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Mosaic Crochet Tips & Tricks + Free Pattern

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I have been really inspired lately by Mosaic Crochet. It is no secret I am a huge fan of colorwork, and when I was experimenting with different techniques I re-discovered Mosaic Crochet, and I found that I really enjoyed it! Mosaic Crochet is a technique that LOOKS hard but is actually, quite beginner friendly. And just to make it a little easier I put together Mosaic Crochet Tips & Trick + Free Pattern!

Now Mosaic Crochet shouldn't be a first project by any means, there are definitely stitches you will need to be comfortable with before you attempt it, like Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), and chaining. But once you got those down, jump in, it really is just sc, dc, and chaining that makes all that lovely texture. And before you know it, you will be crocheting patterns like the Wish Upon A Star Mosaic Blanket or the Waves Mosaic Crochet Blanket.

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I know Mosaic Crochet can look intimidating, what with all the beautiful colorwork, but as a general rule, you are only using one color per row! Really the hardest part of Mosaic Crochet is picking up the hook to start.

When working Mosaic Crochet there are 2 ways to work it up. There is the more classic way, where you start each row at the right and work toward the left, fastening off after each row. Then there is my preferred method; Interlocking Mosaic.

Interlocking Mosaic Crochet is a great option if you don't want fringe or a lot of ends to weave in. With this option, you can dc in front of the chain space or around the chain stitches. Working the Mosaic dc sts in front of the chain stitches will have a bolder/more defined look on the front or right side of your project. But, I do recommend using caution if your mosaic project is for a small child or baby. It would be best to crochet around/over the chain stitches so there are no loops on the back as a choking/entanglement risk.

Other fun Mosaic Crochet patterns to try are the Snowflake Hexagon Mosaic Crochet Blanket or the Desert Cactus Mosaic Crochet Free Blanket.

Let's Practice Mosaic Crochet

A typical chart you would see when looking at Mosaic Crochet patterns is very straightforward, you have your main color (MC) and a contrast color (CC) and an X to indicated where you will work a Mosaic Double Crochet. You will need to follow the instruction of your pattern to know how it is worked either one row at a time cutting the yarn after each row and returning to the start of the row to start the next color or in my preferred method Interlocking Mosaic Crochet. Each row is worked down and back in the same color yarn eliminating all the extra ends.

What you will need:
Crochet Hook: I love the H (5.0mm) Dots Hook, from WeCrochet. See some of my favorite crochet hooks below. Learn how to choose crochet hooks here.

Yarn: Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun, worsted weight #4 yarn (70% Acrylic 30% Nylon, per 174 yds/50g) in two colors

Optional: Use a stitch marker to keep track of stitches if necessary.

Video Tutorial

Mosaic Mug Rug Pattern Chart and Written Instructions

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Row 1: With MC, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across, turn. 15 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each across.

Row 3: With CC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc 5, ch 2, skip 2, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc in last, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc 5, ch 2, skip 2 chain sps, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last, turn.

Row 5: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 2, (ch 1, skip 1, sc 1) twice, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 2, sc 1, mdc 1, sc in last, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc 5, (ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1) twice, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last 5, turn.

Row 7: With CC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc 2, (mdc 1, sc 1) three times, sc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip ch sp, sc 9, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc in last, turn.

Row 9: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, mdc 2, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 3, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 2, sc in last, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 3, turn.

Row 11: With CC, ch 1, sc 3, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip ch sp, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last 6, turn.

Row 13: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 1, sc 3, mdc 2, sc in last, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1, sc 7, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last, turn.

Row 15: With CC, ch 1, (sc 1, mdc 1) twice, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 1, sc 2, ch 1, skip 1, sc in last 4, turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, sc 4, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 5, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last 4, turn.

Row 17: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 1, sc 2, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc in last, turn.

Row 18: Ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 5, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last, turn.

Row 19: With CC, ch 1, sc 1, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 3, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, sc 1, turn.

Row 20: Ch 1, sc 6, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 1, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc 3, ch 1, skip ch sp, sc in last 2, turn.

Row 21: With MC, ch 1, sc 2, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc in last 3, turn.

Row 22: Repeat Row 10.

Row 23: With CC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip 2, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, sc 3, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last, turn.

Row 24: Repeat Row 8.

Row 25: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, mdc 2, sc 2, (ch 1, skip 1, sc 1) twice, ch 1, skip 1, sc 2, mdc 2, sc 1 in last, turn.

Row 26: Repeat Row 6.

Row 27: With CC, ch 1, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc 1, ch 2, skip 2, (mdc 1, sc 1) twice, mdc 1, ch 2, skip 2, sc 1, ch 1, skip 1, sc in last, turn.

Row 28: Repeat Row 4.

Row 29: With MC, ch 1, sc 1, mdc 1, sc 1, mdc 2, sc 5, mdc 2, sc 1, mdc 1, sc in last, turn.

Row 30: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Mosaic Mug Rug Edging

Rnd 1 (RS): Sl st evenly around the edge of the mug rug (on corners work a sl st, ch 1, sl st), join.

Rnd 2: Working in the blo of the slip stitches, sc in each stitch around, on the corners (sc 1, ch 1, sc 1) in
the previous chain sp, join.

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