“How do I connect motifs?”

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“I have a great pattern, I love it!  How do I connect the pieces together?”

Trying to figure out how to connect motifs (whether they’re squares, circles, stars, or hexagons) can be frustrating if you don’t know how to do it correctly.  When I was learning, my first thought was that I would have to sew a lot of little squares together when I was done. There are a lot of good reasons why we don’t needle and thread sew them together.  1. It’s too much work to hide all those endings and 2. the connection is not as strong as a crochet connection.  I learned that lesson the hard way after my first afghan washed up in pieces after only one wash.

So what IS the right way??

Connecting motifs is sometimes the most difficult thing to understand when you’re first making altar lace, but it is also one of the easiest things to do once you understand how it is done.  In short, you connect the motifs as you are finishing the last row, crocheting them together at attachment points as you go.

This video gives a good demonstration of how to do it.

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