April 12, 2017

Book review (& giveaway!): Mosaic & Lace Knits

For years I’ve thought, someday I want to design something that combines slip-stitch colorwork and lace. I’ve done tons of designs with slipped-stitch colorwork, also called mosaic knitting, although I sometimes see mosaic used as something slightly different than most of my slip-stitch designs so I don’t usually use that term, but I’m not really sure what the rules are… anyway! I’ve done a few designs with lace too, and I kind of combined colorwork with lace in Adventure Knitting 2; the only time I’ve really used slip-stitch colorwork and lace (ish) together is Transversal, which does it pretty simply. SO, when I heard Barbara Benson had a book coming out that’s entirely exactly that, I thought it would be something you (my followers) would be totally into! It’s right up my designer alley, but since I’m kinda phasing out from designing this year, I might never actually design something like this, so now someday I can knit something for fun instead, from this book!

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

Mosaic & Lace Knits is a collection of 20 shawls, cowls, scarves, hats, and other accessories, plus an instructional section with the basics of knitting slip stitches, how to read the charts, how to work mosaic in the round, and tips and tricks. It’s full of big, beautiful color photos of all the projects and closeups of stitch patterns.

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

The difficulty level of the patterns varies; there are some simpler patterns in which the mosaic and lace are worked separately, and then you can progress to more complex designs with mosaic and lace worked together.

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

A few of my favorite designs are: Your Princess is in Another Castle (so squishy!)…

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

The Pinwheel Market Bag…

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

The Punctatus Mitts…

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

And the Rhipis shawl. So cool how the same motif is kind of imitated in mosaic and in lace, for very different but cohesive looks.

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

I also love Fractured Helix, the cover shawl.

MOSAIC & LACE KNITS: 20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitc

The publisher was so generous to send me a review copy, and also offer a giveaway to a lucky reader! If you want to win a copy of Mosaic & Lace Knits for yourself, leave a comment here sharing either which project from the book you’re most excited to knit, or what two yarn colors you’d like to pair up in a mosaic lace project. I’ll choose a winner at random a week from today — make sure you receive comment replies in your inbox, or check back in to see if you won!

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Filed under: books,knitting — Lee Meredith @ 8:00 am
  • I can’t really pick which project I most want to make! I don’t think I can get past Fractured Helix, though — so great!

  • Catherine Handler

    How can anyone decide? I love Isochronal Arc; it looks like a basic wardrobe piece. And colors? So many wonderful combinations.

  • Nicole Springer

    I love a big squishy cowl, so I’d go for your princess is in another castle in a fun color like lemongrass and plum.

  • florapie

    Fractured Helix for sure-such a neat technique!

  • Sheila

    I really like the Ves shawl.

  • Elaine

    I love the Punctatus Mitts – maybe in the colors shown. They’re all great, though…

  • L Cox

    Something new and very intriguing to learn! This looks like enormous fun.

  • L Cox

    What is the name of the pattern for the shawl shown in purple and green? I like it in those colors, but it might also be interesting in maybe a gray/bright orange or another neutral with a highlighter-bright color. The picture makes me start thinking how it is done…

  • Holly

    Such fun designs, I’m a big fan of fingerless mitts. Thank you for the chance. Grannyslove/Rav.

  • Kate C

    What a fantastic collection. It’s hard to pick, but I think Fractured Helix is calling me the loudest. – Kate/gravitytester

  • Juliane Tenner

    Oh, wow! I’d have to make the fractured helix shawl! Maybe because it’s made out of one of my favourite colour contrasts: watery blue and fiery oranges. It also combines so many features that I love: stripes, circles, spirals, a wavy pattern, the combination of stripes and lace… Wow, just wow!

  • Lee

    You won, Kate! Woo! Congrats! Just send me a quick email with your mailing address, thanks! (leemeredith at gmail)

  • Kate C

    Woohoo! Thank you!

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