Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques
March 31st 2017
Combine mosaic and lace in your knitting for easy colorwork with impeccable style. The impact of two-color knitting made while knitting with only one color yarn per row--yes, please! Add in a dash of lace to keep the fabric flexible, and what you end up with are knockout colorful knits with beautiful and comfortable drape. Barbara Benson has been experimenting with the fusion of mosaic knitting and lace stitches over the past few years, and has created this breathtaking collection of 20 shawls, cowls, scarves, hats, and other accessories. To make the patterns accessible to any knitter, she has added a helpful instructional section that covers the basics of knitting slip stitches, how to read lace and mosaic charts, how to work mosaic in the round, and tips and tricks to help you avoid potential pitfalls. The book has projects for all level knitters. Start with a project in which the mosaic and lace are worked in different sections, such as a hat with alternating bands of mosaic and lace. Then progress to more complex patterns where the slip stitch and lace stitches are worked at the same time. Each stitch plays an important role--these patterns will keep the interest of even the most experienced knitter!
I feel the need for a slight disclaimer here: I’ve never done any colorwork, let alone mosaic colorwork. So, when I say this book’s instructions are clear and make it look simple, I might be absolutely full of shit. But, regardless, this book’s clarity give me the confidence to try. So that’s something.
Now, the patterns. I like them. As the title says, there are 20 patterns, ranging from scarfs to wrist warmers to bags. The majority of the patterns full into the “Stuff you wear around your neck” category (ie scarfs, cowls, shawls), but there’s enough variety within that category to make sure that you don’t feel like you are basically getting the same pattern more than once (a pet peeve of mine in knitting books). I’ve already picked out several patterns I’d like to try and look forward to casting on.
If you are interested in Mosaic colorwork, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this book.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**