Palm Tunic: Attaching Motifs

Summer is a great time for motif projects. The bite-sized elements are light and easy to work, and they come together quickly into stunning garments. When you can join those motifs together as you go, you get the added pleasure of a quickly-finished piece without the fiddly frustration of seaming it all at the end.

Cristina Mershon's lovely Palm Tunic from Interweave Crochet Summer 2013 is made up of triangle motifs that are joined as you go. She uses two kinds of joins: a picot join at the corners and a chain-2 join in the center of the edge. Here's a quick picture guide to these clever joins.

You work your first motif as it is written in the pattern, and fasten it off. For your next motif, you will work all but the last round exactly as written, and work the joins on the final round.

When you reach the tip of a triangle point, you will work a picot join. This join begins the picot, then slip stitches to the picot on the adjacent motif, then completes the picot on the working motif.

Ready to join Picot join step one Sl st at end of picot join

When you reach the center chain space on the triangle's edge, you work a chain-2 join, where you chain, slip stitch to the chain space on the adjacent motif, then chain again, and continue on the working motif as written.


At the next point, you work another picot join. That completes the joins for one edge of the triangle.

Ready for ch-2 join

Two completed joins  

When you're working the garment pattern, you will most often be joining more than one motif at a time, and frequently will be working a join in every corner and edge space around. The layout order of motifs is shown for each size, so you'll know exactly where to join for each piece. You'll see a sweater emerging before you know it.

Enjoy your motifs and lovely summer sweaters!



Three completed joins

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