My first CAL – Maryam Square

I started working on my first CAL back in May 2022. I was hoping to make it ready and announce it on my dad’s 85th birthday on June 1st, 2022. But it was a super busy time for me as I am still in school studying totally different stuff.

I found amazing testers and we work so hard to get everything going as fast as possible, but unfortunately, I lost my dad in July and I was not feeling so well to continue working as I was so depressed. My dad lived in our home country and I couldn’t even attend his funeral, he just left me heartbroken and very sad.

I tried to pull myself together, so started to work on my first CAL again. We were able to finalize the pattern and prepare 6 parts in total. The starting date was decided to be Sep 16.

Four parts have already been released although the number of participants is not as high as I expected, still, it is a great achievement that more than 100 people trust me and purchased my pattern, and love it as much as I do!

If ever you like to join the fun we have in this CAL, purchase the discounted pattern from my Ravelry store. This offer (50%) is valid only during the CAL (Sep 16 – Nov 4)

You can always ask questions if you have any in my Facebook group.

Hope you enjoy hooking and have fun!

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First Designversary!

One year ago, on June 1st, 2021, I found the courage to publish my very first design. I remember how it seemed hard to me at first but I never forget the excitement of bringing my talent up to the attention of other people all around the world. It was definitely a big jump for me out of my comfort zone, but absolutely worth it. I will always have my regret why I haven’t started earlier.

I had lots of ups and downs in the past 12 months. I thought maybe people are not as excited as myself to try a pattern by a new, yet unknown designer. sometimes discouraged to continue as I didn’t receive any feedback from the potential buyers. But I do appreciate and cherish any sales although it was not a big number compared to well-known designers like Tinna, still counts as an accomplishment.

Now I have 5 published patterns that l love as my babies. And my 2022 resolution was to design 100 patterns in the second year of being a designer. Charts of 25 patterns are ready now. They are close to being tested as I have to work on their written instructions first.

I wanted to announce a CAL for this anniversary, but unfortunately, I needed more time to get ready for my first CAL. Like all new things and the first time doing, I had to learn the process myself and add adaptations to my pattern called Maryam in Square CAL.

As the pattern was not tested by the professional testers, I was introduced to a group of professional testers by a Facebook friend. Thanks to Laurene who helped me get in touch with these amazing ladies. So the CAL is under test now and I will announce the starting date as soon as the test finishes and the pattern is ready to get published. Stay tuned!

Last but not least, I do have two running promotions until the end of June 2022:

My Ravelry store

25% off on all patterns. No promo code needed

Buy2get3rdFree, redeem this promo code here to get a free pattern of your choice. Remember to add 3 patterns and in the check out you pay only for two and the 3rd will be free.

You can support me by buying me a coffee here

Thank you for your support and I look forward to creating more beautiful patterns and absolutely valuable content.

Love

Mahoor

Maryam in Square CAL is in progress

Happy New Year

We said goodbye to 2021, 3 days ago, hoping this new year brings more health and safety to humankind and promises joyful moments for all people around the world. Happy New Year Everyone.

Today, I have finally released my third version of Mosaic Pine Tree on Ravelry .

A beautiful project made by one of my testers. Credit to Fatemeh Johari Fard

A pattern for all seasons!

Once again I am so excited to announce a pattern release. This is the third version of my first pattern called Mosaic Pine Tree CAL. Yes, another Pine tree! My favorite tree. If I would be able to choose what kind of creature to be in my next life, I would definitely select to be a Pine tree, evergreen, beautiful, and of course strong.

The pattern got tested back in November but I was so busy with my final exams. I need to work harder and faster to finish the written instruction before Christmas and the holidays. Keep in mind that this will be a great challenge for the upcoming holidays and will keep you busy making beautiful projects.

I was not lucky enough to see the projects made from the last two patterns. I wish the buyers could have shared some beautiful pictures of their projects. I am not a well-known designer though!

Anyway, I will be free for full 24 days before next semester in January 2022 and will work on my unfinished projects and patterns. I am writing a book about mosaic crochet as well. I started to take notes in 2020 and I guess I have enough notes on hand and I am ready now to work more on it. I hope to finish this project before March 2022. I will self-publish this book on googleplay book. Stay tuned!

Happy holidays and Merry Chrismas

Pattern Promotion Ends in 3 Days

I planned to promote my second pattern called INFINITY for 10 days from the day it has been released. 3 days have left and I guess if everyone is planning to experience a new challenge in mosaic crochet it is the time for it. As I have two promo code :

One specifically for INFINITY. Feel free to use Sep2021 and redeem 20% off at the check out.

I also bundled it with my Mosaic Pine Tree and if you buy both pattern, the second will be 40% off! Isn’t it cool?

Promo Code for the bundle is : GMS2

You can get access the pattern in my Ravelry store from here or my etsy shop here .

You can join my Mosaic crochet community on Facebook to show your project progress.

Happy hooking

Infinity

I am so excited to announce another pattern release as of tonight on September 26, 2021 sharp at 12 a.m.

It took me almost 3 months from designing, preparing charts and written instructions and looking for active and willing testers to get this pattern finally ready to publish. I had a lot of fun during this process and I made several projects myself and gave a pair of cushions I made as a Phd Graduation gift to my beloved friend. Some of these projects have not finished yet but I will post the picture of them to show you how versatile is this pattern and you can use it to make any thing you like.

You can purchase my pattern from my Ravelry store here and etsy shop here.

Enjoy hooking INFINITY!

If you like this post please take a time to like and leave a comment. Thank you.

A pair of cushions with different mix and combination of charts

A beautiful scarf, so soft and elegant

Infinity is so versatile and can be used to make almost everything!

This project has been done beautifully by one of my testers

Living Like a Designer!

Last year this time, when I started learning mosaic crochet, I never thought one day I would be able to design a pattern myself. That was so out of my sight and beyond my consideration. One year later exactly in June I published my first pattern in mosaic crochet. I didn’t expect to sell any copy of it, since I am an unknown designer. But I was wrong and I sold 11 copies for the first month and 16 more copies in the second month. It’s quite a big achievement and I always celebrate small things. Cuz I believe that bigger things never happen unless we are grateful for the little happiness in our lives. And I am happy that I did something big.

But this is not the end of story. Since the first publication I have worked on my second, third and fourth patterns. Some of them have been tested already and I am working on the final drafts. I have a group of testers and now they are working on their assigned projects since they are using the same pattern to make different projects and it is a secret group and no one is aware of the projects of the others. I can’t wait to see the result. I will share their pictures once they get ready.

Stay tuned!

Exciting News!

Finally, my first pattern got published on my dad’s 84th birthday , (June 1st). I am so excited about it. Horrrrray, It happend!

I am on the cloud 9 now . Since then I had few visits and add to favorite and queue which is normal. Since I am quite new in this industry and I am an unknown designer who happened to be so enthusiastic about Mosaic Crochet.

I had my pattern being tested by almost 25 people who were eager to test it. The pattern is in two versions and obviously the testers were free to choose any of them or make both.

I thought it would be nice to share the simple version here. But if you like to have access to the second version plus the charts, (and if you are more comfortable making projects by using charts like me) you can find them on my Ravelry store HERE and my Etsy shop HERE. Don’t miss out JULY PROMOTION!!!!

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Materials:

I have crafted these two versions with different yarns. For making any mosaic crochet project you will need two distinctive colors.

For the first version I used cotton and two skeins of yarn have been used (weight of each color: 2*50gr skein) for each color.  For a complete cushion, you will need 200gr of each color.

Hook size: 3.5 mm

Measurement: 42 cm * 42cm

For the second version, I used Cake yarn and a hook size of 2.5mm. The measurement for this square is 30cm * 30cm.

You are welcome to use any yarn of your choice, but keep in mind that the finished size will depend on the yarn weight and hook size you use.

Abbreviation (US Terms):

Ch – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

BLSC – Back Loop Single Crochet

FLDC – Front Loop Double Crochet

SL St – Slip Stitch

YO- Yarn Over

*.* – Repeat instructions between asterisks

Start with a magic ring and then16 HDC inside the ring + SL St +Ch 1. Because our project is a square, we should make our four corners first. Therefore, in Round 1 and all other Rounds, we will have SC+ Ch 2+ SC in each corner. Remember to chain 1 after sl st. in each round. Our pattern will start from the second chain in the corner.

Remember SC in Mosaic Crochet is Back loop only and DC is worked on the front loop of two rounds down below the same stitch with the same yarn color of the current round.

Round 1

 With color A: After sl.st of the previous round ch1 and then *BLSC in the first St then chain 2 and SC in the same stitch. This will be our first corner. Then BLSC in the next 3 stitches* and repeat *.* to finish the other 3 corners. At the end of the round sl st and turn to color B and chain 1.

Round 2

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1 (28 Stitches in total + 8 chains)

Round 3

Round 4

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(1sc+ 7 dc+1 sc +ch 2 + 1 sc) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 5

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(4 sc + 5dc + 3 sc + ch 2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 6

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 7

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(7sc + 3dc + 7sc + ch 2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 8

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 9

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(4sc + 1dc + 5sc + 1dc +5sc +1dc + 4sc +ch2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 10

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 11

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(5sc + 1dc +1sc + 1dc + 3sc + 3dc + 3sc + 1dc + 1sc + 1dc + 5sc + ch2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 12

With color B: 1sc+ ch2 *(7sc + 1dc + 11sc + 1dc +7sc + ch 2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color A

Round 13

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(6sc + 1dc + 3sc + (1dc +1sc) 4 times + 1dc + 3sc + 1dc + 6sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 14

With color B: 1sc+ ch2 *(8sc + 3dc + 9sc + 3dc + 8sc +ch 2) *. Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color A

Round 15

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(7sc + 1dc + 5sc + 1dc + 1sc + 3dc + 1sc + 1dc + 5sc + 1dc + 7sc + ch 2) *.  Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 16

With color B: 1sc+ ch2 *(10sc + 3dc + 9sc + 3dc + 10sc + ch 2) *.  Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color A

Round 17

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 (10sc + 1dc + 3sc + 1dc +1sc + 5dc + 1sc + 1dc +3sc + 1dc + 10 sc +ch 2)* Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 18

With color B:1sc+ ch2 *(13sc + 1dc + 11sc + 1dc + 13sc + ch 2) *.  Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color A

Round 19

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 * (13sc + (1dc+1sc) 3 times + 3dc + (1sc + 1dc) 3 times + 13 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 20

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 21

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(16sc + 1dc+1sc + 3dc +1sc + 1dc + 1 sc + 3dc + 1sc + 1dc + 16 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 22

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 23

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(19sc + (1dc+1sc) 2 times + 3dc + (1sc + 1dc) 2 times + 19 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 24

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 25

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(22sc + 3dc + 1sc + 1dc +1sc + 3dc + 22 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 26

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 27

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(25sc + 7dc  + 25 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 28

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 29

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(28sc + 5dc  + 28 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 30

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 31

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(31sc + 3dc + 31 sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 32

With color B: SC in all stitches. Remember to chain 2 in the corners. Sl st+ Ch1. Turn to color A

Round 33

With color A: 1sc+ ch2 *(34sc + 1dc + 34sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

*(34sc + 1dc + 34sc + ch 2) * Repeat *.* three times + sl st + ch1. Turn to color B

Round 34

With color B: sc in all stiches.

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Thank you.

Mahoor

Mosaic Crochet is so addictive!

It’s been a while I am doing mosaic crochet and I try to convert each and every chart that I find on the internet into Mosaic Crochet. Some of the charts are not really made for this technique and I mostly have hard times to figure out how to adapt the new chart. I can’t say that these are my own creation as they were made by others, but I love and treat them as my own.

Mosaic crochet is so versatile but I still couldn’t find a way how to use more than two colors in the same pattern. I think it is impossible to get three or more colors involved. It’s a pity, cuz many Persian rugs have patterns of multi-colors and the beauty of these colors will fade away if you have to consider only two colors.

As many would say, Mosaic Crochet is so addictive. When you finish the first project, you can’t wait starting a new one. My husband gets angry when he sees I am thinking about a new pattern and have my yarn and hook with me everywhere I go. I love crochet but this new technique is so fascinating that I can’t stop learning and working on my new projects.

Working on my own patterns are in progress. I hope to complete and test them as soon as possible. Since I would start studying in University again as of this January hopefully and then I won’t have time to do Mosaic crochet again. I will continue teaching whatever I’ve learned so far on my Instagram page (@mahoorcrochet) and these tutorials are in my native language Farsi for Farsi speakers all over the world.

Here are some of my projects.

Hope you like Mosaic Crochet like me and try to improve your new skills. I will provide some tutorials in English too.

Geometric Shapes And New Patterns in Mosaic Crochet

Geometric shapes with thousands years of existance do not belong to anybody. They are universal and can be used for any purposes. In Mosaic crochet also we are dealing with these beautiful and symmetrical shapes. The combination and mixture of these shapes actually create a new form and style in crocheting. In my belief, we just use a new technique to repeat the same shapes created thousands of years ago by our ancesters. But can we claim that these are our own invention and creation? Can we say that these are our new design while we are using the existing patterns remained from the past?

It is better to say we are reusing these patterns by using new techniques to save the patterns for new generation. This is the appreciation and not simply copying the past!

Most of these Geometric Shapes and patterns do exist in the works of art as our heritage in my homeland, Iran. If you go to Isfahan, Shiraz , Yazd and Kerman( the oldest cities in Iran) you will see many beautiful Geometric shapes in old buildings. As a matter of fact, most of these shapes and patterns were designed and introduced by Iranian Mathematicians to the world.

These patterns were used by Persian artists of all ages. Persian rugs are the best example. We have different types of rugs such as Carpet( Farsh or Ghali), Glim, Jajim and Gabeh and many others.

I am trying to convert those existing shapes and patterns from Persian Rugs into Mosaic Crochet and I believe it is the only thing I can do at the moment to introduce those designs to other people all over the world.I have always been obssessed with rugs and their patterns since my mom was making Persian carpet herself and she thaught me how to read the patterns from the map and sometimes there was not a map for what she made and she did it by heart. I wish I could remeber those patterns. Of course converting those patterns into Mosaic Crochet is a tedious work since it needs counting and concentration and testing the pattern before even thinking to publish it so that others can enjoy using it as a different pattern. This is a new adventure and I know it takes time and needs research and I need to understand if these two different style are compatible and convertable or not.

Wish me luck.