#26 Shell Mile-a-Minute Crochet Dishcloth

The simple shell surrounded by double crochet stitches is the basic Mile-a-Minute pattern.   Traditional mile-a-minute patterns consist of long strips that are crocheted the length of the afghan.  Not all mile-a-minutes are fast as the name would imply.  Many designs are intricate and take as much time as a regular afghan.

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Shell Mile-A-Minute Dishcloth


Original Design By: Maggie Weldon

Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Intermediate / Easy

Size: About 9½” square

Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn:

White – 1 oz, 50 yds (30 g, 45 m)

Blue – ½ oz, 25 yds (15 g, 22 m)

Light Blue – ½ oz, 25 yds (15 g, 22 m)

Crochet Hook: Size H-8 (5.00 mm)


When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Special Stitches

Shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same st or sp indicated.

STRIPS (Make 3)

Row 1: (Right Side) Starting at bottom, with W, ch 9, Shell in 6th ch from hook; skip next 2 ch, ch 3, sl st in last ch.

Row 2: Working in starting ch on other side, ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), Shell in same ch opposite Shell, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch.

Rows 3-11: Ch 3, turn, Shell in Shell, dc in last dc. (8 dc)

At the end of Row 11, finish off W and weave in ends.

Strip Border (Make 2 Blue, 1 Light Blue)

Rnd 1: With right side of Strip facing, join color with sl st to first dc on any end Shell, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last dc, * working along side of rows in sps; dc in next row, 2 dc in next 9 rows, dc in next row *, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first dc, dc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in shell, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in last dc; rep from * to * once; join with sl st to first dc.Finish off leaving 18” long end for sewing strips together.


With right sides facing and with Shells facing the same direction, matching stitches and working through back loops only, sew sides of strips together. (The 9 dc across top and bottom Shells are left unsewn.)

All Rights Reserved ©2011 Maggie Weldon



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1 Comment

  • kvanatta 13 years ago Reply

    I’ve never done a mile-a-minute strip before.. this was fun to do!

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