Lily Chin, named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years. She has worked with designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, from Racquel Welch and Vanna White to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of several bestselling books on the subject, and is also is the reigning champion fastest crocheter in the world. Lily enjoys teaching others her craft and has hosted classes from New York, where she lives, and around the world.
With Fall quickly approaching, what could be cozier than fending off the brisk chill in a beautifully-designed sweater or blanket crocheted with your own hands? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crochet artist, it’s easy to create a complex-looking fabric using just basic stitches. A step-by-step video tutorial on CraftDaily.com shows anyone how to use the Mosaic Crochet technique to incorporate beautiful colorful patterns, while helping you improve your skills and make you a pro at mosaic designs.
With an easy-to-follow teaching style, crochet artist Lily Chin walks you through the steps of creating designs that spring to life with color. "Mosaic crochet is a technique that looks complex, but it’s really easy to do.” insists Lily. “It’s based on the principles of mosaic knitting, where only one color is worked at a time, and in essence you do stripes of two rows of each color."
Lily’s techniques make even the most elaborate patterns a breeze. Here are some of the tips and techniques that she reveals in her Mosaic Crochet video tutorial:
- Work Down: Unlike knitting, which brings color upward, a crochet mosaic brings the color down through the stitches to create the pattern.
- The Ripple Effect: Beautiful patterns made up of zigzagged V shapes, also known as chevrons, can be achieved through using the most basic stitch. Double up to reverse direction and create a ripple.
- The V Stitch: For a more intricate mosaic pattern, just add 2 stitches. While the basic technique only uses one stitch, the V stitch requires three stitches to create bold forked patterns.
- Change Up the Basics: By alternating the basic techniques, the mosaic pattern can be changed dramatically to create stair steps patterns, quilt-like spinning squares, pinwheels, and basket-weave patterns. Depending on the types of yarn and needles used, the scale can range from tidy designs on a small pillow to larger patterns on a big blanket.
- Punch Up the Design with Color: Learn how to create a mosaic effect with up to three colors, working one color at a time and crocheting downward to cover the rows of color.
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