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  1. (My second attempt at posting...I spent an hour composing my previous post and the system said there was an error when I tried to post it I literally cried.) Anyway, I'm sick of this pattern I've been working on it so long and the little girl I'm making it for is going to be too big for it if I don't finish it soon but I've hit a snag. This is what it should look like: I've just gotten to the sleeves and the pattern reads: With right side of work toward you, attach thread in 6th row to right of shoulder seam, ch 4, work 3 shells to shoulder seams and 3 shells the other side of shoulder seam, (each shell is worked over 2 rows of sdc) * ch 4, turn, work a shell in each shell and 1 shell beyond last shell, repeat from * until there are 20 shells in row then add 2 shells at end of each row until all rows have been picked up to the straight underarm section. First of all, sdc is what we would now call a half double crochet and those were used in the bodice. Second, it doesn't specify what kind of shell, so I just assumed 5 double crochet shells with single crochet anchors between each. This is what I have so far: My issue is that I don't understand how I'm supposed to add another shell at the end of each row and then pick up a stitch in my arm hole. With the chain 4, it seems to be leaving a piece of the shell just hanging and I don't know how to add the shell and pick up the stitch when the shell at the end of the previous row is just hanging there. It looks like this: All I can think is that I must be doing something wrong...any advice or insight would be sooooo appreciated!! I'm at my wit's end!
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