After I made my first Tunisian Shell design, it occurred to me that being "in the shell" is the perfect expression to describe an introvert's desire of being left alone in a comfortable and safe place. That's how my In the Shell Introvert's Collection started.

My favorite Tunisian shells are worked in the short-row technique using a regular crochet hook. The stitch pattern is simple and it was a lot of fun to play with while thinking about various possibilities of using it: increases for the hexagonal-shaped blanket, a half-circle element for the straight edge of the shawl, and finally, a more complicated challenge, a garment design.

In the Shell Top is worked in the round, and its upper part is worked side to side. It uses half-circle elements for the bottom edge, half-shells for the straight armhole line, and partial shells to tighten the neckline on the back.

The yarn was a pure joy to work with! Lace Merino by Ella Rae is a fingering/4 ply 100% merino. When worked in Tunisian simple stitch with a U.S. G (4mm) size hook, this yarn creates a light and delicate fabric, perfect for a summer top or a light vest.

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