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At 6' tall, I used to have a hard time finding sweaters with long enough sleeves. So I took up knitting to make my own sweaters.

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Top-Down Shell #169

from Vermont Fiber Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Top-Down Shell #169
Top-Down Shell #169
Top-Down Shell #169
Top-Down Shell #169
Top-Down Shell #169

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, increases, decreases, picking up stitches, yarnovers

Pattern Description:

This lovely shell is elegant with its wide-set shoulders, shaped waistline, and simple edging. Because it's worked from the top down, you can customize the length to suit you. Wear it by itself, or with its coordinating Top-Down Cardigan, Pattern #170.

The yarn I used works up at a gauge of 6 sts per inch in Stockinette stitch; if you wish to use a different yarn, make sure you find one that will match this gauge.


24 sts and 33 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • XXS (29.5 ) - 7X (69.5)"


  • 550-1700 yards DK weight yarn
  • size 5 (3.75 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm) needles, circular needles
  • crochet hook size F-5 (3.75 mm)

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers; waste yarn