What Is Mosaic Crochet? + The Perfect Project to Practice!

Have you heard of mosaic crochet? It’s an impressive technique that creates the appearance of crochet colorwork without the need to switch colors mid-row. How is this achieved? It requires you to work in stitches “rows below.” We’ll walk you through the process and then show you a stunning project to make to practice this technique.

You can create all kinds of mosaic patterns by working in rows below. Lily Chin has an entire video download that shows the possibilities of working in rows below. Depending on how you order these stitches, you can create a variety of colorful patterns. We’re going to walk you through a basic mosaic pattern, as seen in the Mosaic Snowflake Hood from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019.

What do you need for mosaic crochet?
You will need at least 2 colors of yarn, but feel free to incorporate more if you would like. You will work 2 rows in each color. This allows you to carry your yarn up the side of the work, rather then carrying it across every row as you do in tapestry crochet (often resulting in a stiff, less drapable fabric).

What stitch do you need to know?
For the Mosaic Snowflake Hood, you will work a series of V-stitches with the legs of the V working into the row 3 rows below your current row. (Hint: with 2 rows in each color, that means you are working into the row with the same color you are using.) Work the V-stitch like so:

V-stitch (V-st): Dc in next st 3 rows below and one st ahead, sk sc behind dc just made, sc in next st on current row, dc in same st as last dc 3 rows below, sk sc behind dc just made.

As you continue to work this V-stitch in each color, you create an intriguing shift in color and texture.

The Mosaic Hood from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019 is a fantastic project for practicing this technique. You simply make a rectangle, fold it, and seam one side to create a darling hood. The project has no shaping, it’s very small, and it’s easily worked back and forth in rows.

What colors (affiliate link) will you choose to practice mosaic crochet with the Mosaic Snowflake Hood? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Stitching!

Featured Image: The Mosaic Snowflake Hood. CREDIT: Harper Point Photography

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