• We decorate the beach bag with knitted shells and starfish

    The author: Galina KryuchkoTvor

    Exotic sea shells are so delicate, exquisite and surprisingly diverse! Sun-fed, caressed by the waves, keeping the secrets of unknown depths. It is not surprising that it is customary to take them as a memory of journeys to the sea. Probably, each of us has a treasured box with these embodied memories at home ... And how nice it is to open it once coldly in the winter evening, stroke the smooth mother-of-pearl sides of the shells with your fingertips, put one of them to your ear and hear the far, barely audible song of the sea ...

    But now it's summer (yes, I insist)! A time of interesting travel, new acquaintances, bright impressions, a time of joy. And what can please a woman more than a new bag? Especially the beach bag!

    Therefore, taking into account all the above and discarding the lyrics, I suggest you today decorate the beach bag with man-made (or rathershell-shaped) shells and starfish. What do we need for this?

    At first,we will need the bag itself. You can crochet it out of cotton or linen, or sew from dense textured fabric, or buy ready-made, or get your old favorite beach bag from the farthest shelf of the wardrobe and present it with a new life. The choice is yours!

    I will decorate such a laconic handbag of 36 by 28 cm in size, crocheted from mercerized cotton of milky color, with an oval bottom and solid knitted handles.

    Secondly, we will need a suitable yarn for our shells and sea stars. I propose to take the wonderful Charm cotton thread from Vita Cotton (50g / 106m) color No. 4153 is milky (from this yarn, by the way, my bag is also tied), and the thin cotton thread Anna 16 from Seam (100g / 530m) color No. 284 beige.

    Thirdly, we will need crochet hooks - № 2, 5 for the first thread and № 1 for the second.

    Well, every little thing without an account - bobbin threads, needles, scissors and always a good mood!

    So, we begin!(I apologize in advance for the different color of the background on the collages and other amazing things that happened to my photos - I took pictures in natural light,and it changes in our wonderful summer weather every five minutes.)

    Knit a spiral shell

    1. We dial a chain of five air loops, we enclose in a ring.
    2. We make one lift loop and knit this ring successively: two columns without a nakida, two semi-columns with a crochet, eight columns with a crochet — a total of 12 columns.
    3. We knit in a spiral into the columns of the previous row, two columns in each loop of the base: four times, two double crochets into each loop — a total of eight double crochets.
    4. We continue to knit in the same way: five times two columns with two nakida in each loop - only ten columns with two nakida; eleven times two columns with three naquids in each loop - a total of twenty-two columns with three naquids.
    5. We tie our shell with a thin thread in a spiral, starting from the center, alternating two air loops and a half-column without single crochet in each column, hooking its upper outer loop with a hook.
    6. We tie the outer edge, alternating two air loops and a semi-column with no crochet into each loop of the base.


    Knit a double shell

    1. We dial a chain of five air loops, we enclose in a ring.
    2. We make four lifting loops and knit eight columns with two naquids into this ring.
    3. Without closing the knitting, turn it and knit the second row: three lift loops plus another air loop, then alternate - one relief front column with a crochet into each loop of the base of the previous row, one air loop; We finish the row with a double crochet into the lifting loops of the previous row. Attention! When knitting a relief front column, we seize with a thread not the body of the lower column, but the jumper between the loops of the base of the previous row.
    4. Turn knitting, knit the third row: five lifting loops, two columns with three nakida in picot from the air loop of the previous row, one relief front column with three nakida in the column with nakida previous row (this time when knitting we capture the thread of the body of the lower column); alternating to the end of the row, ending with a column with three naquids in the lifting loops of the previous row.
    5. Turn the knitting, knit the fourth row: one lift loop, one single crochet into each loop of the base of the previous row.
    6. Turn the knitting, knit the fifth row: one loop of the climb, then alternate - three air loops,one relief oblique front column in every third column of the previous row; finish the row with a single crochet into the lift loop of the previous row.
    7. We tie a shell of the shell and its edge with a thin thread in a manner similar to that described above.

    Knit a nautilus shell

    1. We dial a chain of five air loops, we enclose in a ring.
    2. We make three lifting loops and knit twelve double crochets into this ring, close the row with a connecting pole.
    3. We knit one lifting loop and then successively into each column of the previous row: two columns without single crochet into one loop of the base, two half-columns with a double crochet into one loop of the base.
    4. We continue: two columns with a crochet in one loop of the base - twice, two columns with two crochets in one loop of the base - two times.
    5. We continue: three columns with three naquids in one loop of the base, three columns with four naquids in one loop of the base.
    6. And finish: three posts with five crochets in one loop of the base, three posts with six crochets in one loop of the base.
    7. We tie a nautilus shell with a thin thread in the same way as a spiral shell.

    Knit a cone shell

    1. We collect a chain of five air loops, closes in a circle.
    2. We make three lifting loops and knit six crochets into this ring.
    3. Without closing the knitting, turn it and make four lifting loops plus one loop, then alternate - one relief front column with two crochets into each loop of the base, one air loop; finish the row with a double crochet into the lifting loops of the previous row. Attention! When knitting an embossed facial column, we seize with a thread not the body of the column, but the jumper between the loops of the base of the previous row.
    4. Turn knitting, knit the third row: one lifting loop, two columns without a nakida in picot from the air loop of the previous row, one relief front column without a nakida in a column with two nakida of the previous row (this time when knitting we capture the thread of the column body); alternating to the end of the row, ending with a single crochet into the lifting loops of the previous row.
    5. Without breaking the thread, we collect a chain of thirty-two air loops.
    6. We knit in this chain successively, one column in each loop, starting from the third from the hook: two semi-columns with a crochet, two columns with one crochet, two columns with two crochets.
    7. We continue now with one column in each second loop of the chain: two columns with three naquids, two columns with four naquids, two columns with five naquids.
    8. And finish: two columns with six naquids, two columns with seven naquids, two columns with eight naquids; we do a connecting column in the last column without the previous one.
    9. We tie a shell of the shell and its bezel with a thin thread in a way already familiar to us; the body of the cone itself is tied with one row of columns without a single crochet.


    Knit round shell

    1. We dial a chain of five air loops, we enclose in a ring.
    2. We make one lift loop and knit eight single crochets into this ring, close the row with a connecting post.
    3. We knit five loops of rise, and then two columns with three nakida in each column without nakida previous row.
    4. Close the row connecting column.
    5. Our circle is slightly concave; We will strengthen the effect by knitting a series of semi-columns without a single crochet, one in each column with three single-crochets of the previous row.
    6. We'll slightly add our shell and turn it clockwise to create a spiral effect.
    7. We will tie a thin core of the shell with the usual method.

    We knit a seashell oval

    1. We collect a chain of six air loops plus five loops of lifting.
    2. In each loop of the chain, starting from the sixth from the hook, we knit a column with three naquids, and in the last loop - four columns with three naquids.
    3. Turn knitting and knit on a column with three naquids on the opposite side of the chain, and in the last loop - three columns with naquids.
    4. We close the circle with a connecting column in the lifting loops.
    5. It turned out a concave oval; We will strengthen the effect by knitting a series of semi-columns without single crochet, one per loop of the base of the previous series.
    6. We'll slightly add our shell and turn it clockwise to create a spiral effect.
    7. We tie the center line of the shell in our usual way.

    Knitting a big starfish

    1. We pick up a chain of five air loops, close them into a ring, make three lifting loops and knit nine double crochets into this ring; We close a number with a connecting column.
    2. We make one lift loop, knit one column without crochet into the next loop of the base, skip one loop, knit the crochet column into the second loop of the base from the hook; and then dial a chain of ten air loops plus one lifting loop.
    3. We knit in this chain sequentially: one semi-column with a single crochet, one column without a single crochet, one semi-column with a double crochet, four columns with one double crochet, three columns with two single crochets.
    4. In the same loop of the base of the circle as the previous double crochet, we knit another double crochet without knitting it to the end; then in the second loop of the base we knit a second unbound column with a crochet.
    5. We knit these two columns together, connecting them with vertices.
    6. Again we collect a chain of eleven air loops and in the same way we knit the next ray of a star, there are five of them; we close the row with a connecting column in the very first column with the crochet of this row.
    7. We tie a thin thread around the contour already known to us.

    Knitting a small starfish

    1. We collect a chain of five air loops, close the ring, make two lifting loops and knit five pairs of single crochets into this ring, closed together (two lifting loops are counted as one double crochet), separating these pairs from four air loops.
    2. Close the row connecting column.
    3. We make one lift loop and knit a single crochet into the top of the connected crocheted columns of the previous row with one crochet, and then we collect a chain of six air loops.
    4. We knit in this chain sequentially, starting with the third column from the hook: one column without a nakida, one semi-column with a nakida, one column with a nakida, one column with two nakida.
    5. We make one column without nakida to the next vertex of the connected columns with nakida of the previous row.
    6. Similarly, we knit the remaining four rays of our star, we close the row with a connecting column.
    7. We tie a star around the contour with a thin thread in our usual way.

    We knit the ophiuro

    1. We pick up a chain of five air loops, close them into a ring, make one lift loop and knit ten single crochets into this ring: close the row with a connecting column.
    2. We knit six lifting loops, and then two columns with four rounds in each column without the cusp of the previous row; We close a number with a connecting column.
    3. A slightly concave circle was obtained; we will strengthen the effect by knitting a series of semi-columns without single crochet, one in each column with four single-crochets of the previous row.
    4. Next, we collect a chain of twenty-five air loops plus one lifting loop and knit in this chain successively, one column in each loop: ten crochets, ten semi-crochets, five crochets.
    5. We knit the connecting stitch in the third loop of the base of the previous row and one half column in the next stitch.
    6. Similarly, we knit the other four rays of the office; the little secret is to make them curl beautifully in a clockwise direction, we tidy up the chain of air loops, and knit the tops of the columns more freely.
    7. We tie a binder of the brittle strings and its center in the usual way.

    And so quickly, beautifully and with pleasure, we procure the number of marine elements we need. I connected five spirals, six pieces of bivalves and cones, seven nautilus, one circle and two ovalchik, one small starfish and two large ones, and one beautiful ofiura. Here is a bunch!

    Now let's think about placing this wealth on our beach bag. There are lots of options! You can lay out shells with a border along the bottom edge, you can fill one of the corners with them, you can finally just sew several single elements in different places. The choice is yours too! I also wanted to create the effect of shell placer on a distant exotic beach ... Therefore, I spent several fascinating hours collecting this puzzle on the surface of my handbag (which underwent considerable changes in the process of stitching).

    So, we decided on the layout option, we can proceed to the next stage - the preparation of elements for sewing. We will not otparivat and block them, so as not to disturb the surface relief and the light charming irregularity inherent in natural objects. If you still want to straighten the elements a little, you can put them for a couple of hours between layers of terry cloth under a small load (for example, under a stack of several large-format books).

    But we will sew our shells and starfishes with hidden stitches, catching with a needle the rear arches of the binding posts. The free edges of the elements, if any, are not sewn. Try not to make too many stitches and do not tighten them too much - the shells should keep their volume. If you, like me, sew the elements to the knitted fabric, stretch the thread under the outer loops of the posts, then our wrong side will remain clean and neat.

    Attention! The photos were made with contrast thread for clarity. Actually we sew elements with a bobbin thread in color!

    Well, knitted sea souvenirs sewn and handbag is almost ready !.Carefully we will steam it from the inside out, let it dry - and forward, in summer, attract the admiring glances of passers-by, listen to the delights of friends, and just enjoy life!

    Thank you for attention!I hope my workshop will come in handy. I myself do not like handicraft on ready-made templates, so I tried to leave you maximum freedom of action. Inspire, create, create beautiful things, delight yourself and your loved ones.


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