What will You Create with Mosaic Crochet

May 23, 2011

I am currently fascinated with mosaic crochet. A few weeks ago, I didn't know where to begin with this innovative technique. The colorful and textural patterns look complicated, but after watching Lily Chin's new workshop DVD I am amazed at their simplicity.

Mosaic CrochetMosaic crochet is a colorwork technique normally using 2 or 3 colors, but you only work one color at a time-each row is worked in a single color. Generally two rows of crochet are worked in each color, and the mosaic design is created using long stitches. Lily likes to use long double crochet stitches, where you insert the hook in a stitch two rows down, over the top of two rows of contrasting colored stitches, pull up a loop to the height of the working row, and then complete the double crochet as normal. These long stitches cover up the contrasting rows they are worked over, creating the mosaic patterning. The resulting fabric is beautifully reversible. 

The patterning in mosaic crochet is worked only on the right-side rows. The wrong-side rows are worked in plain single crochet. In the DVD, Lily points out that the simple wrong-side rows provide a great break between the pattern rows. 

Mosaic Crochet ExampleIn the DVD, Lily walks the viewer through the steps of mosaic crochet from the foundation chain to project ideas, from afghans to hats and sweaters. She shows how to work I-drop stitches, which are worked straight down, as well as diagonal stitches such as those used to create "letter" patterns such as "v" and "x". You can use these stitches to create such patterns as the chicken foot pattern. And if you want to create your own pattern, And Lily shows you how to sketch your pattern out before working it in yarn. 

In a very short time, Lily Chin has not only introduced me to mosaic crochet but also fascinated me with myriad possibilities and patterns.. Order your copy of Mosaic Crochet with Lily Chin today and discover this amazing technique.

Best wishes,

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Char55 wrote
on May 23, 2011 9:46 AM

I actually completed an 2 afghans using the mosaic technique back in 1975-76 but it wasn't called that at the time. I made one for my daughter in light green with dark green and white stripes; and one for my son in light blue with dark blue and white stripes. It was a Herrschner's pattern kit "No. 20-3124 Ruana Afghan Kit" (48" x 68"). Bought the kit for one, then made the second from the pattern and my yarn.

I still have the pattern and when my daughter no longer wanted the afghan (I had since made her a couple larger afghans and she was running out of space in her house), she gave it back to me for safe-keeping and I still have it; still looks great after 35+ years.

sgmayfield wrote
on Jan 4, 2012 1:49 PM

I totally agree with everything that Toni posted here.  In addition, watching the DVD led me to purchase the book MOSAIC  MAGIC by Lily Chin.  It is a wonderful addition to my ever-growing craft library.  

My first mosaic project was a red-and-white tote bag (unfortunately, it got away from me before I could get a picture of it), and I am totally hooked on this technique.  It will not be my last!

Thanks to Lily Chin and Interweave - this product rocks!