An Important Piece of Crochet History
I love crochet motifs. I love them so much, I’ve devoted an entire month to them here at B.hooked Crochet.
They are a very important piece of crochet history.
The most common example of the motif is the granny square. This term “granny square” is recognized by just about everyone whether they crochet or not and many people have a granny square blanket in their home often dating back many generations. They can even be spotted draped over the couches of our favorite television show.
One thing is for sure. The crochet motif (or granny square if you prefer to call it that) is the classic example of crochet.
Types of Motifs
Motifs come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, colors…you name it. Motifs are often called “granny squares” collectively but a square is only one piece of the big picture (and a granny square is a specific pattern).
[alert-note]Remember, a motif is a crochet component that can be pieced together to form a larger project. It’s not defined by it’s shape. [/alert-note]
You’ll find motifs in these shapes:
- and the rare, freeform
What Can You Do With Them?
What’s the greatest thing about crochet motifs?
Simple. You can turn them into just about anything.
Nearly everything you would crochet as one solid piece can also be made by piecing motifs together. I’m constantly experimenting with this. Here is a list of things I have successfully made using crochet motifs:
- baby blankets
- small handbags
- table mats
- kitchen towels
- barefoot sandals
- wall hanging
Among these projects completed, the afghans were my favorite. You just can’t beat the sense of accomplishment you have when you’ve finished a project of this magnitude.
If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, what are you waiting for?
Motifs Are My Favorite Way To Pass Time And Here’s Why
I love crocheting motifs for three main reasons
- They are quick wins. Like many of you, I need to complete something to fuel my motivation to keep going. The act of binding off, weaving in the ends and seeing a physical object that I just finished drives me to create more. Each motif is a win that I can admire or turn into something even greater. Can you imagine an afghan of dozens of motifs? It’s like an entire masterpiece of tiny wins!
- They make great summer projects. So many of us lay off the hooks during the warmer months. Most times this is because our active lifestyle dictates us to. Other times, it’s because we’re just too darn hot to have a big fuzzy project draped on our laps. My solution is to crochet motifs and this often results in a beautiful afghan!
- They are portable. I am able to finish so many projects because I take them every where I go, so project portability is very important. Motifs are generally small (often less than 8″ when finished) and fit easily into my purse making them perfectly portable. You can easily work on them while waiting for an appointment, on your lunch break or at your kid’s soccer practice or whatever sport/activity they participate in. You get the idea. Portable projects lead to more productivity.
As you know, I am constantly adding new resources for you to learn from and by maintaining themed months like “motif month” here on the blog, I’ll be able to stay focused and give you exactly what you need…free of cost.
Here’s a current list of resources I have available for crochet motifs:
- Circle In a Granny Square
- Crochet Diamond Granny Square
- Warm Up America! Afghan
- Granny Square Tote
- Granny Square Pillow
- Barefoot Sandals
- Swirl Motif
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