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How to read mosaic charts

Mosaic charts can be a little confusing when you first look at them, but they’re simple to read once you understand what you’re looking at.

 

On the chart below, the pattern of green and white boxes you see is how it will turn out once it has been crocheted.

You always crochet the row with the colour shown on the right-hand side - A or B. It doesn't matter what colour is in the chart; you just need to look out for the Xs or blank boxes.

  • An X is a front loop double crochet (FLDC)  (treble crochet in UK terms)

  • A blank box is a back loop single crochet (BLSC) (double crochet in UK terms)

You don’t change colours halfway through the row to create the pattern (unless you are doing mosaic tapestry or mosaic intarsia crochet)

When reading a chart, you start at the bottom right of the chart and work all the way across to the left of the chart.

 

As shown below, you use one colour per row – all the way along. Fastening off at the end of the row and starting the next row again from the right-hand side.

Row 9 - Colour A - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 8 - Colour B - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 7 - Colour A - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 6 - Colour B - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 5 - Colour A - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 4 - Colour B - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 3 - Colour A - FLDC in the stitches with an X. BLSC in the blank stitches

Row 2 - Colour B - There are no X's so you SC in the back loop in every stitch

Row 1 - Colour A - Work your starting chain, then turn and SC into every chain stitch

You only repeat the stitches within the red box

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