sample image showing how Rune mosaic knitting, version 1, works as a design.

Rune: two mosaic knitting charts

A while back, I encoded the word Rune and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a cable pattern. For this week’s post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into two mosaic knitting stitch patterns. (I used the process described in this post.)

I couldn’t decide which of these variants I liked better, so you get both.

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

This is a Barbara-Walker-style mosaic chart. Each row of squares in it represents two rows of knitting (which is why there’s a row number at each end). The square in the column to the right of the row numbers indicates the color of yarn being worked in that line. So in rows 1 & 2, all black squares are knit or purled, and all white squares are slipped with the yarn being held on the wrong side of the work. In rows 3 & 4, all white squares are knit or purled and all black squares are slipped.

Notes:

  • These are stitch patterns such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. This is not a pattern for a finished object.
  • Rune version 1 is a multiple of 8 stitches; Rune version 2 is a multiple of 6 + 1 stitches. They are both a multiple of 28 + 2 rows.
  • The non-slipped stitches in the second row of each stripe may be either knit or purled, as desired.
  • Designers, please feel free to use these in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
  • My blog posts and free stitch patterns are supported by subscriptions on Patreon or donations to my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. If you appreciate my work, please consider helping out. Thanks!

Abbreviations:

  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.
  • sl 1: Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back.
  • sl 1 wyif: Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front.

Rune mosaic, version 1

sample image showing how Rune mosaic knitting, version 1, works as a design.
chart showing the layout of the dark and light stitches in Run Mosaic version 1, using black and white squares.
Click chart to enlarge

Start by casting on and then knitting a row in color A (represented by the white squares in the chart), or by having at least two rows of color A before starting the mosaic knitting.

Switch to color B.

Row 1 (RS): *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k2; work from *.

Row 2 (WS): *(k2, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 3: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 4: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 5: *k3, sl 2, k3; work from *.

Row 6: *k3, sl 2 wyif, k3; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 7: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 8: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 9: *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k2; work from *.

Row 10: *(k2, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 11: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 12: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 13: *k1, sl 1, k4, sl 1, k1; work from *.

Row 14: *k1, sl 1 wyif, k4, sl 1 wyif, k1; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 15: *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k2; work from *.

Row 16: *(k2, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 17: *k1, sl 1, k4, sl 1, k1; work from *.

Row 18: *k1, sl 1 wyif, k4, sl 1 wyif, k1; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 19: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 20: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 21: *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k2; work from *.

Row 22: *(k2, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 23: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 24: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 25: *k3, sl 2, k3; work from *.

Row 26: *k3, sl 2 wyif, k3; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 27: *sl 1, k6, sl 1; work from *.

Row 28: *sl 1 wyif, k6, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Repeat rows 1 – 28 as desired, then switch to color B and end with the following two rows.

Row 29: *(k2, sl 1) × 2, k2; work from *.

Row 30: *(k2, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Rune mosaic, version 2

sample image showing how Rune mosaic knitting, version 2, works as a design.
chart showing the layout of the dark and light stitches in Run Mosaic version 2, using black and white squares.
click to enlarge

Start by casting on and then knitting a row in color A (represented by the white squares in the chart), or by having at least two rows of color A before starting the mosaic knitting.

Switch to color B.

Row 1 (RS): *k2, (sl 1, k1) × 2; work from *, k1. [7 sts]

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(k1, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 3: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 4: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 5: *k3, sl 1, k2; work from *, k1.

Row 6: k1, *k2, sl 1 wyif, k3; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 7: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 8: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 9: *k2, (sl 1, k1) × 2; work from *, k1.

Row 10: k1, *(k1, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 11: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 12: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 13: *k1, sl 1, k3, sl 1; work from *, k1.

Row 14: k1, *sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 15: *k2, (sl 1, k1) × 2; work from *, k1.

Row 16: k1, *(k1, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 17: *k1, sl 1, k3, sl 1; work from *, k1.

Row 18: k1, *sl 1 wyif, k3, sl 1 wyif, k1; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 19: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 20: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 21: *k2, (sl 1, k1) × 2; work from *, k1.

Row 22: k1, *(k1, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 23: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 24: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Switch to color B.

Row 25: *k3, sl 1, k2; work from *, k1.

Row 26: k1, *k2, sl 1 wyif, k3; work from *.

Switch to color A.

Row 27: *sl 1, k5; work from *, sl 1.

Row 28: sl 1 wyif, *k5, sl 1 wyif; work from *.

Repeat rows 1 – 28 as desired, then switch to color B and end with the following two rows.

Row 29: *k2, (sl 1, k1) × 2; work from *, k1.

Row 30: k1, *(k1, sl 1 wyif) × 2, k2; work from *.

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