Review of Mosaic Sampler Afghan by daisyknots

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Review by Debbie Hemsley of The Neave Collection:

I thoroughly enjoyed my first mosaic crochet project. I chose The Mosaic Sampler Afghan by Moira Douglas of Daisyknots to learn this technique.

It is a well-planned project and it kept me engaged with a good variety of different designs included. This project is ideally suited to both beginners and experienced crocheters.

This pattern is worked in overlay mosaic crochet. You fasten off at the end of each row and work with only the right side facing. The pattern is mainly detailed as charts with some written instructions to clarify. I found the charts and written instructions easy to follow.

There are some links to video tutorials provided in the pattern. As this was my 1st proper mosaic project, I found these video links most useful.

I love the completed envelope border. I suggest that you accept that this border does take time and is quite monotonous – ideal for binge watching a good series on TV. I watched Friends while working on this. I decided to do the back border in UK double crochet (the same as the front border), so it took even longer, especially as I frogged the entire back section of the border. I did this because I was not satisfied with my tension using the treble crochets as detailed in the pattern. I also added 4 extra rows to the border to make it slightly bigger.

The pattern is written for Aran/Worsted weight yarn, I substituted with ColourSpun Pure Cotton DK and adjusted the finished size to 120 x 200cm*. I plan on using this as a bed-end throw on a double bed. I found it easy to adjust the size.

I used 1,575 grams (3,950 meters)** of ColourSpun Pure Cotton DK yarn and 8 different colours. I did not follow the colour suggestions in the pattern but substituted my own. Moira provides black & white charts in her pattern as well as the charts showing her colour choice. This is useful if you are using your own colours.

*47 x 79 inches

**56 ounces (4,320 yards)

  1. Aegean (440)  3 x 50g
  2. Amber (371)  1 x 50g
  3. Marsh Grass (239)  1 x 50g
  4. Navy Blue (378)  3 x 50g
  5. Pewter (051)  2 x 50g
  6. Soft Blossom (137)  8 x 50g
  7. Winter Sky (056)   2 x 50g
  8. White 14 x 50g

I used a 3mm hook for the main part of the throw, a 3.5mm hook for the border slip stitch round, a 2.5mm for the border and the 3mm hook for the final slip stitch round where the front and back borders are joined together.

This is a great project if you are new to mosaic crochet. The designs used are quite simple for the most part, with a few slightly challenging areas.

I recommend this pattern.

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