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Cockle Shell (F3)

knitted cockle shell

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? ...Well I've got knitted flowers, and these cockle shells have come out quite nicely. If I do a silver bell pattern at Christmas I'll be most of the way there.

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • scraps of double knit
  • knitting needles (3mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors


(A list of abbreviations is available.)

Cast on 41 and work in the flat.

  1. Row 1: [k1, p3] x 9, turn/ [k3, p1] x 7, k3, turn/
    [p3, k1] x 6, p3, turn/ [k3, p1] x 5, k3, turn/
    [p3, k1] x 4, p3, turn/ [k3, p1] x 3, k3, turn/
    [p3, k1] x 7 (41)
  2. Row 2: [p1, k2togtbl, k1] x 10, p1 (31)
  3. Row 3: [k1, p2] x 8, turn/ [k2, p1] x 5, k2, turn/
    [p2, k1] x 4, p2, turn/ [k2, p1] x 3, k2, turn/
    [p2, k1] x 2, p2, turn/ k2, p1, k2, turn/
    [p2, k1] x 6 (31)
  4. Row 4: [p1, k2togtbl] x 10, p1 (21)
  5. Row 5: [k1, p1] x 9, turn/ [k1, p1] x 7, k1, turn/
    [p1, k1] x 5, p1, turn/ [k1, p1] x 3, k1, turn/
    [p1, k1] x 7 (21)
  6. Row 6: cast off 4, [k1, p1] x 8 (17)
  7. Row 7: cast off 4, k2tog x 6 (7)
  8. Row 8: p –
  9. Row 9: k1, k2tog x 3 (4)
  10. Row 10: p –

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.

Making Up:

Diagram showing the end of the knitted cockle shell before making up.

Join the cast on edge into a loop by sewing the two straight sides together.

Pull the gathered stitches down over the seam you just made and fix them to the bottom edge of the shell.

Lose any remaining loose ends in the fabric of the shell.


Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!