But this week, there's a technique I want to highlight. I didn't realize until I was writing this post that it's called mosaic knitting. I was just calling it 'slipping stitches'. As Knitty says:
Using a simple slip-stitch technique, you can create bands and borders in pattern, or even a whole sweater, and you won't ever have to carry a second yarn along! ...
Mosaic knitting simply involves slipping the stitches in a row that should be the "other" color. If you are knitting the dark color, you slip the light; if you are knitting the light color, you slip the dark.I can slip stitches! I can also carry two yarns at a time, sort of, but it's scarier. Slipping stitches seems much safer. So here are a few slipping patterns I'm digging:
Blue Jean Cowl by RMW Knits
|Photo credit: RMW Knits
I have a friend that just finished this cowl, and it looks really cute.
Ballband Dishcloth by Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc.
|Photo credit: Me ; )
And hey, I've already done this myself with my dishcloths for the Yarnorama holiday party last year. The party ended up being postponed, hopefully we'll have it soon so I can show these off. And I think I want to make a cowl using this pattern as a base, I really like the subway tile effect of it.
INSULATE! Hat by Amy van de Laar
|Photo credit: Amy van de Laar
Mosaic Diamonds Dishcloth by Carol Schoenfelder
|Photo credit: My mom ; )
So if you want to explore color in your knitting and maybe after Color Affection you want something other than stripes, you can always try a little slipping. Unlike in running, in knitting it's a very good thing.
For a different kind of color inspiration (dyeing), head over to Woolen Diversions.