Intermeshing Crochet- Weaving of 2 Fabrics

Intermeshing crochet is essentially the creating of two crochet mesh fabrics. The fabrics are woven together at the time of creation; creating new visual effects.

There are a couple of different ways to begin the fabric. Started differently the weaving of the meshes being worked the same. Weaving is created by working double crochet stitches either in front or behind the mesh square of the other fabric.

The two mesh fabrics will actually be different sizes. One mesh will have an additional one column of “open mesh” windows in comparison to the other. This is to allow for an offset to the “front/back” of these stitches. This process ensures that the double crochet stitches will be centered in the “open mesh” of the opposite fabric.

Reading the patterns are harder than the stitches

The greater challenge to this technique is actually in the pattern reading. There are currently 3 popular methods to explaining patterns in Intermeshing. One is the standard written pattern that is found in other crochet fabrics, and the other two are charts.

One chart has two graphs, one for even rows, and one for odd rows of the pattern. This type of charting allows you to visually identify what the work should look like at each step. The second chart offers a quick short hand of how many stitches are worked and of what type (either front of back).

Make Intermeshing Crochet

Start by creating a first row of open mesh fabric. An even numbered chain iis created in the main color, double crochet in the 6th chain from the hook, [ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in the next ch] across. Remove hook from fabric and set aside.

Begin the second mesh fabric one of two ways. Create a chain that is 2 chains shorter than the main color chain. At this point you have a choice to make; weave the chain through or lay it atop the open mesh of the main color mesh Row 1. Neither is right or wrong, but will give you a slightly different visual end effect of the fabric. Weaving through will give you a pattern of alternating color, while laying atop will give you a line of straight color.

A double crochet stitch will again be worked in the 6th chain from the hook, but depending on the pattern this double crochet will either be worked in front of or behind the main color fabric and lining up with the second “open mesh” window of the piece.

Continue in pattern of either front or back across. At this point the fabric will be turned. Pay careful attention to what your pattern states here, as you are now going to remove your hook from the contrasting color yarn and work the next row of main color. The pattern will denote which side of the fabric the contrasting color fabric loop and yarn should be on (either the front of back of the fabric). This ensures that it is in the correct placement when that color row is started.

The Main color is only ever worked into the Main color, while the Contrasting color is only ever worked into the Contrasting color. Double crochet stitches will only ever be worked into double crochet stitches. Being mindful of these two truths will help you decipher where you are in the design.

Creating Foundation Stitches in Crochet

Changing most foundation rows into a Foundation Stitches can be done relatively easy.

A Foundation Stitch in crochet is when you create the chain and the stitch at the same time, instead of creating a chain and working into it. It creates a stitch with beginning with more stretch, and you do not have to count chains.

Row of Foundation Double Crochet


To start you will need to create a chain that is the equivalent of the turning chain for the stitch used, plus 1 more. Meaning if you are creating a single crochet foundation row, a single crochet typically uses a chain 1 to turn a row, so you would chain 1 + 1 more thus having a chain 2.

If you were creating a double crochet the typical turning chain is a chain 3, and then you would add 1 more chain. So to work a Foundation Double crochet chain 4.

Then begin working the stitch in the first chain created, this is the chain nearest the slip knot. After “anchoring” (yo and pull through a loop) in this chain, create a chain 1. This chain 1 is going to be the base of the stitch and where you will start working the next stitch, so I pinch this point, but inserting a stitch marker can help as you are learning to find the location again. After creating this chain 1, continue working the remaining steps for the desired stitch.

The “chain 1” that is marked or pinched, is where you will start the next stitch, insert your hook here under 2 loops for a nicer finished edge. “anchor” the stitch, and then chain 1 again, moving marker to or pinching this new chain, and finishing the stitch. Once again, this newly marker chain is where you will work the next stitch.

After you understand this concept of “anchoring”, create a chain, and finish a stitch; essentially creating the chain at the bottom of the stitch (much like an extended stitch but instead of adding height it is used as a base for the stitch), you can modify many differing foundation rows.

Creating Foundation Stitches- Single Crochet

  • Chain 2
  • Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop
  • Chain 1 (mark or pinch this chain)
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.
  • *Insert hook into marked or pinched chain
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop,
  • Chain 1 (move marker to or pinch this chain)
  • Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.
  • Repeat from * until desired length

Foundation Double Crochet

  • Chain 4
  • Yarn over, insert hook into 4th chain from hook
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop
  • Chain 1 (mark or pinch this chain)
  • [Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice
  • *Yarn over, insert hook into marked or pinched chain
  • Yarn over, pull up a loop
  • Chain 1 (move marker to or pinch this chain)
  • [Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice
  • Repeat from * until desired length

Hiding Behind Crochet- Crochet Together

Sometimes I feel like I am hiding behind my crochet, but crochet together with others can make a difference. Crochet can be an ice breaker, and open up discussions with new people. Yet crochet can be a shield to avoid difficult situations.

It might seems a bit odd to think that this simple hobby/craft/art can be used in emotional ways. I have secretly been doing it for years.

I feel a bit naked talking about it, showing more vulnerability and such. However I think crochet is an avenue for bringing people together, and in that train of thought honestly works best.

Found some crochet in Istanbul….my daughter pulls out some crochet while waiting in line to enter the Hagia Sophia

I seek out crochet when I travel to help build bridges and feel a connection to the places I visit. Fortunately crochet is everywhere, and even if we don’t speak the same language the language of crochet is the same. These are tricks I use as ice breakers. I find out that we have more in common then we have as differences.

I am always amazed by the art that I find. Everyone is quick to point out their mistakes and reluctant to take the compliment. This must be a universal trait. It is fun to see the different way they put their stitches together, and get inspired by their work.

On the other hand, I bring my crochet to events that I might feel uncomfortable in. Situations that might be awkward or difficult are perfect for crochet. In these cases I might still be trying to find a new friend by putting forth my flag to find others that share the craft. Almost like a little passcode to a fellow member of an underground organization.

Hopefully I can find someone that will help make the situation less anxious.  

I guess I am trying to say that crochet is my way of finding my people and adding feeling of belonging when I need it. I am sure that this works for others as well. Hopefully, they can see me crocheting at the table in the coffee shop and feel that their people are there too. Making them feel welcome. (If you need some new tips on different crochet techniques, check out some of these.)

I always advocate for crochet world dominance. Maybe it is because I want to feel like I can always belong.

Work Into a Foundation Chain

It is not often considered, how many ways can I work into a foundation chain? The answer can be a bit surprising as it is six.

Typically when you start a crochet project, it doesn’t really matter how you work into the chain. As long as you are consistent and work into the chain the same way every stitch, everything is fine. However the chain has a unique structure and how you work into it can give you a little different result.

The Foundation Chain…the beginning of all crochet projects.

There are 3 parts to every chain. Often these are referred to as the top loop, the bottom loop, and the back bump. This is referenced by looking down at the chain seeing a “V” that looks like the top of a completed row of crochet.

Yet it may make more sense to think of the chain as the top of a crochet row. In which case the “top most loop” would be the back loop. The “bottom most loop” would be the front loop. While the Back Bump would be where the post of the crochet stitches would be located.

The most common ways to start a chain utilize inserting the hook into 1 or 2 loops. Inserting the hook under just 1 loop can be a really good option if you crochet tightly.  Working in either to top/back loop, the back bump, or the bottom/front loop allow for the yarn from the remaining 2 loops to be pulled up. This gives a bit more flexibility in your fabric.

Working in 1 loop of the foundation chain

One of the most commonly used, inserting the hook under the top/back loop. This is a great way for tight crocheters to begin their work.
Working in the bottom/front loop is probably the least used. You need to rotate the chain so that the back bump is facing upward and insert the hook under the now top most loop. Rotating the cahin creates a different effect.
Working in the Back Bump…with the “v” of the chain facing downward, insert the hook under the bump of the chain. This can look like a raised vertebrae of a dinosaur. It offers the neatest finish on the bottom edge of the crochet fabric.

An additional consideration for working only in the back bump is that the bottom of the stitch fabric will resemble the top of the crochet stitches. This can be a very nice finishing trick.

If you happen to be a loose crocheter using only 1 loop can cause there to be a wide gap between the bottom of the crochet stitch and the unused 2 loops of the chain. It might feel a bit flimsy.

Working into 2 lops of the foundation chain

Working through the top/back loop and back bump is the most common approach for working in 2 loops of the foundation chain.
A bit uncommon, but rotating the chain so the the back bump is facing, you can insert your hook under the back bump and the bottom/front loop (the rotation of the chain will place them at the top of the chain)
Working under the top/back and bottom/front loops of the chain is probably the tightest and most sturdy method to work into a chain as it has the least amount of opportunity to stretch out of shape and create gapping

The methods of working in 2 loops, be it the top/back loop & back bump, or the top/back & bottom/front loop, or the bottom/front loop and back bump results in less flexibility. This may be a bit more stable, but if you are a tight crocheter this might be a little difficult to work. For a loose crocheter this approach may offer the least amount of “gapping”.

In the large scheme of things, each of these approaches offer just a little subtle difference. So, play with it and see what you may like.

Inset Mosaic Crochet- 1 of 3 Methods

Inset Mosaic Crochet is an additional 1 of 3 methods of a unique color work within crochet. Creating geometric designs that have stunning results.

This technique has some pros and cons, and varies from Overlay Mosaic Crochet and Mosaic Magic.

Overlay Mosaic work is never turned, and every row has the yarn cut. Resulting in many ends to weave in. Inset Mosaic is worked with 2 rows, allowing you to carry the color changes along the side of the work.

Work rows of color, the design reaches a point that the opposite color will be “brought down” to create the vertical line. Where the vertical line is to be worked, the color below is worked as chain spaces skipping the stitches below.

Brown yarn shows chain spaces where the cream yarn is going to be worked to create vertical lines.

Now work the opposite color. Creating the vertical line is simply working a double crochet in the skipped stitches 3 rows below, in front of the chains.

The vertical cream lines, are worked as double crochet stitches in the stitches 3 rows below, with the chains of the brown color pushed to the back (wrong side) of the fabric.
Notice the chains are in the back of the stitches.

There is a “wrong side” and “right side” of the fabric.

Sides of the fabric are easily distinguished as the patterns for Inset Mosaic have longer lines, due to the 2 rows of the same color.

Right side of fabric for Inset Mosaic Crochet
Wrong Side of Inset Mosaic Fabric