Leaves Shell by Kay Hopkins

Leaves Shell

March 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette using larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
750 - 1350 yards (686 - 1234 m)
XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X) - Finished Bust Measurement: 34(38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches / 86(97, 107, 117, 127, 137)cm
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Pattern is available in Knit Companion.

This simply elegant top is perfect for layering or for warmer weather. This is a flattering design for many body types and can be worn as a summer tee top or as an elegant layer under a sweater or jacket.

What a fun way to construct a top! The yoke is worked horizontally first, including optional front neck shaping, then the body stitches are picked up along the horizontal edges of the yoke and worked in the round.

Instructions are included for optional front neck shaping to create a scoop neckline as shown in the sample photos, else work it as a boatneck.

Short rows shape the flattering hemline with longer side and back length and also magically creates a slight A-line shape.

A vine of leaves trailing down the sides adds interest and makes it seem like the body section goes super fast! (It really does.)

The only seams are the underarms of the short cap sleeves! It’s as nearly seamless as anything could be without being totally seamless.

Instructions are both charted and written.

XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X) Designed with about 2-4 inches of positive ease at bust and about 4-6 inches at hem for standard sizing.

Finished Bust Measurement: 34(38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches / 86(97, 107, 117, 127, 137)cm

Shibui Knits Twig: Sport (46% Cellulose – Linen/Flax, 42% Silk, 12% Wool) 190 yds (174m)/1.76 oz (50g): Color Mineral, 4(5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.


LindyChain by KnitPicks: Fingering (70% Linen, 30% Pima Cotton) 180 yds (165m)/1.76 oz (50g): Color Swan, 4(5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.

Estimated Yarn Required:
750(800, 900, 975, 1075, 1300) yds / 686(732, 823, 892, 983, 1189)m. Yarn requirements will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used.

Experience Level: Accessible to an advanced beginner knitter with some lace experience. Instructions are both written and charted. Skills used: German Short Rows (link to tutorial included), basic increases/decreases, picking up stitches.