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Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Simple Shell

Lion Brand® Incredible®
Pattern #: 40277AD
Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished chest 35 (39, 43, 47, 51˝ ) inches
Length 21˝ (22, 22˝, 23, 23) inches
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 520-208: Incredible Yarn: Copper Penny
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*Incredible® (Article #520). 100% Nylon; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (110yds/100m) pull skeins

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•  520-208 Incredible Yarn: Copper Penny
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Size 9 (4.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle

Knitted Simple Shell

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14.25 sts + 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Rev St st (p on RS, k on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.

Cast on 52 (60, 66, 74, 82) sts. Work in Rev St st until piece measures 5˝" from beg, ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS) Inc 1 st each end on this row, then every following 6th row 4 more times - 62 (70, 76, 84, 92) sts. Work even until piece measures 12˝" from beg, ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS) K 8, work in Rev St st to last 8 sts, k 8.
Next Row (WS) Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows once more, then repeat RS row once more.
Shape Armhole:
Bind off 6 sts, k to end.
Next (Dec) Row (RS) Bind off 6 sts at beg of row, work in Rev St st to last 2 sts, k 2 - 50 (58, 64, 72, 80) sts.
Next (Dec) Row (WS) K 2, ssk, work to last 4 sts, k2tog, k 2.
Next Row (RS) K 2, work in Rev St st to last 2 sts, k 2.
Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times - 42 (50, 56, 64, 72) sts. Continuing to work first and last 2 sts in garter st (k every row), work even until armholes measure 7 (7˝, 8, 8˝, 8˝)", ending with a WS row.
Shape Back Neck and Shoulder
Bind off 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 3 (4, 5, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 4 (6, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows. AT SAME TIME, after first 2 rows of shoulder decreases have been worked, place center 18 (18, 20, 20, 22) sts on holder, then, joining 2nd ball of yarn and working both sides at once, bind off 2 sts from each neck edge once.

Work as for Back until armhole measures 5 (5˝, 6, 6˝, 6˝)", ending with a WS row.
Shape Neck and Shoulder
Place center 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts on holder, then, joining 2nd ball of yarn and working both sides at once, bind off from each neck edge 3 sts once, 2 sts once, and 1 st three times; AT SAME TIME, when piece measures same length as Back to shoulder shaping, shape shoulder as for Back.

Sew shoulder seams.
With RS facing, circular needle and starting at left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 54 (54, 58, 60, 62) sts around neck, including 18 (18, 20, 20, 22) sts from Back neck holder and 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts from Front neck holder. Place marker, join and work 3 rnds in garter st (k one rnd, p one rnd). Bind off all sts. Sew side seams.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
Rev St st = reverse stockinette stitch rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
tog = together WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Knitted Simple Shell Reviewed by Chris Dykstra on 2011-04-26 ***
I love how it turned out for the most part, but here are some notes for others:

Knit in XL size- ran out of the yarn before finishing- it needs SEVEN skeins, not the 6 indicated in the pattern; had to order an additional skein. Finished product is not exactly as shown. The neckline was nowhere near as low as in the photo, but rather it is borderline mock turtle neck-like in height and has a slight projection. The width across the top of the shoulder is also much wider than shown in the photo.

I'm not sure why this pattern calls for it to be knit in reverse stockinette as the instructions are that you sew the pieces together with the garter-style stitch facing out. If you like this look then simply knit every row (garter stitch) and be done with it-- there is no reason to knit in reverse stockinette. Personally I found the look of stockinette (RS) to be much more pleasing to the eye than the garter stitch/WS side out so that's how I chose to piece it together.

Item is quite heavy but still drapes nice and has a lot of stretch.

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