Sandra's Designing Blog

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    Just before I settle down into my latest design/knit for 'The Knitter' magazine (a lovely lace and mosaic knit shawl) I thought I'd send you a quick note about my site wide 10% off discount code. Valid until Christmas day, the code is "TILXMAS" .

    A couple of weeks ago I had a few days where I knew I would be sat in the car, either as a passenger or just waiting for my other half to finish hospital appointments. I took along some yarn and double pointed needles and cast on these lovely striped socks. I'm offering them as a great Christmas kit, with 2 types of yarn (100% wool AND a wool/nylon blend for the heels and toes) and a new technique to learn too.  You or your knitting friend would love this.

    And for any newbies to sock knitting - Have you seen the easy sock pattern that I designed a few years back on my web site. Another freebie !  There are a few kits left for anyone interested. You will get the yarn and a printed version of the pattern. 
    Check out the SALE ITEMS - Always good for stocking fillers
    I have just one of these lovely little sewing kits left in stock. Order 2 kits from me and I'll pop this little sewing gift bag in with your parcel.
    Grab the last one of these kits
    Free Easy Sock pattern - for the experienced knitter who hasn't yet attempted socks

  2. If you find "Stranded Knitting" a little too complicated and fiddly or you just want to try a new way of working with 2 colour's then why not try mosaic (slip stitch knitting). I came across this way of knitting colourwork only a few years ago and was totally mesmorised!  and I have ended up creating a number of  original patterns since then.  This technique involves only knitting with 1 colour of yarn at a time, so there is no twisting or entanglement of yarns to worry about and you end up with a professional neatness to the wrong side of your work. 

    The flower motif pattern I use in my logo is one of my first designs and is still my favourite. If you want to learn mosaic, then I explain how the flower motif pattern is worked in one of my free tutorials here. 

    There are also some FREE mosaic charts that you can incorporate in to your own designs. How about a plain stocking stitch cardigan with a band of mosaic instead of the ribbing at the bottom. 


    Today I'm going to share some of my original mosaic designs with you.
      A mixture of patterns, kits and finished knits.


    My latest design is this original kit which is available in 2 choices of yarn. 
    1. 6 colours of Stylecraft natural cotton yarn as in the finished blanket    £16 
    2. 6 colours of West Yorkshire spinners Bopeep luxury baby yarn (wool/nylon)   £27

    Want double the size? then order qty of 2 and I'll refund you £3 for the pattern price.


    All over mosaic patterns are great on cushions! and a band of mosaic on the Christmas cushion is really fetching.


    The 'Slip & Switch' Infiity Scarf knitting Kit. Worked on 4.5mm needles and uses West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab 100% wool yarn.  Available in other colour combos too.
    Free UK shipping in my Etsy store
    Learn Mosaic Slip Stitch Here