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Crafting Whimsical Magic: Free Mosaic Crochet Square Pattern – Cat

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Are you ready to infuse your crochet projects with feline charm and whimsy?

With its intricate design and playful aesthetic, the ‘Cat’ mosaic crochet square is perfect for adding a touch of whimsical magic to your projects. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, this pattern offers endless possibilities for creativity and expression.

Overview

The Cat Mosaic Square is crocheted in rounds using the mosaic crochet technique. This technique involves changing colors at the beginning of each round to create beautiful geometric patterns. The square can be used as a component in larger projects such as afghans, throws, baby blankets, pillow cushions, bags, or even as standalone decorative pieces.

Materials Needed

Gather the following supplies:

  1. Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors. I used Old Lace white (A), and Charcoal (B).
  2. A crochet hook suitable for your chosen yarn.
  3. Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  4. Scissors.

I used Scheepjes Catona yarn and hook 2.5 mm.

Abreviations

US notations used.

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
BLOsc – single crochet into back loop
FLOdc – double crochet into front loop
BLOsc3shell – three BLOsc into one st


Round Join from the Back – Perfect for Mosaic Crochet

One of the challenges in mosaic crochet is changing colors in each round while keeping your work neat and tidy. To achieve a clean and polished look, use the “Join from the Back” technique. Here’s how it works:

  1. When you reach the end of a round and need to join with a slip stitch, instead of joining in the usual way (inserting your hook into the top of the first stitch), flip your work to the backside.
  2. Insert your hook from back to front through the top of the first stitch of the round.
  3. Next, insert your hook into the loop of last stitch.
  4. Pull this loop through the loop already on your hook. This creates a slip stitch that joins the round, but it’s hidden on the backside of your work.

This technique creates an almost invisible join on the front side, giving your mosaic crochet project a clean and seamless appearance.

Pattern

Round 1 (B): Into magic ring start with ch 3 (counts as dc), then 15 dc. Join with start of the round from the back, and switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 2 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Note: be careful not to miss the last stitch of the pattern in the rounds. The last stitch will look a bit overlapped with the start of the round.

Round 3 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 4 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 5 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 2 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 6 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 4 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 7 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 13 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 8 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 1 FLOdc, 10 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 9 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc, 10 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc * repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 10 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 1 FLOdc, 13 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 11 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 3 BLOsc, 13 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 12 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 2 FLOdc, 14 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 13 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 4 BLOsc, 14 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 14 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 4 FLOdc, 14 BLOsc, 7 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 15 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 6 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 11 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 16 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 6 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 11 BLOsc, 9 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 17 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 8 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 9 FLOdc, 12 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 18 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 8 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 19 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 11 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 7 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 20 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 11 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 21 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 12 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 22 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 2 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 23 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 2 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 24 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 4 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 25 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 9 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 8 BLOsc, 7 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 8 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 26 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 2 BLOsc, 8 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 7 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 8 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 27 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 1 FLOdc into corner st, 2 FLOdc, 8 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 7 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 3 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 5 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 9 BLOsc, 2 FLOdc, 1 FLOdc into corner st* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 28 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 4 BLOsc, 8 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 1 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 7 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 3 FLOdc, 2 BLOsc, 4 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 5 FLOdc, 1 BLOsc, 9 FLOdc, 4 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn B with slst.

Round 29 (B): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 57 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, then switch to yarn A with slst.

Round 30 (A): Ch 1, then crochet into the next st, *BLOsc3shell, 59 BLOsc* repeat 4 times **. Join with first st from the back, cut the yarn off. Weave in the ends.

Chart

Mosaic crochet chart

Blanket Serenity

If you’re looking for a larger project to sink your hooks into, consider creating the ‘Blanket Serenity.’ This cozy and enchanting blanket consists of nine different mosaic crochet square designs, including the adorable ‘Cat’ square. Each square is a labor of love, meticulously crafted to bring warmth and comfort into your home.

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Mosaic blanket

Love the ‘Cat’ square pattern? You can purchase the PDF version of this design and support my work as an independent crochet artist. Your support allows me to continue creating free patterns and content for fellow crocheters like you. Together, we can spread joy and creativity one stitch at a time!

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For more patterns visit my pattern shops on Etsy and Ravelry.

Usage Ideas

So, how can you incorporate this charming square into your crochet creations? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. **Blankets:** Combine multiple ‘Cat’ squares to create a unique and eye-catching blanket design. Mix and match colors to create a playful patchwork effect or stick to a single color palette for a more cohesive look.

2. **Pillows:** Stitch a single ‘Cat’ square onto a plain pillowcase to instantly elevate its style. Whether you’re decorating a nursery, living room, or bedroom, this adorable square is sure to add a whimsical touch to any space.

3. **Wall Hangings:** Frame individual ‘Cat’ squares or string them together to create a charming wall hanging. Hang them in a row or arrange them in a grid pattern for a visually striking display that celebrates your love of crochet and feline friends.

4. **Bags and Totes:** Sew ‘Cat’ squares onto the front of a tote bag or backpack to add a playful twist to your everyday accessories. Not only will you have a functional and stylish bag, but you’ll also showcase your love of crochet wherever you go.

5. **Coasters and Trivets:** Crochet several ‘Cat’ squares using a smaller hook size and cotton yarn to create adorable coasters or trivets for your home. These practical yet charming accessories will protect your surfaces while adding a touch of whimsy to your decor.

Now that you have the ‘Cat’ mosaic crochet square pattern, it’s time to let your creativity shine! Experiment with different colors, yarn weights, and stitch combinations to create one-of-a-kind crochet creations that reflect your unique style and personality.

Smagaus nėrimo!

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