EASY TO wear yet perfectly pretty, this lace-yoked shell top should get the thumbs-up from style-conscious girls! It’s sized to fit children aged four to 12 years, and it is a quick-knit design as it’s worked in just two pieces, so you’ll be able to make it in time for your summer holiday. The top is knitted in Bergère de France’s Berlingo DK, a cotton-mix tweedy yarn, which includes a touch of metallic fibre to give a subtle sparkle to the fabric. Why not make a couple in your girl’s favourite colours?
Using 3mm needles, cast on 65 ( 73: 79: 87: 93) sts. Work 6 rows in garter stitch. Change to 3.5mm needles. Starting with a knit row, cont in st st until work measures 21 ( 24: 27: 30: 33) cm. Cast on 9 sts at the end of last WS row. 74 ( 82: 88: 96: 102) sts.
Change to 3mm needles. Knit 1 row. Cast on 9 sts. 83 ( 91: 97: 105: 111) sts. Cont following the Chart for your size until work measures 33 ( 37 :41 : 45 :49 ) cm. Work 6 rows in garter st.
NECK AND SHOULDERS
Next row: K21 ( 24: 26: 29: 31), cast off purlwise 41 ( 43: 45: 47: 49) sts for the neck, knit to end. Leave the 21 ( 24: 26: 29: 31) sts each side of neck on a stitch holder for the shoulders.
Work the same as for Back. Graft shoulder seams. Sew side seams. Weave in all ends.
NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
1 pair 3mm (UK 11/US 2-3) knitting needles 1 pair 3.5mm (UK 10-9/US 4) knitting needles Stitch holders
23 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over st st on 3.5mm needles. 23 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over lace stitch on 3mm needles.
Bergère de France www.bergeredefrance.co.uk
The tweedy cotton is blended with a sparkly metallic thread
This design also appears in the Bergère de France magazine Berlingo, which has 11 summery patterns for women and girls. To order a copy for £3.74 or to find stockists, visit