Friday, 16 April 2021

It Took Me Eight Months! and a CAL in Mosaic

 Yes eight months to finish this blanket...

crochet blanket mosaic technique

it has been pushed to one side more times than I care to mention but now at last it can take it's bow, today is the day when it can take to the stage and say....

Look how beautiful I am! before starting it's life as a Spring/Summer cover for my bed.

I really love this blanket and am so happy with the finish, it was interesting to make and it's an interesting blanket to gaze upon too, it's a happy sunshiny blanket, look at those lovely hearts, the beautiful butterflies and the cute little fish.

As always it's so frustrating trying to get the prefect photo, no photo will ever do it justice such a blanket needs to be exhibited in a gallery for the fibre arts.

Please don't think that I'm blowing my own trumpet here, I'm really not, anyone who can crochet could make this, my praise is for the clever designer who thought this through, all I did was follow a pattern.

I'm in total awe of all those designers out there who give us the tools to create a work of art like this.


This is the Hooked and Locked Blanket which was originally designed in the hooked and locked technique, one that I have yet to master (but I will) and then thankfully the designer produced a mosaic version which enabled me to make it. 

The designer is The Craftsteacher and you can find the introduction and link to the pattern here.

I used 

This is a beautiful yarn to work with and has a 50% cotton and 50% acrylic content. I used shades 500 cherrypop and 501 whitesands. I needed 9 balls of cherrypop and 8 of whitesands.

The finished blanket measures 6ft 4ins x 4ft 6ins.

The Craftsteacher is actually hosting a CAL as we speak but it's in the hooked and locked technique so I can't follow it, the pattern is free until the end of the CAL and is worth saving for later because you never know you may get the urge to to make it in the future.  

The introduction is here.


You know I can't resist, this is a great one for those who want to try mosaic crochet because it's made in squares, 12 inch blocks to be precise so you could just make a small blanket if you wanted, it's also a great stashbusting opportunity.  

It's called the Patchwork CAL and it's starts on the 7th May information here 

Click here for more information on Mosaic Crochet. 

Now I'm going to have a look amongst my stash to see if I can find enough yarn to make a baby blanket or lap rug.  If you are worrying about ends, there is a video tutorial on how to deal with those and there's a double border to encase the ends on the outside edge of the blanket. 

So apart from rooting amongst my stash this weekend I plan on doing some work on this...

It's the Thomas Kinkade cross stitch I mentioned back here.  As you can see I have started and have put a few stitches in there and hope to finish that bit of the sky and start on another area and... 

The rock painting continues....

Have a great week 😊


  1. Wow Linda! Those two blankets are just fabulous! Especially the pink and white one. No matter how much credit you give the designer, it still takes the producer (you) to complete it to perfection, so you are quite justified in taking a bow yourself. I am looking forward to seeing your completed cross stitch in due course.

  2. Wow. That blanket is amazing.You should be so proud.

  3. I love this beautiful blanket you made Linda. Wow, you did such a great job and it looks so beautiful on your bed. I love the cute rock you painted too. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

  4. Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. And as for blowing your own trumpet, yes you should, I wouldn't know where to start with something like that. I think it needs pride of place and to be on show for a while before it gets put on the bed.

  5. Dear Linda, This blanket takes my breath away! It is beyond beautiful! You take the bow please this is a fabulous make. keep well Amanda x

  6. Your afghan is fabulous. I've slowed right down on my crochet and knitting as arthritis is playing havoc with my hands. I did manage to finish some knitted poppies for our retirement home display they want to create next November. Sometimes I volunteer before thinking of how it will effect my hands. I like the idea of that CAL, will check it out.

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your hands Linda, I know how painful it can be it affects my hands when knitting too, but thankfully not so much for crochet.

  7. That blanket is gorgeous!! I've been following your blog and was inspired by your mosaic crochet projects! I even bought Tinna's patterns so I can make my own! Thanks for your wonderful blog and creativity.

    -Mary S.

  8. The blanket is gorgeous! Well done.

  9. Linda, your blanket is just gorgeous!!! Congratulations it is a wonderful finish.

  10. And it's absolutely gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!
    Have fun with your other creations !!!!!

  11. That blanket is absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm not sure I could even manage to make it after 8 years. :) Congrats on getting it done.

  12. Your blanket is gorgeous! What a beautiful accomplishment. Go ahead and toot your own horn! Looking forward to seeing more of that Thomas Kincade. Have a great week.

  13. The blanket is absolutely stunning. You must be thrilled with it. Xx

  14. Your blanket should definitely take centre stage! It is beautiful! I don't know what the hooked and lock technique is, I will have to investigate.

  15. You should totally take a bow! That blanket is amazing. I'm a knitter who can just barely crochet, so I am in awe! Congratulations on a fantastic finish.

  16. What a beautiful blanket. Looks lovely on your bed

  17. Little Buddy did a bit of rock painting in gardening club this week. I have them placed in my potted plants. I love the blanket Linda, surely you underestimate your abilities because it is not that easy to follow a pattern that is that intricate. you did an amazing job.

  18. Well as others have said, your blanket looks wonderful ... and it is!
    It's such a wonderful colour too.

    Have a good week.

    All the best Jan

    PS I do like your painted rocks :)

  19. This is absolutely amazing! What a triumph! You make me want to get my crocheting out and start one myself. I even checked out the links. Thanks for your fabulous post! I really am in awe at how beautiful it is.

  20. I hope you can hear the deafening applause from all the way down here, Linda. Oh my goodness, your afghan is truly spectacular! Goodness me, your talent with crochet is always amazing! I am speechless actually......and in awe!!

  21. Wow!!! This is awesome :)

  22. Oh my goodness me, I am in awe of your skill and patience. This blanket is stunning well done you. #HandmadeMonday

  23. WOW! WOW! WOW! I'm speechless!

  24. Oh my word, what a thing of beauty. I'm actually thinking 8 months is ok for soemthing as complex as that. It's utterly gorgeous.

  25. Your mosaic blanket is gorgeous, Linda. I love it in that beautiful pink and white. I agree... it would look great displayed on a wall. :)


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