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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

"Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside"


My recent family trip to the seaside, closely followed by a school trip to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton, put in mind that I should branch out a little from the insects and try my hand at some sea creatures, or maybe I should say beach creatures.

The knitting patterns for these sea creatures are available on Ravelry and Craftsy, and you can link direct straight to Ravelry through the links in my side bar on the left or Craftsy on the right. 

I have a special offer running on Ravelry, where you can buy any two of my seaside patterns, including my popular spiral shell, and get a £1 discount. I also have a few of my seaside sets for sale for non-knitters in my Etsy Shop.



I have a few more sea creatures in the pipeline, which I am still working on.

I have tried to photograph them below so that you have to look quite hard I hope to see which are knitted and which are real. 


I have been working on the patterns for a while, and am pleased with the way they have turned out. The scallop shell can be knitted as one half, or as two and sewn together and stuffed. I thought it might be nice to make into a lavendar bag. 

Hubby suggested fashioning two shells into a bikini, but soon told him what to do with that idea. Scallops seem to come in a huge variety of colours and patterns, as you can see from the black shell that we found on a beach in Cornwall. So anyone who knits one could really let their imagination go wild.


This version of the starfish has a bit of embroidery, but this is optional. As usual I have tried to go for realism. I have put a page on my blog on how to sew a french knot, as I love using this stitch. I seem to use it a lot, and people think it is difficult, so hope I have shown how simple it is.


This is the underside, which my son says is where a starfish's mouth is?


I have a few more sea creatures in the pipeline, which I am still working on.

58 comments:

  1. how fabulous! they're so realistic!
    super work!
    xo

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  2. I love your starfish! They are so cute!

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  3. Wow! gorgeous and so creative!

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  4. OH wow! They really are amazing! they do look so real!

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  5. oh my gosh, they're incredible! you're right I can hardly tell which are real and which aren't!

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  6. After just spending a week at the beach, I can say that your creations look as good, if not better, than the real thing creatures I saw!

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  7. Ginny, your sea critters are fabulous!! Love the striped shell. Thanks for sharing on Ravelry : -)

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  8. wow they are amazing! what a special talent you have :)

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  9. Oh my goodness! I thought these were real, you are an amazing designer!
    Take care
    Linda

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  10. Those are fabulous! Incredibly realistic. Well done :)

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  11. Be.Still.My.Heart.
    Those are A-freakin'-MAZING!!!! Love just how realistic they look. Fantastic work

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  12. Hi Ginny lovely to 'meet' you, thanks for visiting my blog!
    Wow I love your sea creatures, they are fantastic and your little insects are brilliant too, very clever. :)
    Vivienne x

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  13. Beautiful, they make me think of my days at University!

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  14. They are spectacular! What a fun addition they would be to the children's nature table.

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  15. These are so very good. They'd look amazing as decoration in a beach hut :)

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  16. When I first saw them I thought they were real ones. Those are awesome

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  17. Cute sea creatures!! They looked so real!

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  18. Those look amazing. So lifelike

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  19. They are so stunning! Great job!

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  20. These sea creatures are sooo cute!! I especially like the star fish with the little pearls.

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  21. I love the scallops! These are fabulous, I'll have to try my hand at some sea creatures soon. Thank you for sharing them.

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  22. They are awesome. I like the starfish especially. When we were in California last year we had the opportunity to feed the starfish, so that indent in the centre of the bottom - that's the mouth. There are some cool YouTube videos showing them eating :)

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  23. Wow, these are great! They will be wonderful reminders of a great time at the beach :).

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  24. How fun!!!! love them and they definitely look like they came off the beach.

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  25. oooh, I can hear the ocean calling me.

    Those are awesome!

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  26. Oh wow. What amazing, amazing design and knitting, these are a marvel! I love the beach, so these make me really happy.

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  27. WOW, Ginx! These are really beautiful. Just very, very good. Hear! Hear!

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  28. Wow! They look great! I love the yellow starfish. The white polka dots are perfect!

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  29. These are awesome - very realistic!

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  30. They are brilliant, what a splendid idea, never seen knitted shells before. I had to look twice!

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  31. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing

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  32. Wow - they are amazing. I also think the french knot is amazing (very versatile) and possibly my favourite stitch.

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  33. How realistic are these? I would imagine a tremendous amount of work went into them. Well worth it though, they are a credit to you. Fantastic! Love your husband's comment, that's just the sort of thing mine would have said!!!! It made him roar when I read it out to him :)

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  34. I had to look twice to see which were real or not. I think they are really lovely. A fantastic job. Well done. :)

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  35. Amazing work! I've adapted a starfish pattern in the past to make star keyrings and found them very fiddly to make, Your creations are very life like

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  36. wow i looooooooooove these! the striped shell is my fav but all look amazing :) x

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  37. These look wonderful, what a great design!

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  38. What a fantastic design, they look amazing. Ali x

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  39. Fantastic! I love the starfish :)

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  40. Wow, fabulous. Really difficult to tell which are real and which aren't! What a brilliant idea!

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  41. They are fab :) very effective x

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  42. Fab idea. They look sooooo good. Who would have thought knitting could look so realistic!

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  43. These are awesome! As a former biology teacher, these really appeal! So creative! WOW

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  44. These are fantastic - what a neat way to capture and create inspiration

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  45. Those are amazing! Are you going to publish the pattern?

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    1. The patterns are already published on Ravelry. You can link there through the pictures in the left sidebar.

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  46. These are so lovely - I especially love the starfish

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  47. Absolutely fantastic! how clever and unique! never seen a knitted sea creatures like these!
    the starfish and the shells beat everything.
    they are the best creations in the whole Hand-Made Monday episode this week!
    well done!

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