Mosaic Crochet Basics Tutorial
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What Is Mosaic Crochet?
I’m sure you’ve seen all those beautiful project out there on Pinterest with pretty geometric designs and if you are like me, you wondered how to replicate the technique too because it looked so complicated! Well, at its simplest, mosaic crochet is a technique that uses at least two different colors, working with only one color per row, and simple stitches, to create interesting designs and shapes.
How Is It Done?
While there are many different techniques, the basic concept is that you work the project in single crochet, with double crochets worked into prior rows to form the design. That’s it, just two crochet stitches and chain stitches for the foundation row and you are on your way to some awesome design work!
Some methods include skipping spaces and working into those spaces in later rows, but I prefer this method which I will call the Overlay Method. The design is worked from a color chart with a stitch guide for each box.
How Do You Work The Overlay Method?
Each row is worked in back loop only, except the first and last stitch, which are worked in both loops, and double crochets are worked in the front loops.
Double crochets are worked into the front loop of the stitch two rows below, thereby, working “over” the previous stitches and hence the name “overlay”.
Each row is worked in one color at a time, so you don’t have to worry about working with multiple colors at a time and getting the yarns all tangled up — yes I’m guilty of this! You will alternate color every row.
Each row is worked from the front (no turning rows) of the project and starts in stitch number 1. You will clip the yarn at the end of each row — don’t worry about all those loose ends, we have ways of dealing with them!
How To Read The Chart
The chart is read from bottom to top and right to left.
Each box is coded. For my sample:
- Boxes shaded in grey indicate the first or last stitch of the row and will always be worked in single crochet through both loops.
- Boxes in either white or blue with no letter in the center will be worked in single crochet in the back loop only. Boxes in either white or blue with an “X” in the center represent a double crochet that will be worked in the front loop of the stitch two rows below. Visual Hint: Double crochets are worked into the same color that you are currently working with.
- The color of the box really doesn’t matter from a stitch perspective (except for the first and last stitch) and is simply there for visual ease in anticipating the design.
- The design will appear on the front of your work, and the back will be striped.
Here is the sample chart for our example.
Since a visual is often the best way to learn, I have a video tutorial to help you understand the skills. You can find it on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/lfWOjLoFrZ4, or click on it below.
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Materials You Will Need For The Sample:
- I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn in two colors, approximately 20 yards of each
- Hook US G/4.0 mm
- Tapestry Needle for weaving ends
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