Crystal Palace Yarns

Choo-Choo Summer Shell (size medium)

Photo from Knit 'N Style Magazine
(Here the magazine put the shells on the models
backwards to make the front the lower neckline.
Our pattern here has the lower neckline
in the back - wear it either way!)


A free knitting pattern
(click here for a crochet version of this shell)

Designed by Cathy Campbell

Knitted Measurements:
Finished Bust: 38"
Length: 24"

Materials: 5 balls (50g) of Crystal Palace Choo-Choo
Photos in both colors #1610 Summer Heat and #1777 Grape Soda
Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles US size 10˝ (6˝mm)
Yarn needle

Note: Ann in Folsom, CA sent this idea:
"I knitted this shell on circular needles until I reached a few rows below the armholes and then switched to separate needles. It made the side seems so nice and neat and the knitting went so fast since I didn't have to switch from knit to purl every other row." 
Thanks, Ann!

Abbrv: CO: Cast On, BO: Bind off, RS: Right side, WS: Wrong side, Dec: Decrease, Stst: Stockinette Stitch,

Gauge: 3˝ st and 5 rows = 1" in Stst. Piece is worked entirely in stockinette stitch with no finishing edging.

FRONT: CO 69st. Work in Stst for 20 rows. Dec 1 st each side on next row, then on every 10th row 2x. Then inc 1 st each side every 10th row 3x. Work 5 rows even.

Armhole: BO 4 st at the beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side of next 2 RS rows.

Work 17 rows even.

Neck: k11,m1, place marker, k9, BO center 17 st, k9,place marker, m1, k11. Work left and right sides separately.
Left: While at the same time increasing one st on outer side of marker each RS row, BO 3 st at beg of next 2 RS rows, then BO 2 st at beg of next 3 RS rows (14 st). BO 2 st on next RS row WITHOUT increasing a stitch at marker. Work 2 rows even.

Shape shoulders: BO 4 st at beg of next 3 WS rows.

Right: Shape right side of neck as for left, reversing shapings as follows:

Join new yarn at center and start on WS. While at the same time increasing one st on outer side of marker, BO 3 st at beg of next 2 WS rows, then BO 2 st at beg of next 3 RS rows (14st). BO 2 st on next WS row WITHOUT increasing a stitch at marker. Work 2 rows even.

Shape shoulders: BO 4 st at beg of next 3 RS rows.

BACK: Work as for front until armhole shaping begins.

Armhole: BO 4 st at the beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side of next 2 RS rows.

Work 7 rows.

Neck: k11,place marker,k15,BO center 5 st, k15,place marker,k11. Work left and right sides separately.
Left: BO 3 st at beg of next 2 RS rows, then BO 2 st at beg of next 2 RS rows. Then, while at the same time increasing one st on outer side of marker on each RS row, BO 2 st at beg of next 3 RS rows, then dec 1 st at beg of next 3 RS rows (13 st). Dec 1 st WITHOUT increasing a stitch at marker. Work 2 rows even.

Shape shoulders as for front.

Right: Shape right side of neck as for left, reversing shapings as follows:

Join new yarn at center and start on WS. BO 3 st at beg of next 2 WS rows, then BO 2 st at beg of next 2 WS rows. Then, while at the same time increasing one st on outer side of marker, BO 2 st at beg of next 3 WS rows, then dec 1 st at beg of next 3 WS rows (13 st). Dec 1 st WITHOUT increasing a stitch at marker. Work 2 rows even.

Shape shoulders as for front.

Finishing: Block pieces. Sew up shoulders and sides of shell. Weave in ends.

Designed by Cathy Campbell

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