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Mosaic

I have a delicious new sock pattern in the works.  It involves mosaic knitting, one of the most interesting forms of colorwork.  It’s deceptively easy.  Only one strand of yarn is used per row and the patterning is done by slipping stitches.  I used to be a colorwork snob and assumed that mosaic knitting was just a wimpy way of doing stranded colorwork, but I was wrong.  There are things you can do with mosaic knitting that are impossible with stranded colorwork and the resulting fabric can be just as exciting!

If you want to learn more about mosaic knitting, I highly recommend Barbara Walker’s book on the subject.  Do a few swatches!  You’ll definitely want to do more!

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A Sweater Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a lovely lady named Stacie (Hi, Stacie!). Stacie’s very charming husband gave her a very nice Christmas present – a class from me on knitting raglan sweaters from the top down (my absolute FAVORITE way to make sweaters). Stacie took her new knowledge and, completely on her own, made this absolutely delightful sweater for her own little Princess. Isn’t it the absolute cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

Isn't it the cutest thing?

Stacie used what she learned in class, plus neck shaping from Barbara Walker’s book Knitting From the Top, the class textbook, and added her own touches.  My favorite part is the adorable line of elephants marching around the bottom!  You can see Stacie’s notes and a photo of the young Princess wearing it on Ravelry.com by clicking the photo above.

Good work, Stacie!  (I feel a bit like a proud granny – I hope that’s okay!)

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