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Playing with Crochet Motifs

For our 2nd Annual Mother’s Day quick gifts pattern, I wanted to crochet a small accessory. I’ve been loving finding new ways to use crochet motifs lately (as you can also see in my Provence/Vera patterns in our Spring ’16 collection), and I thought it might be fun to use motifs to make a headband.

Of course, when designing, things don’t always go exactly as we expect. I found a lovely square motif and crocheted one in Berroco Mykonos, and while I liked it, I didn’t really think it would make a good headband. And I was starting to doubt the whole idea of a headband for this project. Hmmmm…

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But as stared at the motif, I felt there was something kind of interesting about the corners…

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Suddenly, I had a whole new idea—a necklace, using just a piece of the motif. I took the motif diagram and circled around a section of it that created a kind of tear-drop shape, like a medallion. Then I played around with some simple stitch patterns to use for the rest of the necklace—et voila! A whole new thing that I hadn’t even thought of at the start.

Epilogue: As I was writing the pattern and making my new chart, I thought, “I know I’ve used this cluster symbol in a crochet chart before.” As I looked through other crochet charts I’ve made for Berroco, I realized that the motif I started with was the same one the Brenda York adapted for her shawl design Stardust, from our Spring ’16 collection!

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It just goes to show how different yarns can affect a pattern, because I didn’t even recognize it.

-Alison

 

Norah’s Knits: Last Minute Gifts

I know, I know, this is really late to be talking about making Christmas presents. Many of you started thinking about Christmas way back in August, or maybe as far back as January, but others of us are just getting to it now. Read more

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