I have had two trips to the seaside recently. One was a family trip, and the other a school trip to the sealife centre in Brighton. Lots of inspiration there.
I thought I would have a little change from my bugs, and have a go at designing a small collections of sea creatures. There are a few more in the pipeline.
This starfish is very simple to knit. It is all done on 2 needles. As in all my patterns I tell you exactly how many stitches you should have at the end of each row, and detail every row so you know exactly how far you have to go. This is what I like in a pattern. Each leg is knitted separately, so there is a bit of sewing up.
I was particularly pleased with the overall shape, and the base of the starfish. I have a dried starfish in my bathroom, which I used as a model.
The spots were a bit of an after thought. I did think I had finished, but then looking again at photos of starfish, thought that the spots really added something. The pattern tells you how to link to a short picture tutorial on my blog, which shows you exactly how to sew a french knot if you want to add spots to your starfish.
I have always liked making things, and although I have been knitting a lot recently, I also like sewing and other crafts.
I live on the outskirts of London, and work part-time at a local school, and have partly got back into making things because my children are always doing something creative. At school I love the days when we get really messy.