Caliente Shell by Laura Cunitz

Caliente Shell

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July 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
460 - 640 yards (421 - 585 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL (easily modifiable)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Introducing the Flat i-Cord!

Unlike standard i-cords, you can knit Flat i-Cords on straight needles and there’s no sliding the stitches to the other end time after time. Better yet, now you can twist it, twirl it or braid it!

This is one of two patterns that we are announcing featuring the Flat i-Cord. The other, the Iquitos Scarf includes a complete Flat i-Cord tutorial. This pattern shows you a fabulous way to use them. The straps are braided in a beautiful and practical way (they’ll hide your bra straps).

Fit: The shell is knit with a close fitting lower body and increases under the bust. The standard instructions are for 5 sts each cup or 10 stitches total (+2”). Additional instructions are included for a 1” and 3” under bust increases.

Here’s what is different about this pattern:

  1. The Cast On: Options for the Resilient or Two-Color Resilient Cast On adds lovely detail to your edges.
  2. Showy Decrease adds texture to the chevron pattern. This super simple modification to the central double decrease adds great interest.
  3. The Flat i-Cord Straps: A photo tutorial for joining and binding off the braided cords. Option for braiding includes full or top-only braiding.

There is a free tutorial for the basic Flat i-Cord on our web site.
You can find it on the Techniques page along with downloads for our other ‘Nuances’ including the Showy Decrease, Double Decker Hat Top, and Resilient Cast On.

You can also read more about the pattern on it’s web page at

All proceeds from any of our Flat i-Cord patterns go to support our charity, a school for students with learning differences in San Diego County. You can learn more about them here.

This pattern is now free when you purchase the Dubhlinn Summer Shell. Code = Nuances Shells. Just add both patters to your cart and you will be charged for only one.