I have worked several motif based projects in my crochet
history, from afghans to shrugs. I would
love to start a motif shawl. Crochet motifs create an amazing geometrical lace
design, whether worked in thread or bulky yarn.
|Blissful Flower Shawl
I love crocheting motifs; I can't say the same thing about
weaving in all of those ends. The first five or so are kind of relaxing. When I
get to loose end number twenty, I am mentally reminding myself why I like
motifs so much. I've tried everything:
weaving the ends in as I go, stopping to weave them in after every ten motifs,
There has to be a way to crochet motifs
without all of the loose ends. Enter Kristin Omdahl and her new seamless,
join-as-you-go book, Seamless
Crochet. The technique in this book, unlike most join-as-you-go
motifs, does not complete an entire motif before moving to the next but instead
works the entire row of motifs in sections, meaning you don't need to fasten
off between motifs.
Before you start your first seamless shawl project, I
recommend taking a few minutes to study the multi-color stitch diagrams that
accompany each project.They are genius, and if you are having trouble understanding how this technique works, the stitch diagrams will quickly illustrate the ingenuity of this seamless technique.
Here is what Kristin Omdahl says about designing her
seamless crochet shawls:
||Ninja Star Shawl
I love the geometric
texture of crochet motif fabric, but I used to shy away from motif-based shawls
because of all the ends to weave in. I was also wary because you usually see
both sides of the fabric on a shawl, and I often worried about ends sneaking
back out and showing after some wear. In this collection of seamless motif
shawls, I used a variety of construction techniques to show how many different
ways you can use this technique to eliminate worries about multiple tails that
can pop back out.
Crochet: Techniques and Motifs for Join-As-You-Go Designs in
the Crochet Me
Shop. And for visual learners, there is even an included instructional DVD.
P.S. Do you have tricks for weaving in ends?