As the weather gets warmer, I love to make quick and fun little projects that I can knit on the go without needing to carry too much wool.
These simple seashells are a summer favourite for me – they can be a toy, a decoration or just something to make you smile :)
Here are some basic instructions for how to knit your own shell:
Cast 6 sts of wool (colour of choice) onto a double-pointed needle.
WOOL TIP: I recommend using an Aran weight or thinner and using a wool that is one size smaller than recommended on the label.
Distribute the stitches 3-3 across two double-pointed needles. With a third double-pointed needle, start knitting in the round. Refer below image:
Knit 4 rounds with this same colour.
Stop and introduce a lighter colour (such as white). Work one round. Then return to the previous colour.
Continue working four rounds of your main colour and one round of your light colour.
As you work rounds, add two stitches every 8 rounds or so (just avoid increasing on or immediately after your striped round) until you reach 16 stitches, then add four stitches every 8 rounds or so until you have 24 total stitches
Your work doesn't need to be a specific length, but as a guideline I used Aran weight wool with 4mm needles and my work measured around 24cm.
Cast off with your white wool.
If you like, add a small amount of stuffing into the middle section of the shell (around 8cm right in the middle). This is optional, just to make the centre appear a bit more full.
Starting with the smaller end (where you cast on) roll the shell into a swirl. Refer GIF below:
Use your cast on and cast off ends to lightly stitch the shape into place.
If you would like something a little more complex, try my Clam with a Pearl knitting pattern to knit a beautiful, classic-style shell that opens and closes.
If you try this project, I would love to see your results! Tag me on Instagram @karlacourtney.