Free Pattern and Video Tutorial
Motifs are one of my favorite things to crochet. Not only do they give you that near instant gratification but they also make larger projects such as afghans seem less daunting. As if this wasn’t great enough, they are awesome scrap busting and learning opportunities.
So what can you make with motifs? The answer is simple, just about anything! Here is a list I’ve compiled to give you some creative inspiration:
- Baby blankets and afghans (Check out my beautiful scrapghan made using motifs!)
- Purses/Handbags (Check out my granny square tote!)
- Cup Cozies
- Sunglasses Case
- Hat brim accents
- Pillows (Check out my Retro Granny Square Pillow!)
- Stuffed Animals
- Table Runners
This is really only a glimpse of what you can do with crochet motif patterns. Let’s check out the Circle in a Square Motif. It creates even more visual interest by incorporating a circle into the traditional granny square. You can really play with color with this crochet motif pattern!
Circle in a Square Motif
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2014.
Please do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern without first obtaining my permission. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photo above.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Gather your supplies…
- 5 colors of worsted weight yarn (I Love This Cotton shown) Approx 21 yards each motif
- 5 mm crochet hook
- Darning needle
The finished motif using a worsted weight (#4) yarn and a 5 mm hook is a 4.5″ square. Please note that sizing may vary slightly based on your yarn choice and crocheting style.
- Ch – chain
- Sc – single crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Tc – treble crochet
- Slst – slip stitch
This pattern is worked in the round starting at the center of the motif outward. The pattern and video tutorial suggests that you chain colors each round, but this is not a requirement. You can get as creative as you want with the color choices!
I have chosen to use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton for my motif. The pattern lists my color choices as follows:
- Color A – Dove
- Color B – Dark Denim
- Color C – Pale Denim
- Color D – Stonewash
- Color E – Red
This tutorial is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed video on YouTube.
Color A: Ch 3. Join with a slst to the first chain to form a ring. Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc into the center of the ring and Ch 2. *Dc 2, Ch 2* into the center of the ring and repeat at * 4 more times. Join with a slst. (6 groups of 2 Dc and 2 Ch) Optional: Bind off color A
Color B: Bind on at any Ch 1 space and Ch 3. Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc in the same space. *In the next ch 1 space, 2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc, Ch 2*. Repeat from * for every Ch 1 space. Join with a slst. (6 groups of 2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) Optional: Bind off Color B
Color C: Bind on at any Ch 2 space and Ch 3. Dc 2 more times into the same space and Ch 2. *In the next ch 2 space, 3 Dc, Ch 2*. Repeat from * for every Ch 2 space. Join with a slst. (12 groups of 3 Dc) Optional: Bind off Color C
Color D: Bind on at any Ch 2 space and Ch 3. 2 Dc into the same space. In the next ch 2 space, 3 Tc, Ch 2, 3 Tc. In the next two ch 2 spaces, 3 Dc. In the next ch 2 space, 3 Tc, Ch 2, 3 Tc. In the next two ch 2 spaces, 3 Dc. In the next ch 2 space, 3 Tc, Ch 2, 3 Tc. In the next two ch 2 spaces, 3 Dc. In the next ch 2 space, 3 Tc, Ch 2, 3 Tc. In the last ch 2 space, 3 Dc. Join with a slst. (4 courners and 8 groups of 3 Dc) Optional: Bind off Color D
Color E: Bind on at any stitch and Ch 1. Sc in every stitch including the space in between the groups of 3 Dc. When you reach a corner, 2 Sc, Ch 2, 2 Sc. Complete the round for a total of 76 Sc stitches. At end of round, join with a slst. Bind off and weave in your ends.