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Crochet a Shell Octagon Medallion

Posted in crafts, crochet, home decor by mylifesamess on 03/07/2011

I learned to knit and crochet from two old books I bought on eBay :

“The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitching” by Mildred Graves Ryan

“The Complete Book of Knitting” by Barbara Abbey

I’m opening with this factoid so that I can hide behind it if my instructions or technique are incorrect.

I found the pattern for this crocheted medallion in “The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery.”  It’s fairly simple, though I would suggest using a thicker hook / yarn for beginners.  For the medallion shown below, I used a 3 1/8 mm hook and size 5 crochet thread.

Start by making a foundation chain of six stitches.  Join with a slip stitch to form a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first round, chain 2.  Then, take 23 double-crochets in circle.  Make slip stitch in top of chain 2.

(Here are instructions for double crochet : for the medallion, you’ll be hooking through your circle instead of through individual stitches)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second round, chain 4.  Take 1 double crochet in same stitch.  Chain 1.  Repeat the following sequence of stitches 7 times :

* Skip 2 stitches.  In next stitch, take 1 double crochet, 2 chains, and 1 double crochet.  Chain 1. *

Slip stitch in top of chain 2.  (Note : I think this is a typo and should read slip stitch in top of chain 4.)

For the third round, chain 2.  In first chain 2 (chain 4?) space, take 1 double crochet, 2 chains, and 2 double crochet.  Repeat the following procedure 7 times :

* Chain 1.  In the next chain 2 space, make 2 double crochets, 2 chains, and 2 double crochets. *

Chain 1.  Slip stitch in top of chain 2.

For the fourth round, repeat the following procedure eight times :

* Make 7 double crochets in chain 2 space for shell.  Then 1 single crochet in chain 1 space. *

You should end up with something resembling the first picture in this post.  Slip stitch in the first stitch, fasten yarn and clip.

I usually pull a bit at the medallion to even it out, and / or place it in a book to help flatten it as I usually have yarn tension issues.

I decided to make five of these medallions and go for the shabby chic wall hanging vibe :

Problem is that they’re not hanging as flat as I would like.  I’ll have to brainstorm a solution for that.

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  1. Tatha said, on 03/07/2011 at 3:05 am

    Oh I can help with the problem of them not laying flat. You’ll need to block them. Blocking is important for finishing your work. You can Google instructions for that as there multiple methods. But basically you’ll need to wet your finished piece (whether by washing or just pressing a damp cloth over it for awhile) and then lay it out and shape it. you can also use rust-proof pins and pin the piece to your ironing board to help hold the shape you want and then let it dry. Once dry it will retain the shape you blocked it in. You can also iron or steam the piece, but that can crush your stitches and it doesn’t always look as good. (Matter of preference.) Lastly, if you want your piece to be stiff (good if you want to hang it on the wall) then you can soak it in liquid starch for a few moments after wetting it. Block it to the shape you want, pin and allow it to dry.

    These look very lovely!


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