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How to Crochet a Simple Decorative Mixed Color Centerpiece

Updated on September 12, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

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How to Decorate Any Plain Jane Space

If you have a table, dresser, dressing table or shelf that’s, what I call ‘blah-looking’, then this ‘Simple Decorative Mixed Color Centrepiece’ will add some life to it.

I came across a booklet from Linhas Circulo, a Brazilian company that makes crochet thread, with 40 interesting crochet motif patterns, most of which I wanted to crochet all at the same time. Lucky for me, the 1st 3 rounds of each pattern are written in both Spanish and English and the rest of the Rounds were clearly laid out in Crochet Diagrams.

This centerpiece is from that very booklet (no. 12 in the booklet) and it measures 16 centimeters in diameter when completed.

Style Options with the Mixed Crochet Motif

What I love about this crochet motif pattern is that it is very versatile! So you can use it by itself or you can join several crocheted motif pieces to make a large piece. (You can check the Assembly Diagram below for one idea of how you can join 4 of these pieces together to make a much larger piece).

You also have the option of making the centrepiece all in one colour (as was done by Linhas Circulo in all white), mixing several separate colours, using multicolor thread or using a multi shade thread (like I did in this project). You can substitute my colors with the colors that YOU love to make one for your own home or as a gift for someone else.

If you’re frightened by crochet diagrams, like I was when I started crocheting, you don’t have to worry because for your ease, I wrote out each of the other Rounds (Round 4 to 9) that were in Diagram format in the booklet.

What You Will Need For This Project

Materials:

  • 2 or more Skeins of Classic 10, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Crochet Thread in your favourite colours.

Tools:

  • 1 Amazing & Unusual Crochet Pattern or Book
  • 1 1.5 mm (2) Crochet Hook
  • 1 pair of Scissors

Instructions:

1. Assemble all of the material and tools that you will need to make your centerpiece. Your crochet thread in your favourite colour or colours (I used Size 10, 100 mercerized cotton, crochet thread in cream and a multi shade green), your crochet hook (I used a 1.5 mm (2) Crochet Hook) and your scissors for cutting the crochet thread.

2. To make Rounds 1 to 4 of the ‘Decorative Mixed Colour Centrepiece:Begin with colour A (for my project, I used Cream thread), ch 10 and join into a ring with 1 sl st.Round 1: Ch 3, 23 dc in ring; 1 sl st to 3rd of 3 initial ch.Round 2: Ch 4, *1 dc into next dc, 1 ch*; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 3rd of 4 initial ch.Round 3: Ch 5, *1 dc into next dc, 2 ch*; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 3rd of 5 initial ch.Round 4: Ch 6, *1 dc into next dc, 3 ch*; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 3rd of 6 initial ch.

3. To make Round 5 of the ‘Decorative Mixed Color Centerpiece’:Attach colour B with sl st at joining (I used a multi shade Green thread – i.e. different shades of green). Ch 3, leaving loop of each on hook work 3 dc into next 3 ch space, yo, draw through all loops on hook – 3 dc ‘closed together’.*Ch 5, leaving loop of each on hook work 4 dc into next 3 ch space, yo, draw through all loops on hook – 4 dc ‘closed together’*.Repeat from * to * to end, ch 5 and make 1 sl st to top of initial 3 dc ‘closed together’. Fasten off.

4. To make Rounds 6 & 7 of the ‘Decorative Mixed Colour Centrepiece:Round 6: Attach colour A to middle of any ch-5 arch with 1 sl st (I used Cream thread). From middle of ch-5 arch, ch 11.*Work dtr into next ch-5 arch, ch 6 *; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 5th of 11 initial ch.Round 7: Ch 3, work 6 dc into next ch-6 arch.*Work 7 dc into next ch-6 arch*; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 3rd of 3 initial ch. Fasten off.

5. To make Rounds 8 & 9 of the ‘Decorative Mixed Color Centerpiece:Round 8: Attach colour B with 1 sl st to 4th dc of dc-7 cluster (I used the multi shade Green thread). From the same 4th dc, ch 15. *Work 1 dc into 4th dc of next dc-7 cluster, ch 12 *; repeat from * to * to end and make 1 sl st to 3rd of 15 initial ch.Round 9: 1 sc, *work 5 sc into next ch-12 arch; ch 3, work 5 dc into same ch-12 arch, 1 sc in next dc *. Repeat from * to * to end and fasten off to complete.Now you can use your ‘Decorative Mixed Color Centrepiece’ to spruce up that plain shelf, dresser, dressing table or shelf in any part of your home.

6. This is a photo of the plain white pattern from the Linhas Circulo booklet. I spruced mine up a bit with the multi shade green crochet thread and adding cream crochet thread as well.

7. This is how the Assembly Diagram was presented in the booklet. It shows how to make a larger centerpiece by joining 4 of these motifs together. It also shows the stitch diagram for the entire pattern. Only Rounds 1 to 3 were written out in words.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks, Donna! May God bless your hat knitting for the homeless! This is a great gift of yourself and time. I wish you many warm nights with your king size blanket :) Good to see you here. Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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      Donna Cook 2 years ago

      So beautiful! Just like my grandmother had. I've knit a similar centerpiece but this pattern looks so much more doable. I knit hats for the homeless and am crocheting a king size blanket for myself right now.

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      Anamika S 2 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wonderful Hub! I know to Crochet... but I have not done anything for ages. I really hope one day I will have the patience to produce some great stuff. Pinned!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I used to do quite a bit of crochet and knitting but not so much now. I still have a few of my moms doily pieces though. Store bought ones just cannot compare.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks for visiting junecampbell! It really is simple enough even though you are not confident about your crocheting. Have a blessed weekend!

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Its very pretty and it looks simple enough to do. I am not great at crochet but I can do some.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @masunyoananda: You're welcome, masunyoananda. Your mother passed on a wonderful craft to you. looking forward to seeing your new crochet piece when you're done. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend!

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      masunyoananda 3 years ago

      I love Crochet. In fact, I learned it from my mother since childhood. I don't know really what I'm going to create this time but definitely, it will be something to put on the dining table. Thanks for sharing your ideas here....:)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ecogranny: So sorry about your eyesight, Graceonline. This pattern can be done with yarn and bigger hooks too (a 5mm or 5,5 mm). Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @asereht1970: Thanks asereht1970! I am sorry that your Mom had to stop crocheting due to eye problems. I hope that you will follow in her footsteps. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I've been crocheting dish cloths lately, because I can use larger thread and hooks. My eyesight doesn't let me do the fine bits any longer, but I surely would like to give this one a try. Elegant!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      So beautiful. My mom used to crochet when we were young, she has stopped due to eye problems.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @kimberlyschimmel: I love them too now, kschimmel :) Not when I first started to crochet, though :) Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I love diagrams--I can see everything in one picture instead of reading pages of abbreviations and numbers. I almost never knit or crochet lace unless I have a chart.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: I personally don't like looooong crochet projects, like blouses or tablecloths. I might die before completion :)) Glad you found it doable, poetvix. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @PAINTDRIPS: Glad you like it, DeniseMcGill! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks Coletta! How have your mom & grandma dealt with your loyalty to singer (the sewing machine) :)) If sewing works for you then I agree, stick with it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is so pretty, so delicate, most impressive. I really love the colors. It's so springy, so fresh. I'm not that good at crochet but I may have to give this a go. i like that it's a useful project that's not too big for those of us who aren't very proficient with a hook.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      I love it and it looks fast and easy. Thanks.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      Awesome tutorial, Heidi! My mom and grandma crocheted doilies. I have a collection of them. They are so much fun to have around the house. What's really cool, my Guy enjoys decorating with them. This is a great craft, although, I think I need to stick to my sewing machine. Really nice work!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @favored: Thanks favored1! Why have you stopped the family's crochet tradition??? :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Can't do any of this, but your work is so lovely. It reminds me of some great family pieces that my aunt and grandmother made.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @WriterJanis2: Great, WriterJanis! Well your crocheting project has begun :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      This is really pretty. I can think of lots of ways I could use one of these.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Jerzimom: Thanks CherylFay! Why are you speaking the past tense (loved)? Don't you like them now? :) Have a very blessed week ahead!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Glad you liked my colour choice Susan. You can also do this project with yarn. I just seem to like thin cotton maybe because that is what I learned with :) and it have a certain type of petite neatness to it :) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a very blessed week ahead!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Very pretty! I loved dollies like that. Nice lens!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your color choice with the green. Very pretty! I've never crocheted anything with thin cotton, just with regular yarn. My grandmother used to crochet doilies all the time. Maybe I'll have to give your pattern a try. Thanks for the awesome instructions!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Craftymarie: Thanks kinworm! The best part is, it's easy and inexpensive to make. So you don't have to spend a fortune on décor. Have a wonderful Sunday and a blessed week ahead.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      That is so pretty. How gorgeous to have it displayed in the home.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks, Barbara! Have a wonderful Sunday and a blessed week ahead.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very detailed Heidi, and nicely laid out too :)