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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:  http://www.clearlyhelena.com/how-to-mosaic-crochet/

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 Cushion – Interlocking Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This project is the second of two cushion/pillow designs I’ve been working on. The requirements for both cushions/pillows are that, the designs are “non-girly” and the finished size must be 20×20 inches.

The inspiration for this second design came from a black and white photo which I can no longer find, I think I first saw it on Photostock.

Materials for this project:
Yarn: 300grms of burgundy and 125grms of green Acrylic DK yarn
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook.
Cushion/pillow pad 20×20 inches. (firm over-stuffed)

Firstly, I worked a plain filet swatch in each colour to calculate the final size of the cushion. Then, I created the above chart/graph as a pattern/guide to work from.

For the front of my cushion:
I worked a foundation row of 64 cells in the burgundy colour yarn and 63 cells in the green colour yarn, then followed the chart/graph.

For the back of my cushion:
Using the burgundy yarn only, I worked 66 rows of 100 double crochets and fasten off. The resulting fabric is plain, yet textured perfect for the back of the cushion.

To join back and front:
Using the burgundy yarn with front and back together, right side facing and working through both the back and front I worked single crochets evenly around the cushion, working 2sc in each filet cell and 4sc in each corner until 3 sides are joined together. I then inserted the pad and continued working single crochets around to join the fourth side, sl st in the top of the beginning ch, fasten off and weave in the ends.

I did not create an opening to remove the cover for cleaning as both the yarn and pad are synthetic, making the whole cushion machine washable.

As with the previous design, I loved every minute of working this project and could not put it down.

 



 

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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 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects.

 

 



 

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

This design uses the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet, and is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion. The sample swatch represents one quarter of the overall design, and was not only necessary to determine the ultimate size of the finished project, but also to work out the pattern for the design. This proved a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The above design chart was adapted from an old hand drawn copy of the chart shown below. I am unaware of the origin of the old chart.

My sample swatch measures 10¼”x10” (not blocked). I used a 4mm crochet hook and Double Knitting yarn, left over from a previous projects.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Crochet Geometric Design – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

I have once again been experimenting with geometric designs using the technique of intermeshing –double filet crochet. The inspiration for the above design came from the chart below, which I found in a box of old charts. I think it was a machine knitting chart at one time.

In my opinion, the experiment has turned out very well, and I intend to use the design to make an Afghan. But I think this would also be a great design for a throw cushion/pillow.

My sample swatch measures 19.5” X 13” I used a 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects. Unfortunately, I ran out of black yarn and had to substitute navy yarn in order to complete the design.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 2

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I’ve finally finished my Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan, inspired by the Harley Davidson tartan and doesn’t it look great? I absolutely love it, my family love it, it’s wonderfully cosy, the black yarn is so very soft, and the fabric is also very thick. It’s guaranteed to keep you warm.

Having completed the mesh, I needed to weave the design…

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There are different methods of completing the woven design, such as weaving lengths of crocheted chains, or slip stitching through the mesh. However, I choose to use strands of yarn for the weaving process, as this gives the design more of a “woven fabric” look. Cutting the lengths of yarn for weaving was very labourious and I found it almost impossible to cut uniform lengths.

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The weaving process was simple, but I found the only way to achieve a uniform result was to work on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table). I also found the best tool to use is a double ended crochet hook. I tried using a normal crochet hook, weaving one or two cells at a time, but that drove me crazy. I also tried a latch hook and a mattress needle, but the double ended hook gave the best result.

To make my Afghan/blanket/Throw:
Finished measurements: 64” x 54” excluding fringe.
Yarn Type: 100% acrylic Aran knitting yarn, 1860g in colour Black, 320g in colour Grape, 320g in colour Silver Grey and 200g in colour White.
Needles: 5.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Work a foundation chain to length required and follow the chart shown in Part 1.

To Weave:
Lay the completed mesh on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table) so that the rows are running side to side, then working from one end of the surface to the other, and allowing approx 6 inches of yarn for a fringe at each end, weave 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the mesh, alternating over and under the filet mesh posts.
Next row(opposite to previous row) weave the 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the filet mesh,alternating under and over the filet mesh posts. Woven rows should be the same as colour design as the filet mesh. Finally, knot fringe and cut to desired length.

This is a very simple beginners project that gives a very satisfying result. I would advise anyone to try it!

Happy Holidays!

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 1

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Ever since I first saw a woven crochet tartan Afghan two years ago, I have wanted to try to make one. The technique appeared to be quite simple, and I quite like tartan/plaid. However, it took a very long time for me to decide on a design because, although I like tartan/plaid, I am not fond of overly bright colours or busy designs. The inspiration for my Afghan came from the Harley Davidson tartan.

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The basic design was quite easy to work out as it basically consists of stripes of contrasting colour, of varying widths, and crossed at right angles against a solid colour background.

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Having worked out my design, I now needed yarn….

The yarn I chose to use is 100% acrylic Aran. I’ve never used Aran for crochet before, but I chose Aran because I wanted my design to have a more chunky and oversized look. My favourite colour is black, I think it adds drama to everything and is therefore perfect for the base colour of my Afghan. The other contrast colours I’ve used are Grape, Sliver Grey and Cream. Unfortunately, I had to use two different brands of yarn as I was unable to obtain all the colours in the same brand. I am a bit worried about how this will affect the finished project as the black yarn is considerably softer than the contrasting colours.

So finally, on 8th October this year I started my first woven crochet Afghan. I have almost completed the filet mesh base, with only 12 inches to go. If all goes well, I hope to have the weaving done by Christmas.

How will it turn out? Watch this space!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Filet crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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