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Color Me, Part 2!

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June 24, 2024

In this issue:  Color Me Mosaic!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Color Me Mosaic, Part 2!
An easy way to learn crochet colorwork

Last week, we talked about mosaic knitting, an easy way to make fascinating geometric designs using striping and slipping stitches. This week, we’re talking about mosaic crochet, including similar techniques for stripe-based colorwork. There are two types of mosaic crochet: overlay and inset.  Overlay mosaic crochet uses one color per row and you don’t turn your work; instead, you cut the yarn at the end of each row. This technique uses single crochet (sc) in the back loop and double crochet (dc) in the front loop. Inset mosaic crochet is slightly different; this method has you crocheting across the right side (rs) and turning to work the wrong side (ws) in the same color. You then work the next two rows in the second color. Because you change colors at the beginning of each rs row, you can carry the colors up the side and don’t Charted pattern for Wanderers mosaic crochet blanket by HanJan Crochetneed to weave in the ends on each row.

Crochet mosaic patterns are usually written in chart form. If you’ve never used charts, this is a good introduction. With charted patterns, you can see exactly what you’re making, as in the chart (right) for the Wanderers Mosaic Crochet Blanket Pattern by HanJan Crochet (pdf available for about $6.60 on Rav or free written version on her blog). However, if you don’t like charts, some designers also provide written instructions, too.

Winter Trees Hooded Cowl by Ashlee BrotzellWant more information? Sixel Design has a great photo/written tutorial on overlay mosaic and Ashlee Brotzell Designs has several written and video tutorials on overlay mosaic crochet. Her patterns  include the Winter Trees Hooded Cowl (about $3.85 on Rav/free written version on her blog).



-Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew
P. S. Yarnivore will be closed for July 4th. Zorn Junction will be in-store July 13, 11a-4p.
Also, get a jump on Christmas in July by signing up for Wendy's new class, Knitting: Argyle Christmas Stocking!

Upcoming Classes
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Space is limited & sign-ups close a week before class begins, so sign up now! Class fees due at time of registration. You can find all available classes on our Calendar.

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Knitting Workshop with Wendy - Masks Required
Come knit with Wendy! This is for knitters of any skill level with any kind of project! Learn with others in a friendly, supportive environment! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Monday, June 27, 2 pm - 3 seats available
Sunday, June 30, 2 pm - 3 seats available (See class description for more dates.)
A cute purple and white crocheted penguin with orange beak and feet!Amigurumi Crochet
Moses opens the gates for you to the exciting world of Amigurumi - You'll make your own stuffed penguin friend to keep or give away! Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Saturday, July 6 & 13 at 1 pm - 4 seats available
Needlepoint flowersStitching Workshop with Nancy
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support, problem-solving, and camaraderie! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Sunday, July 7, 1pm - 1 seat available   
Sunday, July 7, 3pm - no seats available (See class description for more dates.)
two hands knitting with steel needles and gold colored yarnBeginning Knitting with Denise! 
Learn the basics, including about yarn & knitting needle sizes, how to cast on, knit, purl, & bind off. When you've mastered these stitches, you'll be ready to start your first project. Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Wednesday July 10 & 17, 11:30a - 3 seats available
Wednesday July 24 & 31, 11:30a - 3 seats available
Start your own love affair with this classic and versatile pattern while you learn to make a cozy Christmas Stocking! Class is three 2-hour sessions.
Thursday, July 11, 18, & 25, 5:30pm - 4 seats available
Papillon Shawl by MarinJaKnitsKnit the Papillon with Suzy! 
Learn the tricks to making your own stunning version of the Papillon! Suzy will guide you through starting your Papillon and the steps to mastering short rows, stitch marker placement, and striping. After the two sessions, most students will finish on their own; students who need additional guidance can join Suzy's one-session workshops. Class is two 2-hour sessions.
 Thursday, July 11 & 25, 12pm - 4 seats available
You'll learn mosaic colorwork while working on coasters that you can give as a gift! Mosaic knitting is an easy way for knitters to adventure into the world of creating colorful geometric shapes. Class is one 2-hour session.
Friday, July 12, 1pm - 4 seats available
Beginner knitters who have mastered the basics (cast-on, knit, purl, bind off) will enjoy learning several new skills as they make the French Market Bag, including working in the round, magic loop and kitchener stitch.  Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Thursday July 18 & August 1, 12p - 4 seats available
Hooker Helpdesk with Moses - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Come pick Moses' brain in this workshop-style class. Get some helpful tips to make your hook happy and your project beautiful! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Saturday, July 27, 1 pm - 4 seats available

Shop News - Featured Yarn
Collage of Retro Velvet colors

Retro Velvet is a favorite for a reason! Its soft, crushed velvet texture works up quickly into blankets, sweaters and amigurumi! Yarnivore just received a restock and we doubled the number of colors we carry! We love it in the Velvet V-stitch Baby Blanket (crochet, free at Premier Yarns/in-store), Cocoon Cardigan (crochet, free at Premier Yarns/in-store), Cozy Rib Throw (knit, free at Premier Yarns/in-store), Willow Ribbed Scarf (knit, free at Premier Yarns/in-store), and Velvet Pumpkins (knit, free at Premier Yarns/in-store).

Retro Velvet is a bulky (#5), 100% Polyester yarn. It has 306 yards in a 280g ball. Premier recommends US 10.5 needles or US K hook (both are 6.5mm), but we recommend you check your gauge. Machine wash warm, dry flat.

11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
NOTE: Yarnivore will CLOSED Thursday, July 4th.
Upcoming Events
Zorn Junction Trunk Show July 13, 2024

Zorn Junction Trunk Show, Saturday July 13, 11a-4p. This south Texas dyer specializes in boutique batches of unique colors!



Private Lessons
Learn 1x1 or in small groups with your choice of project or technique! One-on-one (one student, one teacher) Personal lessons are $25/hour & group private lessons are $15/person per hour. Visit us in-store or call 210-979-8255 to schedule.

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If you search the interwebs for mosaic crochet, you'll see a variety of terms. Ashley Brotzell's blog does a good job of explaining her use of the more common terms. However, if you come across a designer using different terms (e.g., Sixel Designs uses overlay & interlocking instead of overlay & inset), they should explain their technique well enough that the difference shouldn't matter.

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