Well, hello there! It’s been a long time since my last post…five years, in fact. I’ve been off learning photography and am now a professional photographer, specializing in fine art and nature. I became a member of The Professional Photographers of Canada 3 years ago and have earned 4 accreditations, in nature, animal, botanical, and fine art photography. Even though I’ve been focusing my efforts on photography, I haven’t lost my love for knitting.
After finding a blanket pattern on Ravelry that uses mosaic stitch, I’ve been obsessed with that stitch. If you’ve never heard of mosaic stitch knitting, it’s a method of knitting with more than one colour without having to do colour changes within the row you’re knitting. The colour changes are made by slipping stitches from the row below. Genius, really…but there are very specific situations where mosaic stitch will work. This makes it a bit tricky when designing patterns using this method. I love the effect mosaic stitch has so much, so I’ve been busy designing patterns using it. I’m calling them my “Mosaic Collection”, and so far I’ve published 3 patterns, with another one currently on the needles, and one waiting in the wings.
The thing I love about mosaic patterns is seeing the pattern form while you knit. Depending on the colours you choose, your project can look quite different than the one in the pattern. I always like to have a light colour and a dark colour to really show off the pattern. If you use two colours that are close together in colour the pattern formed will be much less visible. It can be a bit confusing trying to figure out how to make the project look how you want. This is what I found when I knit my first mosaic project. It took some time to figure out how to designate my colours. Is Colour A light, or is it dark to produce the look I want? Hopefully my patterns remove that confusion. Along with written instructions, almost all my pattern include 2 charts…one with Colour A light and Colour B dark, and one the reverse, with Colour A dark and Colour B light. It can help to see the pattern in reverse to decide which way you’d like to make your project. Also, when I read a chart, I prefer when the dark squares represent the dark yarn. It can be a bit confusing reversing that in your head.
The first pattern in my collection is called the Pandorica Blanket. I used Cascade 220 Superwash yarn in Winter White and Charcoal. I chose not to make an edging on the blanket, but did include 3 edging options in the pattern. Two skeins of each colour were used. I had just enough of the charcoal, so be sure to check your gauge to ensure you’ll have enough yarn. There was quite a bit of white leftover to make the edging if you choose to do so. I blocked the blanket before measuring gauge. The finished blanket measures 25″ X 30″ after blocking. You can certainly make it bigger, the stitch repeat is included in the pattern.
I hope you try this pattern, and add your project on Ravelry so I can see them!