Fern Fitted Shell

Fern Fitted Shell

Panels of Fern Pattern lace (from the Mon Tricot 1500 stitch dictionary) form the side sections of this fitted sleeveless top, and cause the hem to curve gracefully. Binding off and then picking up stitches just below the bust creates an accent cord, above which gentle bust shaping (short row shaping optional) and a scoop neckline create a flattering silhouette. The neck and hem are finished with an applied I-cord edging, while the armholes are self-finished (see Pattern Notes).

Il modello e' finalmente disponibile per comprare (ma purtroppo non in Italiano--mi dispiace). Andavo nel mio archivio fotografico per trovare le fotografie che ho fatto quando finivo Fern, e non potrei credere che era in febbraio. Allora, alcune cose hanno intervenuto nel ultimo quasi mezz' anno.



Intermediate. skills used include reading chart, picking up sts, three needle bindoff, attached I-cord.

Fern Fitted Shell


  • Yarn: Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton, 65% cotton, 35% microfiber, 60 yd/55 m per 50 gm ball, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12) balls.
  • Needles: US size 8/5 mm circular needle, 24-47” depending on selected size. US size 8/5 mm set of double-pointed needles (dpns), for neck edging. Optional: US size 8/5mm 16” circular needle for neck edging. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
  • Notions: Stitch holders, extra needles or waste yarn; markers

Sizes & Measurements

Table of Sizes & Measurements
  XS S M L 1X 2X 3X  
Bust 28 31 36 40 44 48 52 inches
  71 81 91 102 112 122 132 cm
Underbust 24.5 28.5 32.5 36.5 40.5 44.5 48.5 inches
  62 72 83 93 103 113 123 cm
Hip 30 34 38 42 46 50 54 in
  76 86 97 107 117 127 137 cm
Length 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 23.5 23.5 in
  55 56 57 58 60 60 60 cm

Shown in size S.

Fern Fitted Shell


16 sts/22 rows to 4”/10 cm in st st; 28 sts to 5.5”/14 cm for Fern Pattern. Check gauge on blocked swatch.

Pattern Notes

This top is intended to fit closely; however, the lace panels are very stretchy, so that even with zero ease, the fit is somewhat forgiving. In the pictured top, the length from bra band to hem is 11-12 inches/28-30 cm (the hem curves slightly) for all sizes; changes in overall length for different sizes all occur from the chest up. However, directions are also given for lengthening the portion of the top below the bust by 2 inches/5 cm. Read through all instructions before beginning, especially if you plan to change the length below the bust.

Note that in the pattern, unlike the pictured top, the armholes are self-finished with Annie Modesitt’s slipped stitch edge; this reduces rolling of these edges, as well as finishing time.

Price: $5.50