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Give Slip Stitch Colour work a try

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Slip stitch knitting patterns use one of the easiest colorwork techniques you'll ever try.  Slip stitch knitting patterns don't require working with strands and floats on the back of the work like Fair Isle.You'll only work with one color at a time, so there's no need to juggle multiple colors at once. If you know how to slip a stitch, then you'll find slip stitch colorwork to be one of the easiest techniques you've ever tried.

 bolster  My latest knitting pattern to hit the shelves this week is the Marrakesh Bolster cushion.  It was featured in the UK magazine "The Knitter", issue 103. I just loved designing from scratch the series of patterns that make up the fabric of this cushion.
Knitting it up was a delight too. I chose slip stitch knitting (called mosaic knitting) because it knits up so quick, with no worries about the yarn strands on the other side of the work or the twisting of yarns whilst you knit.  

I first attempted this lovely technique just over a year ago. I was totally addicted to it for a while after buying Barbara Walkers Mosaic Knitting Book which I reviewed here. 

I set to and transformed my knitted peg bags using this technique , using some of Barbara's mosaic designs.

I soon developed a series of new original mosaic designs myself.   I found they worked really well in cushions as I could just concentrate on the pattern rather than any garment shaping etc.

My favourite pattern was the funky flower pattern that I use in my very own logo. Today I'll explain a little how mosaic slip stitch works using funky flower as an example.

How to read the chart:-flowerpower

Each row on the chart  represents two rows of  knitting, a right side row which  is knitted and the following  wrong side row which is  purled. The right side row,  beginning with an odd number  at the right hand edge works  from right to left. The wrong  side row brings the same  colour back to the right hand  edge of the knitting.  The other  colour is left at the right hand  side of the row waiting to be  used later. The mosaic colour  work is formed by slipping  stitches (purlwise) so that the  colour of the previous row is  now included on the row you  are working on. When slipping  the stitches the working yarn  should be held to the back of  the work.
This is a 14 stitch repeat pattern, with an additional stitch at the beginning and the end of the row. So cast on 2 + (? x 14) stitches using cream yarn.
Try working the chart by following the instructions below 
Row 1 :​  Use pink yarn and leave cream yarn dangling. Work from right to left of the chart  Knit 1 *Knit 2, Slip 2, Knit 5, Slip 2, Knit 3;repeat from * to last stitch, Knit 1    
Row 2 ​ : Use pink yarn, this row is identical to row 1 but instead of knitting you purl, work from  left to right of the chart.  Purl 1, * Purl 3 , Slip 2, Purl 5, Slip 2 , Purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch , Purl 1    
Row 3 ​ : Use cream yarn and leave pink yarn dangling. Work from right to left of the chart  Knit 1 *Slip 1, Knit 3, Slip 1, Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 3, Slip 2;repeat from * to last stitch,  Knit 1    
Row 4 :​  Use cream yarn, this row is identical to row 1 but instead of knitting you purl, work from  left to right of the chart.  Purl 1, * Slip 2, Knit 3 , Slip 1, Purl 1, Slip 1 , Purl 1, Slip 1, Purl 3 , Slip 1; repeat from * to last  stitch, Purl 1  

 After working a few rows you should find that you can easily just follow the chart. 

Hopefully that has given you a taste for mosaic knitting. I have a range of patterns on Ravelry that use this technique. I'll happily help you via email if you want to give one or two of them a try.

Happy Knitting x





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  1. Barb

    Hi Sandra, I have just been browsing your blog and discovered all your amazing patterns. I especially found the slip stitch colour work rather interesting, i may have to give it a go. I'm not fond of stranding, I'm way to slow at it, but your instructions for slip stitch work seem very thorough, I think I could do it. One question, in row 4, should it be identical to row 3? I'll let you know how I make out. Thank you for sharing your expertise. Sandra's reponse Yes , Row 4 is identical to row 3 in that each row on the chart represents two rows of knitting, a right side row which is knitted ie row 3 and the following wrong side row which is purled ie row 4.

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