Uncategorized Editor's inspiration: Seaside shawls and seaside towns like Walton on the Naze in England. Read more on LoveCrochet!

Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Angie


A Trip to the Seaside: Shells, Fossils, and Waves

This week, Angie reminisces about a trip to the seaside and how it inspired her to become more interested in stitches and patterns. 

Editor's inspiration: A trip to Walton on the Naze for a seaside shawl

Last August, I took a trip to the seaside for my birthday. I went to Walton on the Naze in Essex, on the east coast of England. This town thrives on the British migration to the sea in the summer, with a beautiful beach that goes on for miles and a marshy wetland area that’s thriving under wildlife protection.

This area was important during both World War I and World War II, with military pillboxes that were used as anti-invasion tactics still present on the beach. The nearby Naze Tower was used at the advent of radar technology, and still stands today – although you’re more likely to find ice cream than radar equipment now.

Trip to Walton on the Naze: an editor's crochet inspiration. Read more on LoveCrochet!Above: a view into a military pillbox, hidden by algae and seaweed

The cliffs in this area are subject to extensive erosion, with 2 meters of land lost into the sea each year. The area has become a hotspot for geologists, wildlife conservationists, and biologists, who all work together to try and preserve this unique and beautiful area.

The beach is a wonderful place to hunt for souvenir shells; I even met a woman who had dug up several shark teeth in her search for fossils.

Walton on the Naze - an editor's crochet inspirationAbove: cliffs in Walton on the Naze

It’s been 10 months since that trip, and I still think about hiking around the marsh and walking along the miles and miles of quiet beach landscape. I was looking through some things from last summer, and I found the shells I collected on the beach. I asked myself, ”How can I crochet something that would memorialize this trip?” I was inspired by the colors and shapes of the shells most of all, and I wanted to create something, even if it’s something I’ll decide to give away as a gift.

I began by looking through the LoveCrochet pattern library, and I found the Seaside shawl by Anna Nikipriowicz, which consists of several motifs which are later joined together to create a shawl.

Anna Nikipirowicz's Seasisde shawl, a memoriam to my trip to Walton on the NazeAbove: Seaside shawl. Click on this image to purchase the pattern!

I love the scalloped edging and the way that the colors look like the ebb and flow of a seaside tide. I’m also inspired by how the designer chose Rowan Kidsilk Haze, opening up crocheters to new fibers that we might not have thought about using before. I love how the subtle mohair halo works with the design, instead of against it.

You’ll need one ball each of shades Tornado, Alhambra, Atlantic, and Heavenly, as seen below.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze for the Seaside crochet shawl pattern

I probably won’t go back to Walton on the Naze this summer, because even though I loved it there, the world is full of beautiful places that are just begging to be discovered.

Seashells from Walton on the Naze

What’s inspiring you this week? Tell me in the comments!


About the Author

A Jack of all crochet, but a master of Netflix and video games. When not crocheting, you might find me on the archery range or in choir practice!

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