Join-as-you-go MotifsBy Claire Ortega – 13 Comments
As a crochet beginner, I steered clear of granny squares and other crochet projects made with motifs. Don’t get me wrong–I loved the look of crocheted motifs and how each little part plays a big role in the shape and look of each piece. I didn’t make motif projects simply because I wasn’t confident with my sewing skills–skills I thought were vital in completing motif projects.
When I discovered join-as-you-go motifs, a whole new world of crochet opened up for me. I didn’t have to sew all the motifs together! The last row of each motif is matched up to a corresponding side of the previous motif, and slip stitches are made in place of chain spaces. Here it is at work with my Magical Market Bag Pattern:
I set out to learn more about crochet motifs, and promptly fell in love. There were so many shapes to make and learn, so many ways to put them together, and so many projects I can make. My favorite is Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs book, because aside from giving fantastic written and charted patterns for different shapes of crochet motifs, it taught me how to design my own motifs, all the things I can use motifs for, and how to connect them to each other. Here is an excerpt courtesy of Amazon.com, showing the different ways to arrange crochet motifs:
I look forward to many more crochet motifs projects, and sharing them with you! What about you, what’s your crochet motif story?