Bells and Shells by b.Woolens

Bells and Shells

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Knitting
February 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in sts
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
775 - 900 yards (709 - 823 m)
xxs (30") - xl (52")
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“Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row”

Inspired by the famous nursery rhyme, the “Bells and Shells” sweater is a simple and feminine, yet still cozy and easy to wear. The dropped stitch lace pattern that borders the bottom hem and sleeves is reminiscent of the cockle shells native to the shores of Scotland. Knit from the bottom up, this sweater makes for quick yet entertaining knit. Perfect for those chilly spring days. Bells and Shells is intended to be worn with 4-6” of positive ease, giving it an effortless look, but could easily be sized down to create a more fitted garment.

Finished Measurements:
IMPORTANT: pattern is intended to be worn with at least 6” of positive ease, measurements for sizing as follows… (for a more fitted look, drop down to the size closet to wearer’s bust measurement)
xxs: 30 – 32” chest circ
xs: 34 – 36” chest circ
s: 38” – 40” chest circ
m: 42 – 44” chest circ
L: 46 – 48” chest circ
XL: 50 -52” chest circ.

Yarn:
775 (800, 825, 850, 875, 900) yards dk weight yarn – sample shown in solistice “alpenrose dk” “shiraz” colorway

Needles:
US Size 7, 32” circular or size needed to obtain gauge
US Size 8, 32” circular needle or 1-2 sizes larger than gauge needle
US Size 7 dpns or long circular needle for sleeves and i-cord, or size needed to obtain gauge
US Size 4, 16” circular needle, or 3-4 sizes smaller than gauge needle for neckline stss

Gauge:
22 sts & 28 rows over 4” on gauge needle, after blocking
5.5 sts & 7 rows over 1” on gauge needle after blocking