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Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic knitting is one of the easiest colorwork techniques. It is a type of slip stitch knitting using two (or more) colors of yarn. Each color is worked independently usually 2 rows or 2 rounds at a time. Sometimes (usually when working in the round) the color of yarn being used can change every round. The technique can be worked in garter or stockinette stitch and creates geometric designs.

The examples in this post all create stockinette fabric.

key points to remember

  • Stitches are always slipped purl-wise with the yarn held to the back side of the work
  • Each slipped stitch reduces that column’s stitch count by one stitch
  • Using markers between repeats can be helpful
  • Always wrap yarns the same direction at the side of the work (when working flat) or at the end of the round (when working in the round)
  • High contrast colors work best in this technique
  • The row/round gauge of mosaic knitting will always be more dense than plain knitting because we are working each row/round twice.
  • Working stitches with lighter tension will provide extra yarn for the stitches to be slipped on future rows/rounds which can help reduce the possible puckering of fabric
  • Finished projects will benefit from blocking

Types of Instructions

There are many different ways that mosaic knitting instructions can be presented. Written instructions are used for projects worked flat, in the round, or a combination of both.

Here are some examples of how mosaic knitting instructions might be presented using a portion of the Jasper Hat & Cowl pattern by John Crane.


Written Instructions

Row 2: Using CC, *k6, sl1 wyib, K5, pm, rep from * to end of row. Join to work in the Rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

(Note: The work is joined into the round and begins to be worked in rounds)

Rnd 3: Using the same yarn as the previous rnd, knit all knitted sts and slip all slipped sts with yarn held in back.

Rnd 4: Using MC, *k5, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k4, sm, rep from * to end of Rnd.

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 6: Using CC, *k4, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k3, sm, rep from * to end of Rnd

Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3

Rnd 8: Using MC, *k3, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k2, sm, rep from * to end of Rnd.

Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 10: Using CC, *k2, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sl1 wyib, k1, sm, rep from * to end of Rnd.

Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 3.


Traditional Mosaic Chart (Round)

A traditional chart for mosaic knitting in the round shows even numbers on the right hand side of the chart. Each row represents two rounds of knitting. This chart contains the same directions as the written instructions above.

Instructions for odd rounds are usually specified in notes. 

Round 3 (and all odd rounds): Using the same yarn as the previous rnd, knit all knitted sts and slip all slipped sts with yarn held in back.

Click HERE to view our list of knitting pattern abbreviations


detailed Mosaic Chart (Round)

A mosaic chart in the round might also be presented with every round shown. The odd rounds on this chart create the same result as the round 3 note on the chart above.


Traditional Mosaic Chart (Flat)

Using the same motif as the written instructions, this chart is an example of how the stitches might be illustrated for a mosaic project that is worked flat. 

Each row of this type of chart represents two rows of knitting. Row 2 is worked from right to left, and then the same row of the chart is used for row 3, worked from left to right. 


Detailed Mosaic Chart (Flat)

A detailed flat mosaic chart is similar to the traditional flat chart (above) except with this chart type all rows are illustrated.


The back of mosaic knitting is similar to stranded (Fair Isle), but can be distinguished by how the rows of yarn are separated into sets of two of the same color. This is clearly illustrated by the light and dark horizontal stripes of stitches in the center of the above image.

Whew! That's a lot of different ways to share the same information. Remember that mosaic knitting is quite simple, created with knit, purl, and slipped stitches.

Want to build confidence with the technique? Consider creating a practice swatch to ensure the technique is clear before beginning your first mosaic project.


Pattern Inspiration

Walk in the Woods
Hat & Fingerless Mitts

by Jennifer Burt

Jasper
Hat & Cowl

by John Crane


Tashi Shawl

by Skacel Design Team

The Shift

by Andrea Mowry


Xuan Wrap

by Ambah O'Brien

Mosaic Poncho

by Rhonda Fargnoli


Apricate Cowl KAL

Join Kyle Kunnecke of Kyle William for the February Makers’ Mercantile Knit-Along!

The Apricate cowl uses two amazing yarns: 

HiKoo® Madrona
and
 Schoppel Wolle
Zauberwolle

Want the pattern for free? Purchase our exclusive kit

The apricate kal begins Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

The Project

Rays of angled lines encircle this kerchief cowl. This fun knit combines stranded knitting with knit/purl stitches to create an intriguing, textured motif. After the initial section is completed, we transition from working in the round to working flat and begin decreasing each row to reach the final point of the cowl.

We are so excited to invite you to join us for this KAL adventure! Choose your favorite colorway and get the exclusive kit, and be ready to cast on February 1, 2023. Kyle will join us in our Ravelry group to answer any questions you and the others might have all month long!

Colorways


Included in each kit:

PLUS receive a digital copy of the pattern sent to your Ravelry library or email address used at checkout

Schedule

January 3, 2023 
Kits available for purchase

February 1, 2023 
KAL kickoff

February 7, 2023
Makers' Night
Meet the designer / Q&A

February 28, 2023 
KAL officially ends

 Remember to connect with other knitters on the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Group Page. The forums let knitters of all skill levels participate ... it's like having a knitting tutor 24/7!

What if I don't like to read charts?

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions, so you can choose your favorite method. If you are new to reading charts, check out this free online class!

Are there video tutorials?

Video demonstrations are available for this project. Clickable links to the videos are included in the .pdf pattern as well as a QR code for easy reference.

Materials

Yarns

Zauberwolle by Schoppel-Wolle
100% Merino wool,
273 yards per 100 gram ball


Madrona by HiKoo®
30% Baby Alpaca*, 30% Merino Wool, 20% Bamboo Viscose, 20% Nylon 402 yards per 100 gram cake

*EasyWash treated, allowing for delicate wash cycles

Finished Size

25” circumference 16.5” high 

after blocking

Needles

4.50 mm (approx. US7) Skacel Rocket 20" circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge,

DPN of the same size for I-cord bind off

Gauge

(after blocking)

28 sts and 28 rounds = 4 inches in pattern worked in the round


26 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in pattern worked flat

Notions

Year End Sale

2022 has been a wonderful year for crafting! We are offering a selection of exciting discounts to celebrate the last few days of the year. Act quickly; the event ends at the stroke of midnight! Due to the anticipated response to these deals, please allow us a few extra days to package and ship orders. 

Limited to stock on hand
Discounts can not be applied to previous orders
Winding service not available during this event
Sale ends January 1, 2023 at 12:01am 

Welcome to the Showroom & Lounge

Makers’ Mercantile Showroom & Lounge is open to the public! Inside, you’ll find a good selection of yarns, notions, and products on display. We have room to seat 15 people comfortably in this bright, clean space. Bring your fiber projects and your friends!

The lounge is currently open the following hours:

Monday - Friday  9am – 3:30pm
We have additional team members on Tuesdays & Thursdays to assist you.

Check the calendar for updated or special hours

Customer Pickups
Looking to pick up your order? Park in one of our curbside pickup spots and gGive us a call at 206-747-7121. During Lounge hours, come on in if you wish - and ring the bell located in the lounge. We will bring your order to you!

Where is the Makers’ Mercantile Showroom & Lounge?
We are located at 8041 S. 180th St., Kent, WA 98032. Enter the building and walk down the hall to the right. You'll immediately see the Lounge to your right.

Visiting for the First Time?
If it's your first time visiting, Welcome! Ring the bell in the Lounge or call us and we will be happy to show you around the space. 

Food & Drink
You are welcome to bring snacks/drinks into the room. We do ask that drinks have lids. 

Yarn Winding
You are invited to use the yarn winder & swift in the Lounge. If you have yet to use these tools, let us know and we will be glad to show you how.

Placing Orders
In the lounge, you can see the colors and feel all the wonderful yarns, check out our notions, kits, and project bags, and even test out the needles and hooks. 

When you are ready, you are welcome to use our computer to place an order. At checkout request curbside pickup, and then let us know you placed an order by calling or ringing the bell located in the lounge. We will process the order and bring it to you.

Questions? Need Help?
We are here! Give us a call at (206) 747-7121 or ring the bell. Someone from the Makers’ team will be happy to come help.

Chasing Butterflies KAL

Join Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog for the September Makers’ Mercantile Knit-Along! Featuring Schoppel-Wolle's Lace Flower, the Chasing Butterflies shawl is a lightweight, simple lace pattern that takes full advantage of the 150 gram cake of yarn.

Want the pattern for free? Purchase our exclusive kit and receive a download code for the pattern for free!

Or purchase the pattern and use the yarn of your choice!

The Chasing Butterflies KAL sarted Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Project

Designed by Ellen Thomas of the Chilly DogChasing Butterflies is a gorgeous one-cake shawl that celebrates the joy of lace. With its easy-to-remember repeats, enjoy the adventure as this lightweight project flutters across your needles. 

We are so excited to invite you to join us for this KAL adventure! Choose your favorite colorway and get the exclusive kit, and be ready to cast on September 1, 2022. Ellen will join us in our Ravelry group to answer any questions you and the others might have all month long!

The Kit

The kits have sold out, but you can still get the yarn HERE


Included in each kit:

Schedule

July 29, 2022   Kits available for purchase

September 1, 2022   Pattern released

September 6, 2022   Makers' Night | Meet the designer

September 30, 2022   KAL officially ends

 Remember to connect with other knitters on Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Group Page. The forums let knitters of all skill levels participate ... it's like having a knitting tutor 24/7!

Do I start from the inside or the outside of the cake?

The cast on point for the
Chasing Butterflies pattern is located at the center top of the shawl. If you work from the outside of the cake in, you'll have no problems at all with the yarn tangling as you work.

If you would like to begin with the color of yarn at the center of the cake, we encourage you to hand wind the yarn into a ball, beginning with the tail at the outside. Once wound (it's a project in itself but 

easily done while watching tv, listening to music, or chatting with friends) you will have a sturdy ball of yarn ready to join you on the fluttery adventure.

Videos

Materials

Materials

Lace Flower by Schoppel-Wolle; 100% Superwash wool, 1312 yards / 150 gram cake

Finished Sizes

15-Section Shawl:

105" wingspan, 22" depth


12-Section Shawlette:

81" wingspan, 17" depth

Needles

3.50 mm (approx. US4) Skacel by addi© Rocket 40" circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

24 sts x 44 rows = 4 inches in pattern

Notions

Yarn

Fiber Content

100% Superwash Wool

Yardage / Weight

150 grams
1312 yards

Care Instructions

Hand wash, lay flat to dry

Sailaway 4-Day KAL with Marie Greene

The 6th Annual 4 Day Knitalong hosted by Marie Greene of Olive Knits begins on July 1, 2022, and we couldn't be more excited! This year's pattern is named "Sailaway" and features a series of slipped stitches paired with fun 1-over-1 cables. 

Super easy to knit, this seamless cardigan is worked top-down with suggested yarns in either DK or worsted weights and is offered in 9 different sizes.

To focus our efforts a bit, we selected Simpliworsted by HiKoo® as our featured yarn for this KAL.

At this point the colorwork is complete and we are "just swimming along" working our way through the body of the cardigan. 

We hope you will join us! Read on to discover our limited-time special offer!

Save 20% off Simpliworsted

Enjoy 20% off Simpliworsted by HiKoo®, PLUS be among the first 150 customers to purchase 9 or more hanks and we will include the Sailaway cardigan pattern by Marie Greene, PLUS our exclusive Sailaway drawstring project bag as FREE gifts!

Offer good through June 19, 2022

When do I get the pattern?

You will receive a printed copy of the pre-order packet with your shipment. The pattern will automatically update in your Ravelry library, so just check your account first thing in the morning on July 1 to see the pattern update.

Also, join Marie Greene and folks from all over for the Cast-On Party live stream (details will be provided in the pre-order packet).

How Much Yarn do I need?

Use this chart to determine which size you'll make, and also to discover how many hanks of each color yarn you'll need.

Which colors should I choose?

Not sure which to put together? Simpliworsted has many options, including solids, multis, tonals and marled colors. Our team put together a few combos that might be inspiring to you.

We can't wait to see your color choices! Be sure to share photos of your progress on social media with the tags: #Oliveknits #Sailaway #Makersmercantile #4dayKAL

Knitting the Leftover City Cowl

The possibilities are endless with this cowl by Kacey Herlihy. Mix it up with bold solids, softer tonals, funky tweeds, or even a hand-dyed with our Sueño Minis by HiKoo®. This is a great colorwork cowl for every level of knitter.

If you have never done colorwork this project is an easy one to learn. The Leftover City Cowl by Kacey Herlihy has simple colorwork stripes that allow you to get the feel for holding multiple strands but will also give you a break on the solid Stockinette Stitch sections. Other techniques that are suggested in the pattern are the German Twisted Cast on (this one is like magic once you figure it out) and a stretchy bind off which works really well for those who knit tightly.

We used the following DK weight minis (in this order, beginning at the bottom of the cowl): 

1447 Reflecting Pool Tonal

1100 Natural

1602 Flying Fuchsia (the tweed!)

1199 Lemon

1150 Plum

Want to make a Leftover City cowl of your very own? Purchase 5 or more mini hanks now through May 1, 2022, and we will include the Leftover City Cowl pattern as a gift!

Our sample was knitted up in a DK weight using Sueño Minis by HiKoo® on size 6 and 7 needles. We only used 5 colors (but you can do more!) and made the cowl a bit shorter than the suggested 13". However, there was no alteration to the number of cast on stitches.

The possibilities are endless with this cowl. Mix it up with bold solids, softer tonals, funky tweeds, or even a hand-dyed with our Sueño Minis by HiKoo®. This is a great colorwork cowl for every level of knitter and can be worked up in a weekend! 

While choosing your colors for this cowl, take a look at some of these other color combinations: 

1136 - Corny

1603 - Peaceful Purple

1100 - Natural

1608 - Fabulous Flamingo

1143 - Shamrock


1147 - Turks

1190 - CHARTREUSE

1135 - Indigo

1115 - Cantaloupe

1139 - Mulberry


1141 - Ice Ice Baby

1182 - Lilac

1135 - Indigo

1100 - Natural

1196 - Silver Sage


1147 - Turks

1605 - Comforting Cream

1190 - Chartreuse

1602 - Flying Fuchsia

1135 - Indigo


1405 - Tree Bark Tonal

1120 - Rust

1108 - Shifting Sands

1140 - Grasshopper

1401 - Seattle Beach Tonal


1182 - Lilac

1606 - Soothing Silver

1140 - Ice Ice Baby

1605 - Comforting Cream

1100 - Natural

We hope you have fun making your very own Leftover City cowl! Remember to share photos of what you make - we love seeing your color combinations!

10 Reasons Why Hand Knitters Need an addiExpress Kingsize Knitting Machine

Curious about why a hand knitter might want to own an addiExpress Kingsize knitting machine? Here are 10 reasons this useful tool belongs in every hand knitter's collection:

  1. When you want to see how a yarn will pattern, you can quickly run it through the machine and get a general idea. True, you cannot alter the gauge or needle size, but like we said, you will get a general idea – and if you don’t bind off, you can quickly photograph the fabric with your smartphone or camera, and then easily rip it out.  You can even rewind the yarn into a cake directly from the piece you knitted. Easy peasy!
  1. You can use the addiExpress Kingsize to knit panels that can be combined to make a sweater. Since your machine has a row counter, this is most easily done by casting on and working in waste yarn for a few rows, then working the desired amount of rows in the main yarn, and then ending again with a few rows in the waste yarn. Once the desired amount of panels are created, take a circular needle and run it through the first row of stitches of the main yarn on the cast on end and bind off. Repeat this on the bind off end. Next, line up the stitches and match your panels row by row. 
  1. You can do far more knitting for charity!  Reversible hats especially, are very easy and quick to make on the addiExpress Kingsize. No hand knitting is necessary– but you can certainly add some flair by using your hand-knitting skills to create ribbing or other embellishments.  
  1. Tubular scarves make scarf knitting easy! To give them more of a “hand-knitted” look, we recommend casting on and binding off using waste yarn, and finishing the ends of the scarf by transferring the stitches to a circular needle and either creating a ribbing in the round, or close the ends entirely by knitting two stitches together (one from each side of the fold), followed with ribbing.  You can also add fringe! 
  1. Felted slippers are a breeze...but do require a little shaping created by hand-knitting!  Check out our free felted slipper pattern!
  1. As a hand knitter you know how knit stitches are created, allowing you to manipulate stitches on the addiExpress Kingsize more easily than someone who does not hand knit. This knowledge offers the opportunity for so much more creativity, such as dropping stitches that can be picked up with another color, or from the reverse side, creating a more dimensional stitch pattern than simple Stockinette! 
  1.  It is a true stash buster ! You can hold finer yarns double (and triple) stranded on the addiExpress Kingsize, making it possible to create hats and scarves and panels by combining those lighter weight yarns to achieve the worsted gauge the machine creates. 
  1. Creating felt that coordinates with your hand-knitted piece is super easy. Simply knit your non-superwash yarn in a tube and bind it off. Toss it in your washing machine to felt, cut the tube open, and you’ll have a great piece of felt to use in conjunction with your hand-knitted pieces. Create felted collars, button bands, front panels or patches that coordinate perfectly with your knitted piece. 
  1. Twisted headbands are all the rage! They are quickly knit in stockinette stitch by hand. but imagine how quickly they are made on the addiExpress Kingsize! Adding special touches, like a cable, can be accomplished with practice, but only if you understand stitch construction, (which as a hand-knitter, you do)! 
  1. It’s super fun! Once you get started combining your addiExpress Kingsize along with hand knitting techniques, you are certain to discover how pleasurable it is to create items for yourself, your family and friends, and for charity, using the two together.  It truly is the best of both worlds! 

Meet the Author: Hannah Mann

The other day, we sat down with Hannah Mann, author of The Essential Guide to Machine Knitting to learn a bit more about the addiExpress Kingsize Knitting Machine and her incredible book.


MM: Thank you for taking time to chat with us today, Hannah! We are so excited about your book and want to know, what was the inspiration behind writing it?

HM: I became interested in making patterns with the addiExpress Kingsize once I discovered how easy it is to use, and how quickly it knits. I wasn’t finding exactly the kinds of patterns I was looking for out in the world and thought it could be beneficial to new and experienced addiExpress knitters alike to have a guidebook that included detailed instructions for finishing, embellishment, and modern patterns that were easily customizable.


MM: So, the book also includes all that extra instruction? That's fantastic! Do you think the book is suited for people new to the addiExpress, or is it for folks more experienced with the machine?

HM: Both! But especially for newbies. This essential guide brings you completely up to speed on all things addiExpress—the history, the parts, how to cast on, bind off, embellish, do special techniques, all from the very beginning. And all 30 patterns are arranged with the most beginner-friendly at the start, all the way up to more advanced projects by the end. So, by the time you make it through to the end of the book, you’ll be an addiExpress Expert!


MM: Aah! It's a bit of a course in how to become a brilliant user of the machine. We have a number of customers who ask if the machines good for kids as well?

HM: Absolutely! Anyone can learn how to use the addiExpress knitting machines! Cast on is simple, and turning the handle is all it takes to knit round after round. No matter age or ability, the learning curve for the addiExpress is accomplishable by anyone willing to learn.


MM: I know you can make hats, but what else can you make with these machines? Can you make other things like sweaters?

HM: Anything you can imagine! They can make tubes, flat panels, and you can increase and decrease just like with regular hand knitting. The online community of addiExpress knitters has also gotten ingenious with hand-manipulated alternative stitch patterns, as well.


MM: A LOT of our customers ask for information about what yarns work best in the machine. Do you have any ideas/suggestions as to what size yarn works best?

HM: Generally, worsted weight is just the right size, but fiber content can make a big difference in your stitches per inch. Natural yarns usually work the best, because of their stretchy animal fibers, while acrylics and cottons tend to have less flexibility. The needles on an addiExpress Knitting Machine are about the equivalent of a US 10.5 [6.5mm] knitting needle. Weights from Lace to Aran will work in the machine, but each yarn is unique, and it is recommended to make a swatch before committing to a project with a new yarn. 

Some of my favorite yarns available through Makers’ Mercantile® include:

HiKoo® Simpliworsted, Simpliworsted Spray, Simplinatural,  Sueño Worsted, as well as Schoppel Reggae, Zauberwolle, and Nimbus, & Luv & Lee by Zitron (Click on any of the names to learn more about that particular yarn).


MM: One last question. With all the fluff and fuzz that might build up in a machine, how do you keep it clean?

HM: Keep some canned air on hand! After a few projects, take your addiExpress outside, hold it upside-down and spray as much as you can inside the top with the canned air. This will help get out any residual fibers that get caught inside while knitting. You can also disassemble your machine to spray out the inside, just be sure to keep track of all your screws so they don’t roll away!

I have done a number of videos demonstrating how to remove/replace parts on the addiExpress as well. Even if you don't need to replace any parts, they are a good resource to learn how the machine is assembled.


MM: Wow! What an accomplishment it is to have created such a comprehensive book. Thank you for taking time to chat with us today!

HM: My pleasure!


Interested in getting The Essential Guide to Machine Knitting with the addiExpress Kingsize by Hannah Mann? Click the link below to get your copy today!