Thursday, June 26, 2014

Motif Design: From Diagram to Written Pattern

This design was posted in a few groups on Facebook (and at This, this and this site that I could find) and I happened to like the image that my brain designed from the posted diagram. 

[Image removed due to possible issues pertaining to copyright, but you can easily visit these sites to see the original diagram. A Google image search will pull more than 200 results.]

As you can see from the guide in the lower right corner, it's in Japanese (or something like that) and there's some notation for coloring with the inverted triangles. I didn't make any color changes when I was working on it and I happen to like the way mine came out. =D

Now follow along CLOSELY with the pattern I'm about to write out for you. It sounds more complicated than it actually is, but if you don't pay attention, you could get lost.

  • Any yarn or thread with corresponding recommended hook size
  • scissors
  • yarn needle for weaving in the ends
Stitches Used: (American terms)
  • Magic Circle
  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Treble (Triple) Crochet (tc)
  • Double Treble (Triple) Crochet (dtc)

Rnd 1: Begin with a Magic Circle, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 23 dc in circle. Sl st to first dc. Pull circle closed but make sure your dc's are flat and not wavy. [24 dc]

Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as first dc + ch 3) skip next dc; dc in next stitch. *Ch 3, skip next dc; dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to 3rd ch of beginning ch 6 with a sl st. [12 dc/ch 3 spaces]

Note: Rnd 3 and following rounds can be confusing so pay close attention!

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 space of previous round. Dc in next dc. Ch 6. Sl st in the top of the last dc made. (you should now have a loop at the top of a dc stitch)

Chain 6 loop on top of double crochet stitch.

*3 dc in the ch 3 space. Dc in the next dc. 3 dc in the ch 3 space. Dc in next dc. Ch 6. Sl st to top of last dc made. Continue from * around. Join to top of first dc with a sl st. [48 dc + 6 loops]

You should now have a piece that looks similar to the wheel of a ship.

Round 3 completed.

Rnd 4: *WORK OVER previous dc stitches to do 15 dc in the ch 6 space from previous round. Skip the next 3 dc and sl st to the next dc.

Slip stitch to the double crochet that's
ABOVE a previous double crochet.

15 double crochet in the chain 6 space.
It lays nicely against the previous row.
Repeat from * around. You now have "petals".

Round 4 completed

Rnd 5: Ch 18, dtc in the sl st (valley) between the first and second petals. *Ch 13, dtc in sl st (valley) between next two petals. Repeat from * around, ending with a sl st to the 5th ch of the beginning ch 18. 

Be careful with the tension in these chain stitches.
The loops in this round are designed to go over the top of the petals in Round 4. If your tension is too tight, the chain stitches will lay across the petal instead.

Notice how the chain stitches go over the tops
of the petals from the previous round.

Rnd 6: *Ch 12, sl st to 6th ch from hook, (loop made) ch 5, sl st to the 7th ch of the previous round. Ch 12, sl st to 6th ch from hook, (loop made) ch 5, sl st to dtc of previous round. Repeat from * around until you get to the last loop made.

Take care not to twist the chain stitches from Round 5 when joining in this round.

After making the last loop, join to the 7th stitch (top of dtc of previous round) with a dtc. [12 loops + chains as noted]

***the diagram shows a join with a tc but for me the dtc
made the spacing more even so I went with it instead***

Round 6 completed.

Rnd 7: *12 dtc in the loop from previous round. Repeat from * for each loop. Join with a sl st.

Round 7 completed!

Tie off and weave in any loose ends.


Block motif using your preferred method. I will provide links to some blocking techniques at the end of the post. These two pieces that I've done as an example were just hand flattened for blocking, no pins and no stretching.

Please note that the blue motif made using this pattern was made with #10 acrylic crochet thread and a size D/3-3.25MM hook.

For the purposes of the tuortial, I used Red Heart Super Saver and a size H/8-5.00MM hook so the stitches could be seen more easily. The size difference is something to take note of if you're planning to use this motif in a heavier weight yarn.

WOW what a difference!
The size of your yarn and hook will have
a HUGE impact on the size of the project.

Video of several methods from Annie's
This video also has tips for how to make
your own blocking board.
Blocking method from Moogly

There are a lot of different techniques used for blocking. I encourage you to look around, ask a friend and pick one that best suits you!

Please contact me on my Facebook page at Crochet2002

Peace and blessings to you all,

This design is not my original work. Ownership belongs solely to the original designer. Whomever that person may be, I applaud you on a beautiful design! Thank you for sharing your work with us! =D


  1. Thank you Karen Vaughn That is one of the nicest doily I have seen in a bit Thanks for the share and the ;pattern. That must have taken a while?

    1. You are most welcome Mary! It did take a bit of time but I enjoy working on projects like this - it's almost like a puzzle! =D

  2. Thank you, Karen, for taking the time to translate and explain this beautiful pattern. Must have taken av while to take all those fabulous photographs, they really make a difference to following the pattern.

    1. You're welcome, Redloon! It did take a few hours to get the pics I wanted but to make sure the information was as clear as I could get it made it definitely worthwhile =D