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Squares, Flowers, Stars, and Ripples: What’s Your Favorite Pattern Motif?

July 17th, 2012

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Incorporating motifs in your pattern is a great way to play around with color work and different stitch patterns.  Motifs also are also perfect for personalizing projects- such as adding skulls to a little boys cap, or butterflies to a girl’s headband.  What fun would it be if all our clothes and home decor just came in solid colors? So – I figured I would include a round up of some of my favorite patterns with popular motifs that might make a great gift for someone you know, or even for yourself!  Below you’ll find a selection of patterns that include flowers, stars, ripples and squares.

Squares

Bauhaus Washcloth
The Bauhaus Washcloth knit by Michelle Edwards reminds me of summers spent on the beach. This sophisticated color palette, paired with a ribbed, basketweave stitch makes for an efficient, yet aesthetically pleasing set of wash/dishcloths.
Patchwork Squares Throw
Play around with color with the crochet Patchwork Squares Throw. This is a great addition for someone looking for a more modern piece for their home decor, or even for a kid’s room.
Tumbling Blocks Afghan
No this isn’t a piece of art, although you could turn it into a tapestry if you’d like – this is the Tumbling Blocks afghan knit in Vanna’s Choice. Follow the pattern chart to complete this unique, eye popping afghan

 Flowers

Crochet Flowers
These crochet flowers in our newest yarn Bonbons are a great detail to add to accessories, afghans and other craft projects.
Colette Scarf
The contrasting colors of this lovely knit Colette Scarf allow the flower motifs to truly pop.  This is a one of a kind piece that’s sure to stun wherever you go.  Click the image to see the full scarf.
Magnolia Afghan
The Magnolia Afghan incorporates a more subtle flower motif, making it a sophisticated afghan, or bedspread.

Stars

Sylvan Star Washcloth
The Sylvan Star crocheted in Cotton-Ease could be combined with many other colors to make star washcloths that truly shine.  Or, make a few in solid colors and package them together as a gift for someone!
Garden Patch Granny Afghan
Crocheted in the coordinating colors of Vanna’s Choice, the construction of the squares in the Garden Granny Patch makes the center motifs look like little star bursts.
Star Baby Sweater
The perfect star sweater for the little one that shines in your life.  This adorable sweater was knit in the easy-care, lustrous, Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend.

Ripples

Ripple Luncheon Mat
These crochet Ripple Luncheon Mats in the bright colors of Kitchen Cotton are a great addition to any kitchen or dining room.  They’re great for summer BBQs and picnics too.
Al Freco Market Tote
Cut down your plastic bag usage by creating your own stylish and reusable tote bag.  The Al Fresco Market Tote is great for trips to the grocery store, beach and park.
Knit Island Shawl
The lace Island Shawl knit in Cotton-Ease makes for a perfect cover up during breezy nights.  This is definitely a must have piece for the transition into Fall.

Are you currently working on any patterns that incorporate one of the mentioned motifs above? Why did you choose your pattern? Share with us in the comments!

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  • http://thekatyrose.blogspot.com/ Linda

    I currently have the Magnolia throw in the planning stage. I was attracted to that pattern because it reminds me of one of my favorite Anthropologie items called Quirky Heirloom Throw: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=993345. Utilizing the Lion Brand free pattern will make it a lot less expensive. ;)

    • Brandyce

       Wow, that definitely is an expensive afghan, really makes you appreciate handmade gifts :)

  • Lyn Zalk

    Currently making a baby blanket using a ripple pattern…. thinking of making the featured ripple place mats…. using Cotton Ease….. Also considering a shawl in cotton  though unsure at this time on titch or pattern…

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