Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sea Urchins


I have added a new pattern to my sea creature collection: a Sea Urchin Shell. Do you like my real sea urchins? They were my Christmas present from my husband. I know that is a bit odd, but I really like them. They sit on a shelf in the room where I make things with a few other seaside bits and bobs. I thought they would look good with the knitted ones in my photographs. 

Sea urchins are really fascinating creatures. It took me quite a while to find exactly the right wool. These are knitted with James Brett DK Marble Colour 5, which seemed to have exactly the right mix of grey and pink to give a natural look. This is the same wool that I used for my Our House project.


The knitting is done on two needles, and is not difficult. The dots are then embroidered on down the ridges afterwards. I refer you to my photo tutorial for some help with these french knots. I have tried to be very careful with the number of ridges, and there are five main ones with large bumps, each with two smaller ones inbetween. 


Just for the month of May I will be including this pattern in my Beachcomber promotion on ravelry. So if you buy it with any of my other seaside patterns pictured below (Starfish, Spiral Shell, Scallop Shell, Sand Dollar or Little Minnow) you get a discount of £1. Do remember that you must buy two patterns in one transaction for this to work. If you have any problems please get in touch.








36 comments:

  1. I love these oceanic creations! They are so tactile and beautiful...Chrissie x

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  2. Wow, I just came to your blog thorough Fiber Arts Friday - and am in love with your sea creatures!

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  3. Whoa!!! I have loved your seashell for a long time, but that sea urchin is just amazing. Great work!

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  4. they are all awesome! so realistic and yet cuddly :) You have some totally awesome patterns!

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  5. Just beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow, this post is proof that you can knit almost anything! They are so realistic X

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  7. Hello Ginny,
    The Sea Urchin Shells look beautiful! Your creativity and skills are beyond wonderful, I think:)

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  8. I love the colours you used for the urchins, they looks so delicate - just like the real things :)

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  9. Such fun and they look so real too.

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  10. They are brilliant, you are so clever making up patterns for them all. You will be able to open a seaworld type thing soon!

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  11. Took a moment to realise they were knitted! Really unusual and a fab collection all together.

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  12. Your spiral shell remains the most beautiful knitted item I've ever seen.

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  13. Oooo! THESE are your BEST yet!! :-D -- So, the bumps are done after..? I had thought perhaps that you might of used some "curly" type yarn... No matter. BRILLIANT WORK as usual!!

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  14. Yet another fabulous creation, and so realistic xx

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  15. Oh, I do love your knitted sea creations. The urchin is fab, it the starfish will always be my fave!

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  16. Yay! Great to see a new addition to your knitted sea creatures, i love them all and its lovely to see them together as a collection :) x

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  17. I'm always amazed by your knitted creations. They're wonderful. I really like the anemones, really life life.
    Ali xx

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  18. All of your seaside collection is amazing, you're so clever to create these things.

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  19. These are amazing...perfect replicas :-)

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  20. Wow, they are amazing:) I hope you're are pleased with them.

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  21. They are just amazing. Truly divine.

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  22. Beautiful. The entire collection. Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursdays on The Inspired Wren.

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  23. What a fantastic collection! These are way cool - you are amazing!

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  24. you always amaze with your ability to translate the natural world in such a convincing manner - so clever! x

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  25. Your sea creatures are adorable! Love them!

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  26. When I saw your little pic on Yarn Along I thought your knitted sea urchins were the real thing. Beautiful.

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  27. These are all so gorgeous! You have such a talent for creating life-like creatures and other objects. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. You are such a creative and talented person. Your art always blows me away, and today's sea urchins just add to my amazement. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. Amazing! Never thought this can be done. :)

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  30. The sea urchins are cute -- both the real and the knit ones. The greyish-pink wool and the texture is just lovely.

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  31. I can't imagine being clever enough to make one of these, let alone design them. I've always liked sea urchin shells.

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  32. Wow. These are amazing. You should be proud of your talents.

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  33. Your sea urchins look great and would be nicer to hold than the real thing. Pretty soon you'll have knitted everything on the coast.

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