Tea: a free mosaic knitting stitch pattern

Tea: a free mosaic knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

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

The 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 this time. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s really easy to do! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern. If you can knit stripes, you can knit mosaic patterns.

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

Continue reading

Linkety-link, part 20

It’s been a while since I did a link round-up!

Knitted Borders and Corners – some different ways of approaching corners when working a knitted-on border.

Learning, Practicing, Perfecting – Sara Lamb writes here about the learning process in respect to weaving and leatherwork, but the process itself is universal to handcraft. Well worth reading.

Non-roll Stocking Stitch Edge? – well, not exactly. This post tells how to use twined knitting to make what looks like a stockinette hem that won’t curl.

Bunny ears decreases– I’ve talked a little about the 3-to-2 decrease I like to use, that some people call Bunny Ears Back. It produces a symmetrical single decrease that doesn’t appear to lean to either side. They are now accounted for in Stitch Maps, which makes me happy. The linked blog post also shows a couple of stitch patterns making use of them – I really like Little Hearts a lot and am planning on making use of it. A more complex stitch pattern of mine that uses them is Beloved – and I can see that I’ll need to go edit the stitch map!

Taming long floats via the STUART method for color-knitting – an intriguing trick from TECHknitter (so many of her tricks are intriguing) for dealing with long floats. This looks like it might be the key for knitting more of my code grids as colorwork even with long floats. Hm!

Stitch Maps (including the one for “Greenland”)

stitch map for free Greenland stitch pattern.

I think I posted about Stitch Maps a while ago. Anyway, they’re a different kind of knitting chart, like a cross between a knitting chart and a crochet chart. They show the shape of the knitting as well as the individual stitches.

My Patreon backers have pledged enough to let me subscribe to Stitch Maps at a premium level, so now I can post high-quality stitch maps with my stitch patterns on the blog as well as with my patterns for pay. Don’t worry; this will not replace traditional charts or written instructions in my work. It’s just another way of looking at things that some people find easier to read.

You can see all the public stitch maps I’ve made so far on the Stitch Maps website. (Please note that if there’s not a blog entry linked, it’s not one of the stitch patterns I designed.) I’ll be gradually adding stitch maps to the blog posts, starting with the one for Greenland, my last post, shown above.

I hope you like them!