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