The Crochet Motif Through the Years

No technique is more readily associated with crochet than the crochet motif. It has been used as the building block for a variety of home decor items including afghans, bags, and garments. And though early examples date back to the 1800s, these motifs are still favorites for designers.

Crochet Granny Square Cardigan  
Thoroughly Modern Granny Jacket  

From the beginning of Interweave Crochet's creation, crochet motifs have been a staple for sweater design. They were in our first issues, and they continue to gain popularity in the current issues.

The Thoroughly Modern Granny Jacket by Candi Jensen was published in Interweave Crochet 2004. This crochet and knit combination jacket is built around classic granny square panels. The granny square is the most famous crochet motif. With the four color construction, these granny squares are classic representations. It still retains a great vintage retro appeal, meaning this great sweater will always be in style.

  Crochet Motif Vest
Gladiolus Vest

For the Summer 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet, Robyn Chachula designed a gorgeous motif vest inspired by the delicate flower. The Gladiolus Vest is crocheted entirely from motifs worked in a single color. The result is a sophisticated garment that brings the crochet motif into the modern crochet world.

The Abelia Jacket by Judith L. Swartz was published in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2011 issue. Lacy crochet motifs, reminiscent of granny squares, are worked in panels to create the body of this fabulous top. The luxurious mohair and wool blend yarn fashion a beautiful drape.

Crochet Motifs  
Abelia Jacket  

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Best wishes,

P.S. Which crochet motif design is your favorite?

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