How to Do Basic Mosaic Knitting
In Monday’s blog post introducing the color-knitting technique of mosaic knitting, I showed you a variety of the creative, colorful, and textured mosaic knitting patterns out there.
Now it’s time for you to try your hand at this new technique. As much as I can try to describe how mosaic knitting patterns work, the easiest way to understand is to try it yourself.
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have made a little mosaic swatch of a simple brick pattern, which happens to be the foundation of quite a few cute and easy projects (like the Ballband Dishcloth above).
You’ll also learn how to switch colors neatly when making stripes (which is key in mosaic knitting because you only knit one color at a time, so you have to alternate between the yarns every couple rows – read: stripes).
Lastly, you’ll learn my favorite quick tip for binding off that will make any swatch lay flat and even (gotta love that).
Here’s the swatch we’ll be making:
Easy Mosaic Brick Pattern – Sample Swatch Tutorial
Knitting the whole swatch should take 20-30 minutes (that’s just a guess). My video is about 10 minutes long, and I show you everything except for the plain knitting rows.
Prepare Your Yarn and Needles
Time to get your yarn and needles out! Find two colors of yarn that are the same weight, that is, two worsted-weight yarns, two bulky-weight yarns, etc.
Get a pair of straight needles in the size recommended on your yarn band (US size 7 for worsted weight and US size 9 for bulky weight).
Bulky yarn is my favorite choice of weights for swatching and learning new techniques.
Next, look over the instructions for the Easy Mosaic Brick Pattern below. If you understand most of the abbreviations, give it a go and try to knit the swatch on your own!
Try the Swatch On Your Own First
The reason I want you to try this swatch on your own first is because when you watch the video with me, you will have some experience and context. You also might have some questions you want answered. It’s also good practice in just trusting yourself to read a new pattern, uninfluenced by any prior explanation.
If you don’t want to knit the swatch on your own, or don’t understand the pattern instructions, that’s ok – I’ve explained everything in the videos and in the photo tutorials that follow.
(In my upcoming mosaic knitting video class, Fantastic Mosaics, I give you tips and troubleshooting videos to help you get the most out of this tutorial, so if you have any trouble at all, know that there’s more than just what you see here.)
Last thing before you get started – If you prefer photo tutorials to video (or if you just need a reminder as you’re working through the swatch), there are detailed step-by-step photo instructions below the video.
Easy Mosaic Brick Pattern – Video
In this mosaic knitting video I use blue for my MC (main color) and yellow for my CC (contrasting color).
How did you do? Not as hard as it looks, is it? Good job for giving this swatch a try.
Coming Soon: Fantastic Mosaics –
KnitFreedom’s New Mosaic Knitting Video Class
Curious to know more? I teach tons more mosaic knitting techniques in my upcoming video class, Fantastic Mosaics, coming March 28th.
Stay tuned (and be sure you’re signed up for the newsletter) because not only will you get an email when this new course is available, you’ll learn how to join the giveaway for a free copy plus more prizes (and one-on-one time with me!).
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How did you do on the swatch? Did you like the step-by-step photo tutorial? What could I do to make new techniques even easier for you to learn? Let me know by leaving me a comment below. See you tomorrow for the giveaway!
See also: How to Slip A Stitch in Knitting – Sl 1