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Choo-Choo Crocheted Shell Top free crochet pattern - Choo-Choo shell top
A free crochet pattern

Designed by Vanessa Berkey

[A knit version of this top is HERE.]

Finished size: Directions given are for size small (8). Finished bust: 34". Back length: 18".

Materials:
6 balls Crystal Palace Choo-Choo railroad ribbon, 50 g and 92 yds per ball. Color shown in Tangerine #1775
Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hooks, sizes J and I, or sizes needed to achieve gauge
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
13 sc over 4"
14.75 rows over 4"

Body (work 2)
Note: Crochet over ends as you work new skein, when possible.

Foundation Row: Using size J hook, chain 55.
Rows 1-42: Sc into 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain across, ch 1, turn (54 sc made). Piece should measure 11" in length.

Begin armhole shaping
Row 43: Sl st 6, sc 42, turn.
Row 44: Dec 1 sc, sc 38, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 45: Dec 1sc, sc 36, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn

Begin neck shaping, left front side/ right back side:
Row 46: Dec 1 sc, sc 13, ch 1, turn
Row 47: Dec 1 sc, sc 10, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 48: Dec 1 sc, sc 10, ch 1, turn
Row 49: Dec 1sc, sc 9, ch 1, turn
Row 50: Sc 10, ch 1, turn
Row 51: Dec 1 sc, sc 8, ch 1, turn
Row 52: Sc 9, ch 1, turn
Row 53: Dec 1 sc, sc 7, ch 1, turn
Row 54: Sc 8, ch 1, turn
Row 55: Dec 1 sc, sc 6, ch 1, turn
Rows 56-66: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
Row 67: Sc 4, sl st 1, end
Piece should measure 18" in length.detail photo of shoulder of crochet shell top in Choo-Choo

Front right side/ back left side:
Row 46: With wrong side facing, skip 10 sc from left neck edge, sc into 11th sc from edge, sc 14 (15 sc made), ch 1, turn
Row 47: Dec 1sc, sc 10, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 48: Dec 1 sc, sc 10, ch 1, turn
Row 49: Dec 1 sc, sc 9, ch 1, turn
Row 50: Sc 10, ch 1, turn
Row 51: Sc 8, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 52: Sc 9, ch 1, turn
Row 53: Sc 7, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 54: Sc 8, ch 1, turn
Row 55: Sc 6, dec 1 sc, ch 1, turn
Rows 56-66: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
Row 67: Sl st 3, sc 4, end
Piece should measure 18" in total length.

With tapestry needle, sew up shoulder seams and side seams.

Neck trim
Round 1: Using size I hook, make loop on hook and join with sl st to left shoulder seam. Sc evenly into edge spaces and stitches around neck opening, dec 1 sc at each corner of neck front and back, sl st to join round. (106 sc made)
Round 2: Sc into each sc on edge, dec 1 sc at each corner of neck front and back, join round with sl st. (102 sc made)
Round 3: Sc 1, * ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc 3 *, repeat between * 33 times, end.

Armhole trim
Round 1: Make loop on hook and join with sl st to side seam at underarm. Sc evenly into edge spaces and stitches around armhole, dec 1 sc at front curve and back curve of armhole, joining round with sl st. (57 sc made)
Round 2: Sc into each sc, dec 1 sc at front curve and back curve of armhole, sl st to join round. (55 sc made)
Round 3: Sc 3, * ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc 3 *, repeat between * 17 times, ending with ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc 1, sl st to join round, end.

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