Don't be square! Break out of the box with 150 creative motifs for knit and crochet!
150 Knit and Crochet Motifs is a fun and eclectic mix of patterns in both crafts, with shapes that go beyond the traditional square. Geometric and circular shapes are featured along with asymmetrical motifs like shells, stars, and even paisleys. The patterns include colorwork, texture, dimension, and interesting outline shapes for innovative applications.
The motifs are presented in a directory of different shapes and textures. The book also includes smaller blocks to join them together, and edging ideas to add finishing touches. Get suggestions for mixing and matching the motifs, and learn how to knit and crochet them together to create one-of-a-kind functional and decorative pieces. With interesting, colorful shapes, 150 Knit and Crochet Motifs is a design resource full of endless possibilities.
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Heather Lodinsky has been a professional knit and crochet designer for over 15 years. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Creative Knitting, KnitScene, Family Circle Knitting, and Cast On along with other knitting and crochet magazines. She is the designer of the popular "Central Park Hoodie" cardigan, which appeared in KnitScene and is one of the most popular downloads in the Interweave store. She was also included in the "Great American Afghan" in Knitter's magazine. Heather is a freelance designer for major yarn companies. She teaches classes at her local yarn shop (LYS) in Buffalo, New York, where she lives with her family.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How to use this book
Exploring the crochet and knit motif directory
Understanding the symbols and abbreviations
Gauge and adapting the patterns to make smaller or larger motifs
Part One: Motif Directory
Knit and crochet motifs are displayed in an attractive directory arranged by shape. Knit and crochet motifs are mixed together in this section for extra inspiration.
Part Two: Crochet Patterns
Patterns and charts for all of the motifs. The charts and patterns are organized by shape. Each one comes with a mix-and-match suggestion for how the motif could be combined with other motifs to make a fabric.
Circular motifs including cluster wheels, cartwheel, lazy wheel, and snail
“The Many Sides of Granny:” an assortment of granny squares beyond the traditional 4 sides: 3, 5, 6, and 8-sided granny motifs
Other geometric non-granny motifs including ridged hexagon, spiral pentagram, snowflakes, and octagons
Pretty non-geometric motifs including hearts, stars, shells, and paisley
Smaller motifs to connect larger motifs, including smaller diamonds, circles, and triangles
Crochet motifs suitable for edging
Part Three: Knit Patterns
Patterns and charts (where useful) for the motifs. The charts and patterns are organized by shape. Each one comes with a mix-and-match suggestion for how the motif could be combined with other motifs to make a fabric.
Circular motifs including medallions
Geometric motifs including triangles, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and trapezoids
Combining motifs with texture: ribbing, bobbles, embossed patterns
Beautiful non-geometric patterns: shells, fans, leaves
Knitted motifs used for connecting larger shell motifs and edging
Part Four: Techniques
Refresher course on working knit and crochet stitches and understanding abbreviations
How to work motifs in the round
Working textured stitches: bobble, clusters
How to work multi-colored designs
Different methods of joining blocks
Part Five: Projects
How to choose motifs by shape and combine them
Possible motif configurations for use in afghans and other projects
Mixing knit and crochet motifs
Motifs used as ornamentation
Exploring color to use in motifs
Afghan sizes and variations
Accessory ideas including scarves, shawls, bags, table runners