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Mosaic & Lace Knits: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques



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!

128 pages


About the Author

Despite the fact that Atlanta, GA doesn’t have ideal knitwear weather, Barbara Benson loves living and knitting in the South. Self-proclaimed as “a bit silly and a bit nerdy”, this often translates into her designs. When it comes to the art world, her love for the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements shines through with intricate stitch work and swooping shapes.

Over the years the constant “what if” ideas that pop into her head have driven her to develop new knitting techniques, often with interesting outcomes. One such moment led to her combining slip stitch colorwork with lace and the result was her first book.

When not knitting she can frequently be found wielding either a camera, a chef’s knife, or a Minecraft pickaxe (with her son). Barbara has a catalog of independently published patterns as well as having patterns published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, Knit Edge, Knit Now, Lace One-Skein Wonders, and Masterpiece Knits.