What Is Mosaic Knitting? An Introduction to Color-Knitting’s Best Kept Secret
Mosaic Knitting – Color-Knitting’s Best-Kept Secret
What is mosaic knitting, you ask? I don’t blame you for wondering. Mosaic knitting is a little-known yet wonderful and easy way of knitting with two colors.
Mosaic knitting is so easy that anyone can do it. That's because you never have to knit with two colors at once, which makes it perfect for beginners (or anyone who has not yet tried color-knitting).
Speaking of not trying color-knitting, most knitters wait far too long to make the attempt, thinking that it’s hard. But even if you think you're ready for color knitting, it's hard to know where to you jump in and start. The answer, as you might have guessed, is mosaic knitting.
Slipping Stitches Makes the Color Design
If you can knit and purl, you can do mosaic knitting.
I’ll show you how to do basic mosaic knitting in my next blog post.
For now, just know that the only other technique you need to know besides knitting and purling is super-easy: slipping stitches.
How to Slip a Stitch in Knitting
Instructions: To slip a stitch, abbreviated “Sl 1,” insert the right-hand needle into the stitch as if to purl (with needles tip-to-tip), and slide the stitch from the left-hand needle to the right needle without knitting or purling it.
It’s absolutely this easy. And now that you can knit, purl, and slip a stitch from one needle to the other, you're ready to see why it's worth learning mosaic knitting.
What Can You Make With Mosaic Knitting?
Why would you learn mosaic knitting, you might wonder? What if you are not a beginner – is it still a good choice? And can you truly knit anything cool with it?
After delving deeply into all aspects of mosaic knitting over the past months, I can tell you that the answer is Yes!
Mosaic Knitting Patterns for Beginners
The cool thing about mosaic knitting is there's something for everyone. If you’re a beginner, you can start out and, with very little practice, knit cool stuff like the dishcloth below or this trio of dishcloths.
See the textured, almost "woven" look? It's not a must for mosaic knitting, but there’s not really any way to get this same textured effect without mosaic knitting.
Textured fabrics and geometric patterns are where mosaic knitting truly shines.
Even as a beginner you’ll also be able to knit my own Stripes Brigade mosaic throw pillow pattern (above), included in my upcoming Fantastic Mosaics video ebook (more on that below).
Mosaic Projects for Intermediate and Advanced Knitters
If you’re an intermediate knitter, you can make color-knit fingerless mitts, hats, blankets, and triangular shawls without having to read charts or do Fair-Isle knitting or Intarsia.
If you’re an advanced knitter or you’ve done Fair-Isle knitting before, knitting from Mosaic Charts will be a new kind of challenge for you. Once you learn it, you can knit sweaters, socks, shawls, and blankets with this technique – all without having to hold and manage multiple strands of yarn at once..
All it takes is learning how to think about charts in a new way – mosaic charts don’t show you the color you’re to knit with, but whether or not to slip a stitch.
Experienced knitters will enjoy studying mosaic knitting in-depth and getting to the core of how mosaic charts work (and how they make you a total charts ninja when you're done!).
Fun Projects You Can Knit With The Mosaic Knitting Technique – Beginner to Advanced
From top, counter-clockwise:
- Sprocket Baby Blanket – a flat charted design
- Ballband Dishcloth – a beginner dishcloth pattern (no chart)
- Mosaic Socks – a simple charted pattern in the round
- Interpolate Shawl – a charted shawl that you can get a kit for on Etsy
Can you believe all these projects were knitted with just one yarn at a time? It’s hard to imagine it, but that’s the beauty of mosaic knitting.
I give you lots more suggestions for mosaic patterns for practice in my upcoming mosaic knitting video class, Fantastic Mosaics (see below).
It’s Ok If You've Never Heard of Mosaic Knitting – Neither Had I!
For some reason, mosaic knitting is a little-known style of color knitting. Even many experienced knitters have never tried it.
I first tried a mosaic knitting pattern when my roommates and I embarked on an adventurous mosaic-knit Christmas stocking spree inspired by the Family of Funky Stockings from Handknit Holidays one winter.
I only wish I had known then what I know now from putting together this video class, especially about tension and choosing yarn!
If you look at my picture, you’ll see that I did not do a good job choosing the contrasting color. The problem is that it exactly matches one of the colors in the self-striping yarn – a big no-no because you can't see the pattern. You can’t tell from here, but my tension was not great, either. Luckily, you’ll get to learn from my mistakes!
My ambitious first attempt aside, I’m convinced that mosaic knitting is the perfect way to introduce new knitters to color-knitting.
Coming Soon: Fantastic Mosaics –
KnitFreedom's New Mosaic Knitting Video Class
Intrigued? You'll be learning all this and more 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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