M is for Magic Ring, Multiple, Magic Ball, Mile-a-Minute (MAM), Mattress Stitch, Mesh, Motif, and Mosaic Crochet.
The Magic Ring (or Magic Loop or Adjustable Ring) is the method I use to start almost everything I do that is worked in the round. There are two versions – a single loop and a double loop. I primarily use the double loop since I learned it. I thought I’d posted about this in A but I can’t seem to find it so here it is again. LOL
I have a video of the single loop ring.
Here is a good video by Oombawka Design demonstrating the double loop ring and how to close it.
Multiple is an important part of many crochet patterns. I really like a pattern that gives the multiple because this allows me to change the size of the project easily. If it is not included, I have to figure it out myself. Sometimes that is easy, other times it is not.
I have information about finding multiples on its own page but generally speaking the multiple is used to determine your foundation chain. If it says multiple is 3 + 1, that means you multiply 3 times a number and then add 1 for your foundation chain. Say 3 x 100 + 1 would be 301. That’s a pretty long chain but you get the idea. 🙂
The Magic Ball is a way to handle all those leftovers that are too small to make anything with. To make a magic ball, save all the leftover strands from whatever you’re making, or cut strands from other skeins you have. Tie all these strands together and roll into a ball. Use this ball to make your project, leaving all the tails out.
I have made pet pads using my magic balls. Strands should probably be at least 8″ to work because you will have a couple inches on either end where you tie. 12″ or more would be even better. Use whatever stitch you like to make your project.
Mile-a-Minute (MAM) is a term that is used when you make strips which you later sew together to make an afghan. I know of at least one book of MAM projects.
Mattress stitch (also called Invisible weaving) is just one of many methods of joining motifs. Knitters often use this stitch but it can be used with crochet as well. You can find many video tutorials on YouTube demonstrating how to do this. Basically, you go back and forth loosely, working back to front, keeping your stitches aligned. After you get a few stitches done, tighten but not so much that you bunch them up. This video likens it to doing up your shoelaces.
Mesh is a term I use primarily in filet crochet though it has many applications. Whenever there is a space or hole created in a product, that is a “mesh”. A “mesh” is created by skipping a stitch or two or more.
In filet crochet, the mesh can be used to create a picture or to go around a picture which is created by filled in blocks. In other applications it can be an opening through which you weave a chain or ribbon or just part of the design itself.
Mesh does not have to be square or rectangular. You can see one mesh design at Mama in a Stitch. Here’s another of hers. Here’s another site with a few different designs.
In crochet, a Motif is a small project that can be carried along in a purse or bag. Examples of motifs are hearts, flowers, snowflakes, granny squares and other shapes like circles, triangles, hexagons and such.
My last M word is Mosaic Crochet. Mosaic Crochet is a method of crochet where you use sc, long and/or post stitches, and color to create pleasing textural patterns. You don’t work into a stitch from the previous row, but rather work 3 rows below the stitch. Lily Chin says you go downwards with the new color to cover up the old color.
Mosaic Crochet might be considered a type of tapestry crochet. Though you may use one color only, it generally uses two or three colors, but works only one color at a time. In tapestry crochet you carry the extra colors along. In mosaic, you do not.
That’s all for M.