Crochet Interlocking Beginner Pattern Tutorial

Crochet Interlocking Beginner Pattern Tutorial

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Introduction to Mosaic Crochet

Introduction to Mosaic Crochet

Introduction to Mosaic Crochet

Mosaic Crochet is an old technique that has its useful purpose for today’s crocheter. It is the art form of putting two filet meshes together to form intricate mosaic designs. To me, the sample baby blanket I did reminds me of a floor mosaic I saw in a hotel in Rome. To me, it seems timeless. This is the Beginner Introduction to Mosaic Blanket.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Beginner Mosaic Blanket

What Exactly is Mosaic Crochet?

It’s when you have two different meshes in each their own colour mixing with each other without actually connecting directly. The stitches are working in and out of gap spaces in self-created meshes to form the incredible mosaic appearing shapes.

This concept allows for very creative breaks of colour for texture defining outlines that can appear.

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Introductory Mosaic Crochet Tutorial

This tutorial is showing the steps involved in beginning to do Mosaic Crochet Techniques. It is showcasing the Zig-Zag Design as a beginner sampler tutorial if you want to try one. All the pictures seen below are directly from this tutorial.


Mosaic Crochet Meshes

Mosaic Crochet Meshes

What Are the Meshes

The meshes are double crochet followed by ch 1 to create a ch-1 gap space. The secondary mesh will puzzle into the gaps of the first mesh. So to puzzle, the meshes have to be slightly different from each other.

The main colour mesh is the colour that appears at the border of the sides of the project. The secondary colour is the other colour that appears in between the gaps in the main colour mesh. The secondary colour will never be a border colour.

To help you do the meshes, the main mesh should be an even number. Like 16 or anything in the even number family for the starting chain count. For the secondary mesh, the chain count will be exactly 2 chains shorter. So for example, say 14. The shortage of 2 chains for the secondary allows the secondary mesh to puzzles in between.

Mosaic Crochet Mikey

Mosaic Crochet Mikey

Thicknesses of Projects

The puzzling of the meshes together will form the project to be thicker than just using a standard yarn for a project. It can nearly double the thickness of a project with this concept. The stitches working around the meshes cause raised ridges and textures to create the looks achieved.

Photographs from The Tutorial

Mosaic Crochet Mesh

Mosaic Crochet Mesh

Mosaic Crochet Zig Zag

Mosaic Crochet Zig Zag. Both meshes work in and out of each other.

Mosaic Crochet Beginning Rows

Mosaic Crochet Beginning Rows. Understanding where to start and what to look for is the hardest part. Look for the signs to indicate how to start each row.

Mosaic Crochet Larger Sample

Mosaic Crochet Larger Sample

Mosaic Crochet Finished Zig Zag Sample

Mosaic Crochet Finished Zig Zag Sample. Finish a sample with single crochet going around locking in both meshes together at the edges.

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket

The tutorial will show you how to create the Zig Zag as an example. The tutorial will walk you through what you need to know and key tips to identify the stitchwork to make it easier for you.

I am working with 8 mm / L Hook using Bernat Blanket as an example.

  • 1.5 balls of Bernat Blanket Grey
  • 1.5 balls of Bernat Baby Blanket Vanilla

Create your Meshes

  • Chain 76 for the main mesh (Grey).
  • Chain 74 for the secondary mesh (Vanilla.

Follow the tutorial on mixing them together to form the zig-zag. The only difference is the baby blanket will be wider.

  • Do the zig-zag until the sample appears square.
  • Finish off the sample as shown in the tutorial.
  • Follow the border with doing sc in each stitch around. In corners place 3 sc.
  • There is 1 round of dc in vanilla white. 1 dc in each, corners place 5 dc.
  • The final round with grey is extended sc picot stitches.

The final round of this border has extended sc picot stitches. Fast forward to the 34:29 minute marker.

Sample Photos of the Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

Mosaic Crochet Baby Blanket Zig Zag Design

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

24 thoughts on “Crochet Interlocking Beginner Pattern Tutorial”

  1. Lori B says:

    how big is this baby blanket? I would like to make this as an adult blanket, but it’s hard to size without knowing the dimensions of the baby version and yardage needed.

    1. Mikey says:

      I will have to find this sample in the attic. I cannot recall and I am a bit surprised I didn’t record the size either.

      1. Lori A Birkholz says:

        thanks, Mikey. I’ve just started teaching myself this method and I’m hooked !!!!

  2. Nancy I Sanchez says:

    no blue button

  3. Sue McVicker says:

    No Blue Button

  4. Julie G says:

    No blue button ❄️

  5. Wilma L Nixon says:

    This video helped me as well and I want to say Thankyou. I also want to say it peeves me off when some one wants to correct you which is fine if they are right we all make mistakes. But first of all for some reason, people expect you to be ‘Perfect”, I guess because they are so perfect themselves. There is a polite way of telling some one that they are wrong., without ALL CAPS in certain areas, which we all know in the texting world, means ‘SCREAMING” . Im pretty sure it takes no more time and probably less energy to make your point politely without screaming and making others that read your post wander if you got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, or this is actually just who you are every day! Anyway again Thankyou Crochet Crowd, (Mikey) and Shame on the person that screamed at you.

  6. Tara S says:

    Mosaic Crochet and Interlocking Crochet are NOT THE SAME. Interlocking crochet (AKA Double Filet and Locking Crochet) is what you are showing. One creates lines by working a filet mesh around the filet mesh of the previous color, but both colors are technically the same row. When you look at the back, there is a different pattern than on the front. It is Double thick, thus the name Double Filet.

    Mosaic Crochet is a different animal, and works like Mosaic Knitting by working one row (or round) in each color and using a taller stitch (sl st in knitting) to create the vertical lines. When you look on the back, you will see horizontal rows of each color in Mosaic Crochet if you use the sc in the BLO method, or the pattern reversed if you use Doris Chan’s version. It is thinner.

    Charts for Interlocking Crochet can be used for Mosaic Crochet. However, the same cannot always be said of Mosaic Crochet charts being used for Interlocking Crochet. The rules for Interlocking Crochet are very strict, and Mosaic Crochet can get away with a lot more.

    Please help end the spreading of incorrect information by updating your page. Please remove all references to Mosaic Crochet from any tutorial on Interlocking Crochet. They are not at all the same. Thank you.

    1. Mikey says:

      I checked with someone in the industry and they told me this information. Let me get back in touch with them with your details and see what they say. I didn’t know anything about Mosaic Crochet before they told me.

  7. Tiffany J Geier says:

    How big does this end up? How do I make it bigger?

  8. Rachel Bale says:

    I believe this is actually interlocking crochet as done by Tanis Gilik https://interlockingcrochet.com/ or adapted in the wacky weave CALs by Hilda Steyn http://www.ilonaslowlifecreations.co.za/cals-kals/wacky-weave-1/ an example of Mosaic crochet can be found here https://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2017/07/nya-mosaic-blanket-free-crochet-pattern.html looks similar but different technique.

  9. Kathy Peters says:

    Hi Mikey
    I so appreciate all you and Dan do. You two are awesome.
    I hope you have not already answered this question and I just didn’t see it. Are mosaic crochet and interlock the same?

    1. TS says:

      Mosaic Crochet and Interlocking Crochet are NOT THE SAME. Mosaic Crochet works like Mosaic Knitting, working one row (or round) in each color and using a taller stitch (sl st in knitting) to create the vertical lines. When you look on the back, you will see horizontal rows of each color in Mosaic Crochet.

      Interlocking crochet (AKA Double Filet and Locking Crochet) is a different animal. You are creating your lines by working a filet mesh around the filet mesh of the previous color, but both colors are technically the same row. When you look at the back, there is a different pattern than on the front. It is also Double Thick, whereas Mosaic Crochet is thin.

      Charts for Interlocking Crochet can be used for Mosaic Crochet. However, the same cannot always be said of Mosaic Crochet charts being used for Interlocking Crochet. The rules for Interlocking Crochet are very strict, and Mosaic Crochet can get away with a lot more.

      This tutorial is actually showing Interlocking Crochet.

  10. Virginia says:

    Well I finished my blanket mosaic and I’m sorry it was not a bang on , for one it was to chatty , your technique was so fast , your hands covered up the edges and for the life of me , I couldn’t follow you , you were on overdrive towards the end and was constantly having to pause , reverse and try to follow. The body of my zig zag is beautiful but the sides and border are not , I will make my border and done . Unfortunately I’ll never make another . I did have 3 of my crochet friends link to your pattern and they came up with the same observations . And we are not beginners , i hope my comments have been constructive , no intention of mine to be critical .

    1. Sorry… I know someone else said I talked too much. I think I failed in this tutorial and may consider just scrapping it and deleting it… Thanks for the critique. I don’t always get it right.

      1. Kim says:

        Please don’t ? I am learning… I understand you fine and I don’t usually get it.lol but you keep up the good work…You can not please everyone…All the time . But you do most of the time…?
        Thank You I could not do these without your help

  11. Jill says:

    Hi Mikey! I want to thank you so much for this and all of your tutorials. I am, in my mind, an advanced beginner. This particular pattern with the two colors was a bit of a challenge but your guidance helped me to be able to work it out. I had to rip out a few times, but the more I do the pattern the less I have to rip. Looking forward to finishing it. Thank you again!

  12. Kristal Kraus says:

    What size of skeins are being used the 3.5 or 10

    1. 10… sorry for not being clear.

  13. Debbi Carroll says:

    That is the coolest blanket ever!

  14. Audra Hendrix says:

    Omg, I just cancelled my plans for the weekend this is awesome!!!!!

  15. Debra Ruhl Wallace says:

    Bang on. Caught my interest right away. Friends just had a baby girl and this is perfect.

  16. ASquared says:

    yes lovely technique. Your the best Mikey, really fantastic teacher ! You have a huge love fest from your a south of the Border fans !
    – IG Crafting Club

  17. Cathy Lewis-Williams says:

    Bang on. Thank you.

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