I love summertime and going to the beach. I also love to knit at the beach, so I’m always trying to think of a portable project in a beach-appropriate yarn.
When my friend Cecily asked if I would be interested in designing something summery for the Web-Letter, I thought, “Ding ding dingwe have a winner folks!” I love CEY’s Cotton Bam Boo and its colorways. Since this yarn came out, I’ve been playing with it. I decided to do a tank top, something feminine and functional that could be worn to the office with a strand of pearls or with a pair of jeans for a casual night out. I also wanted the design to be something that I could knit while chatting with friends at the beach.
Violá, a very simple Little Shell Top. It truly is simple, there is only one row of yarn overs in the lace repeat. So, dig your heels into the sand and knit away.
Cotton Bam Boo 52% cotton, 48% bamboo
Cotton Bam Boo is a fine, smooth multi-strand yarn that shows off pattern stitches particularly well. We love its fine gauge and easy drape for airy, swingy tops.
Lace stitches look especially lovely in Cotton Bam Boo. The patterns are more delicate and the yarn overs more petite. The yarn’s delicate nature allowed Tonia’s placement of the purl-stitch patterns on the back to add interest without being overpowering.
When casting on for a new project, it is important to read through the pattern before beginning to knit. A phrase to look out for is "and at the same time". When you see these words, you must read the instructions that follow and work them while working the instructions that came before them.
Read more about at the same time, and see charts for this pattern.
Here is the free Little Shell Top pattern.
Correction: Note 4 only applies to Right Front. Left Front decrease is ssp-tbl (slip, slip, p2tog through the back loop).