And then you find something beautiful that you absolutely love…

When I start a design, I often have an idea in my head about a theme, and then I look around for inspiration. I look in the books I have about old designs, for example antique stencils or wallpaper or fabrics, and of course I also look on the internet. Then something usually comes out that I start with, and gradually I change so many things that in the end it really becomes my own thing.

This time things turned out a little differently, because I came across a design that appealed to me so much that I started using it. If you would like to see that design click here.

Don’t worry, I decently pay for the use of the design and for the permission to adjust it to my own taste. I believe that an artist should be paid for their work and rewarded for their creativity. That’s why I’m sharing this here, because otherwise I would have kept this to myself, wouldn’t you think so?

So I absolutely loved this design, and started trying to convert it to an interlocking design. And that doesn’t happen in one, two, three! There are slanted lines in this design, and when I started working on this, I had not yet worked with slanted lines in interlocking crochet! So I had to convert every diagonal line in the design into ‘stairs’.

Now I hear some people thinking: yes, but you can just throw that into a program, like you can do for embroidery, and even for mosaic crochet? Well, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried that (I have that kind of embroidery software, PCStitch), and if you use it to convert an image into embroidery, you quickly notice that it not always looks very great, but you have to play around with all kinds of settings and often change things manually to make it look good. For embroidery you can work very fine-meshed, so that comes closer to ‘pixels’ more quickly. However, it is not that easy for mosaic crochet. I’ve tried to do something like that before, and I didn’t like what came out at all. A lot still had to be changed, by hand. So chapeau to the designers who create beautiful mosaic crochet patterns that look very realistic. I’m sure they have to put in a lot of work to make something beautiful!

Variation 1, open squares only
Variation 1, open squares only

Now interlocking is really my thing. I started with that in 2018 and have always used it in my designs. Until now, my mosaic designs have always been ‘conversions’ from the interlocking versions. That is always possible! And for interlocking there is simply no software to scan an image and translate it into interlocking. So when I started working on this design, it was pure old-fashioned handicraft . And then a process starts of thinking and trying out what fits, what doesn’t fit, how long should I make a line so that I can still see the original design in it, how much space should I leave between the lines (because you of course have to change it to ‘stairs’).

It was a really fun process, because in the end I saw something emerge that was very similar to the original, and of course I could already see it in my mind on my couch, with colors that I had wanted to use for so long that matched beautifully with my sofa.

Ultimately, a bit of my own creativity crept in with this pattern, because I noticed that I could not completely copy everything without getting a blanket of 3 meters wide (an exaggeration ). And I like repetition in a design, so I started to tilt parts and use them in other places in the blanket design, and adjusted some lines here and there to make it all fit a little better.

Variation 2
Variation 2, partially solid squares

In the end I had a design that I was happy with, but I was also curious how it would turn out if I applied a little more shading. I also know that those who are fans of mosaic crochet are not always fans of the ‘open squares’ look that plain interwoven or interlocking has. So I started tweaking the first design here and there with solid squares, solid parts and other minor adjustments that were necessary to make it look good. If you’ve done this type of crochet before, you know that it can achieve variations in ‘color strength’. So I went for it! When I shared the new results with my family members (my youngest daughter is The Craftskid, she also makes very nice interlocking and mosaic crochet patterns, see here), they were enthusiastic about the new result, but also still liked the original. That was the moment for me to think: “You know what? I make a pattern with several variations, so everyone can choose what they prefer!”.

I really like the playfulness of this version, the differences in color scheme, so that certain elements ‘pop’.

ArtdecoVariation3And in the end I was super curious about what it would look like if the ‘background’ were completely done with closed squares. So I also started with that, and that led to the result shown here, variation 3, which is also used for the CAL (the mosaic version).

This version ultimately also became the basis that I used for the version with the slanted lines. Because of course I also became very curious whether I could get close to the original design with the drawn diagonal lines with diagonal lines in interlocking. I did play extra with denser structures and with fine lines and coarser lines (by applying closed structures) to make certain parts stand out even more, and I must say that I am very satisfied with the final result.