Published in Knitty, First Fall 2017
When I first started seeing mini skeins, I resisted. How much of a difference could that one bit of yarn make? Then I started to wonder from a design perspective: how much difference could that mini make? What could I do to make the colour go as far as possible? What techniques would take the mini to the max?
- knit and purl
- slipping stitches
- provisional cast on
“The mosaic was super easy to complete even for someone who has never done mosaic knitting before (like me)!”
Marfi236 – test knitter
Main Colour: madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light 100% Merino; 420 yd/384m per 100g skein; Cousteau; 1 skein
Contrast Colour: madelinetosh Unicorn Tails 100% Merino; 52 yd/47m per 12g skein; Glazed Pecan; 1 skein
Approximate Yardage fingering weight yarn (with a 10% buffer):
MC: 420 yds
CC: 33 yds
30 sts/42 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch
30 sts/60 rows (30 ridges) = 4 inches/10 cm in garter stitch
Note: I hate cowls that puddle limply on my shoulders, so I chose a gauge that helps the fabric have enough body to show off the mosaic stitch pattern without being stiff.
(always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed – every knitter’s gauge is unique)
US #2/2.75mm needles for working flat, and a spare needle in a similar size, for grafting
yarn needle, crochet hook, smooth fingering-weight yarn for provisional cast on
If you like Ancyra, the +1 Pop Collection offers 7 more patterns in the same vein. It features a variety of accessory types including cowls, hats, and fingerless mitts – perfect for making coordinating sets or just playing with colours.
Link to free pattern on Knitty