Trends are cyclical and mosaic knitting is on it’s way back into the spotlight. It’s a trend that unlike jelly shoes and eyelash yarn I’m happy to see reappearing. A cult classic since the late 70s mosaic Knitting (also called slip-stitch knitting) is amazingly easier than it looks.
In mosaic knitting, you alternate between two contrasting colors, but instead of working every stitch in the row, some stitches are slipped, and you only have to manage one of those colors at a time. That’s really all there is to it.
For a beginner that thinks fair isle knitting is a little intimidating for a first attempt at color work, mosaic is a good starting point for chart reading and managing multiple colors. More advanced folks may find mosaic patterns faster for those “emergency gift” projects that pack a punch.
A great deal mosaic patterns out there are variations on the patterns established in the 70s, BUT over the past year I’ve begun to see mosaic mixed with other techniques. In fact Barbara Benson (another Georgia knitter that I’ve yet to run into) is releasing a new book, Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques, due out at the end of the month, mixing mosaic with lace, and the teaser pieces I’ve seen are drool-worthy.
I’m currently working on a sample for a mosaic technique class I’m hoping to get on the schedule in April or May at Yarn Rhapsody in Gainesville, Georgia. I began working on this sample last night during one of those time-change caused sleepless nights. Don’t get me started on what spring time-change does to my sleep schedule, and as expected I’m blazing right through the mosaic pattern portion. I’m also using a new yarn carried at the shop. It’s Harvest Fingering Weight by Feza Yarns. The colorways are organically died rubia and oleaster and the photo does not quite do the colors justice. This is certainly one of those yarns that would feel great in a garment of any sort.
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