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.
|Wisteria Shawl by Kristin Omdahl
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.
|Maya Shawl by Kristin Omdahl
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.
|Forest Flower Pullover by
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
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