Abalone Shell

Abalone Shell

 

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The sleekly fitted upper bodice and gracefully draping body makes this the perfect top for warm spring and summer days. The bodice is started in the round, and then separated into front and back. The lace body is worked downward from the foundation chain. For the most flattering fit, choose your size based on the over-bust measurement, which should fit with little or no ease. This pattern was originally published in Interweave Crochet magazine.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS
Note: for the most flattering fit, choose a size that will be close-fitting at the over-bust and a little loose at the bust.
Over-bust (measured around the chest just under the arms): 30.5″(32.75″, 35″, 38″, 41.25″, 43.5″, 45.75″)
Bust: 35.25″(37.75″, 41.5″, 44″, 47.75″, 50.25″, 54″)
Length: 23″(23″, 23.5″, 23.5″, 24″, 24″, 24.5″)

GAUGE 4″ = 21 sts and 20 rows in Half Double Crochet with smaller hook
4″ = 25.5 sts and 11 rows in Openwork Pattern with larger hook
Note: yarn shown usually knits at 20-22 sts to 4″ in Stocking Stitch.

MATERIALS
810(880, 930, 1030, 1130, 1180, 1280) yards DK weight yarn
size E (3.5mm) and G (4mm) crochet hooks or sizes needed to obtain gauges
removable stitch marker
yarn needle

YARN SHOWN Southwest Trading Company Bamboo (100% bamboo; 250 yards/100 grams)