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Shells and Vines sweater

Today is kind of cold and dreary. Been inside all morning working on a baby shower afghan for a friend from church and realized it was time to post another pattern on here. Baby A has been kind of fussy this morning which has made it hard to get anything done but I just gave her to daddy which gives me a few minutes to post.
J, my son, had to have minor at home surgery this morning before school. Here is the background. 5 days after A was born, J decided to use our 10 inch chef knife that my hubby keeps extra sharp to remove the core from an apple rather than the small knife that he is allowed to use. In addition, he decided not to put the apple on the cutting board but to hold it in his hand while cutting. Needless to say this was not a good idea as he cut through the apple, through the nerve, tendon and artery of one finger and into the next finger. Hubby took him to the emergency room and a week later he had reconstructive surgery on the finger. This involved sewing a button onto his fingernail to provide an anchor point to attach the tendon to so that it would not contract. Then there were several weeks where he could not get the finger wet while his arm was in a splint to prevent him from moving the finger with physical therapy exercises every hour. Next we moved to no splint, could get finger wet but had to blow dry it, and physical therapy every 2 hours. Now we were at getting finger wet, blow drying it and physical therapy 3 times a day. Back to this morning. While massaging the scar to reduce the amount of scar tissue he told hubby he felt it "pop". Hubby investigated and realized that the finger had become infected. Per the surgeon's directions we removed the button and then had to clean and disinfect the finger. Poor guy doesn't have the button anymore to gross his school mates out with! Any ideas on what to do with the button? I can't just throw it away after all this. This injury, combined with the weak eye that requires him to wear an eye patch for 4 hours every day sure made him the talk of the town for a while. Of course if you saw this:


wouldn't you talk too?? So that is my day so far. I have to pick up K from school in a few hours to take her to get her second Gardasil shot. Hopefully hubby will decide to do dishes while I am gone. I HATE doing dishes! In the meantime, here is a pattern I designed last year for charity donations. If you choose to make it, please consider making one for charity as well. I make mine to donate to God's Tiny Angels ( ) Danette is a wonderful woman and does great things. This is not a registered 501C organization, but it is legitimate. Danette started the group many years ago and it has grown much bigger than I am sure she thought it would. She often pays for shipping costs, materials etc out of her own pocket to ensure that items get to where they need to be.

shells and vines

Shells and Vines Sweater
Pattern copyright 2007 by Ginny Blankenship
pattern updated 2014 (changes in bold)

Size 0 to 3 months

You will need:
4 oz Red Heart Baby sport Pompadour yarn or an equivelent yarn that will yield the correct gauge
Size G hook
6 small buttons

Gauge: 6 rows in hdc - 2 inches and 7 hdc = 2 inches

**BPDC is a back post double crochet
**FPDC is a front post double crochet
**Shell is 2 dc, chain 1, 2 dc all done in one stitch or space on the previous row
** hdc decrease = yarn over, insert hook in stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook

Ch 42
Row 1: hdc in 3rd chain from hook and next 5 chains. 3 hdc in next (corner made), had in next 6, 3 hdc in next, hdc in next 12, 3 hdc in next chain, hdc in next 6, 3 hdc in next chain, hdc in last 6 chains.

Row 2-5: ch 2, turn (ch 2 does NOT count as 1st hdc) 1 hdc in each stitch, putting 3 hdc in each corner.
r 2 = 7, 3 in corner,8, 3 in corner, 14, 3 in corner, 8, 3 in corner, 7 for a total of 56 stitches
r 3 = 8, 3 in corner, 10, 3 in corner, 16, 3 in corner, 10, 3 in corner, 8 for a total of 64 hdc
r 4 = 9, 3 in corner, 12, 3 in corner, 18, 3 in corner, 12, 3 in corner, 9 for a total of 72 hdc
r 5 = 10, 3 in corner, 14, 3 in corner, 20, 3 in corner, 14, 3 in corner, 10 for a total of 80 hdc

Row 6: chain 2, turn, hdc in first 12, ch 10, skip 16 stitches, hdc in next 24, chain 10, skip 16 stitches, hdc in last 12. ( 48 hdc and armholes made)

Row 7: chain 1, turn. Sc in each hdc and chain. (68 sc)

Row 8: ch 2, turn. dc in first, skip 3, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next stitch (shell made) skip 4, repeat from * 12 times. Skip 2, dc in last stitch. (13 shells and 2 dc)

Row 9: Chain 2, turn. Dc in first dc, shell in center of the shell on previous row, * dc in space between shells of previous row, shell in center of the next shell. Repeat from * 11 times. Dc in last dc. (13 shells and 14 dc)

Row 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc in first dc, shell in center of next shell * BPDC around the dc of previous row. Shell in center of next shell. Repeat from * 11 times. Dc in last dc. (13 shells, 12 BPDC and 2 dc)

Row 11: ch 2, turn. Dc in first dc, shell in center of next shell, * FPDC around post on previous row, shell in center of next shell. Repeat from * 11 times. Dc in last dc. (13 shells, 12 FPDC and 2 dc)

Repeat rows 10 and 11 alternately 4 times

Edging begins at the end of row 19
Ch 1, working up the front opening of the sweater work 35 evenly spaced sc to neck line. Ch 1 and turn to work down the front.
Sc in first 2 sc, ch 1, skip 1 stitch to create a button hole *sc in next 5, ch 1, skip 1. Repeat from * 4 times. Sc in last 2 stitches.
Ch 1 turn, sc in each sc and space placing 3 sc in last stitch.
Now you are working across the top of the button band and the neckline
Work 7 sc which should bring you to the first corner of the neckband. Work 2 sc in this corner, then sc in the next 6 stitches, 2 sc in the next, sc in each of the next 12 stitches, 2 sc in the corner, sc in the next 6 stitches, 2 sc in the next 5. Place 3 sc in the last stitch of the neckline.
Work 33 sc down the left side opening of the front. Place 3 sc in the last stitch at the bottom edge. Working along the bottom of the jacket, place a sc in each stitch and space. Fasten off when you reach the end of the bottom of the button band. Weave in ends and sew buttons on to match button holes.


Join yarn at underarm with the neck edge closest to you.
Row 1: ch 2, hdc in same space, work 27 hdc evenly around armhole and join to first hdc. turn. (28 hdc)

Row 2-5: ch 2, hdc in same and each hdc around. Join to first hdc. turn

Row 6: ch 2, hdc in same stitch. Work hdc decrease, hdc in next 12, hdc decrease, hdc in remaining stitches. join to first hdc and turn. (26 hdc)

Row 7-9: ch 2, hdc in same stitch and each stitch around. join and turn. (26 hdc)

Row 10: ch 2, hdc in same stitch. Work hdc decrease, hdc in next 11, hdc decrease, hdc in remaining stitches. Join to first hdc and turn. (24 hdc)

Row 11-13: ch 2, hdc in same and each stitch around. Join and turn. (24 hdc)

Row 14: ch 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc decrease, hdc in next 10, hdc decrease, hdc in remaining stitches. Join to first hdc and turn. (22 hdc)

Row 15-18: ch 2, hdc in same stitch and each stitch around. Join and turn. (22 hdc)

Row 19: ch 1, sc in each stitch, join and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Repeat for second sleeve

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of theis pattern, but there may be errors. If you find one please let me know!

Creative Commons License
Shells & Vines Sweater and Hat by Ginny Blankenship is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

I will post the pattern for the hat next time. In the meantime, enjoy!


LOVE this sweater; it's definately going on my 'to do' list! Thanks for sharing this pattern.
Unknown said…
It's so wonderful what you do and that you have taken the time to share so much of yourself. I am going to be a new mom in October and am learning to crochet, i wrote down your pattern and i think i get all of it except (hdc) i understand the (hdc decrease) but not the regular one, could you please explain? Anyway, thanks again, im sure i will enjoy trying to create this!
@Jamie Boyd, congratulations! I thought it would be best to direct you to a video, it will give a visual of how to do the hdc.
Sherry said…
Made the set for my soon-to-be-born great grandniece -- used Plymouth Dreambaby white with flecks of color
The effect was just what I wanted -- feminine but not frilly.
Anonymous said…
I'm a complete beginner and found your instructions extremely clear ! Could you offer any advice how to make the cardigan bigger ? Xx
@Anonymous To make this bigger I would add a few more of the increase rows at the beginning (see rows 2-5) by continuing the increase pattern For example, r 6 would read "11, 3 in corner, 16, 3 in corner, 22, 3 in corner, 16, 3 in corner, 11"
This section should come just under the breast of the child. Then for the next row the number of skipped stitches would be 2 more than the number of stitches worked between the first and second corner of the previous row. Continue in pattern until you get the desired length.
Of course you will have to adjust the number of stitches for the sleeves as well. :)

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