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Crochet a red shell tube summer blouse


Yarn - Deborah Norville collection serenity garden (color: 800-03 HIBISCUS) / fine #2 / 2.29 oz (65 g) / 185 yards (169 m) / 3 balls needed
Hook - I-9 (5.5 mm) and F (3.75 mm) or other size hooks needed to obtain gauge
Gauge - About 4 shells or 20 chains go into 4 inches (10 centimeters)
Top Size - US 6
Complexity - Easy

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Crochet a ladies’ vest - red shell pattern
Step-by-step crochet instructions
Step 1
Make a foundation chain of 141 chain stitches or multiples of 10 chains plus 1 chain. Join the 1st and last chains of the foundation chain with slip stitch ( and work 1 chain (ch.).
1st round – double crochet (dc) to end plus 1*
*insert the hook into the second chain of the 2nd round and work It is necessary to skip one chain because you made extra chain at the beginning of the 1st round to pick up the height of the round.
Step 2
2nd round - *skip 4, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on one chain. Repeat from * to end
3rd round – *insert the hook between dc3 and dc1 of the previous round, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on one chain. Repeat from * to end
4 – 11 rounds = 3rd round
12 – 21 rounds = 3rd round, but work the pattern with smaller hook in order not to decrease or increase chains.
22 – 31 rounds = 3rd round, and work the stitch with larger hook again
If desired, you may work more rounds before the armholes point.
Step 3
Back part
Use the smaller hook and work the pattern for half of your total number of chains or columns of shells.
1st row – *skip4, (dc3, ch.1, dc1) on 1 ch. Repeat from * for 14 shells then skip 1, dc1 + 1 Returning Chain (RC).
2nd row – * insert the hook between dc1 and dc3 of the previous round, (dc1, ch.1, dc3) on one chain. Repeat from * to end. On the very last chain, dc1 +1RC
3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 rows = 1st row
4, 6, 8 & 10 rows = 2nd row
Step 4
Back shoulder pieces
For each back shoulder piece, work the pattern for 3 shells or 15 chains for 1 row
Step 5
Front part
Work right and wrong sides for 14 shells or 70 chains as for the back part, but crochet just 9 rows instead of 11.
1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 rows = 1st row
2, 4, 6, & 8 rows = 2nd row
Step 6
Front shoulder pieces
For each front shoulder piece, work the pattern for 3 shells or 15 chains for 3 rows working dc1 on the very last chain of each row +1RC
Step 7
Join front and back shoulder pieces together. Flip the garment to the wrong side, and it will be now your right side. It is optional, but the pattern looks better on the wrong side.
Step 8
For all edges work single crochet to end.


ch. – chain
dc – double crochet
rc – returning chain
sc – single crochet – slip stitch


Red shell tube blouse crochet pattern


Hi Sana, I just want to show

Hi Sana, I just want to show you my finish top. It's a little bit small on my chest. And the armholes are not even. But I like it. I will make another 1 and maybe I will add 10chains more to make it a little bit loose. On the hips it's fine. Pls. advise. Thanks.


Hi Luz,

Hi Luz,
You may add 2 or 4 repeats depending on how loose you want the blouse to be. Thank you for sharing the picture of your work. I appreciate it. I like your work and yarn color you've chosen. Happy crochet!

You're welcome, Luz. I love

You're welcome, Luz. I love your work too. It looks very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your work with us. I appreciate it. Happy crochet!