Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Shells


I've been busy on one of my little knits, that I know may provoke the question "why?" Not sure what the answer is. 

I made several attempts to design a spiral shell last year and each time I failed. Eventually I put the idea aside. I had designed a collection of small seaside knits, and a spiral shell seemed to be the main thing missing. So the idea has been niggling away in the back of my mind.


I have spent quite a lot of time looking at various shells in textbooks and online. There are so many different types, but I wanted my shell to be definitely conical and not a flat spiral. So I think you might call this a turret or auger shell, depending on which part of the world you live in. I would love to try and knit a conch shell, but I'm not sure knitting lends itself to all those spikes.

My shells are knitted with two doublepointed needles and short rows, and the shaping makes the knitting fall into a natural spiral. The knitting of the shell is not too tricky, although some people may hate the way I have written the pattern. 155 rows may seem a bit much to produce a tiny shell, but as you are decreasing all the time it does not take as long as you might think. I can knock off a complete shell in an evening. The wool is ordinary 4ply sock wool, and I am now slightly fixated on finding realistic shell shades in multi-coloured sock wool. Well it's a hobby! To find the pattern CLICK HERE!



There is one long seam, and I found it easiest to sew and stuff as you go. And then sewing it into a spiral is done with tiny stitches. The pattern has detailed photographs and instructions explaining how to do this.


Just a reminder of my other sea creature patterns. My recent trip to the seaside gave me the chance take some new photographs, on a real beach.

I have set up what I have called a BEACHCOMBER PROMOTION, so if you buy any two of my beach patterns shown below through ravelry you get a £1 discount. (I was going to attempt to set up so if you bought 3 or 4 you would get a larger discount, but it just got too complicated, and I am afraid to say I couldn't work out how to do this.) Do let me know if you have any problems with what I have set up. (I only recently worked out that this sort of discount only works if you buy patterns in one transaction. But also the system can only cope with one discount per transaction, so anyone buying all four needs to do them in two groups of two.)

But if this all seems like too much work then keep an eye on my ETSY SHOP, as I still have a few sets of sea creatures for sale there

Sand Dollars, if you were wondering.
Scallop Shell






Starfish


61 comments:

  1. ooh those are sweet, knitted shells? awesome!! Have a knitty wednesday xx

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  2. Wow what wonderful shells. They look so life like.
    Ali x

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  3. I love the spiral shell but further more the scallop shell!!
    They are cute!!

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  4. These are absolutely amazing!

    Wonderful work!

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  5. WOW those are all gorgeous! They look so real...

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  6. Oh my these are just gorgeous!! I'm going to have to make these for my kids because they love shells and we are always coming home with bucket loads of them when we come back after a weekend at the coast.
    Rosie xx

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  7. that is ridiculously clever!

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  8. Oh WOW! Those shells are simply amazing!!!They look so real!

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  9. They are beautiful.
    You are so clever and creative, I'd never think of knitting a shell!

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  10. Beautiful! Great imagination!

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  11. They are really clever! And they look really real!

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  12. WOW! Your shells are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!

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  13. My goodness, what stunning shells! All of your knits are wonderful!
    Thanks for posting on Creative Friday
    :)
    Linda

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  14. Amazing job! The shells looks so natural.

    Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminado-darth-vader/

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  15. Those are very creative !! Stopping by from Annemarie's link party.

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  16. Wow! So unique and beautiful! You are amazingly talented.

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  17. Wow! These are amazing! You are just great!

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  18. You are so talented. I couldn't tell the real from the knitted ones. Very unique! Visiting from Madge's Weekly Top Shot. xo

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  19. Very creative and beautiful shells and other gems of the sea world ~ ^_^

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  20. Those are adorable! Nice work!

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  21. Oh, I love these knitted sea shells! Nicely photographed here, too.

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  22. I have such an admiration for anyone who can do such work. You're obviously very talented and very patient. I love them all.

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  23. I was drawing shells this week, and that was tricky enough, so knitting them!
    They're amazing :)

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  24. I think they're fab, but I especially love the starfish

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  25. Loving the shells. It's such a skill to be able to think up patterns. My favourites have to be the starfish - they are super cute!

    Hope you have a good week,
    Alison

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  26. Beautiful, you are so creative.

    Lisa

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  27. Lovely all of them, especially the purple/pink starfish!

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  28. These are lovely. They'd look great framed for a bathroom.

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  29. I love shells, the shapes and colours are lovely, I have some shell paintings I may show soon.

    Jan x

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  30. Surely the answer is 'why not?' and the fact that they are completely fabulous and then some! You've certainly cracked it. The first image with the natural brown and sand tones is my favourite, and I do love your starfish.

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  31. These are brilliant, so original and beautifully crafted. I love them!

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  32. They are amazing !!!! The starfish is brilliant xx

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  33. why? well why not!! They look great :) starfish + spiral shell looks great x

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  34. i love love love your knitted sea creatures and the new spiral shell is the perfect addition to the collection!

    I think you could do really well with these on Etsy, i will certainly be hearting them when they appear there :) x

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  35. They are absolutely beautiful. I thought they were real!! Your knitted shell collection reminds of the sea creatures glass artist Chihuly creates. Wonderful......

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  36. These are amazing, so realistic and beautiful. Lovely photography too!

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  37. So beautiful, so realistic - well done. Hope you have a good week.

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  38. Ha! These are brilliant! I have to admit that when I clicked your link on Handmade Monday I didn't realise that the shell was knitted - it looks so realistic in the mix of colours! Clever clogs :)

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  39. Love those knitted shells. Perfect for us that live so far away from the ocean.

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  40. The shells are LOVELY!! I know what I might knit my mum an dad.

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  41. The brown spiral shell is beautiful, as are the starfish.

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  42. Absolutely beautiful! and so clever :)

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  43. That is brilliant, really life like and well executed :)

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  44. Your shells are so much fun!

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  45. Wonderful designs. How great that you stayed with it!

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  46. Your shells look very lovely and I love your multicoloured starfish. Pretty soon you'll have a whole knitted beach I think.

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  47. Love these shells.....especially the spiral one and the starfish.
    The answer to 'Why?' is a resounding and emphatic 'Why not?'
    You are a clever thing.....

    Claire :}

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  48. You're amazing! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday.

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  49. Oh, how beautiful!! I love them. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

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  50. So wonderful! I love the realistic colors and textures.

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  51. Absolutely amazing work! I also love the starfishes! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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