09Sep

Book Review: Mosaic Crochet Workshop

I was recently sent a copy of Mosaic Crochet Workshop by Esme Crick published by David & Charles and I've enjoyed it so much I felt like it needed its very own post...

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

I love Esme’s crochet work and often drool over her Instagram account: @RedSparrowCrochet which is full of colourful modern crochet designs most often worked using mosaic crochet; a technique that allows you to work two-colour patterns without having to change yarns in one row (not to be confused with tapestry crochet where you carry the unused yarn along the top of your work).

Esme's new book Mosaic Crochet Workshop contains 12 modern blanket/throw designs, additionally, each design also has instructions to make a spin-off project using the same stitch pattern. These spin-off projects are smaller items and include a teapot cosy, cushions, bags and other decorative home items but the throws are definitely the stars of the show in this book.

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

Each pattern has been given a skill level from 1 – 3 which is useful if you are new to the technique. If you have never worked mosaic crochet before I would definitely recommend reading the pages at the beginning of the book 'understanding mosaic crochet' which includes some abbreviations you may not be familiar with and information that is relevant to all the patterns. I like that Esme has noted not to be too concerned about tension or gauge for her projects as they are all items that don’t need exact measurements - although tension is given - I think this takes the pressure off when trying to learn a new skill.

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

All projects have been designed using Scheepjes yarns (particularly favouring their Colour Crafter DK range) but Esme has given notes at the beginning of the book on yarn substitutions.

There are also instructions and a photo guide on making a pattern swatch at the beginning of the book and all patterns include stitch multiples so you can work a swatch to see if you enjoy/like the design before you commit to a blanket or throw. It also means you could use the patterns for other projects if you like the designs but throws aren’t your thing.

All the patterns are written in UK crochet terms (US equivalent terms are listed at the front of the book). Esme’s writing is really clear and she gives notes/tips where needed. Patterns also include a colour chart and a suggested alternate colourway which I think is a really nice touch – I’m always intrigued by the way colour can change the whole feel of a project so it’s nice to see some alternatives.

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

I’m really happy to have this book as mosaic crochet is not something I have tried before and I really couldn't wait to have a go. I loved the look of the ‘Yes Throw’ and the ‘Dutch House Throw’ both of which are listed as 'advanced' - eek - not to be put off I began creating a swatch for the 'Dutch Houses'. The pattern was very clearly written and as I had read the beginning help pages I didn't encounter any difficulties at all in creating my swatch. I'm actually really pleased with it and only wished I had used a more striking colour palette. If you've never tried mosaic crochet before don't be put off - it's definitely easier than I imagined and I love the fact that you don't end up with lots of ends to weave in!

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

 

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

Crochet Book Review: Mosaic Crochet by Esme Crick

Mosaic Crochet Workshop by Esme Crick is available from 14th September 2021 from Amazon UK or Amazon US as well as other bookshops.

 Bye for now, Em xx

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