Squares are important in crochet. They are truly the building blocks of many other shapes. Squares are particularly appealing because they go together easily. They are logical and orderly, but never boring.
The square motif used in this tutorial stands alone as a wonderful coaster, but could easily be joined to create a scarf, a throw or almost anything you can imagine. With the lovely edging on the last round, this motif has turned into a decorator coaster.
This post offers a free pattern for a decorative crochet coaster.
There are so many different ways to crochet circles and this motif is actually an octagon which turns into a circle. When crocheted with a heavier craft yarn this eight-sided motif creates a wonderful little mini doily.
Small decorative items are a great way to learn the basics of crochet and to polish your skills. Make several mini doilies and use them for table accents.
This post offers a free pattern for a crocheted octagonal motif or a flowering mini doily which measures approximately 8″ in diameter. So useful and quick to make if you have mastered intermediate crochet skills.
Crocheted embellishments are the perfect medium for adding one-of-a-kind details to many projects. And, there is nothing more fun than making a bunch of little crocheted flowers. Make these cute little flowers in different weights of yarn and use them to embellish anything from baby items to fashion accessories. Thin yarns will make small flowers while different thicknesses of yarn will make different size flowers and there is no end to the delightful uses for these crocheted blossoms.
The flowers shown are crocheted in a heavier craft weight yarn with a larger hook. These flowers are probably a little small for coasters, but I think several of these in different colors displayed in a dish or a basket would make eye-catching home décor.
This post offers a free pattern for a quick and easy flower embellishment.
Motifs are such fun to make and can be a great tool for a novice crocheter learning the basics of the craft. They can be used in a myriad of projects, particularly home décor. You might consider using this motif for little decorator pieces or string them for a fanciful garland.
This crochet hexagon motif is a six-sided shape that turns into a circle as you join each whirl to the previous whirl. The pattern requires some crochet experience, but actually looks more difficult than it is.
This post offers a free pattern for a Whirligig Motif.
Crochet is perfect for motifs from traditional and not-so-traditional granny squares to octagons and all shapes and sizes in between. Motifs can be used for a myriad of crochet projects and my favorite is for use in home décor. This octagon or eight-sided shape creates a wonderful little circular decorator piece.
This post offers a free pattern for a crocheted octagonal table mat. This crochet mini doily pattern has only five rounds but crocheted with a heavier craft yarn and a larger hook, it measures approximately 8″ in diameter.
Crochet just lends itself to motifs in all shapes and sizes. From traditional granny squares to octagons and everything in between. They can stand alone, can be crocheted together, or can be incorporated into designs.
You probably think that pentagons are impractical when it comes to crochet as this five-sided shape is a little difficult to put together. However, this lovely pentagonal shaped flower motif when crocheted in a worsted weight craft yarn makes wonderful coasters and table decorations.
This post offers a free pattern for crocheting a pentagonal shaped motif.
It’s important to learn how to crochet in the round as well as in rows. Lots of projects call for a circular, or circle, shape. This shape lends itself to a myriad of home décor projects; such as coasters, doilies, pillow covers, mandalas and garlands. Here is a pattern for a crochet motif that is bright and cheerful and reminds me of a flower.
This post offers a free pattern for crocheting a very simple motif.