This month, we welcome Crochet Now designer Rosina Plane to the weblog to provide us her high tips for excellent color modifications in Mosaic Crochet each time! Find her latest design, the Norway Spruce Blanket, inside issue 46, obtainable to buy now!
Over the previous 12 months or two I might sometimes come throughout mosaic crochet patterns in magazines or on the net. I liked the patterns, however by no means had the braveness to provide it a go because it appeared method too sophisticated and fiddly.
Well, earlier this 12 months I used to be at a little bit of a free finish and trying for a brand new undertaking, so I made a decision to chunk the bullet, decide up my hook and give it a go.
How mistaken I had been! I discovered Mosaic crochet to be nowhere close to as fiddly as intarsia crochet, and the charts had been easy to comply with if I simply took them one row at a time. I additionally liked the added texture created from the combination of dc and lengthy stitches.
I used to be immediately hooked (pardon the apparent pun), and abruptly discovered myself filled with inspiration for designs utilizing this superb method … the primary of which was “Norway Spruce” which I’m very proud to share with you in issue 46.
In Mosaic crochet there is no such thing as a altering colors inside rows – patterns are created by working 2 rows in color A, adopted by 2 rows in color B, and so on.
Each sq. on the chart represents one dc, if the chart calls for a unique color to that which you’re utilizing you miss the required variety of sts, and chain that quantity plus 1 (the plus 1 simply stops your work bunching up as most individuals are inclined to chain barely tighter than different sts). If you had missed stitches when utilizing the earlier color you make a tr into the missed st, leaving the ch-sp unworked on the mistaken facet.
When you get to the tip of the row flip with 1 ch and work 1 dc in every dc or tr, 2 ch over all 2ch-sps, 3 ch over all 3ch-sps and so on… Simple!
For nearly all of Mosaic crochet designs you’ll in all probability be utilizing simply 2 colors, so to keep away from the tedium of weaving in a whole lot of free ends you’ll in all probability need to carry the unused color up the facet of your work. I’ve discovered 2 methods of doing this:
- For the Norway Spruce sample I counsel you allow the working loop of the unused color on a locking sew marker, which creates a pleasant neat edge, however the 2 strands could be a little cumbersome – particularly in case you are utilizing heavier yarns (see pic 1)
- Option 2 ends in solely 1 strand being carried up the facet, and doesn’t require the usage of a sew marker. For this you merely work the turning chain at first of the suitable facet row utilizing the subsequent color (see pic 2)
The selection of technique is completely as much as your private desire.
I hope this text has inspired you to provide mosaic crochet a strive, however in case you assume that Norway Spruce could also be somewhat too superior for your first try you possibly can go to my web site at here the place you will discover a free sample to make a easy mosaic crochet coaster, together with supporting pictures and full written directions.
Check out extra of Rosina’s designs on her Instagram feed!