This is my 3rd CAL (Crochet-A-Long). I am so impressed with the projects we have made together so far and I know this one is going to be beautiful!
This will be the landing page for all the details for this CAL using the MOSAIC TECHNIQUE. Click here to go to the interlocking version.
The free CAL begins September 1, 2020 but each section will remain here on my blog forever. The links below will update as each part becomes available. Please subscribe here to receive the updates by email!
If you match gauge you will get a blanket large enough to cover a queen bed plus drape (80″ x 90″ / 203 cm x 229 cm). If you prefer to use DK yarn your blanket should be about 67″ x 60″ / 170 cm x 152 cm). This is the same information found in the first blog post I made about this design.
- US crochet terminology
- Chart is 359 x 321 = 115,239 stitches!
- Finished size 90” x 80” (Queen plus drape)
- 4.5 mm hook (US7)
- Worsted weight yarn (9420 yards)
- Main color (black in chart) – 4610 yards
- Contrasting color – 4610 yards
- Plus 200 yards for optional envelope border
- Gauge: 16 SC x 16 rows = 4”
The pattern looks repetitive but it also has a lot of randomness in it which means there is no easy formula for making it smaller. Side note: my helper and I spent 2 weeks editing the pattern to condense those repeats! The mosaic pattern went from 69 to 24, and the LFM pattern went from to 80 to 22.
The free releases will begin on September 1, 2020. Each week I will release 24 rows; if you can keep up, you will be able to finish before Christmas!
Key for Mosaic Crochet
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
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
- 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
- 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
If you aren’t familiar with mosaic crochet yet, make sure you check out my YouTube tutorials or PDF tutorials and do a little practice before we get started!