Free Knitting Pattern: Montage Shell

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Finished Measurements
Size: 34 (36, 38)
Length: 19.5" (20.5", 21.5")


5 (6, 8) skeins Montage (discontinued); Color: SP6 - Italian Soda(or color of your choice)
US Size 15 knitting needles


Approx. 10 st st = 4"


Note: The yarn used in this pattern has been discontinued. May be substituted with yarn of similar gauge.

K = knit
P = purl
BO = bind off
WSR = wrong side row
RS = right side
EOR = every other row
st = stitch
beg = beginning
dec = decrease
rep = repeat


To knit shell:


CO 42 (46, 48) st
R1-4: Knit
R5: Knit
R6: K8, P till last 8 st, K8


Repeat R5 & 6 until piece measures 12" (12.5", 13") from beginning.


Shape armhole:
R1: BO 3 (4, 5) st at beg of row, K till end.
R2: BO 3 (4, 5) at beg of row, K5, P till last 5 st, K5
R3: K
R4: K5, P till last 5 st, K5
R5: Dec 1 st each side of armhole
R6: K4, P till last 4 st, K4
R7: Rep R5
R8: K3, P till last 3 st, K3
R9: Rep R5
R10: K2, P till last 2 st, K2
R11: Rep R5
R12: K1, P till last st, K1
R13: K
R14: K1, P till last st, K1


Repeat R13-14 until armhole measures 7" (7.5", 8") from beginning of shaping, ending with WSR.


Shape shoulders & neck:
(RS) BO 3 st at beg of next 4 rows; BO remaining st.


Work as for BACK until armhole measures 1.5" from beg of shaping, ending with WSR;
Dividing the stitches equally, place marker between 2 center st


Shape neck:
Continuing armhole shaping at each side, work across to marker, join a second ball of yarn and work to end.


Working both sides at the same time, at each neck edge, dec 1 st EOR 3 times.
Working even at armhole, continue to dec 1 st at each neck edge EOR 5 times.
Work even until armhole measures the same as back to shoulder shaping, ending with WSR.


Shape shoulders:
(RS): Work as for BACK


Making Up
Join shoulder seams.


For side seams, cut about a yard long of yarn and join seam starting from the armhole.
With right side pieces facing you, join the sides in the same way you would lace your shoes in a criss-cross pattern. Make a bow at each end.



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Every effort has been made to ensure that the directions contained in this pattern are accurate and complete; However, we cannot be responsible for individual variance, human or typographical errors.


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