Even as the temperatures continue to swell
into the 90s, and we scramble to fit one more mini-vacation in this summer, meteorologists
are predicting a colder-than-average winter for many areas throughout the
world. I guess that means I will need to start another crocheted afghan. The
thought brings a smile to my face.
This is the perfect opportunity to improve my
mosaic crochet skills. Mosaic crochet, like mosaic knitting, mimics the
intricate patterns created with inlaid tiles, and like those tiles, mosaic
crochet allows you to use two or more colors in stunning combination.
If you have never tried mosaic crochet, an
afghan is an ideal first project, and Lily Chin's Mosaic Magic is the perfect pattern book.
With afghans, you don't have to worry about fit, and there will be plenty of
rows to practice this new technique on. And mosaic crochet is much easier than
it may first appear.
You only work with one color on one row at a
time. The patterning is created through long stitches worked in or around
stitches from previous rows. Unlike with many colorwork techniques, you don't
have to keep track of two or more balls that insist on twisting around each
other as you work.
Each of the over 40 afghan patterns also
includes a stitch multiple that can be used to alter the afghan size easily.
You can use these same stitch patterns to make baby blankets, scarves, and
Bramble Berries is at the top of my queue.
This pattern uses long double crochets to create V-stitches over a striped
background. While the original was made using chenille, I think I'll substitute
a warm superwash wool and use the 12 stitch multiple information to shrink the
finished size to a perfect lap blanket.
Join me in learning this beautifully
intricate new technique and prepare for cooler weather with more gorgeous
afghans. Order Lily Chin's Mosaic Magic: Afghans Made Easy and
create a beautiful crocheted afghan today. And for more mosaic crochet
guidance, you can also order DVD Mosaic Crochet with Lily Chin. For a limited time, you can purchase both
the DVD and the book and save.