Linking motifs

Jun 3, 2009

I'm in the final stages of putting together the Forest Flower Pullover by Kristin Omdahl,
featured on the cover of the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet. I started this way back in April,
but you know how things go -- projects pop up that you just have to do and well ...
It took a long trip to the home office in Colorado to get the body parts all done.
(btw, this sweater makes excellent travel crochet -- no shaping, just crocheting).
I had the first two rounds of the motifs done, and thought it might be helpful to show you
how to join them on the third round.
It can be tricky at first deciding just where to make the join.
The brilliance of the design is that the motifs are subtly triangular, so the band curves gently
around your neck. So, if you think of the tip of the triangle at the top, you are joining at
the base of the triangle. After you join the new motif, on the adjacent motif there will be
unused chain-3 loop at the top and three unused chain-5 loops at the bottom.
Here's what it looks like:
Start with a motif with the first two rounds done, then join just before the cluster:


work half a cluster and chain one:


now slip stitch in the chain-3 at the left base of the adjoining motif
(look for the three unworked chain-5 spaces across the bottom of the adjoining motif):


chain 1, finish your cluster, then chain 2 and slip stitch into the next chain space
on the adjoining motif:


chain 2, then single crochet into the next chain space on the new motif:


chain 2 and slip stitch into the next chain space on the adjoining motif:


chain 2 and single crochet into the next space on the new motif:


(you're almost done!) chain 2 and slip stitch into the next space on the adjoining motif:


chain 2, then move into the next cluster on the new motif:


then finish up the new motif according to pattern instructions:


Ta da! All linked up. Now go ahead and move your marker to the chain space where you will join
the next motif:


And look at this lovely swoop:


Stay tuned for the preparation and construction of the body of the sweater.
I have a surprise in store!

Crochet on!


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alovelything wrote
on Jun 3, 2009 7:36 PM

Oh, I like your color way with the dark center better than the cover. A quick tip: Make triple sure your motifs are right side up when you join.

Marcy Smith wrote
on Jun 5, 2009 10:19 AM
So true about checking for the right side. I also caught myself crocheting the wrong way around the motif because it flipped while I was working. Took a coffee break to figure that one out!
Thanks about the colorway. I think you'll like the main color as well -- that should be posted by early next week. Stay tuned!


trude wrote
on Jun 9, 2009 1:25 PM

Thanks Marcy for the photos. I had been struggling with the motif construction for hours. I don't think the joining was explained very well. So, could someone tell me how to know which is the right side? Also does it matter if I have joined some of them backwards so long as there are 3 unused loops at each bottom?

Marcy Smith wrote
on Jun 9, 2009 1:38 PM
Hi "trudels"!
I"m glad the pictures helped!
About the right side: On the right side of the motif, at the edges, you'll see little "V"s marching around the edge. The wrong side has little humps. The difference is subtle, I think -- if you don't see it, it doesn't matter!


grannie1 wrote
on Dec 29, 2010 10:08 AM

I was so thrilled to find these directions.  They really made doing the yoke an easy job.  I am interested in your method of assembly.  Can you please direct me to it?  Also, what is the best way to block?