Hello Knitters. Deanna here.
Back in May of 2017 I hosted our first mosaic colourwork KAL which had a huge amount of interest. Nearly 3 years later, we still love mosaic colourwork as much as ever, and the wonderful world of Ravelry has embraced the technique even more over the years. There are many stunning patterns available to choose from. We’ve selected four, including one oldie but goodie from our original KAL, the Barnstable shawl for which we have made a single order of Dos Tierras and built some project kits. Most of the projects are shawls, but we’ve also included Norah Gaughan’s stunning new Normandale cardigan for those who want something a meatier. I’ve spoken to a few people who love the project but need a little nudge to get it going.
With mosaic colourwork you create beautiful and visually impactful colourwork motifs with one colour at a time using slipped stitches. You only need to change colours every second row by carrying the strands up the side just like doing stripes. A great technique for adding colour to shawls while keeping the wrong side neat and tidy.
This knit along will be great for people looking at doing entry level colourwork, and people who want to learn or improve their chart reading skills. Or if you are just looking to add some colour to your life this winter.
Sunday February 9 Cast on Together! – 1pm to 3pm
Sunday February 23 – 1pm to 3pm
Sunday March 8 – 1pm to 3pm
As always, participation in the KAL is free with yarn purchase, either in store or online. Feel free to come to as many or as few meetings as you please! Deanna will be there to help you decipher your project and cheer you to the finish line.
Barnstable By Lisa Hannes (sample available to visit in store)
Knit it in Malabrigo Dos Tierras (In Store Kit only) or Rios
This is the pattern that inspired my love of mosaic back in 2017. Knitting this in Malabrigo Dos Tierras is a real treat. You just need to squish our store sample to know why!
For centuries migratory herds of Merino d’arles sheep and their humans have roamed the fertile countryside across France, choosing the high meadows of the Alps during the summer and the lush plains of La Crau when winter’s chill hits.
This asymmetrical triangle shawl pays tribute to the breed with a playful mosaic stitch pattern and contrast of summery and wintery hues. I finished this shawl recently and the yarn is an absolute delight to work with. Fluffy, bouncy, soft and buttery. A tight palette of 10 colours that look beautiful together in any combination.
Normandale by Norah Gaughan
Knit it in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry & Arbor
Worked in both chunky weight Quarry and DK weight Arbor, the Normandale cardigan is a feat in design ingenuity (what else do you expect from Norah Gaughan?). Knit flat in one piece to the underarms, each row of the main body is worked using just one color with stitches of the other color slipped along the way to create a nubbly mosaic motif reminiscent of Portland Oregon’s many bridges. Slightly sloping shoulders and no body shaping make Normandale an excellent cardigan for wearers of any gender. A shawl collar worked in brioche stitch adds extra oomph to this standout design.
Lunae’s most prominent design feature are the beautiful, but easy to work horizontal and vertical mosaic bands. But there’s more - lots of amazing texture, a lovely, wearable shape, a fun construction, and, if you’re into them, tassels!