Making the Moorish Mosaic Afghan

Oct 15, 2009

In this week's enewsletter, we talk with Lisa Naskrent about her design inspiration for the Moorish Mosaic Afghan, featured in the fall issue of Interweave Crochet.


The brilliance of this crocheted blanket is that every motif is worked in a different colorway. If you are re-creating the exact colors and placement in Lisa's blanket, as I am, it can be a challenge keeping track of all 30 large motifs.

Here's how Lisa tracked them: "I used safety pins and scrap pieces of paper! I had a piece of graph paper, the X axis being the motif number (each motif had a number), and the Y axis being the round number. I wrote down the color of each round for each octagon as I made it."

Tracking the motifs does call for some organization. Here's what I did: I made a copy of the color chart on page 58. Then I sliced the chart into strips for each individual motif. I taped them onto the back of old business cards and numbered each card.


I strung each card onto a bit of thread to tie to the motif when I'm done. I also marked each ball band with its appropriate letter, so I don't have to think too hard about which color is A, B. etc.

I keep the card for the motif I'm working on, and check off each row as I do it:


When I'm done, I string the card through the motif, so I'll know where to place the motif when they're all done.

btw, I've found that the little square motifs make excellent travel crochet. Just two balls of yarn--the center color and the main color--are good for a shortish road trip, as you make four square motifs for each color.

What's your method for keeping track of the motifs? Let us know in the forums.

And share pictures of your finished Moorish Mosaic Afghans when you're done!

Happy crocheting!


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ohiojo1953 wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 11:31 AM

Ok folks, having just signed up for this site, how do I get the fall issue of Interweave Crochet so I can get the pattern for the Moorish mosaic afghan? I see some of you appear to have changed the colors?

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Marcy Smith wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 3:37 PM
If you rush to a bookstore or LYS, you may be able to get a copy before they disappear. The Winter issue hit stands yesterday.
If you don't find one, you can get an issue here:
Have fun! Can't wait to see what colors you pick! (maybe a blend of merlot, burgundy, champagne, pinot noir ...)