Discover the Possibilities of Crochet Motifs

Jul 11, 2013

The building blocks of crochet, motifs perfectly combine structure and lace, and are the perfect components for sweaters, scarves, shawls, and more. Crochet motifs can also be the perfect technique for crocheting squares, hexagons, circles, and more.

With this free collection of patterns, I wanted to highlight both projects that used crochet motifs in classic construction styles as well as projects that highlight motifs in unusual ways. You will find traditional shawls comprised of lacy and detailed crochet motifs. A gorgeous afghan highlights the crochet motif in a new and fun way.

  The Cabine de Dentelle by Annette Petavy is  A log cabin inspired design borders a lacy crochet motif creating larger square motifs that combine to create a beautiful afghan that highlights both the geometrical and lace qualities of crochet.
  The Serene Box Pleat Top by Kristin Omdahl is a sophisticated and flattering top with clever shaping. Worked in lace-weight yarn, the rows of strips of motifs in this tank top have beautiful drape. A v-shaped lace insert of a second motif highlights the possibilities of motifs to create either columns or lace.
  Designed to emulate the frothy swirls of the ocean, the Katrina Shawl by Lisa Pflug uses two strands of lace-weight yarn to create a gradual color shift across the breadth of the shawl. The soft haze of the mohair adds comforting warmth. The motifs are joined as you go, creating the central panels first, then adding the outer motifs.
  Large crochet motifs create the Ring Around the Posie by Tammy Hildebrand.  This top is created from six strips for a total of eighteen simple motifs. Style it over a simple cami in a contrasting color to create a trendy, relaxed look or pair it with a matching silk cami for a more sophisticated look.
  A riot of colors make Carmen's Jazz Scarf by Sue B. Balcom the perfect stash busting accessory. Exploded crochet motifs are joined as you go to create a wide scarf that is sure to be a statement piece. For a more delicate accessory, try working this motif pattern in a DK or fingering weight yarn.

Whether you want to explore the construction of crochet motifs, learn how to join motifs as you go, or discover multiple ways to incorporate motifs into gorgeous projects, you will find the perfect crochet motif pattern in How to Crochet Squares, Circles and Crochet Motifs: Free Crochet Motif Patterns. We would love to see your work; share your pictures in the Crochet Member Gallery.

Best wishes,

P.S. For another fabulous crochet motif pattern, check out the Larger Than Life Bag by Cecily Keim in Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns or the Magic Carpet Blanket by Melisa Darnieder in Free Baby Crochet Patterns from Crochet Me: 9 Free Crochet Patterns for Babies.

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Char55 wrote
on Jul 11, 2013 10:05 AM

I LOVE motifs!  But I HATE joining them!...and tucking in all the ends!

JoyJ wrote
on Jul 12, 2013 1:37 AM

I love the patterns you have put together in this ebook - they would be a great motivation to new crocheters.. but the joining of motifs.. i am yet to find someone who likes it :) :)

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jul 12, 2013 12:25 PM

Many of these projects are join as you go. You still end up with a lot of ends to weave in, but you don't spend hours joining stacks of motifs. I usually prefer the join as you go method. Stacks of individual motifs waiting to be sewn together an be daunting.

thepersion wrote
on May 23, 2015 6:42 AM


i am making "Ring Around the Posie". but i can not understand how to do the "panel border". i think the border gets wierd in my work. i tried to see a complet diagram for it but could not find any. i tried ti ask Tammy but could not find her email. please help me. i really like ti make it and wear it.thanks