What will You Create with Mosaic Crochet
I am currently fascinated with mosaic crochet. A few weeks ago, I didn't know where to begin with this innovative technique. The colorful and textural patterns look complicated, but after watching Lily Chin's new workshop DVD I am amazed at their simplicity.
Mosaic crochet is a colorwork technique normally using 2 or 3 colors, but you only work one color at a time-each row is worked in a single color. Generally two rows of crochet are worked in each color, and the mosaic design is created using long stitches. Lily likes to use long double crochet stitches, where you insert the hook in a stitch two rows down, over the top of two rows of contrasting colored stitches, pull up a loop to the height of the working row, and then complete the double crochet as normal. These long stitches cover up the contrasting rows they are worked over, creating the mosaic patterning. The resulting fabric is beautifully reversible.
The patterning in mosaic crochet is worked only on the right-side rows. The wrong-side rows are worked in plain single crochet. In the DVD, Lily points out that the simple wrong-side rows provide a great break between the pattern rows.
In the DVD, Lily walks the viewer through the steps of mosaic crochet from the foundation chain to project ideas, from afghans to hats and sweaters. She shows how to work I-drop stitches, which are worked straight down, as well as diagonal stitches such as those used to create "letter" patterns such as "v" and "x". You can use these stitches to create such patterns as the chicken foot pattern. And if you want to create your own pattern, And Lily shows you how to sketch your pattern out before working it in yarn.
In a very short time, Lily Chin has not only introduced me to mosaic crochet but also fascinated me with myriad possibilities and patterns.. Order your copy of Mosaic Crochet with Lily Chin today and discover this amazing technique.
P.S. Check out a preview of this technique in the Crochet Me store.