A SUPERB SHELLED TOP
The inspiration in white and blue and my creation is in nude/skin colour on the right
sk : Skip
We start at the base of our top and work upwards towards the armhole and neckline. So this is a bottom up construction.
The designer has not done any major reductions, but has smartly added a thin belt-like cord around the waist that cinches it for shape. The only reductions are for the armhole and then neckline.
I am planning on using just one colour for this – as I think that the lovely shells will pop out on their own. So you can now decide ..single or dual colour J
In case you are using only one colour, do ignore these instructions (for multiple colors).
*sk next 3fdc, large shell in next fdc ; sk next 3 fdc , sc in next 3 fdc* ;
rep *to* till last 2 fdc ;
sc in last 2 fdc. Turn
*ch 3, sk nextsc and 3 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp ;
ch 3, sk next 3 dc and 1 sc , small shell in next sc* ;
rep *to* till end. Turn
*[sc in next ch-3 sp , sc in next sc , sc in next ch-3 sp] ;
large shell in next small shell* ;
rep *to* till last large shell ; 4 dc in last sc. Turn
*ch 3, sk next 3 dc and 1 sc , small shell in next sc ;
ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc, small shell in next sc* ;
rep *to* till last 4 dc, sk 3 dc and sc in last dc. Turn
*sk next ch-3 sp, large shell in next small shell ;
sk next ch-3 sp , [sc in next ch-3 sp , sc in next sc , sc in next ch-3 sp]* ;
rep *to* till end; sc in last 2sts. Turn
and then rep instructions for Row 2 all the way till you reach the last large shell ;
sc in the ch-1 sp of that last large shell ; Turn.
and then rep instructions for Row 3 all the way till you reach the last small shell ;
then large shell in that small shell and 1 sc in the last ch-3 sp and sc in the last st. Turn.
and then rep instructions for Row 4 all the way till you reach the last large shell ;
sc in that ch-1 sp of the last large shell ; ch 3, and dc in the last st. Turn.
The only difference here will be that you will decrease in the centre bit of your top.
So to figure out where you want your decrease(s), what I do is fold my work in half, and mark the centre front and centre backs.
I then decide how deep I want the neckline and then mark that point, which will be deciding point for the neckline decrease.
Three quick decreases and we should have a good curve for our neckline.
I’ve done a quick picot all around the neckline and armholes.