Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Top-Down Shell

This lovely shell is elegant with its wide-set shoulders, shaped waistline, and simple edging. Because it’s worked from the top down, you can customize the length to suit you. Wear it by itself, or with its coordinating cardigan, Pattern# 170.

The pullover begins at the back shoulders. The back is worked down 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, with waist and hip shaping.

The lace edging pattern is presented in written format.


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Skill Level: Easy

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

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X, 7X)

Finished Measurements: 25.5 (29.5, 33.5, 37.5, 41.5, 45.5, 49.5, 53.5, 56.5, 60.5, 65.5, 69.5)” bust; intended to be worn with approximately 1-2″ ease

Materials: DK weight cotton blend yarn: 550 (625, 725, 825, 925, 1025, 1225, 1325, 1425, 1500, 1625, 1700) yards. Note: If you plan to increase the length of the Body, be sure to purchase extra yarn.

Model knit in Pima Silk Sport Weight by Frog Tree (85% Pima cotton / 15% silk, 50 g skein = 155 yards): color# 850. Note: The ball band calls for this yarn to be worked at 5 sts = 1”, but I prefer to work it at 6 sts = 1”.

Needles and Notions: One size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 24” long or longer; one size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 16” long (12” long for XXS and XS); crochet hook size F-5 (3.75 mm); stitch markers; waste yarn.

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 24 stitches and 33 rows = 4″/10 cm, blocked.

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