc
  • Initial ch 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Carry unused colors up the side edge of the project.
  • When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.
  • To make this washcloth longer, work more rows.
  • To make this washcloth wider, chain more stitches using the stitch multiple. 
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Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Pattern

This project is crocheted widthwise in rows.

Using your 4 mm (G) crochet hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 55, sk the first 3 chs (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch. *Sk the next 2 chs, 5 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch**. Work from * to ** across. Turn. [43 dc, 9 sc]

R2-R28:  Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the first sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Sk the next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Work from * to ** across, Turn. [43 dc, 9 sc]

Last Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Work from * to ** across. [18 sc, 17 ch2sp]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions:

  • Finish off and weave in ends.

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Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Easy Crochet Tutorial: Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth

Row 1

To begin, chain to the size project you want to make. Check that the number of chains you have made can be divided by 6 evenly, then add 1 more chain.

For the washcloth I chained 55 (which is 9 x 6, or 54 chains, plus 1 extra chain, for a total of 55 chains). This gives me a 12 inches wide project using the yarn and hook I am using.

Row 1: Chain (ch) the number of chains you have chosen (or chain 55). Skip the first 3 chains (chs). These are being counted as 1 double crochet (dc), and make 2 dc in the next chain. Skip (sk) the next 2 chs and make 1 single crochet (sc) in the next ch.

For the rest of the row we crochet: *Sk the next 2 chs and make 5 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, make 1 sc in the next ch**.

We work this all the way across, repeating what is between the * and ** to the very last stitch.

How to Crochet the Solid Shell Stitch Row 1
How to Change Colors on the Last Yarn Over of a Stitch

When you reach the last stitch, which is the single crochet stitch, you work it as normal until you reach the last yarn over.

This means, yarn over, insert your hook into the chain, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You have 2 loops on your hook.

Now we place our new color of yarn over the hook as the last yarn over of the stitch, and pull that new color through the 2 loops on the hook to complete the last single crochet stitch.

Now we can begin Row 2 with the new color of yarn. Turn your work.

Row 2

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) and make 2 dc in the first sc. Sk the next 2 dc and make 1 sc in the next dc.

How to Crochet the Solid Shell Stitch Row 2

For the rest of the row we work the following:

*Sk the next 2 dc, make 5 dc in the next sc, sk the next 2 dc, make 1 sc in the next dc**.

When we reach the last single crochet of the row, remember to change to the next color on the last yarn over of the stitch.

How to Crochet the Solid Shell Stitch Row 3

We repeat Row 2 for the pattern. Finish after an even numbered row (so after a repeat of row 2) then add the final row.

Last Row

Last Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Work from * to ** across.

Final Row Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth
Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth Crochet Pattern ODC
How to Crochet the Solid Shell Stitch Washcloth with any yarn and hook
  • You can make your project to any size you wish with the stitch multiple.

Follow the instructions below.

Row 1:  Simply chain a number of chains that you can divide evenly by 6, then chain 1 extra chain. Sk the first 3 chs (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch. *Sk the next 2 chs, 5 dc in the next ch, sk the next 2 chs, 1 sc in the next ch**. Work from * to ** across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in the first sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Sk the next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Work  from * to ** across, Turn.

Repeat Row 2 for the pattern.

Finish after an even number row then add the last row.

Last Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc. *Ch 2, Sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next sc, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Work from * to ** across.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

The Solid Shell Stitch is an easy crochet stitch to learn which makes it an ideal choice for creating a variety of beautiful projects, from washcloths to baby blankets. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to incorporate this stitch into your next crochet project. Happy crocheting!

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2 Comments

  1. Yikes! thank you – I’ve fixed it. I checked the blanket pattern by accident in Ravelry instead of the washcloth. Thank you again for letting me know so I could fix this! Rhondda

  2. The washcloth of the month discount isn’t coming up. Thanks for your help!