After our trip to Camps Bay Beach (pictures here), I had collected a bag full of sea shells. I was particularly attracted to the spiral shells, however most were broken. When I got home, I started dreaming about what I could do with them (instead of leave them in a plastic bag as I have done with every other seashell collection I’ve collected). I decided to make a garland with the seashells and chose crochet to make a stronger base for the garland. I kept putting off the project until today!
|A peek inside my bag of seashells.|
|Washed and ready to sort.|
Clean the shells- I just rinsed them off and dried then since they were “dead” shells. Here is a guide on how to wash all kinds of shells. I let them dry in the sun, you could also paper towel dry them. I ended up having 29 suitable shells. I sorted them into “larger/prettier” and “average”. I had 20 “average”, 9 “larger/prettier” ones. I am not sure what type of shells these are, if you know, please share!
Seashells with holes in them
Crochet hook of your choice, I used size K/6.50mm
To begin, I left a 12 inch tail (to attach it to things), tied a knot and then crocheted ten stitches (watch the tension because the garden twine is rather bulky and scratchy).
|Hook and beginning stitches.|
I put the shell in between the hook and the working twine.
|Hook through the shell.|
Then I put the hook through the shell and then pulled the twine through.
|Hook and pull the twine through the shell.|
Now you have a loop on your hook and the working twine is still in back. Go up and over the next side of the shell and hook the twine and loop is through.
|Make another loop around the shell.|
|Four stitches between shells.|
I used 10 of my “average” shells. Then added my nine “larger/prettier”, and finished with my last 10 “average” shells.
After adding the last shell, I crocheted 10 stitches, knotted the end, and left a 12 inch tail.
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Song of the Post: Beyond the Sea as sung by Bobby Darrin.