The New Tradition of Modular Crochet

One of the hot “new” trends in crochet is modular crochet. If you’ve never heard of it, it just means making your projects in pieces instead of in one or two pieces. In other words, if you’ve ever done a granny square shawl or any kind of motif crochet, you’ve done modular crochet. Don’t underestimate it, though, new styles of fashion and new techniques are being used in modular crochet these days.

Advantages

Although modular crochet means the extra work of joining pieces, it has quite a few advantages. As anyone who has ever crocheted a big afghan out of motifs knows, it is convenient to work on small parts of a big project if you like to carry your work with you. You can carry a skein of yarn, a hook and the small motif you’re working on instead of half a large afghan when you want to work on the go.

And if your project is white or pastel, it keeps the beginning of the project from looking as if it’s been dragged all over the planet. For young mothers who like to work on a project in the park with the kids, this is an important point. Working with modular crochet also opens up some lovely possibilities in the pattern itself. Instead of being made of many motifs in different patterns and colors, a skirt, for instance can be made of solid color motifs with patterned ones here and there.

Or maybe a sweater can be made to look like it is a solid color yarn with lacy insets of finer yard or crochet thread. The modular crochet technique can combine old-fashioned looks with modern ideas.

If you keep up with the joining as you go, even big projects won’t get too tedious. It’s a great chore to do while watching TV. The most usual way to join pieces of modular crochet is with a whipstitch. Just use the same yarn in a large eye needle and sew through the back loops only. It might be easier to place the right sides together. You might choose to use a crochet hook and chain stitch through the same back loops.

If you want to add a bit of something to your modular crochet project, you can single stitch some or all of the pieces together in matching or contrasting yarn for a raised ridge. However you do it, try the very old, new technique of modular crochet.