The Mosaic stitch pattern (that’s what I call it, but it’s really just a combination of single crochets and spike stitches) has been so fun to design with. It started with the Mosaic Baskets and soon became a Floor Pouf and a Bucket Bag, too. It’s one of those patterns that produces a fabric that looks good in so many different forms.
My latest addition to the Mosaic collection is the Mosaic Potholder (or trivet, or hotpad, depending on what you call it). I used all cotton (because heat melts acrylic), and stuck with my formula of light background + dark, thinner mosaic to produce this beautiful kitchen helper that, at least in my opinion, looks like it could hang out on the shelves at Target next to all the other farmhouse-chic decor.
I’m way too time-starved to make more than one of anything these days, but I can just imagine how beautiful a set of two or three of these, in different complimentary colors, would look in my kitchen. And what a great gift idea for a new bride or a new homeowner!
Speaking of being time-starved, this pattern probably deserves a video tutorial, but it’s just not going to happen at this point. If this is your first experience with a Mosaic pattern, you might want to consider grabbing some scrap yarn and completing a small Mosaic Basket using this video tutorial. It’s a quick project and it will teach you everything you need to know and clear up any confusion that you may have, especially if you’re a visual learner like me.
Also, off topic, but does anyone else have a kitty who assumes everything you make is for him? If I leave anything out, there is a 120% chance I will walk back in the room and he will be snuggled up with it.
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Finished Size: 7.75″ x 7.75″
Hook: E (3.50 mm)
Yarn: For COLOR A, approx. 150 yards of #4 worsted weight cotton (I used I Love This Cotton in “Ivory”). For COLOR B, approx. 150 yards of #10 cotton thread (I used Artiste in “Deep Ocean”).
Gauge: 19SC = 4″ in length. Stitch height does not matter for this pattern.
You’ll also need: Yarn needle
Terms and Abbreviations:
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
Spike Stitch (see Special Stitches, below)
SC Spike Stitch: Instead of inserting your hook into the top loops of the stitch, insert them into its base, then complete an SC. This will wrap your SCs over the top of the SCs from the previous round.
SL ST Spike Stitch: Follow instructions for SC Spike Stitch, but instead of completing an SC, complete a SL ST.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CHs do not count as a stitch.
(3) There is no stitch multiple for this pattern. If you want to make it larger or smaller, add or subtract chains at the beginning and repeat rounds as many times as necessary for the height you want.
(4) Because we utilize the SC Spike Stitch for entire rounds throughout the pattern, we will be referring to those rounds as an extension of the SC rounds they are being worked into. For example, if Round 1 is a round of SC, then the very next round which places spike stitches on top of those SCs will be referred to as Round 1B. This just makes for easier counting.
To Begin: With COLOR A, CH35.
Round 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. Working down the opposite side of the chain, SC across. (You have now worked in both sides of each chain.) Do not join. Pull the loop on your hook up a couple inches so it doesn’t unravel, then remove your hook. (68)
Round 1B: Insert hook into top loops of the first ST of Round 1; attach COLOR B and CH1, then SC SPIKE ST in same ST. SC SPIKE STITCH into next ST and each ST around. Pull the loop on your hook up a couple inches so it doesn’t unravel, then remove your hook. (68)
Round 2: Reinsert hook into loop from COLOR A. SC in each ST around (you’re working in the top loops of the SC SPIKE STS from the previous round). Remove hook. (68)
Round 2B: Reinsert hook into loop from COLOR B. SC SPIKE ST in each ST around. Remove hook. (68)
Take a quick moment to weave in your starting tails, because it will be much harder to do so the further into the pattern you get. Then…
Repeat Rounds 2 and 2B until potholder measures about 7.5″ tall.
Lay your potholder flat and notice that your starting ST for the last round has moved slightly away from the edge of the potholder (see first image below). This is normal and has to do with the anatomy of a stitch and the fact that we aren’t turning our rounds, but that’s a lesson for another day. For now, to get us back to the edge where we need to be to complete the final round of the potholder, follow these instructions:
- Reinsert hook into loop from COLOR A. Count how many stitches are between your hook and the folded edge of the potholder (I had 6; it’s ok if your number is slightly different). SC in all but the last 2 STS, then SL ST in each of the last 2 STS. Remove hook.
- Reinsert hook into loop from COLOR B. Follow the instructions from Step 1, but with SPIKE STS. Remove hook and fasten off COLOR B; weave in its end.
Final Round: Reinsert hook into loop from COLOR A. CH1; SC into same ST. Continue to SC along top of the potholder, stopping when you get to the fold on the opposite side; CH20, then SL ST back into the same ST (at the base of the CH20) to form a loop. SC in each ST along the other side of the potholder to complete the round. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (68 + CH20)
Finishing: Fasten off COLOR A, leaving a long tail for seaming. Use the tail and a yarn needle to seam potholder closed. Tie a knot at the end; then run your yarn needle into the nearest opening and underneath about half a dozen stitches (going between the two layers of fabric). Pull yarn through, then reinsert yarn needle back into the exit point and repeat. Do this a few times, then cut yarn and pull fabric to make the tip of the yarn disappear completely into the potholder.
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Done! If you’re sharing on social media, be sure to tag me @yarnandchai.design. Hope you enjoyed it!
Would you please respond to the questions from Amy, Aubree, Erica and maybe there might be others please about the issue with getting from one side to the other without having to join. I also get a long strand that doesn’t look correct when starting a new round. The strand gets longer and longer each time so I am not sure how it becomes a square potholder. I am also a self-taught crocheter/knitter and I like your textured house wares patterns but I find them difficult to follow. I also have a problem doing the Ribbed Potholder. Thank you for your kind consideration of this request.
Hi Linda. I’m currently working on this potholder. It’s not a flat fabric that you’re crocheting. The starting chain is the bottom of the pot holder and the fabric ends up being double sided. I know it says not to join, however the fabric is essentially in the round. If you tighten up your strands on the edges on the first few rounds it will become more obvious. I hope that makes sense.
Your patterns are a notch above others! Creative, professional. Love them. Question….do you ever do crochet classes online? Or videos? I am much better at knitting and really need instruction to perfect my skills and improve my pattern reading abilities. Would love to emulate YOUR style! Thanks. Donna
I have a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/yarnandchai) but it’s individual pattern tutorials, not so much “how to crochet”. I’ve thought about putting together a video series, maybe someday!
I love this mosaic pattern and you explained it so well in your videos on the baskets. But I would love to see a video on making this potholder as well as the other potholders pattern. I’m having problems with I go around the curve (at the end). Somehow I don’t come up with the right number of stitches. thanks!
Yes- I don’t quite understand that either- any additional advice or visuals?
I’ve filed all my information can’t finish order?
I’m not sure. You’re welcome to email me at email@example.com and let me know exactly what’s happening.
thank you for the wonderful potholders. A friend gave us a couple she knitted. We love them. I cannot knit. So very happy to find some crochet ones. They are lovely.
The inside pocket stitched look nicer to me than the outside pocket stitches. Your finished product looks very nice, I’m going to trust your pattern….as the outside has a bumpier appearance. Is this the way yours is?
The part that is displayed on my finished potholders is the right (as opposed to wrong) side. But if you prefer the wrong side, of course it’s up to you how to you seam it up.
I think a table runner in this technique would be stunning!
Hi! I have started this pattern and I am struggling at 2B. Are you supposed to turn your work and work your way back around? My problem is the spike stitches look skinny and pretty on one side but don’t look the same on the other. Am I doing something wrong?
Nope – you’re working in a continuous spiral. So after you do a round of SC, you go back to your starting point, pick up the mosaic yarn, and follow the exact same path you did for the SC round, just with spike stitch instead. I referenced a tutorial video for my mosaic baskets above; I would highly recommend taking a look at that to clear things up. 🙂
How do you address the sides of the potholder? If working in a circle I get a long strands of yarn each time I cross from one side to the other (without turning as instructed). Can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. The main pattern looks correct but the sides are all wonky.
I’m having the same problem, Aubrey. I have the side of the chain figured out from when I worked down the other side of my starting chain, but my problem is where my last stitch stops. The pattern says not to join, so I have one end working in an oval pattern while the other end is not oval, but forming a straight edge. The pattern says to work in a spiral, but never said to join, so I’m very confused. Or, it’s really simple and I’m just not seeing it lol.
Do not understand this either.
Did you ever find a solution to your stitching? I am trying the pattern and experiencing the same as you and others. Thank you.
Do you have a pattern for an oval tablecloth using 4 ply cotton? Keep trying but cannot seem to get the add on rows even. My pattern keeps puckering. Thank you.
I don’t 🙂
LOVE these patterns! Thank you for sharing your beautiful designs!! And yes. My kitties all think I make everything for them. Lol