A New Way To Crochet Motifs
I have worked several motif based projects in my crochet history, from afghans to shrugs. I would love to start a motif shawl. Crochet motifs create an amazing geometrical lace design, whether worked in thread or bulky yarn.
I love crocheting motifs; I can't say the same thing about weaving in all of those ends. The first five or so are kind of relaxing. When I get to loose end number twenty, I am mentally reminding myself why I like motifs so much. I've tried everything: weaving the ends in as I go, stopping to weave them in after every ten motifs, nothing worked.
There has to be a way to crochet motifs without all of the loose ends. Enter Kristin Omdahl and her new seamless, join-as-you-go book, Seamless Crochet. The technique in this book, unlike most join-as-you-go motifs, does not complete an entire motif before moving to the next but instead works the entire row of motifs in sections, meaning you don't need to fasten off between motifs.
Before you start your first seamless shawl project, I recommend taking a few minutes to study the multi-color stitch diagrams that accompany each project.They are genius, and if you are having trouble understanding how this technique works, the stitch diagrams will quickly illustrate the ingenuity of this seamless technique.
Here is what Kristin Omdahl says about designing her seamless crochet shawls:
I love the geometric texture of crochet motif fabric, but I used to shy away from motif-based shawls because of all the ends to weave in. I was also wary because you usually see both sides of the fabric on a shawl, and I often worried about ends sneaking back out and showing after some wear. In this collection of seamless motif shawls, I used a variety of construction techniques to show how many different ways you can use this technique to eliminate worries about multiple tails that can pop back out.
Find Seamless Crochet: Techniques and Motifs for Join-As-You-Go Designs in the Crochet Me Shop. And for visual learners, there is even an included instructional DVD.
P.S. Do you have tricks for weaving in ends?