Published on June 16th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Crochet Seashell Lamps

Materials: Melodi, Manljus, Minut, cotton yarn, crochet hook

Like most people, at Crochet Today we love the convenience of IKEA furnishings, but enjoy personalizing them with YARN. This project involves three IKEA lamps, the Melodi, Manljus, and Minut. Each lamp has a new crocheted covering, made from cotton yarn (acrylics could melt, so cotton is the best choice for this project).

We provide stitch patterns and dimensions in the project pages in our magazine, but what’s important to remember is that each person’s gauge can be a little different, and personalizing the covers is probably the part that’s most fun! So take chances with color and stitch patterns, and keep the lamp handy so you can test-fit your cover as you work.

The Melodi and the Manljus styles are a little tricky, but the Minut lamp is very spherical, which makes it a *lot* like an idealized human head–do you see where I’m going? You’re making a lamp hat! Take a chance and try out hat patterns that will come out about lamp-size.

We’re planning more IKEA hacking at the magazine–everything can use a little more crochet, we think–and would love to see your versions of these lamps, whether or not you use our patterns. Have fun!

See more of the crochet lamp shades (link no longer available).

~ Rose White/Crochet Today magazine, South San Francisco

Photo credit: Nicole Hill-Gerulat

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Jules Yap

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15 Responses to Crochet Seashell Lamps

  1. Majken Andersen says:

    These are gorgeous! :) Where can I find and buy the patterns? :)

  2. Majken says:

    Gorgeous! Where can I buy the patterns? :)

  3. Alexandra says:

    Wish there were knitted patterns for these crocheted lampshades. Very pretty.

  4. matemo matemo says:

    They are so pretty! I have to try this at home ;)

  5. Tracey says:

    I’m attempting this today with the Melodi lamp. If anyone is concerned about heat, the bulbs from IKEA are LED and do not get hot. Maybe a little warm after a while, but I don’t think there is much risk of fire. Also, like a previous poster, use a wool for a flame-retardant option.

  6. bellamia says:

    Will you sell this made or just pattern?

  7. Robert says:

    I don’t think that’s such a good idea considering lightbulbs can get quite hot.

  8. Inspire Me Heather says:

    They look great! I wish I could crochet.. oh well! I’ve got this linked to my Ikea post too today – just HAD to mention this site, it’s fabulous!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wool would be a better choice than cotton; cotton is a plant fiber and could burn. Wool is actually flame retardant, it’s even used for carpeting in sensitive buildings like military buildings.

  10. I love those lamp shades. Now I *really* wish I could crochet. :)

  11. wow they lamps are very beautiful!!!
    I just started to work crochet, I saw this work more and more passionate!

  12. mydecoreview says:

    What all amazing works done with crochet!! The other day I saw a table covered with crochet work. But how did the work stick onto the lamp. Also what are Melodi, Manljus and Minut

  13. Anonymous says:

    These are beautiful. LOVE. I wish I knew how to crochet!

  14. My God they are beautiful. I have also crochet a lamp shade, but not that beautiful as your! Really amazing. Have a wonderful da and Thanks for sharing

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