How to Start and End Large Crochet Projects, Tips

Large crochet projects can be scary and daunting, especially if it is your first. But it doesn’t have to be. As in life, there are many different ways to do things. In the same way there is not one way of starting and finishing your large crochet project, but there are plenty of tips and guidelines. For more on hook sizes, you can click here. If a crochet project you want to try seems a little too daunting for you, or if you just feel like getting some tips, then read on!

A tablecloth made by putting many motifs together.
This is a crocheted tablecloth made with a variety of motifs and put together using bulky and hidden stitches.

Plan out your Crochet Project

Ask Yourself these Questions… and More

It is important to start your crochet patterns correctly; otherwise everything that follows will either turn out very wrong or look great with a lot of struggle and redoing. It is important to plan everything. You can ask yourself several questions:

  • How large do you want your project to be?
  • Do you have the space required for the pattern, somewhere it can stay for weeks on end?
  • What motifs will you use, if any?
  • Do you find motif patterns on the internet or make the pattern yourself?
  • How are you going to put your motifs together?
  • What stitches do you want to use?
  • What yarn do you want to use and is it a good choice for the specific crochet project (personal taste is not necessarily the best yarn for the job)?

Once you have figured out all the tiny details, you are ready for the next step.

Draw it out

Drawing it out is a lot better than just having a mental picture of your work. Mental pictures are distorted and does not help when you get in a rough spot. Drawing it out allows you to notice any potential issues and design flaws. It also offer the chance of coming up with something better, allowing your creative juices to flow.

You can find inspiration on websites or you can work out your own patterns. If you are going to work with motifs, it is best to draw out each crochet motif where you want it on your drawing. Your motifs can either be rough forms or detailed images, as long as you are comfortable with the planned-out version.

Cut it out

If you are working with crocheted motifs, it is best not to skip this step. This step can be fun, but it is also essential in deciding exactly where you want what and to double check that the sizes of your motifs work well together. Use this step to spot bad design.

Use old documents, plastic bags or other waste to be environmentally friendly, and cut out the forms you have drawn out on your paper. Cut out your paper in the exact size and form you have planned for your motif. Place them where you expect them to be in your end result and view this from afar to get an idea of what to expect at the end. If you are happy, you can continue; but if you are not happy, this is the perfect time to change your design.

Once you are satisfied that your design is what you have in mind, you can start working on the crochet motifs you already planned out from head to toe. Since you have already decided your stitches, size and pattern, you should find yourself going rather quickly and smoothly.

Put it all Together

Putting it together is easier said than done. Every crochet project has its own unique touch, and how you put them together will affect the look of your end result greatly. The best thing to do is to imagine what your work would look like with different stitches. Below is a rough guide as to three different ways you can put your crochet motifs together.

Mesh

Mesh is open work that you use to put your crochet motifs together. It will look like a spiderweb between motifs, and can look great in a design. Below is an example of mesh. The small balls are pivots and completely optional. There are also plenty of ways to design mesh, so make sure to do research first!

This Irish crochet project makes use of mesh and pivots.
This Irish crochet project makes use of mesh and pivots.

Bulky Lining

This bulky way of combining the motifs together can be created by using single crochet or half-double crochet stitches. You will crochet the two motifs together using your chosen stitch. In the image below, you can see the bulky lining used in the middle of the combined motifs. There is a large, thick ridge. Hidden stitches were used between the flower motifs.

Crocheted motifs put together in different ways.
These crochet motifs were put together using single crochet stitches and a needle.

Hidden Stitch

A hidden stitch can be accomplished with the old fashioned needle. You can work your motifs together, like you would work two pieces of material together.

This single motif is added to the crochet project by using two different stitches, bulky and hidden.
This single motif is added to the crochet project by using two different stitches, bulky and hidden.

End Result

Tablecloth of MotifsBy putting your time and energy into proper planning, you can save yourself many issues that you might have experienced in the making of your crochet project.

A lot of thought needs to go into your project even before you touch your hook or before you make that slip knot. The end result of your planning will be worth the patience and endurance when you see your crochet project in its full, physical form, just as you have imagined it.

 

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