Draped Lace Shell


A shell with a subtly draped neckline is flattering on lots of figures. This version is made from bamboo, giving it beautiful drape and sheen. The lace is easy to memorize and execute and looks simple and elegant in this shell shape.

The pictured version has 5 cm / 2 inches of negative ease. If you want a looser fitting shell, knit a size larger. If you want the top to be longer, knit an extra vertical repeat before starting waist shaping or before starting the armhole shaping.

A change from the pictured version: I’ve improved the armhole shaping and given it a bit more underarm and shoulder coverage.


Finished bust: 78 (88, 98, 108, 118) cm

Finished length: 50 (53, 56, 59, 62) cm


Be Sweet Bamboo (100% Bamboo, 50 g / 110 yds): 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) balls

Substitutions: This would work in any smooth DK weight yarn. Silk would give a similar sheen as the bamboo.


4 mm straight needles (or size needed to get gauge)

stitch holders

stitch markers


3 horizontal / 3 vertical repeats = 15 cm x 9 cm in horseshoe lace pattern

22 sts / 30 rows = 10 cm in stockinette stitch

Stockinette gauge is only given to help you in yarn substitution- please swatch in the lace pattern. It is vitally important that you wash and block your swatch!

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