Bright Bricks Mosaic Crochet Blanket
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Yarn for this project was provided by WeCrochet.
What is Mosaic Crochet?
Have you heard of mosaic crochet? It’s one of my favorite crochet techniques because it allows you to create amazing colorwork BUT you only use one color at a time. There are a few different types of mosaic crochet. The one I use in this blanket is called Inset Mosaic Crochet. If you’re curious about the details of all the different types of mosaic crochet, you should check out Susan Lowman’s website, Crochet Architect.
Is Mosaic Crochet Hard?
Many people think mosaic crochet is hard because the crocheted fabric looks like it must be complicated. Actually, mosaic crochet is for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Because you don’t have to change colors in the middle of a row, if you can crochet regular stripes, you can do mosaic crochet.
Mosaic Crochet for Beginners
This blanket pattern is perfect if you are a beginner to mosaic crochet or even just an adventurous beginner at crochet. It has a regular repeat, so you’ll soon get the hang of the pattern. Before you know it, you’ll be crocheting away and making fabulous progress on your Bright Bricks Blanket.
This blog post contains the pattern for a stroller size blanket, written without abbreviations. This pattern is available in other sizes as a PDF file download.
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- PDF file with this pattern, written with standard crochet abbreviations for the following sizes: Lovey (Stroller, Crib, Baby, Lap, Throw) (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King).
- PDF file with a crochet symbol diagram.
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Choosing Colors for Mosaic Crochet
When you choose your yarn for mosaic crochet projects it is fun to play with all the different possible color combinations. To get the most “pop” from a mosaic crochet pattern, choose yarns with a high contrast. If the colors are too similar you won’t be able to see the pattern as well. For this blanket, I used Brava Worsted. It is an acrylic yarn, so the blanket is machine washable. I love purple, and it coordinates well with yellow and green. For a bright blanket with high contrast, I knew white was the color I should choose for the main color since that is what will lay over the other colored stripes.
I love the bright look of this blanket, but the pattern works just as well with muted colors. Check out this swatch I made with autumn shades of yarn.
This blanket pattern is great for using up extra yarn and scrap yarn. You can use one color for the main color, but odds and ends of yarn for the contrasting-colored stripes. In the pattern pack, we list the amount of yarn you need for each contrasting-colored section for every size of the blanket.
Bright Bricks Mosaic Crochet Blanket Pattern
This pattern is for a stroller size blanket. For other sizes purchase the Pattern Pack
This pattern uses the following crochet skills and techniques:
Basic stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet.
Working in rows.
Working in skipped stitches in rows below.
Color changes: changing colors at beginning of rows.
This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Width: 30.25 inches
Length: 31.75 inches
Measurements include 1 inch border
Worsted weight yarn
Main Color: 430 yds
Contrasting Color 1: 115 yds
Contrasting Color 2: 95 yds
Contrasting Color 3: 95 yds
Sample shown in Knitpicks Brava Worsted in White #28455 (Main Color), Peapod #28443 (Contrasting Color 1), Freesia #28433 (Contrasting Color 2), and Canary #2816 (Contrasting Color 3)
US size I/9 [5.5mm] crochet hook or size need to obtain gauge
Yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers
18 sts = 5.25 inches wide
12 rows = 2.75 inches long
To make a gauge swatch, chain 35 and follow the pattern until your swatch is at least 5 inches long, then measure.
UNDERSTANDING THE STITCH PATTERN
This is a mosaic crochet stitch pattern.
Rows 1 and 2 form a base of single crochet stitches in the Main Color. The next 2 rows are worked in a Contrasting Color.
When working Row 3 you will work a chain-3 and skip 2 single crochet stitches from Row 2. These skipped stitches are the stitches you will work into when making Row 5.
On Row 4, work a single crochet in each single crochet, and a chain-3 over each chain-3 space.
Row 5 makes the Main Color bars that appear to stretch down to the previous Main Color section. You will work a single crochet in each single crochet. When you get to a chain-3 space, work a double crochet stitch into each of the 2 skipped stitches that are directly below. Make sure to work in front of the chain-3 spaces. This way the Contrasting Color is towards the back.
Reverse single crochet = Working from left to right (or right to left if left-handed) insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops.
Each Contrasting Color stripe uses approximately 7 yds of yarn.
To change yarn colors at the end of a row, work the last single crochet as follows: insert hook into the last stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), drop the color you have been using, yarn over with the color for the next row, pull through 2 loops on hook. The single crochet is completed, and you now have the color for the next round on your hook. Fasten off the old color.
Carry the unused color loosely up the side of the work if it will be used again within the next 4 rows. Otherwise, fasten off. Work over these strands when making the first border round in order to hide them.
Row 1 (Right Side): With Main Color, chain 98, starting in the second chain from the hook, single crochet in each chain across, turn. 97 stitches
Row 2: Chain 1, single crochet in each single crochet across, at the end of the row change to Contrasting Color 1, turn.
Row 3: With Contrasting Color 1, chain 1, single crochet in each of the first 7 stitches, *chain 3, skip 2 stitches, single crochet in each of the next 7 stitches, repeat from * across, turn. 10 chain-3 spaces
Row 4: Chain 1, single crochet in each of the first 7 single crochet, *chain 3, skip the chain-3 space, single crochet each of the next 7 stitches, repeat from * across, at the end of the row change to Main Color, turn.
Row 5: With Main Color, chain 1, single crochet in each of the first 7 single crochet, *working in front of the chain spaces, double crochet in each of the 2 skipped stitches 3 rows below, on the current row single crochet in each of the next 7 stitches, repeat from * across, turn. 97 stitches
Row 6: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch across, at the end of the row change to Contrasting Color 1, turn.
Rows 7-10: Repeat Rows 3-6 once.
Repeat Rows 3-6 an additional 30 times using the following sequence of Contrasting Colors:
Contrasting Color 2, [Contrasting Color 3] 2 times, Contrasting Color 2, [Contrasting Color 1] 2 times.
You will have a total of 32 2-row stripes in Contrasting Colors. If you follow the Contrasting Color sequence, your last contrasting colored stripe will be in Contrasting Color 1. After last row, do not fasten off.
Round 1: Chain 1, 3 single crochet in the first stitch (place marker in middle stitch for corner), single crochet in each stitch across to last stitch, 3 single crochet in the last stitch (place marker in middle stitch for corner), working in row ends, single crochet evenly down the side of the blanket, working in the unused loops of the foundation chain, 3 single crochet in the first chain (place marker in middle stitch for corner), single crochet in each chain across to last chain, 3 single crochet in the last chain (place marker in middle stitch for corner), working in row ends single crochet evenly up the side of the blanket, join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.
Rounds 2 & 3: Chain 1, *single crochet in each single crochet to the next (marked) corner stitch, 3 single crochet in the corner stitch moving marker to middle stitch of the 3 single crochet just made, repeat from * 3 more times, single crochet in each remaining single crochet, join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.
Last Round: Chain 1, reverse single crochet in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch in the first reverse single crochet. Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Use with love.
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