Moose on Plaid

Interlocking & Mosaic

Moose on Plaid is a small throw blanket that can be made using either the interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet colorwork technique. There are two mosaic crochet options which means you get three files when you purchase this pattern.

Each file contains the fully written pattern, a single-page chart (good for viewing on a screen), and a multi-page chart (better for printing). The mosaic crochet charts have X’s showing when to do the dropped double crochets.

Each file also contains a quick ‘how-to-read-charts’ page.

Mosaic Options

This design was originally published in October 2020 with an interlocking crochet option and an overlay mosaic crochet option using the same chart.

As of November 2023, Moose on Plaid has been updated to include an adjusted, overlay mosaic crochet option. This option uses a chart that has been adjusted from the original so that the solid areas are actually solid.

Two Moose

Before I published Moose on Plaid, I published Wild and Free Moose which looks very similar to this pattern but has the quote “stay wild and free” written across it.

(Buy both moose patterns on Ravelry for a super discount!)

Wild and Free Moose on Ravelry

Blue sample crocheted by Stephanie.

Wild and Free Moose on Etsy

Green sample crocheted by Jeannie.

First Draft

When I first created the Wild and Free Moose pattern, this Moose on Plaid was actually the design I first came up with. But I was concerned about the large black space that has no interlocking stitches (not relevant when doing it in the mosaic crochet technique).

After publishing Wild and Free Moose I saw other designers use large spaces with their interlocking patterns and so, in October of 2020, I released this simple moose on a buffalo plaid background.

Color Choice

I think black and red would be the ideal colors for this design, but of course you are free to choose any colors you like!

It’s imperative to always have good contrast between the Main Color and the Contrasting Color / Accent Color (I use the term Contrasting Color in my mosaic patterns and Accent Color in my interlocking patterns).

Geraldine Hobbs used purple for the Main Color in her interlocking crochet sample of Moose on Plaid.

Lighting can make all the difference! This is the back side of Geraldine Hobb’s purple blanket.


Just in case you weren’t already aware, I have tutorials on both techniques (all my patterns are written for interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet) on YouTube. Both techniques are easier than they look, so give it a try!

Important Details

Since there are slight differences between each of the techniques, there are three different lists of details here.

Interlocking Crochet

  • Finished size 44” x 52”
  • Chart size 175 x 207 = 36,225 stitches!
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (2590 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) Moose Head – 1270 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) Background – 1270 yards
  • Gauge: 16 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”

Original Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 175 x 207 = 36,225 stitches
  • Finished size 44” x 52″
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (2775 – 3475 yards)
    • Main color (moose head) – 1575 yards
    • Contrasting color – 1200 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 700 yards
  • Gauge: 16 stitches x 16 rows = 4”

Adjusted Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart 167 x 199
  • Finished measurements approximately 48” x 53”
  • 5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (2975 – 3675 yards)
    • Main color (moose head) – 1750 yards plus 700 yards for optional envelope border
    • Contrasting color (background) – 1225 yards
  • Gauge: 14 sc in BLO x 15 rows = 4”