July / August 2009

Stitchy Seashells

By Regina Rioux Gonzalez

RED HEART Super Saver (Economy size), 5 oz/141g skeins, each approx 244yd/223m (acrylic)

  • 3 skeins #995 Ocean (A)
  • 1 skein #792 Sandy Print (B)


  • 3 skeins #792 Sandy Print (A)
  • 1 skein #995 Ocean (B)

note 3 balls of the main color and 1 ball of the contrast color are sufficient to make one pillow. 3 balls of each color are sufficient to make two pillows, one with A as main color and B as contrasting color, and the other with B as main color and A as contrasting color.

Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge


  • Fiberfill
  • Yarn needle

Approx 20”/51cm across (at widest point) x 20”/51cm tall (at tallest point)

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Problems with the pattern after the 4th flute

The pattern for all the flutes after the 4th one seems wrong. It does not leave a rippled edge on the flutes like on the previous and like it shows on the diagram pattern. When I followed the directions, my 5th flute ended up being square and with a large piece near the bottom that would be bunched up. Am I the only one who has noticed this? Does anyone have a correction out for this yet? I am able to read the diagram and work it right but my friends can not.

from the tech editor

I spoke with the tech editor to try to help troubleshoot this—we've seen completed shells that have worked out fine! Here's her response. Let us know if this helps!

A possible trouble spot occures when working certain even-numbered rows. These even-numbered rows are worked a little differently in the fifth through eighth flutes than in the first through fourth flutes. Here's some detail.
When working the fifth flute, and the remaining flutes, take particular care when working rows like Row 4, 6 and 8 of the fifth flute:
Row 4 Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across to last 8 sc; leave last 8 sc unworked - 52 sc.
Make sure that you are working to the last 8 sc of the previous row, not to the last 8 sc of the entire piece. When working Row 4, this is pretty straight forward. Since Row 3 has 60 sc, you will work 52 sc then stop and leave 8 sc unworked. However, when working Row 6 (which is to be worked like Row 4), there are only 52 sc in Row 5, so you should work only 44 sc (52 - 8 = 44) then stop and leave the last 8 sc (of Row 5) unworked. A similar situation is true for Row 8. Row 7 has 44 sc, Row 8 begins with an sc2tog then works sc until 8 sc (of Row 7) remain unworked. Since, 44 - 8 = 36, you will work over only 36 sc of Row 7, the first 2 will be worked over with the sc2tog, then you will work sc in the next 34 sc, again leaving the last 8 sc of Row 7 unworked, for a total of 35 sc worked in Row 8.
In this manner, the shaping of the "flutes" changes slightly between the 4th flute and the 5th flute. This is because the 1st through 4th flutes are each getting a bit larger than the previous flute, but the 5th through 8th flutes are each getting a bit smaller than the previous flute.

Stitchy Seashells

I plan to make some of these pillows when I finish my current project. I will use beige and forest green yarn to match the colors of my dad's recording studio. I'm sure he'll love them!