How to Crochet a Sea Shell

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Seashells are fun decorative pieces, whether you're looking for a beachfront, pirate ship or island motif for a living area in your home. An alternative to buying shells or gathering shells during a trip to the shore is adding a piece or two that you crochet yourself. If you're familiar with hyperbolic and bullion crochet stitching, then you can make a seashell for your lanai — or for a housewarming gift for your friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet needle
  • Start out crocheting 5-inch chains, turning and doubling back in a hyperbolic pattern. Every six stitches, start to make them a little larger, so that the shell will start to widen out, like a conch shell.

  • Tie your yarn off and wrap it back it into the shell's spiral. Switch to bullion switching at this point, in which you bring the thread through with the needle, put the needle back through and wrap the thread around the needle. Steady the wrapped thread with your thumbnail and send the needle back through the fabric.

  • Continue with the bullion stitching until the lower part of the shell is the size you want. If you want ruffles on the edge, hyperbolic stitching will be the easiest way. If you want a larger ruffle, increase the size of stitches after each pair.

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