by Janis Cortese


© 2012 Janis Cortese


© 2012 Janis Cortese



This chart was created in response to a question about the photograph in post 1 of this thread.

The chart is done over a multiple of 5 stitches.

You’ll note that on Row 3 and all contrasting color rows afterwards, the ends of the longdc stitches go down into the middle of the ch1 in the middle of the shells. In order to give the stitch pattern more vertical solidity and keep gaps from forming, it helps to go into the rearmost loop of that ch1 when you make the longdc-ch1-longdc Vs. Depending on which direction you are going in, this can be either the front or the back loop of that ch1 — you always want to go into the loop that’s closer to the wrong side of the work.

It’s worth noting that the original photo in the linked post does not do this, so if you want an exact replica of that stitch, don’t bother. Otherwise, I’d strongly recommend going into the wrong-side loop of that ch1 to keep open spaces from popping up above the shells, particularly if you make a heavy item such as a sweater where the weight of the thing will cause it to stretch vertically.

The photo sample shown was done in in KP Swish DK Lemongrass Heather and Dove Heather with an F hook. It’s shown on top of some hdc punctuated by a fpdc every ten stitches to see if it would look nice. It did. 🙂

The original photo was almost certainly done with a B hook or thereabouts and laceweight yarn.

Possible experimental stuff to try:
Make a scarf of the pattern with the body of the scarf in the hdc-punctuated-by-fpdc shown, and the quilted velvet chart at either end. As long as the scarf is a multiple of five stitches wide, it’ll work fine.

Use the chart to make a headband of a hat (widthwise or lengthwise), and crochet or knit a beret or regular close-fitting winter hat.

Use the chart as the cuff of a mitten or glove, widthwise or lengthwise.

If you do not nip the rearmost loop of the ch1 in the middle of the shell, try this: for the shell, make a dc-tr-picot-tr-dc instead so that the shell is taller than the gap it would sit in. Doing that in a deep green and using an iridescent turquoise as a contrast color could make a cute sort of dragon-scale effect.