Ocean Crochet

Help make an art installation!

You’re invited to be part of a giant ocean crochet art installation for this year’s Tacoma Ocean Fest! Join textile artist Kelly Lynch to learn to crochet a giant barnacle. Kelly will walk you through crochet basics, then guide you through making a soft yarn barnacle for inclusion in the Ocean Story Trail or festival artwork. Perfect for beginners, but with extra inspiration for advanced crocheters.



One skein of medium worsted weight (#4) wool yarn in grey, tan or white (cotton/bamboo/linen ok too – just no acrylic, as the ocean doesn’t need any more plastic!). Plus scissors and a crochet hook size 5-6mm or H, I, or J. 


Drop your ocean crochet creations with the host at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma WA 98402 (or mail them) by May 30 for inclusion in the outdoor Ocean Story Trail art. Open Wed-Sun 9am-8pm – grab a drink or yummy meal at the same time! Get the menu here.


Bring them to Tacoma Ocean Fest on June 6 at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma, and add them yourself to the ocean crochet installation!


Kelly Lynch is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who specializes in dance and fiber arts. A passionate advocate for accessible and socially responsible arts education, she has taught for numerous community organizations, and currently serves as a co-director for the Barefoot Collective, a not-for-profit modern dance company for adults.