How to Crochet: Mini Motifs – Part One

By Erin Burger – 4 Comments
A motif is defined as a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper. Granny squares are a great example of a motif. The mini motifs featured in these posts can be used for so many fun crochet projects. Make a cool garland with many mini-motifs strung together, design your own jewelry (earrings!), decorate a child’s room, make a table runner; the possibilities are practically endless!

This little motif is simple and reminds me of a little jewel. The pictured motifs are a smaller motif made with an E hook and fingering weight yarn and a larger one made with a G hook and sport weight yarn.

Round 1: ch 8, sl st in first ch made to form ring: 8 ch
Round 2: ch 3, 23 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of beginning ch-3: 23 dc
Round 3: sl sl in first three dc, ch 3, sl st in same st, (sl st in next 3 dc, ch 3, sl st in same st) around, ending with a sl st in first sl st, ch 3, sl st in same st: 8 ch-3s

Finish off, weave in any ends. Make it pretty.

Have any comments about mini motifs or questions about these instructions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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  1. Sina says:

    So what are the differences in weight of the yarn you use (for any projects really) and why are they important?

    I’ve tried looking it up but I don’t find much help for it.

  2. ellen pelkey says:

    some are soft weight and some are sport weight and some are really course a 4 ply soft weight project would probably come out smaller than a 4 ply heavier weight yarn and it is important if you are making a sweater for example to use type of yarn it calls for to get correct size – gage of project you are working on that is what i experianced with different types and weights of yarns

  3. Erin says:

    Hi Sina,

    Here is a quick tutorial about choosing the right type of yarn, hopefully it will be of some help to you:


  4. Shelby says:

    Can someone please just explain this to me without the abbreviations and everything? I know how to crochet a little bit, but I tried this and I don’t understand and it just ends up sucking and not working.

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