Anyways, back tot the Spring Shell - you can see more information about the pattern on Interweave Crochet site here. The magazine is on newsstands now.
If you are on Ravelry and want to join a CAL, there is a Crochet-Along for the Spring Shell starting here.
It was also brought to my attention on this CAL that the pattern, unfortunately, has an error in Rnd 2 of the Main body in the magazine. Please see the errata below for working the pattern correctly.
Spring Shell (Interweave Crochet, Spring 2009) - errata
Here it is what it should read starting on p. 56:
Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sk first sc, work form * to * of Row 1 of Main body patt (see Stitch Guide) 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times, work Row 1 of Panel patt (see Stitch Guide), rep from * to * 13 (15, 17, 19, 22, 23) times, dc in next sc, pm for right side “seam” , dc in next sc, rep from * to * of Row 1 of Main body patt 23 (26, 29, 32, 35, 38) times, dc in last sc, pm for beg of rnd (left “seam” - see Notes), sl st in beg ch 3 to join, turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each dc to first ch-1 sp, work Row 2 of Panel patt, dc to end, sl m (beg of rnd), sl st in beg ch 3 to join, turn.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, sk first dc, work form * to * of Row 1 of Main body patt 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times, work Row 2 of Panel patt, rep from * to * 13 (15, 17, 19, 22, 23) times, dc in last dc before m (right “seam”), sl m, dc in next dc, rep from * to * 23 (26, 29, 32, 35, 38) times, dc in last st, sl m (beg of rnd & left “seam”), sl st in first st to join, turn.
Then continue as written in the magazine.
There were also some questions that came up on the Ravelry CAL, so I address them here as well.
(1) The top is worked in rounds that are connected at left side seam by sl st at the end of each round. Then you turn your work to WS and work back around to left seam again, join with sl st and then turn to RS. This way you go back and forth in rounds joining at the left seam.
(2) The top has a clear visual “division” between front and back pieces with visual seams being places between 2 dc at either side (see the instructions above).
I hope it’s more clear now and I am not confusing you further. If more questions arise, please let me know. :)