Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaic art is made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.
What is this magic, you ask? Well, it's simply slip-stitch knitting! When working the mosaic technique, you slip the stitches of one color while knitting the stitches of another. Because of this, you're only ever knitting with one color. Yes, it's pretty magical.
Mosaic knitting is perfect for beginners—if you’ve knit a two-color stripe pattern, you can knit a mosaic project. You can create fabulous colorwork with this method, just look at the Shift Cowl:
Here's a tutorial on mosaic knitting:
And here's the Technique Tuesday broadcast where Kelley talks about choosing colors for the Shift Cowl:
Have you used the mosaic technique in your knitting? Leave a comment and let us know what pattern you made!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
It's never too late to knit a holiday gift, but you need to plan accordingly, with smaller and smaller projects the closer the holiday gets. So, with only thirteen days left until Christmas, headbands it is.
Kelley recently knit a few of these beauties and highlighted them in her weekly Technique Tuesday Facebook Live broadcast. Check it out to get some tips for making headbands fit really well!