Learn How to Join Motifs as You Go

The combination of structure and lace, I love crochet motif projects. For smaller projects, I sometimes enjoy crocheting stacks of motifs and then joining after I am finished. These are perfect travel projects. But for something larger than a small purse, the process of joining motifs at the end can seem intimidating and endless. But joining motifs as you go eliminates this step and means after you weave in the last end of your last motif, your project is ready to wear or use.

Santa Fe Shawl by Edie Eckman

Here is crochet designer Edie Eckman to share some tips on joining motifs as you go.

Join Motifs As You Go

First things first. Unless you're doing a free-form design, you'll need a plan for placing the motifs. If you're following a pattern, you'll probably have a diagram of how the pieces fit together. If you're creating your own design, draw a sketch indicating the layout of the finished piece.

  Joining square motifs on the last round

Your motifs may be connected at the corners only, along entire sides, or with a combination of both. The joining method you choose should depend on the structure of the motifs and on the look you desire. Some types of connections are open and lacy; others are thicker and heavier. Some motif arrangements leave a large, open space at the corners, which you may choose to fill with a smaller motif after the larger motifs are joined.

Moth Wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis

When linking to a chain space in a completed motif, unless the directions state otherwise, work into the chain space rather than into the chain stitch for a slightly more solid join. When linking to a stitch, work in both the front and back loops of the stitch.

-Edie Eckman

Learn how to join a variety of motifs as you go and explore those techniques with gorgeous crochet patterns. Download Interweave Crochet Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Crochet Motifs and Granny Squares and begin joining motifs as you go today..

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have any favorite tips for joining motifs as you go? Share them in the comments.

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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.