The Beginner’s Guide to Mosaic Knitting by Melissa Leapman teaches a one color per row technique making mosaic knitting more approachable. If you’ve been a bit intimidated by mosaic knitting in the past, then this technique is a great way to give it a go!
The book reviewed in this post was provided by Leisure Arts. All opinions are my own.
In her book, Melissa teaches how to create mosaic knitting using just one color per row by implementing the use of slipped stitches. There are 3 types of mosaic knitting patterns in the book. I made a swatch of each type, the one below is the all garter stitch type. I found this to be the quickest and easiest type.
Next I gave an all stockinette stitch mosaic knitting pattern a try. I really like the clarity of the image when using this style. All the patterns include a chart showing the mosaic part of the knitting.
At the start of the book, Melissa teaches useful techniques such as how to read charts. You can make 3 swatches, all with the same image. One in garter stitch, one in stockinette stitch, and one in a combo.
The last sample I made was in a combo of stockinette and garter stitch. You can see in the two marked rows that I made a few mistakes. However, this was entirely my fault. The pattern and chart were very clear, however I was a little sleep deprived and knitted when I should have purled. Rather then remaking the swatch, I thought I would leave it so I could point out to you the importance of being sure you don’t mix your knits and purls.
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