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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thinking about knitting the Aleita Shell? The instructions work with yarns at 21 sts per 4 ” over St st giving a Finished Size: 32 ½ (36 ¼, 40, 42, 45 ¾)” bust circumference AND they also work with yarns at 20 sts per 4 ” over St st (or 5 sts per inch, which might be easier for some folks to find…) giving a Finished Size: 34 (38, 42, 44, 48)” bust circumference.

The row gauge for both is 28 rows per 4” (7 rows per inch). Using this easy to find gauge expands the size range of the pattern a bit. The pictures below show the Shell with 1" of ease and it’s a size 38.

Download PDF knitting PatternsAleita ShellAleita Shell

Pattern found in Interweave Knits Spring 2008 pg. 72

Here’s a list of yarns that would work with this design—
Gauge: 20 sts / 28 rows per 4" using #6 needles
Knit to this gauge, Finished Chest Measurments are:
34 (38, 42, 44, 48)"

Artful Yarn Cliche 55% Cotton/30% Linen/15% Acrylic
Arucania Pomaire 100% Pima Cotton
Berroco Bonsai 97% Bamboo/3% Nylon
Berroco Lumina 54% Cotton/36%Acrylic/10% Poly
Berroco Nostalgia 46% Cotton/30% Acrylic/24% Nylon
Berroco Softwist 59% Rayon, 41% Wool
Blue Sky Worsted 50% alpaca/50% wool
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece 80% Cotton/20%Wool
Brown Sheep Lambs Pride
100% Wool
Brown Sheep Serendipity 60% Cotton/50% Wool
Cascade Pima Tencel 50% Pima Cotton/50% Tencel
Cascade Venezia Worsted 70% Merino Wool/30% Silk
Classic Elite Princess 40% Merino/28% Viscose/10% Cashmere/ 7% Angora/15% Nylon
Debbie Bliss Cotton DK 100% Cotton
Elann Camila 50% Cotton / 50% Linen
Elsebeth Lavold’s Cotton Patine 100% Cotton
Nashua Creative Focus Cotton 100% Mercerized Cotton
Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie 100% Pima Cotton
Pakucho Organic Cotton 100% Cotton
Plymouth Linen Isle 50% Cotton/30% Rayon/20% Linen
Reynolds Cottontail 60% Cotton/40% Microfiber
Reynolds Saucy 100% Mercerized Cotton
Rowan Calmer 75% cotton/25% acrylic
Rowan Handknit Cotton 100% Cotton
Shibui Merino Kid 55% Kid Mohair/45% Merino Wool
Southwest Trading Co. Yin 60% Wool/20% Silk/20% Bamboo
Tahki Cotton Classic 100% Mercerized Cotton
Twilleys Cotton Freedom 100% Cotton

7 responses to “Wednesday, March 12, 2008”

  1. Tracey says:

    I do love this pattern, it is on my list of post-baby knitting. It’s definitely got some va-va-voom potential there.

  2. Seanna Lea says:

    Thank you!

    I finally remembered to add it to my Ravelry queue.

  3. Jennifer says:

    This is always helpful – not having knit many spring/summer pieces I always feel lost in selecting yarn. Thanks!

  4. Anne C. says:

    Wow – thanks so much for posting suggested yarns – what a help. Have had great success with your Twist and Ariann patterns!

  5. Dianne says:

    Thanks for this information. It makes it a lot easier to knit this shell.

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Bonne Marie,

    Well, you are so smart! Here I was fiddling with the original directions in my head, to bring Aleita up just a little bigger than 45.74–and of course, change the gauge a little! I just happen to have a big stash of Cotton Fleece, to. Now if I can find a needle without a project on it… I made a rule, no more buying new needles instead of finishing UFOs around here

    thanks for the great pattern–again.

  7. Sarah says:

    Thank you for publishing this list of yarn. I saw the pattern in interweave and thought it looks so stylish but plymouth linen isle isn’t something I’ve come across in England.


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