Wednesday, May 9, 2007

SHELLS-ON-THE-SIDE TANK



SIZES: Directions are given for size small. Changes for size medium [M] and Large [L] are in brackets. S[M,L]

FINISHED SIZES: Bust - 33 inches for size small. 37 inches for size medium. 41 inches for size large. Fincshed length from underarm to bottom edge is 15 inches for all sizes.

MATERIALS: TLC Cotton Plus medium (worsted) weight yarn (3.5 oz/178 yds/100g per skein) 4 skeins for all sizes.
Size I/9/5.5mm crochet hook or size hook needed to obtain gauge.
Tapestry needle

GAUGE: Sc, sh5, sc = 2 inches. 4 rows = 2 inches.

SPECIAL STITCHES: sh5 - 5dc in same stitch.

NOTE: Body of garment is worked as long rectangle with short sides joined to form a tube. Front yoke is worked with right side facing and side seam on left.


BODY
ROW 1 - Ch 79. Sc in second ch from hook. *Skip 2 ch, sh5 in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch* across. Turn.
ROW 2 - Ch2, dc in same space, *sc in top of third dc of sh5 below, sh5 in next sc* across to last two stitches. 2dc in last sc. Turn.
ROW 3 - Ch1, sc in same stitch. *Sh5 in next sc, sc in top of third dc of next sh5,* across to last stitch. Sc in top of ch2. Turn.
For size MEDIUM, Repeat rows 2 and 3 once. For size LARGE, repeat rows 2 and 3 twice.
ROW 4 [6, 8] - Rep row 2 again. Turn.
ROW 5 [7, 9] - Repeat row 3. At end of row, ch9.
ROW 6 [8, 10] - Sc in second ch from hook. Skip 2ch, sh5 in next ch, skip 2ch, sc in the next ch*. *SH5 in the next sc, sc in the top of the third dc of the next sh5*. Repeat from * to * across. End with two dc in last sc. Turn.
ROWS 7- 31 [9-36, 11-40] - Repeat rows 2 and 3.
ROW 33 [37, 41] - Repeat row 2 for total of 8 sh5. Sc in third dc of next sh5, 2dc in next sc. Turn.
Row 34 [38, 42] - Repeat row 3.
ROWS 35-36 [39-42, 43-48] Repeat rows 2 and 3.
ROW 37 [43, 49]- Repeat row 2 to last sc. Sh5 in last sc instead of 2dc. Ch26.
ROW 38 [44, 50] - Sc in second ch from hook. *Skip 2 ch, sh5 in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch across to last sh5 of previous row. *Sc in third dc of next sh5, sh5 in next sc across to last sc. 2dc in last sc. Turn.
ROW 39 [45, 51] - Ch1, sc in same space. *Sh5 in next sc, sc in third dc of next sc across to last sc. 2dc in last sc. Turn.
ROWS 40 -64 [46-72, 52-82]- Repeat row 39 [45, 53].
ROW 65 [73, 83 ] - Ch1, sc in same space. *Sh5 in next sc, sc in third dc of next sh5 across for total of 8 shells. Sc in third dc of next shell, 2dc in next sc. Turn.
Fasten off.
Join side seam.

FRONT YOKE
ROW 1 - With right side facing, join yarn with sl st to top of right side of front. Work 37 evenly spaced sc across. Turn
ROW 2 - CH3. Dc in same sc. * Skip 2sc, Vstitch in next sc*. Repeat from * to * across. 2dc in last sc. Turn
ROW 3 - Ch4. Tr in next dc. *3tr in ch-1 sp of next V-st*. Repeat from * to * across to last two sts. Tr in dc and in top of turning ch. Turn.
ROW 4 -Ch2. Dc in next tr. *V-st in second tr of next shell*. Repeat from * to * to last 2 sts.
Dc in next tr and top of turning ch. Turn
RIGHT STRAP
ROW 5- Ch4, tr in next dc. 3tr in ch-1 sp of each of the next two V-sts. 2tr in next V-st. Turn
ROW 6 - Ch3, dc in same st. V-st in second tr of next two shells. Tr in next dc and tr in top of turning ch. Turn.
ROWS 7and 8 - Repeat rows 5 and 6 once more. Fasten off.
LEFT STRAP
With WS facing, join yarn in third V-st from left. Work rows 5-8 as for right strap. Fasten off.
Join shoulder seams.

Sc around neckline, armholes and bottom edge. Weave in all ends.

19 comments:

Tammy said...

Gorgeous top!! Thank you for sharing the pattern!!

Miva said...

SO PRETTY YOUR TOP, JUST GORGEOUS,THANKS FOR THE PATTERN, PLEASE, I ASK YOU SOMETHING, CAN YOU POST A PIC THE BACK OF THE TOP????
THANKS YOU,
HAVE NICE DAY AND HAPPY CROCHETING!
MIVA

Mary Lacy-Stratton said...

Thank you for your kind comments - Tammy your angel is adorable. I love her.

Miva - I'll have DH take a pic of the back. It's the same as the body. There is no "open work" on the back, just the front.

tali said...

Hello Mary,

I saw your blog when I was looking for a new pattern for summer top,
do you have any instructions for
V neck top? I finished the one on your blog last year, and I love it.

Thank you,

Talia

tali said...

Hello Mary,

I saw your blog when I was looking for a new pattern for summer top,
do you have any instructions for
V neck top? I finished the one on your blog last year, and I love it.

Thank you,

Talia

Lia said...

Very nice top and ingenious costruction. Maybe I will try one too...

iluminameluna said...

I've finally begun your pattern after meditating on it for a while & I have a cpl of questions.

I'm using Lion Cotton which is a worsted wt yarn not DK & I obviously can't make the gauge but I'm also making it only 15in since my nanna is very short-waisted & doesn't like very long blouses. She also has wide shoulders so I have to do a lot of adjusting ..

So I have a LOT fewer shells per row &, of course I had to start a chain w/ a LOT fewer ch (of course) so I'm not ending each row quite the way your pattern does.

So here are the questions.

When I end w/ a Sh5 & I get to that end at the beginning of my next row, do I just do a 2dc into that sc? Or do I do just 1dc? It seems to me that it's a 2dc and then a sc into the 3rd st of the previous row's shell but I'm a beginner at this & I'm still trying to figure things out.

The second question is the opposite of the previous: When I end in the 2dc I think the previous row should end, do I then finish w/ a sc, turn then ch2 & 2dc into the same space, & sc into the 3rd ch at the top of the previous row's shell? Or should I just do a single dc into the same space? Or just that essential ch3 from the turn?

Am I overthinking this? =D

Anyway, I also wanted to say thanks for the perfect top for my Nanna. She's only in her early 60's (refuses to admit her real age but I figure she's abt 11 yrs older than me & I'm 49). She's a modest lady & I've been wanting to make a top for her but all the designs for tops seem to either be large, sack-like things or too young & exposed for her. Yours is the perfect mix of pretty & modest. Thanks.

I also wish you'd kept up w/ your blog. It seemed to have started on an interesting & fun premise!

One final, maybe disturbing note: you have the last name of my late husband whose estranged father lives in Florida. Seemed your blouse was destined for me to make!

Thanks again!

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Anonymous said...

hi ive just made the shells on the side tank but have a question on row 5 why is there a ch9 there doesnt seem to be a reason and now ive done it the sides are not the same

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Anonymous said...

Pertaining to 'Shells on the Side Tank'. I've chained 79 as the pattern indicated, and when continuing with row 1, single chrochet/shell..when I come to end of the 1st row...I have 2 chains left. What should be done next with the remaining 2 chains?