Well, just one for now. After 2 years of looking up at generic Ikea paper lamp shades I decided it was time for a bit of creativity. I’d seen a few examples of crochet lampshades online and decided to give it a go. I managed to find two bargainous lampshades for £3.50 at a charity shop.


I started by just crocheting a row of doubles around the bottom of the frame, which was pretty tricky.


Crocheting with the frame between my legs was pretty cumbersome.


It has taken quite a long time given that it’s not exactly a portable project.


The stitch is shell stitch. I didn’t follow any sort of pattern, I just crocheted until it felt a bit loose then decreased a few stitches. I found a couple of good videos to show how to increase and decrease the shell stitch.


I finished with a shell scallop around the bottom, which I fear makes it a bit twee (as if a crocheted lamp shade isn’t twee enough!). Twee isn’t really my style but it needed something to finish it off.

Crochet lampshade
Crochet Lampshade
In situ

I’m really pleased with it. I still have another frame so I need to decide what I want to do with that one. Of course, I will keep you posted!

15 thoughts on “50 shades of crochet

  1. (I have to comment, I don’t want a fairy to die!)

    That’s WONDERFUL! We had some crochet-covered lamps in the last issue of Crochet Today, but we didn’t work over a frame like this. Yours looks great.🙂

    1. What were they like? I’ve seen some just covered or with crochet embellishments, both also nice. I have made one which is just a cover for the original lampshade. It started life as a blanket, but it wasn’t its destiny!

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