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Crochet – Mosaic Crochet

I discovered mosaic crochet approximately five or six weeks ago, I’m now totally hooked!

It is very much like mosaic knitting/slip stitch knitting, but with a crochet hook. In fact, I used mosaic knitting pattern graphs/charts to practice sample swatches when trying to get to grips with the crochet technique. I found that most of the pattern graphs/charts created for mosaic knitting can also be used for mosaic crochet.

I found a very helpful blog which covered everything you need to know to get started:

l have a book called Celtic Charted Designs by Co Spinhoven. I really like most of the designs in the book and wanted to try to adapt one of my favourite designs for use with the mosaic crochet technique.

This design is my first attempt.

I used double knitting acrylic yarn and started the sample swatch using a size 4 mm crochet hook, but I found it quite difficult to control the tension of the work. I changed to a size 5 mm crochet hook and found that using a larger hook produced a good uniform tension.

I also found that most of the mosaic knitting pattern graphs/charts that I tried used one extra stitch at the beginning and end of each row. I choose to use three extra stitches, as this made it easier for me to follow this particular charted design. Given that each row is worked in a different colour, the pattern design on the wrong side of the resulting fabric is always horizontal stripes.

The finished fabric has quite a firm texture and I feel that any future project would benefit from a surrounding border.


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Crochet Sample Swatch – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This is my second design sample swatch that represents one quarter of an overall design. Again, it is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion, and again I am using the technique of double filet crochet/intermeshing crochet. I worked the 2 cell border all around the swatch to ensure I would get an accurate measurement of the inner design. As with the first swatch, working out the design proved to be a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The design has turned out very well. However, I intend to make a small change to the design when I actually work the project, as I think a solid colour border will give the design a better look.

My sample swatch measures 9¼” X 9” (not blocked) I used a crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects.




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Craft Bag – Project Bag – Knitting Basket – Knitting Bag – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet- Interlocking Crochet


Everyone needs a needlework project bag/basket. I don’t mean the basket or box we use to store our scrap yarn and tools….I mean a lovely bag to hold the project we’re currently working on when we move from room to room or even travel away from home (up until now I’ve always carried my work in an old supermarket carrier bag). I thought I’d buy myself a nice new bag, until I saw how expensive they are.

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I remembered that I had an old needlepoint bag stored in the attic for at least 18 years, which I hoped could be cleaned up and used again. However when I got it down from the attic, it was clearly not usable as the fabric was rotten and torn and the metal pivots were rusted. I was about to throw it away when I decided to take the whole thing apart and remake it. I just love a challenge!


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Side A

I unpicked the old fabric and used it to make paper templates of the body and sides. It almost fell apart while I was doing so. Using the paper templates, I then crocheted fabric into a design remembered from my youth, using the technique of intermeshing -double filet. The most difficult part of this project was choosing which side of the fabric to use as side A. It was the cause of much family discussion!


I also used the paper templates to cut a lining of double thickness to increase the strength of the finished article, as the original was very flimsy. In the original bag, the inner lining was made as a separate bag and attached to the completed outer bag using top stitching. I decided to attach my lining by machine-stitching it to the crocheted fabric, in order to limited its stretchiness and therefore maintain the shape of the completed bag when filled with items.


I sanded all the old varnish from the frame and a family member re-varnished it for me (I have a problem with the smell of varnish) in a lovely walnut colour. At this point, the whole bag could have been sewn/crocheted together, the frame taken apart then threaded through the completed bag, and the frame put back together again. However, as my frame was pretty old, I decided not to take a hammer to it….


…Instead, I threaded the bottom lining and side panels of the bag through the two lower bars of the frame and machine-stitched through all thicknesses of fabric, to limit the travel of the legs when opened. I then stitched the front and back of the bag to the upper two bars of the frame.

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To finish off, I hand-stitched the lining side seams together then crocheted the sides to the front and back using single crochet stitches. The project bag folds flat when not in use. The fabric design makes it look like an old fashioned carpet bag and I absolutely love it!


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