Friday, February 10, 2012

Row 7 Errata for Nested Shells Pattern

Thank you for the comments made about difficulties with Nested Shells hat pattern. I finally got an opportunity to look more closely at the pattern and hope that these next few images and edits will help you finish the hat.

I am using Stitch Nation "Full O Sheep" Thyme in these pictures. As I crocheted I remembered that heavy worsted weight yarns are better for the pattern. Using a light worsted weight yarn will give you a tiny hat. The hat will stretch a little with wear, but a heavy worsted weight yarn will give you a normal size.

These edits refer to Row 7, where the shell pattern begins. This seems to be the trouble spot, understandably so, as I found some errors while I was working.

Errata is in purple.

row 7: ch 3, *skip 3 sc, shell into next sc, ch 1, skip 3 sc, dc into next sc, 2 dc into next sc, dc into next sc, dc into next sc, ch 1* Repeat from * to * 3 times, skip 3 sc, shell into next sc, skip 3 sc, 1 dc into next 4 dc, join with a slip stitch into the second ch of the ch 3 made at beginning of round. Add a place marker to the ch 3 at the end of the round to keep track of the beginning of each round.

The following pictures give you a visual of how it looks as you work up row 7 properly.

First picture shows what it looks like before you start row 7 -- ie the circle is finished. You should count 55 stitches before proceeding.

The next picture shows the chain-3 at the start of the round. "carekelly" on Ravelry pointed out that "turning-chain" doesn't apply, as we are working in the round (not going back in the opposite direction.)
The following picture shows skipping three single crochet, then making the shell into the fourth stitch. (Shell= 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) If you look at the previous single crochet row you can count the three little loops before the shell.

The image below shows the next ch 1, skip 3 sc, 1 dc into next sc, 2 dc into next sc, 1 dc in next 2 sc. The blue numbers show the 5 dc, and how dc 2 and 3 go into 1 stitch/sc (increase). The little blue loop at the end is to show the ch 1 you make after the 5 dc.Now you've finished the first the first * to *, Repeat 3 times! not 4, as you won't have enough room.
The next two pictures show making the last shell, ch 1, skip 3 sc, 1 dc in next four dc, then making a slip stitch into the beginning 3 chain.

Row 7 done! I hope this clears things up.

Please comment here or on Ravelry with any more questions. I will do my best to change the pattern and/or make another tutorial. I am currently a student, a volunteer teaching assistant and yoga instructor. It may take a little while to find a chunk of time with good lighting for taking pictures or going over things carefully.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Can't wait to make this beautiful hat

  2. Thank you! This helped me very much. And also thank you for this wonderful pattern of course!