Mosaic Magic Crochet- 1 of 3 Methods

The third type of Mosaic crochet is not as commonly used. It involves a type of spike stitch, and can be reversible. It is a bit more involved then the previous methods, but with stunning results.

The most famous patterns using this approach are in the book and video by Lily Chin, Mosaic Magic.

This method uses 2 rows of each color. Allowing for carrying the color changes up the side like Inset Mosaic, and not weaving in ends like that of Overlay Mosaic Crochet.

How to work the stitch- Mosaic Magic

Using Long Loop Double crochet, essentially working a regular double crochet, but the insertion is 2 rows below the working row. The “anchoring” loop is pulled up to the height of the fabric, as a long loop. Work this as such: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch 2 rows below working row, yarn over, pull through a loop, pull up to height of fabric, and finish the double crochet.

Yarn over and insert the hook in the stitch 2 rows below, yarn over and pull the loop up to the height of the fabric.

A double crochet long loop, or double crochet spike or flame stitch is worked instead of a single crochet because it allows for a bit more fabric at the top of the stitch. A single crochet would create more gapping, or holes in the fabric.

Complete the double crochet as usual

One thing to consider with Mosaic Magic is that the “spike”, “long loop” or “flame” is not very wide. As such working 2 of these stitches next to each other does not create a flattering look. It doesn’t look completed, and a bit amateurish. To compensate for this, look for patterns that only have 1 drop down stitch in a sequence.

Mosaic Magic Method

Another benefit to this approach is that you can work stitches diagonally by simply not working in the stitch directly below. This can create some hounds tooth effects. Crossing the “spike” stitches can create rounded effects.

I would recommend that you give this or any of the 3 methods for Mosaic Crochet. Check out Lily Chin’s book for some Mosaic designs that are not as geometric as typical Overlay and Inset Mosaic. Basically, go play with color.

Taking Pictures….Having Images

ScannedImageI realized I am bad at taking photos. Not that I take bad pictures, I just do not take photos as often as everyone else, and often forget about doing it at all. For example last week I was in Concord, North Carolina at the Fall Knit and Crochet Show, I had a wonderful time, but do I have any photos to show for it? Not really, I was too busy doing to think about recording. I met so many wonderful people, visited with new and old friends, learned lots and became so engrossed in crochet and yarn that I forgot about my camera.

MP900305796There were so many events to get to meet people that I was completely engaged for long periods of time (for those that have met me, you understand that I do tend to talk a bit).

I enjoyed helping with Professional Development Day. I had excellent instructors throughout the event, that I highly recommend, (Vashti Braha, Mary Beth Temple and Dora Ohrenstein), I enjoyed the banquet dinner and playing in the fashion show, I had a blast at the Fun Night (I even won the speed crochet competition and went head to head with Lily Chin, the renowned fastest crocheter, I didn’t dethrone her but had a lot of fun). Even the simple things like meeting new people over breakfast or appetizers were great highlights, but I have not a photo to show for it.


Photo at my pattern signing

I did manage to pull out my camera on the show room floor, but only to take a couple of shots of design competition winners (I had some friends that couldn’t make the event, that placed in various categories), and I got a shot of me at my pattern signing. But really the memories I have are well secured in the stories that I lived, I may not be able to show you, but they are there in my heart and mind. I cannot wait to go back again and immerse myself in the experiences again, maybe next time I’ll think about the camera.

If you would like to check out pictures of the design contest entrants I highly recommend checking out Doris Chan’s blog post, she highlights all the winners (that is mine at the top of the page), as well as a slide show of all the entrants (there was so many great designs, I feel blessed to have placed at all, I am really I did not have to be a judge).

Photos may help share memories, but mine are quite vivid for me.