View Full Version : Mosaic Knitting Question
03-03-2005, 03:28 PM
Are there any people out there that have done mosaic knitting? I have taken my first stab at it and have a question.
Everything is going good except for the stitches that are slipped. They end up looking stretched and almost like a hole. They just don't look neat. I have switched to smaller needles and tried making the stitch a bit tighter but that really isn't working. The yarn just bubbles up. I am only using basic Red Heart yarn and a size 7 needle. I am doing it in stockinette stitch.
I was wondering if anyone out there had any easy tips for making the slipped stitches look a bit neater.
Thanks! by the way, mosaic knitting is the easiest color knitting I've ever done!!
mosaic knitting? sounds interesting! I'll have to check that out. But sorry - can't really help you. But post picture when you can!
03-03-2005, 03:52 PM
I remember mosaic knitting coming up a while back and I found the thread for it:
Pattern Help (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=51&highlight=mosaic)
I don't know if this helps, but it's a start until someone else comes aorund to help.
03-03-2005, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the replies so far. I'll definitely post a picture. Right now I'm just messing around and knitting a small square. I'll post a picture of it when I get a few more rows done so that you guys can make out the color pattern.
It's really cool. I'm learning this from a book I got at the library 'Mosaic Knitting' by Barbara G. Walker. She has really great directions in the book.
03-19-2005, 11:34 AM
I've been trying mosaic knitting also. It does seem that the stitches that are slipped end up looking stretched out. I've tried making the stitches very tight, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Here are two samples I've done - the photos are a bit blurry but I think you can still see the texture and how the stitches look stretched. I think maybe it will look better after blocking and steam pressing. At first I didn't really like it, but it's starting to grow on me and it is very very easy to knit.
03-19-2005, 02:00 PM
Oops, let me try that picture again.
03-20-2005, 03:58 PM
Slipped stitches should look a little streatched, and may even look like little holes depending on the texture they are knit against. They are, after all, streatching over two rows instead of one, thus needing to be twice as tall. I find that many slipped st. patterns (and many other paterns at that) need some inches on them before they really sort themselves out, then what had looked funky sort of magically becomes normal with the pull and tug of the fabric. Knitting anything super tight will probably land you in more difficulty later on, with the stitches being too bunched and/or the yarn being stretched to a funny quality.
Perhaps with practice, a healthy number of learning experiences (or to some, "mistakes"), some inches knit to see what the heck is going on in the long run they'll sort themselves out?
I definatly want an update :)
03-22-2005, 08:56 AM
Yes the slipped stitches will be longer as yellowness said, simply because they are over 2 rows. Depending on fiber and pattern the stitches will settle. After you swatch, wash it, blooming also impacts the final look (usually less holey!).
Enjoy! Mosaic is addictive :)