The Shell Top - English
The Shell Top - English
he Shell Top is a top with the characteristic graphic pattern across the bust that you’ll also find on The Shell Bra.
The Shell Top is a modified version that works perfectly as an inner layer in the cold months and a soft, breathable top as the outer, or only, layer during the warmer months – how you use it is entirely up to you.
The top is knitted sideways, which makes it easier to create the cups in the desired length and width, as well as to knit the perfect circumference for you and your body. The soft rib knit cups are kept in place with a thin elastic that is secured under the bust. The elastic is sewn into the top from the back and will remain invisible.
On knitting needles and accessories
- One circular needle 3 mm
- Two double pointed needles 3 mm
- One stitch marker
- One stitch holder
- One measuring tape
- One scissor
- One thin elastic to be placed under the bust.
- One blunt needle to sew and secure the loose ends
- One cable stitch holder, or alternatively, a thicker yarn in a different color than you are using for the top.
We suggest using the following yarn:
nakedknit cashmere 112, 50g (50g) 75g
Lang Yarns Cashmere Premium, 50g (50g) 75g
NB! Cashmere feels soft and delicate against the skin. We therefore strongly urge you to follow the suggestion and use the yarn listed above. We can’t guarantee that the bra won’t feel itchy if you use a different kind of wool than the yarns suggested in this pattern.
The tension in this pattern doesn’t correspond with the tension in the yarn listed above. The reason for this is that we have chosen to knit the top on a 3 mm needle for a more tightly knitted look. The tension we are using here is the following: 10 cm = 29 sts, measured in stocking stitches.
Vertical cup measurement = 8-12 cm
Vertical cup measurement = 10-17 cm
Vertical cup measurement = 13-24 cm
NB! The size chart is indicated as a form of cup size and may differ from your normal clothing sizes. The described sizes S/M/L refers to your bust and not the circumference of your chest or the measurement across your shoulders. The cup sizes (referred to as S/M/L) should therefore be viewed as describing your bust, separately from your overall upper body measurements. The band across your ribcage, and the straps, will be adjusted along the way and tailored to your body.
The width of each cup will be tailored to your individual bust and the process of how to do this will be described in the instructions. It can be helpful to measure your bust before deciding on your size to make sure you are making the right choice.
Frequently asked questions
How does the individual sizing work?
This differs from pattern to pattern, but oftentimes we ask you to measure underneath your bust and across your bust. Then we offer a calculation based on the knitting tension and this in turn tells you e.g. how many stitches you should cast on for your band.
Other times, it’s measuring the cups to your body and stopping when you feel they give the coverage you prefer. For some of our patterns we have created an Excel sheet where you simply type in your measurements and it provides you with the amount of stitches, cast-ons ect. Going forward we will optimise this and add it to more patterns.
How much support do your bras give?
The bras give the same support as a soft, wireless bra. However there are no strap adjustments in the patterns yet, so we generally recommend you knit the straps 5-10 cm shorter than you normally would, so they can ease.
Can I knit in other types of yarn than cashmere?
Of course you can!
We recommend cashmere because while researching many different yarn types, cashmere was the yarn that was the softest against the skin for the longest duration of time. Also cashmere on small needles tends to give a more tight knitted, elegant look, that we feel are perfect for our designs.But as long as you match the knitting tension to whatever yarn you are using, you can use whatever yarn you want.
Do you have video tutorials for your patterns?
We share tutorials in our Instagram highlights and we have started a YouTube channel, where going forward will share a lot more tutorials and tips to your patterns. If you have any suggestions or wishes for methods or specific patterns we should do a tutorial for, please let us now email@example.com