Mosaic knitting or slip stitch knitting is a beautiful colorwork technique for colorful fabric patterns. Sound interesting? Read on.
Knit sweaters, socks, hats, pillows, scarves, and blankets Learn more about slip stitch colorwork, how to do do it, and recommended mosaic patterns.
I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on March 26, 2023.
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Mosaic Knitting Origins
It’s been around for around 60 years. Most people haven’t heard of it. Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting are more commonly known.
What’s great about this knitting technique is you only knit with one color per row. It’s easier than other colorwork methods. It doesn’t have floats (the leftover yarn on the back of fair isle knitting).
I’ve made two mosaic knitted projects, the Kentia Wrap and the Slip Knit Love Shawl. I love how they turned out and the way they look.
Who Invented Mosaic Knitting?
An author, Barbara. G. Walker invented it in the 1960s. Every winter, she chose a new subject and learned all she could. When she was 35, learned to knit.
The Mosaic Knitting Technique: An Easy Guide For Knitters
To knit mosaic, you work with one color yarn per row. Let’s say color 1 is yellow and color 2 is purple. Work across a color row by knitting the stitches in color 1 and slipping the stitches in color 2.
It’s an easy way to create beautiful colorwork patterns.
What Is Slip Stitch Knitting?
It’s a color technique used in knit projects. It’s unique among color methods as it’s based on two-row stripes. Two rows of one color, two rows of the other. Slip stitch knitting uses bright colors, two yarn types, and slip stitches.
Slip Stitch Abbreviations
- wyif – with yarn in front
- CC – contrast color
- wyib – with yarn in back
- sl (number of stitches) – slip (number of stitches)
- MC – main color
Mosaic Knitting Tutorial
Use contrasting colors so the pattern stands out.
Though it may be tricky, there are many repeat rows in mosaic designs, giving you plenty of time to get familiar with the method.
How To Cast Off
When you make it to the end row, it’s time to cast off. Here’s an excellent tutorial on how to do that.
How To Read Mosaic Knit Charts
Here’s a guide by Knitting with Suzanne Bryan.
Knitting Mosaic In The Round
Work rows from right to left as you always work on the right side. Using a mosaic chart? Read that right to left. Here’s a tutorial by The Chilly Dog.
Use a marker to track your progress so you have a better view of where you’re up to when you next come back to it.
Knitting Mosaic Chart Generator
Here is an excellent chart generator for knitting slipped stitches by Laura Kogler. If you use it, thank her!
Mosaic Patterns To Knit
Here are great knitting mosaic patterns and designs. You can also explore this knitting technique through online workshops.
A beautiful cowl free knitting pattern: the Tesserino Cowl by VeryPink Knits.
A lovely shawl – Etude NO 6 Shawl by ExpressionFiberArts
- A baby blanket by Purl Soho
- A lovely cowl pattern for advanced knitters
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FAQS About Mosaic Knitting
Is Making A Mosaic Knit Hard?
No, mosaic knitting isn’t hard. It’s one of the easiest colorwork techniques to learn. It’s great for beginners, as you only use one color (one strand of yarn) at a time.
Why Do Mosaic Colorwork?
Some people think mosaic colorwork is a substitute for stranded knitting (another type of colorwork). It’s a good alternative, but the two techniques are different. Mosaic is easier and more stretchy.
Is Mosaic Knitted Fabric Reversible?
It depends on whether you like the wrong side of mosaic knits. I think it looks better on the right side. The pattern is more defined on the right side, it often looks strange on the wrong side. Some mosaic patterns are reversible.
How To Fix Mistakes In Mosaic Knits?
Here is a video tutorial by WatchBarbaraKnit on Youtube.
How Do You Knit Different Colors In The Same Row?
Here’s a great video tutorial using two yarns by 10rowsaday on Youtube.
How Do You Slip Stitch In Knitting?
- Insert the right needle into the first stitch of the left needle
- The pattern tells you to slip knitwise or purlwise.
- To insert your needle knitwise, insert it as if you were going to knit
- If you want to make a slip purlwise, insert your needle as if you were going to purl
- Now your right needle is inserted into the first stitch on your left needle
- Without making a yarn over, transfer the stitch onto your right needle
You’ve completed your slipped stitches! For a visual guide, here is a video by NobleKnits.
I hope you enjoyed this colorwork article. If you have questions, ask them in the comments.