Knitting Inspiration - New Year, New Skills Part 5 - Mosaic Knitting.
This appears to be a form of colorwork very similar to stranding, but with the use of slipped stitches. That makes sense to me to an extent, but my brain totally stalls out when confronted with those crazy traveling lines on a striped background. Nope, no clue. Seems like it’s probably a good time to do some research.
The technique of two-color slip-stitch knitting is really quite simple: If you can knit simple stripes and slip a stitch, you have all the skills you need. Mosaic knitting simply involves slipping the stitches in a row that should be the “other” color. If you are knitting the dark color, you slip the light; if you are knitting the light color, you slip the dark.
Aside from the allure of color patterning using just one yarn at a time, slip-stitching has other advantages over other multicolor techniques: Mosaic knitting works well either flat or in the round which gives it more flexibility than intarsia or Fair Isle techniques. It also doesn’t leave as many floats as Fair Isle knitting, so the fabric is not as heavy and not as much yarn is used.
There are a few limitations to the technique. Because stitches are slipped, there’s a limit to how many stitches of the “wrong” color you can work consecutively — two or three, depending on who you talk to. This tends to give the patterns created a geometric look, which may have reminded Barbara Walker of tile mosaics. Also, the slipped stitches make the fabric a little less than smooth, but blocking will usually take care of this. For this reason, yarns with a little more “give” tend to work better, though the toddler sweater above is knit in pure cotton. If you knit very tightly, you may want to go up a needle size so that your stitches can be slipped two rows without puckering.
Thanks, Knitty! That…er….still doesn’t help me understand those crazy traveling lines, but I did learn some useful things (it can be worked flat! I totally don’t understand how!)
The internet is surprisingly lacking in information about cables incorporated into mosaic knitting, so I suppose this is one of those “just follow the pattern and it will work out” situations.
Sources are, as always, in the captions. For those of you who employ some sort of wizardry to view this on a mobile device, they are also below.