Shell Dome Top

August 08, 2022

I got this yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool. It is was a show colorway from Kim Dyes Yarn. I bought 3 skeins - or at least I thought I did. I accidentally bought 2 skeins in a fingering weight and only 1 in the Brioche DK. When I got home and was looking at what I bought I realized my mistake. I contacted Kim and she sent me 2 skeins of the DK so that I would have 3. I haven't figured out yet what I'm going to make with the 2 skeins of fingering, but I know it's going to be gorgeous - because this yarn is gorgeous! It's inspired by Monet's water lilies.

This pattern uses a lot of yarn for the shells. Normally a shirt like this only takes 2 skeins, but this one used almost all of the 3. Shell Dome Top

Use a 5.5 mm hook
ch - chain
sk st - skip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
shell - 5 dc in the next ch 3 space

Shell Dome Top

The pattern works with a cast on in multiples of 5 + 2. I cast on 72. I wanted this top to be a bit wider so that I could make the sleeves capped.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in the next ch, * ch 3, sk 2 ch, sc, sc, sc. Repeat from * across. The last stitch will be a single sc
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first sc, * sk next sc, shell (5 dc in the chain space), sk next sc, sc in the next sc. Repeat from * across ending with a sc.
Row 3: Ch 3, sk next dc, * sc in the next 3 dc, ch 3, sk the first dc, sc in the next 3 dc, ch 3 and sk the last dc. Repeat from * across. At the end of the last shell ch 1, hdc in the last stitch.
Row 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in the first ch 1 space, * sk next sc, shell. Repeat from * across, for the last shell only do 3 dc in the turning chain.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the frist dc, sc in the next dc, * ch 3, sk next (dc, sc, dc), sc in the next 3 dc. Repeat from * across ending with the ch 3 and then dc in th e last 2 stitches.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you get to your desired length. I made mine 19 rows. Make 2 panels

Shell Dome Top

Sew from the shoulder to the neck hole. I made my neck hole 11 inches wide.
Now for the sides. I wanted there to be some capped sleeves, but I didn't exactly know how to do it so I played with it until I figured out a way that I liked.
First make sure that the top is turned right side out. You're going to pin from the shoulder down how big you want your arm hole (mine is 8 inches) and then an inch in from the edge. Start sewing from that inch in and move to the edge. When you get to the edge flip the top inside out and then sew the seam normally. I left about 2 inches at the bottom unsewed because I like that look.

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