Mosaic Crochet

If you have researched mosaic crochet on the internet, you may have noticed that there are in fact two different crochet techniques, both of which are frequently described as ‘mosaic crochet’.

I have created a short tutorial which includes step-by-step photos and instructions for working the same simple chart in each technique, so you can see the differences between the two techniques, and the finished effect.

You can download free PDFs of the tutorial below:

UK terms

US terms

I have also given each mosaic crochet technique a different name, to hopefully help you to differentiate between the two:

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

Overlay mosaic crochet is worked with the right side of your work always facing you, so yarn must be cut at the end of each row. This of course results in a LOT of ends, but they don’t necessarily need to be woven in: for example try using an overlay mosaic pattern worked lengthwise to make a scarf – the ends can simply be trimmed to make a fringe at each end.

The base fabric is made up of rows of back loop dcs, and the pattern is created by working trs into unworked front loops 2 rows below.


Inset Mosaic Crochet

Inset mosaic crochet involves turning your work at the end of each row, and changing yarn colour every 2 rows. The unused colour is carried up the side of the work, hence minimising the number of ends needing to be woven in.

The pattern is created by leaving ch-sps in rows using the first colour, and these are filled in with trs in the next RS row in a contrasting colour, leaving the ch-sps unworked behind.

Closeup of 'Norway Spruce' - Inset Mosaic crochet blanket
Closeup of 'Bubbles' Overlay Mosaic blanket

If you like mosaic crochet, and want to find out more, and share photos, hints and tips with other like-minded crocheters, please join us on facebook, in the group 'Mosaic Crochet World'

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