Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Rockport Top-Down Shell

When I lived in Massachusetts, Rockport was one of my favorite towns to visit. Situated on the coast, it was charming and full of interesting old buildings and shops, which I loved to explore. This shell reminds me of my visits to a friend in Rockport – easy-going, comfortable, and a great fit. It’s shaped at the waist, but if you prefer a less curvy fit, leave out the waist and hip shaping, and just work straight from the armholes.

This shell is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the front is picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and front are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66)” bust; intended to be worn with approximately 2″ ease

Materials: DK/light worsted weight cotton: 450 (525, 600, 675, 750, 850, 925, 1025, 1100, 1200, 1300) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the BODY, be sure to purchase extra yarn. Model knit in Frog Tree Yarns Pima Cotton (100% cotton; 50 grams / 123 yards): color #611

Needles and Notions: Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 16″ long, for Neckband and Armhole Edging; stitch markers in 2 different colors; waste yarn

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 24 stitches and 30 rows = 4″/10 cm

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