Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting

Franklin Habit

Sunday AM

At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work–but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch–and hybrids thereof. And amazingly–you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.

Skill Level: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; willingness to work from charts.

Material fee: $0


Student Supplies:

Yarns: Two balls of smooth (non-fuzzy), worsted-weight yarn (for example: Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid colorways. [Note to shops: if the above suggested brands are not in your line, please substitute equivalents that you do carry.]

Needles: 1 circular needle (preferably 16-24 inches) in a size appropriate to give a comfortable, firm gauge (such as would be appropriate for a warm scarf or hat) in the yarns selected.

Notions: Notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting. Two or more 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch. This paper is easily procured from shops or can be printed, free, at

Homework: None