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
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