Learn How to Create Freeform Crochet

Crochet is the perfect technique for the creative person. You can create innumerable shapes and textures. You can insert your hook in the stitch below, in a stitch several rows below, around the post, or any number of other locations to create even more innovative designs.

 
Dogwood Scarf by Suzann Thompson  

But there is another level to this inventiveness—freeform crochet. With freeform crochet you create stacks of motifs (which can be patterned or just make up as you go), then you join them to create whatever shape you can imagine.

Here is an excerpt from Suzann's article to give you a taste of how easy freeform crochet really is!

Crochet Charm Lace

Despite its name, freeform is most effective if you follow a few guidelines. When making a crochet charm lace piece, start by choosing a theme, focused on either a color or a subject. A theme will unify the project and guide you in choosing motifs, yarns, and colors. For instance, if you want to use many different colors, choose just two main motifs for your piece. If you plan to use many different motifs, choose a main color and add small amounts of one or two accent colors. Of course, you have the freedom to do what you like, and there is room to work outside these parameters.

 
  Spring Things table mat

In fact, the Spring Th­ings table mat uses many colors and yarns as well as many motifs. But all the motifs are associated with spring: flowers, animals, rain, gardening, and sunshine. ­The Dogwood Scarf uses four colors of yarn and includes flowers-and-leaves motifs, but it has only one type of yarn. Th­e theme, whether it's color or subject, gives the motifs a sense of belonging together.

After you select your theme-again, unified by either color or subject-decide on the shape and size of your project. Most shapes are possible with crochet charm lace; you simply cut the base fabric template to the desired shape or use a garment as a template. When you first start working with this technique, it might be best to stick to simpler shapes, such as a rectangle for a scarf or a circle.

If you like, first cut a template from paper and adjust it until you're happy. Th­en cut the shape from a sturdy fabric, such as denim or burlap. (Note that the fabric is simply a template and will not be part of the finished product.) To make the template for the Spring Th­ings table mat, I traced around a sixteen-inch (forty-one-cm) serving platter.

—Suzann Thompson

 
Close-up of the Dogwood Scarf  

For more step-by-step instructions on joining motifs, crochet patterns perfect for spring, and crochet blossoms to brighten your house and wardrobe. Order or download your spring issue of Interweave Crochet today.

Best wishes,

P.S. Share your tips for working freeform crochet in the comments.Then join us for the Dogwood Scarf crochet-along!

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