Maxi Tiles

Late one night, instead of sleeping, I was browsing Facebook…

and I came across a post where someone shared a photo of a pretty design she saw on the wrapper for her feminine hygiene products. Everyone agreed this pattern could be beautiful in crochet-form!

So, here is my version.

You can also buy a nice PDF on Ravelry.

I created it in both interlocking and mosaic (because that’s who I am now lol). I like my color choices but unfortunately it was just a ball of random leftover stuff and I don’t know the brand or colorway.

The mosaic version

You can create one tile at a time and sew them together or do a bunch of repeats until your piece is as big as you want it!

Yarn weight and hook size can easily be adjusted, just keep in mind your finished project will use a different amount of yarn and be a different finished size.

If you share your works on Instagram, tag me: @AshleesLint

Mosaic Pattern and Interlocking Pattern can be found below.

  • US Crochet terminology
  • Finished size approximately 5”
    • Each repeat adds about 4”
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (40 yards)
    • Main color – 20 yards
    • Contrasting color – 20 yards
      • Each repeat adds about 10 yards of each color
  • Mosaic Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4″
  • LFM Gauge: 16 stitches x 8 rows = 4″

Calculating the Repeats
You can make one tile at a time and sew a bunch of squares together (handy if you want lots of different colors) or you can repeat the pattern all in one go and make it as wide and high as you like!

The pattern below is written for 5 repeats – you can adjust anywhere it says x5.
How wide do you want your blanket? Let’s pick 60” as an example (that’s a throw sized blanket); if you’re matching my gauge this is the formula: 60” / 4” per repeat = 15 repeats.

Remember that if you do 15 repeats across you will also need to do 15 repeats for height.

Mosaic Key
MC = Main Color: black in chart
CC = Contrasting Color: white in chart
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
sc = SC into Back Loop only
DC = double crochet
dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
JS = Joining Stitch: insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, slip stitch, SC in same space
ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

Mosaic Technique
Please see the YouTube tutorial for more details. I use a single-row mosaic technique. Each square on the chart corresponds to one stitch. There is an additional stitch (not visible on the chart) on each side of the chart for joining and ending. You start at the bottom-right corner of the chart.

  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • You are always working from the right to the left
  • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
    • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like
    • They need to contrast well (try a black and white photo to see if they are too similar)
    • They need to be the same weight (size/thickness)
    • My charts use black as the Main Color and white as the Coordinating Color
  • I prefer using a chainless SC to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all the other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

Mosaic Pattern begins here

Foundation Row: use Main Color (MC) (black on the chart)
Use a chainless SC technique to create (16 SC) x5 +7 SC. Or, chain (16 SC) x5 +8, SC in 2nd from hook and all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Remember: even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}
1 – JS, sc5, (sc16) x5, ES
2 – JS, dc1, sc3, (sc16) x5, dc1, ES
3 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, (sc16) x5, dc1, sc1, ES
4 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
5 – JS, sc1, {(dc1, sc1) x8} x5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES
6 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
7 – JS, sc1, dc1, {(sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1) x2} x5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES
8 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc5, dc1, sc1, dc1, (sc3, dc1) x2} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
9 – JS, sc1, dc1, {sc7, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES
10 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc7, dc1, (sc3, dc1) x2} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
11 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, (sc16) x5, dc1, sc1, ES
12 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {(sc3, dc1) x2, sc7, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
13 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, {(dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc7} x5, dc1, sc1, ES
14 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {(sc3, dc1) x2, sc1, dc1, sc5, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
15 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, {(dc1, sc1, dc1, sc5) x2} x5, dc1, sc1, ES
16 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc3, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
17 – JS, sc1, {(dc1, sc1) x8} x5, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc1, ES
18 – JS, dc1, sc1, dc1, {sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc3, dc1} x5, sc1, dc1, ES
Repeat rows 3-18 x5 or until desired height.
19 – JS, sc1, dc1, sc1, (sc16) x5, dc1, sc1, ES
20 – JS, dc1, sc3, (sc16) x5, dc1, ES

Tie your ends together.
Trim the fringe.
Add a border if you want.


Interlocking Pattern begins here

The LFM version

Take note, if you’re used to doing my patterns, the foundation rows are different for this one!

Interlocking Key
RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
F = DC in front, then CH 1
B = DC behind, then CH 1
ES = DC into the last window space
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

Interlocking Foundation Rows

  1. Using MC create 8 (x5) + 2 windows. I prefer the chainless technique using triple/treble crochet but alternatively you can Ch 16 (x5) + 8 (or 9 if you chain tighter than me), then DC in 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook. Ch 1, Sk 1, DC repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.
  2. With your AC, Ch 16 (x5) + 6 (or 7 if you chain tighter). Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) and DC through the back of the SECOND window into the 6th (or 7th) Ch from your hook. See pictures below.
  3. Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through back repeat until the last stitch where you will place your DC in front of the MC. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)
4 MC – Ch3, (1B, 3F, 3B, 1F) x5, 1B, ES
5 AC – Ch3 in back, (8B) x5, EB

RS – ACF
6 MC – Ch3, 1F, (1B, 3F, 3B, 1F) x5, ES
7 AC – Ch3 in front, {(2B, 2F) x2)} x5, EF

WS – ACB
8 MC – Ch3, {(1B, 1F) x2, 2B, 2F} x5, 1B, ES
9 AC – Ch3 in back, (5B, 3F) x5, EB

RS – ACF
10 MC – Ch3, 1F, {3B, (1F, 1B) x2, 1F} x5, ES
11 AC – Ch3 in front, (8B) x5, EF

WS – ACB
12 MC – Ch3, 1B, {3F, (1B, 1F) x2, 1B} x5, ES
13 AC – Ch3 in back, (3F, 5B) x5, EB

RS – ACF
14 MC – Ch3, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 2B, 1F, ES
15 AC – Ch3 in front, {(2F, 2B) x2} x5, EF

WS – ACB
16 MC – Ch3, (1B, 1F, 3B, 3F) x5, 1B, ES
17 AC – Ch3 in back, (8B) x5, EB

Repeat rows 4-17 x5 or until desired height

RS – ACF
34 MC – Ch3, 1F, (3B, 3F, 1B, 1F) x5, ES
35 AC – Ch3 in front, (8B) x5, EF
Cut and tie off AC

WS
36 MC – Ch3, 1B, (8B) x5, ES
Cut and tie off, OR continue with border.

SC Border
Ch1, put 2 SC in each gap on all four sides. Add an extra ch2 space in each corner (corner gap will have 2sc, 2ch, 2sc).

FINISHED!
Take a picture and share it!
@Ashleeslint #lockedfiletmeshcrochet

Chart and pattern ©Ashlee Brotzell 2020.

Crochet project using white, red, and blue. Stripes on back, varying squares on the front. Sprawled across the grass.
My work in progress using 10 repeats to create a small throw blanket.

3 thoughts on “Maxi Tiles

  1. Hi!
    Thank you so much for this cool pattern. I have a question on the mosaic version…JS, sc5, (sc16) x5, ES. I don’t understand what the sc in ( ) mean. I see above where it says change to contrasting color in( ) but you also say that you change colors every row. Help please! Thanks!

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    1. This row doesn’t really need brackets around what part you would repeat since it’s all the same lol but the part in brackets x5 is what you can repeat as many times as you want to make a bigger item. I am working on a throw where instead of x5 I’m doing x10.

      You change colors every row. I’m not sure what you’re referring to by “change to contrasting color in( )”

      Perhaps you are seeing where I repeat that contrasting color is CC and Main Color is MC. I put (CC) to remind people of the key.
      Let me know if that clears it up 🙂

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