What do I do with this crochet motif?
|They aren’t exactly a technique, and I wouldn’t call them a stitch pattern. Individually they are rarely an entire project. Crochet motifs are probably crochet’s most famous design. The Granny Square is a crochet motif, and many motifs are easily worked, perfect for beginners, and are ideal candidates for stitch diagrams.
I love crochet motifs because the possibilities for their use are almost endless. Motifs can be joined and used exclusively to create garments, afghans, and shawls. Kristin Omdahl’s Wisteria Shawl is created using an innovative motif construction technique that eliminates the need to weave in numerous loose ends.
I love the lacy openness of the Wisteria motifs in this shawl. Motifs are the perfect choice if you are looking for a project with a strong structural lace.
Motifs can also be used to create an excellent edging. The Maya Shawl uses motifs to create an elaborate looking but easily created motif edging. The edging is the focal point of this otherwise simple double crochet shawl. These motifs are joined as you go, meaning they are joined to the shawl and each other on the last row of the motif.
When motifs are joined as you crochet, the dreaded last step of sewing them together is removed. For me, this means that I finish more projects, which is a definite advantage to my ever growing in-progress pile of projects.
Kristin Omdahl also uses join-as-you-go motifs to create the yoke of her Forest Flower Pullover. As you can see, motifs do not always have to follow the square shape we might normally associate with them.
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