Paxton Shell by Holli Yeoh

Paxton Shell

March 2023
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch using larger needles, blocked
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
550 - 1430 yards (503 - 1308 m)
30 (32.25, 34.25, 35.75, 38)(40.75, 45.75, 48.75, 51.75)(56.75, 60.25, 66, 71, 74.75)" finished chest circumference; meant to be worn with 2–3" positive ease in full chest and 1.5–3" positive ease in hip
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Perfectly patterned tiles look their best with a polished shine, and this cotton/modal blend delivers. The crisp, clean lines are matched with perfectly tailored fit to form a classic layering piece that will be a staple of your spring and summer wardrobe for years to come.

Worked in flat pieces from the bottom up, the shell features straight sides; only the larger sizes include a slight taper to accommodate hips. The bodice is shaped in both front and back, widening towards English-tailored shoulders: the front armhole is deeper than the Back armhole and wraps over the top of the shoulder for an angled seam lying neatly behind the shoulder line.

Paxton Shell is featured in the eBook, La Belle Epoque: Knits for Home and Abroad. Knit garments worthy of an art museum with five size-inclusive patterns from designer Holli Yeoh. Drawing inspiration from art, architecture, and more, Holli created a gorgeous capsule collection of garments that can be mixed and matched, perfect for a travel wardrobe. La Belle Epoque includes two shells and three cardigans using lighter weight yarns that range from fingering weight to DK.

#sizeinclusive from 30”/76cm to 74.75”/190cm finished chest measurement.

This knitting pattern includes written directions, both charts and written instructions, modification notes, sizing and fit notes, front and back images and a schematic with measurements.

Finished Measurements
30 (32.25, 34.25, 35.75, 38)(40.75, 45.75, 48.75, 51.75)(56.75, 60.25, 66, 71, 74.75)“ / 76 (103.5, 116, 124)(131.5, 144, 153)(167.5, 180.5, 190) cm finished chest circumference.

Meant to be worn with 2–3” (5-7.5cm) positive ease in full chest and 1.5–3” (4-7.5cm) positive ease in hip. Sample is 38”; model is 35”/89cm full chest.

Sport weight yarn cotton or plant fibre blend.

470 (505, 550, 590, 635)(710, 835, 875, 930)(1020, 1115, 1215, 1310, 1380) yd / 430 (465, 505, 540, 580)(650, 760, 800, 850)(930, 1020, 1115, 1195, 1265) m.

Shown in: Knit Picks Shine (affiliate)(sport weight, 60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal (natural beech wood fibre); 110 yards/50g): Dandelion 25340, 5 (5, 5, 6, 6)(7, 8, 8, 9)(10, 11, 11, 12, 13) balls.

Needles + Notions
3.5mm (US 4) straight or circular needles (24”/60cm or longer), or size to obtain gauge;
3.25mm (US 3) for working neckband and armbands in the round: 16”/40cm circular needle, or 24”/60cm needles two circulars technique or 32”/80cm or longer circular needles for Magic Loop technique, or one size smaller than size used to obtain gauge;
Yarn Needle;
Stitch Markers (at least four Locking Markers).

23 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette Stitch using larger needles, blocked.
19 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Tiles Pattern using larger needles, blocked.

Sizing + Fit Notes
Sizing for the five smaller sizes is based on a 2”/5cm difference between full chest and upper chest. Upper chest is the measurement around the torso with the measuring tape at the underarm level.
For the 6th to 11th sizes there’s a 4”/10cm difference between full and upper chest.
For the three largest sizes there’s a 6”/15cm difference between full and upper chest. This may be a little different than other patterns and reflects measurements of contemporary real-life bodies. In garment design, a 2/4/6” (5/10/15 cm) difference between full and upper chest is referred to as a B/D/F cup respectively, which differ from bra cup sizes.

There is slight A-line shaping from hip to chest in the larger sizes to accommodate a wider hip measurement.

Increases/decreases, cabled decreases, working simple lace from chart or written instructions, basic sweater construction, English-tailored shoulders (instructions included), seamed, worked flat, picking up stitches.

Helpful Links
Cabled Decreases video tutorial
Raised Increases photo tutorial
Raised Increases video tutorial
SSK Decreases video tutorial

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