Book Review: Marvelous Crochet Motifs

For the crocheter, it seems you can never have too many crochet motif pattern books. Motifs are one of the most versatile things you can make in crochet. They can be assembled to make a complete project such as an afghan or purse, or they can be used as an accent or patch. And motifs can be made in different shapes to suit your project, the most common of which are squares and hexagons.

Of course, the problem with working with one shape of motif is it tends to limit the shape that your final project can be. For example, when working with square motifs, the finished project must be either square or rectangular in shape, or else have jagged edges. And this is exactly the problem that Annie's new book, Marvelous Crochet Motifs, seeks to address.

Book Review: Marvelous Crochet Motifs

What I love about this book is that not only does it give instructions for a given crochet motif, but it also gives instructions for how to make a half-motif of the same design.

Book Review: Marvelous Crochet Motifs

Half-motifs are the perfect solution for filling in jagged edges to give your project a straight edge, and I'll tell you another secret: half-motifs are often used by crochet designers for shaping when motifs are used in a crocheted garment.

If you've never experienced the magic of half-motifs, you're in luck. Marvelous Crochet Motifs includes two finished projects to introduce you to the idea of using half-motifs as fill-ins, plus two projects that use crochet motifs in the traditional sense.

The only issue I have with this book is that to say it includes 48 different motifs is a bit misleading. It actually includes 24 different motif patterns, plus a half version of each motif. But as I said at the beginning, a crocheter can never have too many crochet motif books, and rare is the one that includes instructions for half-motifs.

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