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Pullover perfect for spring days ahead

A dream of a crocheted sweater can be yours with a little effort and a lot of fun. This all-season pullover is worked side to side from the right sleeve to the left sleeve all in one piece. A collar, placket (with three optional decorative buttons) and pocket are added on.

The stylish shorter length is enhanced by roomy, very comfortable dolman sleeves and a great drape and texture. Worked with a cotton-look acrylic yarn, it has a gauge of 3{ stitches to the inch.

To obtain directions for making the Comfortably Casual Sweater, send your request for Leaflet No. Z-021692 with $2 and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Pat Trexler Crafts, Dept. 123200, P.O. Box 419148, Kansas City, Mo. 64141.

Or you may order Kit No. C-021692 by sending a check or money order for $29.95 to Pat Trexler Crafts at the same address. Kit price includes shipping charges, full instructions and yarn in your choice of the following colors: washed denim, fisherman (off-white) or blush.

Or call toll-free (800) 255-6734 to place your kit order.

Try the basic shell stitch

Shell stitches are among the most popular of all the many crochet pattern stitches, probably because anyone can create such super effects with little experience or effort. Get out a hook and some yarn and try either or both of the ones I'll share with you today.

The first is a very basic shell. Start by making a chain of 36 stitches.

For Row 1, (A) skip 2 chains; (B) in the next chain, work 2 double crochets, chain 1, work 2 double crochets (all in the same chain); (C) skip 2 chains and single crochet in the next chain after the skipped chains. Repeat Steps A through C across. This will give you 6 shells. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 2 and all following rows: In each chain-1 space of the previous row, make a shell as follows: Work 2 double crochets, chain 1, 2 double crochets (all in the same space). Chain 3 and turn. That's it _ just repeat this single row over and over.

Here's a variation of that resulting in a more solid fabric. The full shells are made the same as in the basic pattern above. Work Row 1 in the same manner as before. The changes come on the following rows.

Row 2: (A) Double crochet in the final single crochet of the previous row (together with the turning chain, this makes a half-shell); (B) single crochet in the next chain-1 space of the previous row; (C) make a full shell in the next single crochet. Repeat Steps B and C across to end of row, ending with 2 double crochets in the last stitch of the row. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 3: (A) Work 1 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochets in the first single crochet; (B) single crochet in the next chain-1 space; (C) make a full shell in the next single crochet; (D) single crochet in the next chain-1 space. Repeat Steps C and D across to end of row. Work a single crochet in the turning chain. Chain 3 and turn. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for desired length.

Because of the large volume of mail she receives, Pat is unable to answer your letters personally. However, she welcomes all questions and hints and will use those of general interest in the column whenever possible. Mail questions to Pat Trexler, Universal Press Syndicate, 4900 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64112