Monday, August 27, 2012

Tablecloth Update: Four Motifs Done

Back in May I started a big project of crocheting a tablecloth for my dining room table. The pattern I chose requires making square motifs, which are then put together. For my table I will need eighteen such motifs.

I eagerly started this project and set Christmas as the due date. However, it’s almost September and I only managed to finish four motifs. I must admit it’s awfully boring to crochet the same motif over and over again. What is more, only trebles and chains are used in the pattern. Chain two, treble, chain two, four trebles, chain two… So monotonous!

On the other hand, when I laid my four motifs next to each other, I really liked the overall pattern. If this table cloth will ever be finished, it’s going to be a gorgeous one!

What do you do when you get bored with a project but at the same time want to finish it? How do you find motivation to continue working on it?

By the way, if anyone is interested in the pattern, here is the link:

Motif Table Cloth Free Pattern


  1. Que linda, a tempo quero fazer uma para as celebrações natalinas, me deste uma ideia maravilhosa. Tenha uma ótima semana.

  2. Wow, that really is gorgeous. I tend to have several projects going at once so it breaks everything up. And just keep thinking about how magnificent this will be. Such a treasure.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! When I feel that way, I make myself do so much of the project first, like maybe 1 motif since those are big and then do a smaller fun project in between, like flowers or a hat, then go back to the motif again. So inorder to work a new project,I must first complete some of the main project. It helps me get motivated.

  4. You are right, Olga it is going to be one gorgeous tablecloth. A real heirloom piece.

  5. Good morning Olga!!!
    I know exactly how you're feeling!!! As maybe you can remember I had the same problem with my latest project. I had to make 64 pieces for my tablecloth!!!! That took me....five years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I was bored of it, I made other things in order to relax my mind and the pressure I felt. After all crochet must be a joy and not an obligation! The last year I decided to finish it so I made it my goal, to finish it until summer! And finally I made it!!!
    Yours will be lovely too, I'm sure! It's more beautiful than the pattern! I wish you to finish it with health and joy! You can't imagine the feeling when you admire it, finished on your table....

  6. This is beautiful! :)

    Motifs are boring to crochet...but I usually try to do something else (cross stitch, knit or another crochet project) in between all the boring motif stuff.

    I hope you do finish this because it's beautiful! Thanks for the link, too. :)

    Blessings always

  7. I never thought of making myself a tablecloth but I always wanted to make table place mats.

    Yours is really nice.

  8. It seems to me that you followed a slightly different pattern than the one given in the link. Please tell how many chains you used to make the beginning ring.

    1. Yes, you are correct. I only used the graph as the guide and didn't follow the written pattern (back when I started this tablecloth, I couldn't even understand the written patterns that well). I started with ch 8 for ring.
      Also as I look at the written pattern now, I see that my "meshes" and "blocks" were smaller. I used (tr, ch 2, tr) for a mesh (empty square), 4 tr for a block, and 5 ch for corner spaces.

    2. Thanks for the reply. I think your pattern is easier to make and more sturdy. I've decided to follow this. Will u please share the size of thread and needle size also.

    3. I used size 10 crochet cotton thread and size 4 crochet Boye steel hook. I started with smaller hook size 10, my hands would get sore quickly, so I switched to a bigger size hook.
      Because I didn't follow the pattern exactly, my motifs are smaller then the ones in the pattern. As a result, I will need 24 of them (4 by 6) instead of 15 (3 by 5).