Mosaic Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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The mosaic crochet stitch tutorial features a beautiful mosaic stitch pattern. This is one of many possible mosaic crochet stitches you can make using the mosaic crochet technique.

It creates a lovely zig zagging v-shaped crochet pattern. This crochet stitch is perfect for projects like a baby blanket, crochet pillow cover, crochet garments, rectangle shawls and more!

What’s great about mosaic crochet is that you use only one color per row, meaning it’s easier to follow. 

If you haven’t tried mosaic crochet before, take a quick read on “6 simple rules of mosaic crochet” to learn how easy it is. 

I’ve also included a way for you to grab the printable version in a bundle with other crochet stitches, more details about that further down.

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What is mosaic crochet?

Mosaic crochet is a type of crochet colorwork where you use only one color per row. You can read more about the rules of mosaic crochet here.

Is mosaic crochet hard?

No, it’s actually quite easy. With just a handful simple rules you can learn to crochet mosaic crochet easily. Some may also call this one of the easiest crochet colorwork techniques, as it only requires you to use one yarn color per row or round.

What’s the difference between tapestry, intarsia and mosaic crochet?

Tapestry crochet is a technique where you work with multiple colors on each row, while also changing between colors multiple times per row. Intarsia crochet is a technique where you use two or more colors on the same row, but you have a skein of each color for each section you use it. Mosaic crochet is a technique where you use only one color per row and use the two colors on every other row.

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Materials Used


Crochet Abbreviations

We try our best to include all crochet abbreviations in the list above for the crochet pattern, but sometimes we may forget one or two.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

Notes


  • This pattern is a multiple of 5 stitches. Add 2 for beginning and end of row.

Crochet Techniques You Will Need


Crocheting In The Front And Back Loop

This means that you will not crochet through the whole stitch as usual. A typical stitch contains two loops. One in the front, nearest you, and another stitch in the back, furthest away from you. One is called the front loop (the one nearest you), the other one the back loop, the one furthest away from you.

For this pattern you will crochet double crochet stitches through the front loop & single crochet stitches (BLsc) through the back loop.

Mosaic Crochet

To crochet this pattern you will use the mosaic crochet technique, following these 4 simple rules

  1. You will use color A and B every other row.
  2. All single crochet stitches are worked in the back loop
  3. All double crochet stitches (long double crochet/ Ldc) are worked 2 rounds below in the front loop & this front loop are always the same color as the one you’re working with.
  4. You will always work on the right side (RS). That means you’ll cut yarn at the end of each row and reattach at the beginning of the row. I recommend working over yarn tails both at the beginning and end or the row. This is to avoid having to seam a lot of ends to finish off & you then won’t need a needle. You can see yarn tails that have been worked over in the photo below. 

To Make A 15 cm x 15 cm / 6 x 6 Inch Square


With the hook & yarn given, I crocheted: 

  • Ch 28 st, for a total of 27 stitches per row.
  • 25 rows. 
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Crochet a blanket!

Use this crochet stitch pattern to crochet a blanket! Learn more about crochet blanket sizes & making one with any size crochet hook & yarn:

  1. Crochet Blanket Sizes
  2. Any Yarn & Hook Blanket Calculator
  3. Other Crochet Stitches for Blankets

Ziz Zag Mosaic Crochet Stitch Tutorial


Find a written description, photo tutorial & a video tutorial below. 

Written Instructions

With CA ch a multiple of 5 + 3 stitches.

Row 1 with CA: Sc 1 in 3rd ch from hook, sc 1 in each ch across, cut yarn. 

Row 2 with CB: Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, BLsc 1 in each st until you have 1 st left, sc 1 in last st, fasten off & cut yarn.

Row 3 with CA: Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, *BLsc 1 in the next 2 st, Ldc in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in the next 2 st*, repeat from *to* until you have 1 st left, sc 1 in last st, fasten off & cut yarn. 

Row 4 with CB: Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, *Ldc 1 in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in the next 3 st, Ldc 1 in FL of st 2 rows below* , repeat from *to* until you have 1 st left, sc in last st, fasten of & cut yarn. 

Row 5 with CA: Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, *BLsc 1 in next st, Ldc in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in next st, Ldc in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in next st*, repeat from *to* until you have 1 st left, sc in last st, fasten of & cut yarn. 

Row 6 with CB: Repeat row 3. 

Row 7 with CA: Repeat row 4.

Row 8 with CB: Repeat row 5.

Repeat row 3-8 until you reach desired length.

Photo Tutorial 

Chain row: Decide how many stitches you want

With CA ch a multiple of 5 + 3 stitches.

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Row 1: Setup Row

Sc 1 in 3rd ch from hook, sc 1 in each ch across.

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Cut yarn and fasten off, because you are going to work all rows on the right side of the work.

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Row 2: Start using the second color

Grab color B and make a slip knot.

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Row 2 cont.: Always work single crochet in first stitch, through the whole stitch.

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Row 2 cont.: Work following single crochet stitches in the back loop.

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Row 2 cont.: First back loop single crochet finished. Continue to crochet back loop single crochet across, until you have 1 stitch left. 

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Row 2 cont.: When you reach the last few stitches of the row, start working over the yarn tail with CA, from end of row one.

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Row 2 cont.: You can see how yarn tail is fastened by working over it.

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Row 2 cont.: When you have 1 stitch left, work a regular single crochet into the last stitch.

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Row 2 cont.: Sc in the last stitch finished.

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Cut yarn and fasten off, 2 rows finished.

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Row 3: Start working long dc stitches

Row 3: Single crochet in first stitch with color A. Notice that you should crochet over color B.

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Row 3 cont.: First single crochet finished. Notice how color B is placed, ready to be worked over.

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Row 3 cont.: Single crochet in back loop of the next 2 stitches.

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Row 3 cont.: Double crochet in the front loop of stitch 2 rows below. Ready to draw up a loop from the front loop showed on photo.

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Row 3. cont: Double crochet in front loop of stitch 2 rows below finished. (Ldc worked).

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Row 3 cont.: Work this repeat across row 3 until you have 1 stitch left: BLsc in next 2 st, Ldc 1, BLsc in next 2 st.

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Row 3 cont.: Row 3 finished. Yarn cut & fastened off.

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Row 4: Pattern starts to look established

Row 4: This is how row 4 looks finished. Steps:  Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, *Ldc 1 in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in the next 3 st, Ldc 1 in FL of st 2 rows below* , repeat from *to* until you have 1 st left, sc in last st, fasten of & cut yarn. 

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Row 5: Mosaic Stitch Pattern Showing even better

Row 5: This is how it looks finished. Steps: Attach yarn on RS with sc in 1st st, *BLsc 1 in next st, Ldc in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in next st, Ldc in FL of st 2 rows below, BLsc 1 in next st*, repeat from *to* until you have 1 st left, sc in last st, fasten of & cut yarn. 

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Row 6: Starting to repeat previous rows

Row 6: Repeat row 3. 

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Row 7: First Zig Zag is Now Finished

Row 7: Repeat row 4.

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Row 8: How one full repeat looks

Row 8: Repeat row 5.

Continue to repeat row 3-8 until project is desired size.

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How the wrong side of mosaic crochet looks

How the wrong side (ws) of the Mosaic Crochet Stitch looks. Notice yarn tails you can cut down, because they are worked over.

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Video Tutorial

Crochet Projects Using This Mosaic Pattern


Other Mosaic Crochet Patterns:

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Want The Printable Version?


If you like this mosaic crochet stitch, I’m sure you’re going to love the other 15 stitches for the Spring Stitches Bundle as well. 

We’ve gathered the collection of 16 crochet stitch tutorials in a super affordable e-book. 

Grab the bundle here.

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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