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NaProus
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  5:54:33 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I had always been terrified of color knitting... until about three days ago, when I decided to tackle on of the mosaic squares in Barbara Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan book.

(terrified? yes! I'm not afraid of cables or lace, but color TERRIFIED me)

It is SO MUCH FUN! I'm absolutely enthralled. All I've done so far is to make a potholder (yet to be felted...), but the concept is incredible. And I'm dying to try more fabulous geometric designs. I think I'm going to make a Mosaic sampler pillow, as she outlines in her 4th Treasury. Now I just have to pick the patterns.

There must be more books out there with patterns for mosaic knitting (slip stitch knitting is another term). But I suspect I can also start playing around with graph paper and make my own! I'm dying to convert some of the photos of Egyptian marquetry work that I took last summer into knitting...

Any other mosaic fans out there? I have absolutely no desire to make garments out of this (at least not yet), but I just want to PLAY!

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html

Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:22:18 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
I am also working on a Barbara Walker mosiac square and find I love it. So far I have done 3 of them and enjoyed ea one. I am doing the sample afghan, so now what I do is 1 cable square and then treat myself to a mosiac sq. Cables are beautiful, but I just don't enjoy knitting them.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:22:18 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
I am also working on a Barbara Walker mosiac square and find I love it. So far I have done 3 of them and enjoyed ea one. I am doing the sample afghan, so now what I do is 1 cable square and then treat myself to a mosiac sq. Cables are beautiful, but I just don't enjoy knitting them.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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NaProus
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:26:44 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Oh, I love cables, too...

I like the idea of the sampler afghan, but I shudder at the thought of having to put all those squares together someday. Which is why I'm making potholders instead! I think I'm going to go pick out a new one to try!

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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NaProus
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:26:44 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Oh, I love cables, too...

I like the idea of the sampler afghan, but I shudder at the thought of having to put all those squares together someday. Which is why I'm making potholders instead! I think I'm going to go pick out a new one to try!

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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kadiddly
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:58:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
I have done a little bit of a mosaic pattern for an afghan and really liked it. (The afghan got frogged, but not because of the pattern!) I would be interested in finding more mosaic patterns, as well!

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
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kadiddly
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:58:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
I have done a little bit of a mosaic pattern for an afghan and really liked it. (The afghan got frogged, but not because of the pattern!) I would be interested in finding more mosaic patterns, as well!

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
Backstage Stitches
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of troy
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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  10:14:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit of troy's Homepage Send of troy a Private Message
Mosaic knitting is a specific sub set of slip stitch patterns..
as for finding plain(single color) or multi color slip stitch patterns, there is one 1 great source. but here are some places to look:

Mon Tricot's stitch dictionaries (long out of print) had a collection. (single and multi color)

The Big Book of Knitting has a collections (single and multi color)


Leasure Arts Encycolpedia of Knitting has a collection (single and multi color)


Nancy Wiseman, in her book on shawls and scarves has a scarf that is a sampler of slip stitch patterns. (multi color)


Interweave knits had several patterns last summer that were exicuted with slip stitches. (multi color)

i always tell knitters who are afraid of multi color patterns to start with slip stitch patterns.. (some never move on!) they are great (i first used them for yoke on baby clothes i knit for my son-mumble mumble years ago.. (i am, and remain 47--my son has rudely gotten older.. it embarassing to say that at 47 i have 34 year old child!)

i don't know any one great resourse.. but there are stitch patterns here and there..

I've started a blog...
http://golden-apples.blogspot.com/

but you can still just see my photo albums of mostly knitting. http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v299/oftroy/
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of troy
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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  10:14:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit of troy's Homepage Send of troy a Private Message
Mosaic knitting is a specific sub set of slip stitch patterns..
as for finding plain(single color) or multi color slip stitch patterns, there is one 1 great source. but here are some places to look:

Mon Tricot's stitch dictionaries (long out of print) had a collection. (single and multi color)

The Big Book of Knitting has a collections (single and multi color)


Leasure Arts Encycolpedia of Knitting has a collection (single and multi color)


Nancy Wiseman, in her book on shawls and scarves has a scarf that is a sampler of slip stitch patterns. (multi color)


Interweave knits had several patterns last summer that were exicuted with slip stitches. (multi color)

i always tell knitters who are afraid of multi color patterns to start with slip stitch patterns.. (some never move on!) they are great (i first used them for yoke on baby clothes i knit for my son-mumble mumble years ago.. (i am, and remain 47--my son has rudely gotten older.. it embarassing to say that at 47 i have 34 year old child!)

i don't know any one great resourse.. but there are stitch patterns here and there..

I've started a blog...
http://golden-apples.blogspot.com/

but you can still just see my photo albums of mostly knitting. http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v299/oftroy/
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llinn
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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  9:17:56 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message
And some of the best slip stitch color work is bohus knitting. There was a book back when (Poems of Color I think) and a big article in Threads. Just wonderful stuff.

Llinn
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llinn
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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  9:17:56 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message
And some of the best slip stitch color work is bohus knitting. There was a book back when (Poems of Color I think) and a big article in Threads. Just wonderful stuff.

Llinn
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Gelliott
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  6:43:26 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message
I love using slip-stitch patterns in 2 or more colors. It is so much easier for me than fair-isle! Barbara Walker's books all have mosaic and slip-stitch patterns, especially like vol.2 which contains more than 100 of them.
I fell in love with "Florentine Frieze" and made a large afghan (wedding gift) from it.
These patterns work really well on hats & purses and felted items(as long as you can keep the gauge loose--mosaic tends to pull together a bit)

Gelliott
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Gelliott
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  6:43:26 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message
I love using slip-stitch patterns in 2 or more colors. It is so much easier for me than fair-isle! Barbara Walker's books all have mosaic and slip-stitch patterns, especially like vol.2 which contains more than 100 of them.
I fell in love with "Florentine Frieze" and made a large afghan (wedding gift) from it.
These patterns work really well on hats & purses and felted items(as long as you can keep the gauge loose--mosaic tends to pull together a bit)

Gelliott
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RobA
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  7:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
There are quite a few patterns out there these days for mosaic knitting. There is another book, called Slip Stitch Knitting - http://www.amazon.com/Slip-Stitch-Knitting-Color-Pattern-Easy/dp/1883010322/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b/103-4557486-6953453?ie=UTF8 And an article in www.knitty.com -- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATslipstitch.html I am up to the neckline on a sweater done that way -- it uses a solid yarn and some Noro Sik Garden for even more color fun.



Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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RobA
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  7:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
There are quite a few patterns out there these days for mosaic knitting. There is another book, called Slip Stitch Knitting - http://www.amazon.com/Slip-Stitch-Knitting-Color-Pattern-Easy/dp/1883010322/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b/103-4557486-6953453?ie=UTF8 And an article in www.knitty.com -- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATslipstitch.html I am up to the neckline on a sweater done that way -- it uses a solid yarn and some Noro Sik Garden for even more color fun.



Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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WendyB
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  7:23:33 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
Roberta, your sweater must be beautiful. I've seen a sweater made that way, with solid and variegated in mosaic. The effect is wonderful. The knitter of it told me it is much easier to do than it looks, so I tried a little (I used solid and solid). I want to experiment more. I have Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting book and her 1st and 2nd treasuries to play with.
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WendyB
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  7:23:33 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
Roberta, your sweater must be beautiful. I've seen a sweater made that way, with solid and variegated in mosaic. The effect is wonderful. The knitter of it told me it is much easier to do than it looks, so I tried a little (I used solid and solid). I want to experiment more. I have Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting book and her 1st and 2nd treasuries to play with.
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Ingrid_in_Sweden
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  11:20:04 PM  Show Profile Send Ingrid_in_Sweden a Private Message
There is a WHOLE book dedicated to Mosaic Knitting by Barbara Walker. Can be obtained from Schoolhouse Press. I am especially fascinated by the 'shadow' bands :-)
Half the book is afghan squares, the other half wonderful, almost Oriental Eastern patterns and with instructions on how to make your own and how to knit them in the round.
Yepps - another mosaic knitting fan here ;-)
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Ingrid_in_Sweden
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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  11:20:04 PM  Show Profile Send Ingrid_in_Sweden a Private Message
There is a WHOLE book dedicated to Mosaic Knitting by Barbara Walker. Can be obtained from Schoolhouse Press. I am especially fascinated by the 'shadow' bands :-)
Half the book is afghan squares, the other half wonderful, almost Oriental Eastern patterns and with instructions on how to make your own and how to knit them in the round.
Yepps - another mosaic knitting fan here ;-)
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NaProus
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Posted - 09/11/2006 :  05:05:32 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I just ordered the Mosaic Knitting book! Woo Hoo! Fun fun fun! I looked at reviews of the Slip Stitch Knitting book, and while I got a great idea out of just the reviews (try doing the "second color" in a variegated yarn), I think I'm going to wait on the book for now, at least until I have a chance to SEE a copy before buying.

Thanks, everyone! I felted my first potholders yesterday, and they came out great. Now I just need some even wackier feltable colors to work with -- I have this vision of mosaic knitting with colors that make your eyes go funny....

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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NaProus
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Posted - 09/11/2006 :  05:05:32 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I just ordered the Mosaic Knitting book! Woo Hoo! Fun fun fun! I looked at reviews of the Slip Stitch Knitting book, and while I got a great idea out of just the reviews (try doing the "second color" in a variegated yarn), I think I'm going to wait on the book for now, at least until I have a chance to SEE a copy before buying.

Thanks, everyone! I felted my first potholders yesterday, and they came out great. Now I just need some even wackier feltable colors to work with -- I have this vision of mosaic knitting with colors that make your eyes go funny....

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/hands-on/knittedbandage.html
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