How to Crochet Traditional Japanese Motifs
- 1). Choose a Japanese motif pattern. The pattern can be in English or Japanese, as you can follow the counts and symbols, even if you don't have any knowledge of Japanese. When choosing a pattern, think about the purpose of your project. For example, decide if you are making the project to decorate your home or as a gift to someone.
- 2). Identify all the symbols in the pattern and the stitch they represent. Typically, if the pattern is in Japanese, an oval represents a chain stitch, an arc represents a slip stitch, a "T" shape represents a double crochet (US) or treble crochet (UK), and a cross "+" represents a single crochet (US) or double crochet (UK). Make note of the symbols in your pattern if this is the first time using them.
Extra fine thread will give you a more delicate motif.Garn image by Yvonne Bogdanski from Fotolia.com
Choose your thread and hook. For delicate motifs, use size 30 extra fine crochet thread and 1.0 mm or 1.1 mm steel hook. If you have not practiced with extra fine thread before, you may want to start with a thicker thread and larger hook as practice.
- 4). Start working the pattern from the center. Keep in mind that a Japanese pattern may require use of an adjustable ring for circular patterns. If you have never worked with adjustable rings, take some time to familiarize yourself with the use of the ring. Use online video tutorials to help you practice using a ring if this is your first time doing so. Once you are comfortable using the ring, you are ready to start working on your motif project.
Motifs can be used as decoration.hand crocheted lace with green background image by AardLumens from Fotolia.com
Continue working each line of the pattern until you complete the motif. If you have practiced with thicker thread, move to the finer threads and repeat the project. Japanese motifs make for excellent heirloom pieces and gifts when made with finer threads. They are also great additions to the decor in your home.