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Crinoil Columnals Set (R2)

the columnals included in this set of knitting patterns

Crinoids were plant like sea creatures. Their stems were made of flat little "columnals" stacked end to end. These came in all sorts of shapes – round, square, star-shaped, pentagonal, spiky – and were usually less than 1cm across. This pattern knits up about 4 times too big unless you use sewing thread and really, really tiny needles!

A printable version of this set of patterns is available.

You Will Need:

  • 4 ply or sock wool in grey
  • 4 x double ended knitting needles (2.5mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors


Click on a doodle for instructions on how to make the crinoids. Each pattern is worked twice and then the two pieces are sewn together back to back.

Alternatively the second piece can be started by picking up the correct number of stitches from around the edge of the first instead of casting on. This reduces the amount of sewing up but you do need to make sure that you start in the same place for both sides or the corners won't match.

large star-shapped crinoid spiky wheel-shapped crinoid five pointed crinoid pentagon-shapped crinoid large wheel-shapped crinoid double wheel-shapped crinoid stripy wheel-shapped crinoid square-shapped crinoid little wheel-shapped crinoid little star-shapped crinoid