Mosaic crochet is such a beautiful crochet technique, but it’s also one that not that many have tried. My guess it’s because it looks far more complex than it actually is.
By following the steps in this free crochet tutorial I will share 6 simple rules of mosaic crochet with you & I promise you I’ll break it down to easy “rules” or techniques.
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6 SIMPLE RULES OF MOSAIC CROCHET:
These 6 rules are the general rules you will find applying to most mosaic crochet patterns. With these in your toolbox, you can crochet the most beautiful mosaic crochet projects.
1. Only use 1 color per row/round
Even though mosaic crochet can look really complex, the good news is that you will actually use only 1 color per row/round.
2. Alternate color A and color B every other row/round
The second of the simple rules of mosaic crochet is using the two colors on every other row or round. This means you will never use the same color two rows/rounds after each other.
3. Always work on the right side
No matter if you are working in rows or rounds, you will always have the right side of the work facing you. Here’s how it applies to rows vs rounds:
Working in rows:
When working mosaic crochet in rows, you will always cut the yarn at the end of the row. This is because you will always work from right to left, with the right side of the work facing you.
This leaves a good amount of yarn tails.
For this I recommend always working over your yarn tails at the beginning of the row/round or leave them to create fringe later.
If you’re working over your yarn tails, this tutorial will help you with that.
Working in rounds:
When working mosaic crochet in rounds, you can let the yarn follow up to the next round using the same color without cutting the yarn.
This makes in many cases mosaic crochet in rounds feel easier.
4. You will use 2 stitches
In mosaic crochet you will only use 2 stitches:
- Back loop single crochet
- Long double crochet / double crochet worked in front loop 2 rows/rounds below
5. All single crochet stitches are worked in the back loop
The back loop single crochet stitches are worked at all times unless otherwise specified.
On the next row, these can be covered by the other color to create the patterning.
6. All double crochet stitches are worked in the front loop 2 rows/rounds below
The double crochet stitches are often called Long Double Crochet because they are worked into the front loop 2 rows/rounds below.
PATTERNS USING THE MOSAIC CROCHET TECHNIQUE:
After learning the 6 simple rules of mosaic crochet in this free crochet tutorial it’s time to put that knowledge to use.
Your Weekday Cowl is a great place to start.
Hope you enjoyed this free crochet tutorial teaching you the basics of mosaic crochet!
If you love crochet colorwork, this tutorial on Tapestry Crochet might interest you as well.