Wow, wow, wow! We’re moving right along, arent’ we? It’s been so fun to see everyone’s full Marguerite motifs. The possibilities really are endless when it comes to mixing and matching colors. I’ve loved the versions using a single background color and swapping out “petal” colors, and I’ve loved the versions that use a whole rainbow of color too!
The motifs worked with variegated or self-striping yarn for the “petals” have been especially cool, and not something I even considered when designing the pattern.
I’m learning that herein lies the beauty of the CAL: a seemingly infinite variety of options, borne from a sea of amazingly creative folks like yourself!
I’m excited to move on to the next part of the CAL! For the next two weeks, we’ll be working on the half and quarter motifs.
Here’s the recap of the posts so far, for those just joining in:
Now that we’ve made all of the full motifs and joined them together, it’s time to start finishing off the edges of the blanket. I’m partial to rectangular blankets (just my thing), which means that we need some half and quarter motifs to fill in the edges.
The half and quarter motifs are different from the full motifs, in that they’re worked in rows and turned, rather than in rounds. You will use the same tapestry techniques as used for the full motifs, though. See my video on tapestry crochet for related tips.
If you’re proficient with the full motifs, working the half motifs shouldn’t be too difficult. The trickiest part is getting the hang of carrying the yarn when turning. Watch the video below for help:
Hopefully after you’ve got the hang of the half motifs, the quarter motifs should be a breeze! Again, the most difficult part, in my opinion, is dealing with carrying the yarn when turning. The method is the same as for the half motifs.
Hopefully the pattern instructions are clear on how to join the half and quarter motifs. Please note, there is an error in the pattern: the half motifs along the top and bottom of the blanket need to be joined in three, not two areas.
If you’re stuck, here’s some video assistance for how and where to join the half and quarter motifs!
Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the CAL already? This blanket is deceptively quick to work up, in part because the full motifs take up so much space. The next step can feel a little fiddly by comparison. There are lots of triangles to make and join. But unlike the tapestry motifs which require a certain amount of concentration, the triangles are easy breezy. They set you up for a nice meditative crochet experience.
Keep on tagging your works with #margueritemotif and/or #margueriteblanket on social media so we can all share in the fun!